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My experience as a writer of music related and entertainment books has been a long and enjoyable journey interviewing hundreds of musicians, entertainers and clubgoers. I decided to become a writer/author by accident when I found my old diaries that I had kept while working as a salesman in a musical instrument shop in the suburbs of Liverpool when I was 16 years old. I continued to keep a daily record of the people I met and my experiences throughout my 40 years career in the music industry, not only as a salesman/manager also as a musician and vocalist. I kept many cuttings, photographs and recordings of all I met and admired in the entertainments World (most of which are in a archive named after me in Liverpool Hope University where I recently attained a PG Cert in the Beatles, Popular Music & Society) some of whom went on to be stars in their own right. I have written and published three books on the Liverpool music scenes of the past decades.
My latest project which is called the ‘Comedians’ – Merseyside the Capital of Comedy? Which came about after meeting Ken Dodd again after 40 years, in a Charity he organises every year called the ‘Good Turn Society’ where stars, sportsmen and entertainers gather and enjoy a meal and entertainment together with the proceeds going to the many Charities that Ken is the patron of. He was very interested in my book and gave me a personal interview. While at one of these gatherings I met many other comedians including John Martin a comedian and fellow author who was a writer for Bob Monkhouse and Ken Dodd creating many humorous stories and anecdotes for them over the years. After interviewing comedians from old ‘Stand Up’ to some of the ‘new comedy’ and collating information and photographs I decided to approach a reputable publisher to get on board as this book has possibility of becoming potentially a major seller in the entertainment sector. From my success of the three books two of which I self published selling thousands of copies and still selling on a weekly basis. My latest book release has been purchased in many Countries as well as the UK, which is why I am confident not only in my writing and content also that the Comedians book fits into a niche that has not been exhaustive plus there is nothing as concise currently available from an author’s perspective with inside information. The introduction to the book has been written by a group of notable comedians and producers including Johnny Hamp the creator of the television program the ‘Comedians’ which ran from the early 1970s to the 1980s, as well as his early productions which including working the Beatles and Frank Sinatra. The other notable writers that have contributed to the Introduction are John Martin gag writer for Monkhouse and Ken Dodd. Contributors include Jimmy Tarbuck, Stan Boardman, Tom O’Connor, Pete Price, Trevor Griffiths owner of Stag Records that recorded and produced many recording of comedians in the 1970s and Ricky Tomlinson actor, comedian & author and the Godfather of British comedy Sir Ken Dodd OBE There are also many unpublished photographs of comedy greats.
The book begins with the earliest known comedy greats that were born on Merseyside and after learning their trade on the music halls and theatres went on to find fame, fortune and popularity nationally. In this tome which asked the question is Merseyside the Capital of Comedy? After extensive research and unearthed hidden gems I found the depth of humour on Merseyside runs deeper than I originally thought not only has Liverpool have a name for the ‘man on the Street’ having natural comedic anecdotes the quality of those that did reach the dizzy heights of stardom was causing shakes throughout the Country in front and behind the camera decade after decade. Arthur Askey, Jimmy Tarbuck, Norman Vaughan, Paul O’Grady and now John Bishop developed different strings to their bow by becoming presenters of major entertainment televised shows. But it is not just stand up that Merseyside and Liverpool in particular has churned out – the great comedy actors, writers and impressionists have all a story to tell and it is not only concise historical reference research the book gives individuals their chance to put their reasons to why they think Merseyside is the ‘Capital of Comedy’.