Joe Longthorne

The great singer and entertainer Joe Longthorne passed away last month at the age of 64.

In 1961, at the age of six, he won a talent show and when he was 14, he landed a role in Junior Showtime, a TV series produced by Yorkshire television. In 1981, he entered the talent show, Search For a Star, which he won and that in turn led to many appearances in London including the Palladium. In 1988, he got his own Joe Longthorne Show his regular magician guest was his friend Wayne Dobson who, in 1988, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

On stage he often impersonated big names like Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and even Shirley Bassey, but he was plagued with bad health later in life having suffered from chronic lymphatic lymphoma, leukaemia and then throat cancer.

He died at his home in Blackpool with his husband/manager, James Moran by his side.

This is Joe performing a fantastic Don Black-penned song If I Never Sing Another Song which was made famous by Matt Monro. Enjoy.

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