Friday, February 08, 2008

Les Dawson

"Les Dawson (2 February 1931 - 10 June 1993) was a popular Lancashire comedian, known for his deadpan style. Dawson was a curmudgeon, famous for jokes about his mother-in-law and his wife.
Dawson began his entertainment career as a club pianist ("I finally heard some applause from a bald man and said 'thank you for clapping me' and he said 'I'm not clapping - I'm slapping me head to keep awake.'"), but found that he got more laughs by playing wrong notes and complaining to the audience. He made his television debut in the talent show, Opportunity Knocks, and was seldom absent from British television screens in the years that followed. His best known routines featured Roy Barraclough and Dawson as two elderly women, Cissie Braithwaite and Ada Sidebottom who, having worked in a mill in their youth, spoke some words aloud and mouthed others--particularly those pertaining to bodily functions and sex; they also repeatedly pushed up their bosoms, in pantomime dame style, an act copied faithfully from his hero, Norman Evans. Dawson's humour, though earthy, was seldom coarse, and he was as popular with female as with male audiences."

A very funny man and in reality he could play the piano really well. Most of this record is comedy routines but I have extracted two "musical" interludes for your enjoyment, or not as the case may be! A bargain at 49p!

Les Dawson - Intro.

Les Dawson - I Can't Control Myself

Les Dawson - Here We Go

Les Dawson - That's As Maybe

Les Dawson - Jerimiah Fisher Frog

Les Dawson - Show Me The WayTo Go Home

Les Dawson - Goodbye

Les Dawson - Bye Bye Blackbird

These SendSpace files are available for seven days or until exhausted.


garychching said...

I love Les Dawson, my wife bought me his book for Christmas, excellent. Thanks for sharing

wastedpapiers said...

Glad to be of service gary. I enjoyed looking at your blog by the way though my interest in punk has rather waned over the years. I was an avid listener to John Peel back then so some nice memories of the late 70's and early 80's.

ed said...


I wonder if you can help me (I know this thread is really old now).

My dad passed away last week and he really wanted bye bye black bird played at his funeral (he was that type of guy!).

Naturally i turned to the internet but cant find it anywhere - I saw your post. do you have it on mp3 by any chance.

please help if you can

(p.s Peel is one of my heroes in reference to the other comment!)

wastedpapiers said...

Sorry to hear about your Dad Ed. Sadly after a rummage through some piles of records I could not find the Les Dawson LP. My collection is in no particular order so it could be anywhere - I have boxes and boxes of them and could take me a while to find it. I'll have another look tomorrow but cant promise anything.

wastedpapiers said...

Found it! Have uploaded a new Mediafire version.