He was born in but his big break came in when the BBC decided to launch a comedy show to go with the great dance band shows of the time, of which I was a great fan.
Gordon Crier, one of the two suggested BBC producers, suggested as compere Richard Murdoch, a song and dance man and juvenile lead in revue. But it was the choice of resident comedian that caused problems. Crier and his co-producer Harry H. Pepper suggested Tommy Trinder or Arthur Askey. The latter had, since he was 24, toured the halls in concert and it was Arthur they chose in the end and so began the legend of "Big Hearted Arthur" with his radio friend Richard "Stinker" Murdoch in the show "Band Wagon" that made their names.
Though this soon became the comedy show best remembered the first few episodes were poor and the programme almost cancelled after the third broadcast. During the time waiting for a replacement, Askey and Murdoch were able to do what they wanted with the time and their anarchic humour, based around the idea they were sharing a flat in Broadcasting House, caught on and "Band Wagon" was a hit. Whatever Arthur lacked in height he made up for in energy in the way he told his silly jokes, sang his even sillier songs and danced even sillier dances, as would later be seen on the stage and screen in a blossoming career that would last decades.
It wasn't until that I really became aware of Arthur. I suppose like many people in the early 's, not in the habit of visiting theatres or spending holidays at seaside resorts where Arthur might be performing for a summer season, I have no recall of him during that time.
This is the song always associated with Arthur. The more you hear it the less chance you have of forgetting it. Which is the reason why it is still so well remembered now after all these years.
In the same month he recorded "Chirrup". This time Arthur wishes he were a tiny bird, so clearly this is meant as a companion to "The Bee Song" yet I wonder how many will remember it today. I can even see that funny little man prancing about as he sings, and just occasionally breaking in and making a whimiscal comment. Add it to your IMDbPage. How Much Have You Seen? How much of Arthur Askey's work have you seen? Known For. The Love Match Bill Brown.
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Download as PDF Printable version. Wikimedia Commons. Stand-up , comedic acting. Charley's Big-Hearted Aunt. The Ghost Train. King Arthur Was a Gentleman. He sounded as if he was improvising It just sounded as if they were both having a real laugh and was a breakthrough at the time.
I was lucky enough to work with him way back and I can honestly say he was the most warm, convivial man — unlike some comedians. His relaxed, informal comedic style. He sounded as if he was improvising… and very often he was improvising.
A comedian who does the same thing today is Stewart Lee… and it all started with dear old Arthur.Listen free to Arthur Askey – Hello Playmates (The Bee Song, Knitting and more). 4 tracks (). Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at misprinlohagreirweb.bilviequigengsenjuchererangastparming.co