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Ken Dodd was born on the 8th November 1927, in an old farm house on the outskirts of Liverpool, in a village called "Knotty Ash"...yes, it really exists!!
He was the son of a coal merchant, Arthur Dodd and his loving mother, Sarah Dodd. He went to the Knotty Ash School and sang in the local church choir of St. Johns Church, Knotty Ash. At the age of 7, he was dared by his school friends to ride his bike with his eyes shut...and he did...for about 8 feet, untill the bike hit the kerb...and so too did the young Doddy, open mouthed onto the tarmac...resulting in his famous teeth you see today.
It was about this time that he became interested in showbiz. After seeing an advert in a comic,"Fool Your Teachers, Amaze Your Friends - Send 6d in stamps and become a Ventriloquist!" He promtly sent off for the book. Not long after, his father bought him a ventriloquit's dummy which Doddy named Charlie Brown. He then started entertaining at the local orphanage and later at various community functions.
At fourteen he left the Highholt Grammar School and went into his father's coal business.By his early twenties he had branched out on his own, selling
pots, pans and brushes. He also invented his own version of Softsoap for liverpool housewives. He worked hard by day selling his wares round the streets of Liverpool and by night, became a regular and popular performer on the "Club's Circuit" as Professor Yaffle Chuckabutty, Operatic Tenor and Sausage Knotter.
Ken got his first big break at the age of twentyseven, in September 1954 he appeared at the Nottingham Playhouse. A nervous young man, he sat in the local milk bar for most of the afternoon going over his lines before going to the theatre. Although he can't remember much of the actual act that night, he did recall..."Well at least they didn't Boo me off." There wasn't much fear of that, as Dodd's act went from strength to strength. He eventually topped the bill at Blackpool in 1958 and then in the late 1950's he began entertaing us with the little guys we have all come to love,..The Diddy Men.
Ken also worked for BBC radio with the popular shows,"The Ken Dodd Show" and "The Ken Dodd Laughter Hour." Then television beckoned and he had several popular shows throughout the years,"The Ken Dodd Show, Doddy's Music Box, The Good Old Days, Ken Dodd's World Of Laughter,
and of course, Ken Dodd and The Diddy Men." He then hit the bigtime with the longest ever run at the London Palladium, 42 weeks to be exact. During these years Ken also had several hit songs and records with EMI, his most famous song "Happiness" and his biggest hit "Tears", selling over two million copies are among these. In the mid 1960's Ken also made the Guiness Book Of World Records for the Longest Joke Telling Session...running 3 and a half hours and 15,000 jokes. Although he isn't on the telly as much as he used to be (by his own choice), Ken still gives marathon performances in theatres all over the UK.
Ken Dodd is our most loved comedian, children's favorite, philanthropist of many charities and wonderful all around personality...He well deserves the honour of Knighthood and the Title of Sir.
| Spanning Generations
What a gorgeous picture this is, Ken kneeling so humbly to listen to a little princess.
| We are proud to be endorsed by the Liver Radio, Liverpool City Council, The Liverpool Echo, City Talk 105.9, BBC Radio Merseyside and Richard Madeley & Judy Finnigan from Channel 4's Richard & Judy Show, in our quest to have the Squire of Knotty Ash dubbed.....
|"Sir" Ken Dodd|
|To hear Doddy on Charity Christmas song, please click on King Doddy Pic below !!!|
|We would like to say a massive Thank You for joining and getting behind the campaign to have "Doddy" given his long overdue Knighthood, Stephen Twigg MP of West Derby in Liverpool.
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