Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Cyril Fletcher

The first side of a LP recorded in Bognor Regis in the 70's or 80's by Cyril Fletcher who was popular for his "Odd Odes" during the war and later on a TV programme called "That's Life" that ran throughout the 70's and 80's on the BBC.

Wikipedia says of him-

"Cyril Fletcher (June 25, 1913 – January 2, 2005) was an English comedian. Fletcher had first begun performing the Odd Odes in 1937, long before they first appeared on television. He came up with the idea when he was short of material for a radio show. The first Odd Ode was a comic, yet sentimental, reading of Edgar Wallace's war poem Dreaming of Thee. Following this broadcast he was given a regular programme on Radio Luxembourg; it was this show that brought him to national attention.
Fletcher, who was born in Watford, was a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was also a successful businessman, believing it to be important to diversify in such a fickle business as show business. He was the founder of Associated Speakers, an agency for after-dinner speakers, on whose books were the likes of the Duke of Bedford and Lord Longford, as well as himself."

Guardian obituary HERE.

Cyril Fletcher - Down Below

Bonus track from the LP "Great Radio Stars" Vol. 1 on the Flapper label-

Cyril Fletcher - The Mermaid

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