Label: Pye Records - NSPL 18439 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK • Genre: Pop •
He appeared on his own television shows, sometimes performing comedy sketches between songs. He made twenty Royal Variety Performance appearances and presented numerous programmes, including Family Fortunes.
He left school at 14, working at the Savoy Hotel in London as a pageboy, The First Noel - Max Bygraves - SingalongamaXmas was sacked for being too tall.
The First Noel - Max Bygraves - SingalongamaXmas later put some of his success as a variety performer down to his lanky physique. After the end of the war, Bygraves worked on building sites, while entertaining in pubs in the evenings. He toured in a variety show with Frankie Howerdwho in turn introduced him to Eric Sykesand they began writing routines together.
With Sykes, he also developed the radio show Educating Archiestarring ventriloquist Peter Brough and his dummy Archie Andrewsand also featuring Bygraves in the role of Archie's teacher.
The idea for the programme came from record producer Wally Ridleywho also produced Bygraves' records during the s. Bygraves became a successful recording artist with seven top ten hits on the UK Singles Chart between and One of his most popular recordngs, "You Need Hands" inwas written by Bygraves under the pseudonym Roy Irwin or Erwina name picked at random from a telephone directory.
He also wrote its follow-up, "Gotta Have Rain". We'd give him songs with very short lines and he'd punch them out marvellously. I thought, 'Fabulous, fabulous, this is a major hit for us. The song was absolutely perfect for Max and its whole secret was 'What the hell does it mean? He portrayed the title character in the film Table - Asuna - Room Note Moon and starred in the drama Spare the Rod.
In the s and s, Bygraves appeared as a guest on several television variety programmes, both in the UK and United States. He would later be succeeded as host in by Les Dennis. FromBygraves recorded a series of Entracte: Le Messe Notre Dame - Ars Nova - Ars Nova, Sing Along With Max later Singalongamaxin which he sang medleys of familiar songs aimed at an older audience.
The albums, for Pye Recordssold millions of copies and led to spinoff shows and more recordings. Bygraves' catchphrase was said to The First Noel - Max Bygraves - SingalongamaXmas "I wanna tell you a story". Another well-known phrase of his was "That's a good idea, son!
The couple had three children: Christine, Anthony and Maxine. On 9 AugustBygraves became stuck on a cliff near his house in WestbourneBournemouth, when a kite flown by his grandson Michael became trapped beneath the edge of the cliff. He suffered friction burns on his hands and was in shock when police and firefighters helped him to safety.
Bygraves died on 31 Augustaged 89, at his home in Hope Island, Queensland, Australia, after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Max Bygraves. RotherhitheLondonEngland. Hope IslandQueenslandAustralia.
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