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Eric Morecambe

Born John Eric Bartholomew
14 May 1926(1926-05-14)
Morecambe, Lancashire, England
Died 28 May 1984 (aged 58)
Gloucestershire, England
Spouse(s) Joan Bartlett (1952 – his death; 3 children)

John Eric Bartholomew OBE (May 14, 1926May 28, 1984), better known by his stage name, Eric Morecambe was an English comedian who together with Ernie Wise, formed the double act Morecambe and Wise. In the United Kingdom he is widely considered a comic genius. Eric took his stage name from his home town – the seaside resort of Morecambe in Lancashire, England. Of all the comedy acts produced by the United Kingdom, Morecambe and Wise were perhaps the first truly great double act in the United Kingdom. Many have highlighted the genuine affection Eric and Ernie had for one another. Their enjoyment of their work was picked up by the audience who regarded them as friends as well as entertainers. He and Wise were well-regarded and their reputation enabled them to garner a number of prestigious guests including Angela Rippon, Princess Anne, Cliff Richard, Laurence Olivier, John Mills, the Dad's Army cast, Glenda Jackson, Tom Jones, Elton John, The Beatles and even former Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Des O'Connor was frequently the butt of their humour, often because of his allegedly awful singing. eric morecambe http://www. ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... , Morecambe is a resort town within the City of Lancaster district of Lancashire, England. ... Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea. ... 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If you want me to be a goner, get me an LP by Des O'Connor

O'Connor once asked Morecambe if he could sing on their show. Morecambe replied "Sing on our show? You can't even sing on your own show!". In reality, O'Connor was a close friend of both Morecambe and Wise and would meet them to devise jokes about himself.

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Early life & childhood career

Eric Morecambe was born to George and Sadie Bartholomew. Sadie was determined to see her only child make a success of his life, and took work as a waitress to raise funds for his dancing lessons. Eric did not enjoy these lessons at the time, although they were to come in handy during his later life. In 1940 Morecambe left school at the age of 14. During this period, Eric Bartholomew won numerous talent contests, most notably in Hoylake in 1939, the prize for which was an audition with Jack Hylton. Also present was another young talent named Ernest Wiseman, already a familiar voice from Arthur Askey's radio series "Bandwagon". This was the first meeting of what was to become one of the United Kingdom's most loved comedy partnerships, although it was to be a further two years before they would team up. Three months after the audition, Hylton invited Eric to join a revue called Youth Takes A Bow at the Nottingham Empire, where once more he encountered Ernie. The two soon became close friends, and with Sadie's encouragement started to develop a double act. When the two were eventually allowed to perform their double act on stage (in addition to their solo spots), Hylton was impressed enough to make it a regular feature in the revue. However, the duo split when they began their National Service during World War II. Wise went in the Navy. The younger Morecambe was a Bevin Boy: conscripted to work in a coal mine in Accrington. He was later invalided out due to a heart defect. Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... , Hoylake beach, looking towards Hilbre Island Arms of the former Hoylake Urban District Council Hoylake is a seaside town in Merseyside, England, a few miles to the west of Liverpool. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jack Hylton (July 2, 1892–January 29, 1965) was an English band leader and impresario. ... Arthur Askey (June 6, 1900 - November 16, 1982) was a prominent British comedian. ... For other uses, see Nottingham (disambiguation). ... This article is about the comedy duo. ... National service is a common name for compulsory or voluntary military service programs. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Naval redirects here. ... A Bevin Boy was one of the young British men conscripted to work in coal mines during the Second World War. ... , Accrington[1] is an industrial town and is the major settlement in the Hyndburn district of Lancashire; situated in North West England. ...


"Bartholomew & Wiseman"

After the war – and a chance reunion in London, where Sadie once again encouraged them to work together – Morecambe and Wise began to make a name for themselves on stage and radio, before arriving on television in 1955. However, their first television series for the BBCRunning Wild – , in 1954 was a failure. They received some vitriolic pannings from the press. One critic gave a definition of television as "the box they buried Morecambe and Wise in". Morecambe was particularly upset by this, and carried a clipping of that review in his wallet for the rest of his life. It was several years before the pair would work on television again. They returned to the stage to hone their act, and eventually made well-received appearances on Sunday Night at the London Palladium and Double Six, raising their profile and increasing their popularity. Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar). ... Sunday Night at the London Palladium was a television variety show made by ATV for the ITV network in the United Kingdom. ...


Two Of A Kind (1961-1968)

On the back of their success on stage and on screen, in 1961 Lew Grade offered them a series for the London-based ITV station ATV. Paired with writers Sid Green and Dick Hills, the series fared poorly to start with. Early episodes saw Hills and Green writing for the comedians as if Morecambe and Wise were alter egos of the writers. There was an argument between the writers and the talent. This was ended by an Equity strike which left the autumn television schedules in tatters. Green commented to Morecambe "You're done for", to which Morecambe replied "Not at all, we belong to VAF [The Variety Artists' Federation, then a separate trade union, since incorporated into Equity]". Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lew Grade, Baron Grade (birth name Louis Winogradsky) (December 25, 1906 - December 13, 1998) was an influential showbusiness impresario and television company executive in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Dick Hills, (1926 - 1996), and Sid Green, (1928 - 1999), were a British partnership of comedy writers, most notable for their work on TV in the 1960s. ... The British Actors Equity Association (now called Equity) is the British actors trade union. ...


The tables turned and Morecambe and Wise got their way. The sketches began to reflect their stage work and series became a success. Indeed, Hills and Green even appeared in the series as "Sid and Dick" - two all purpose stooges. The series introduced several popular catchphrases (such as "Get out of that!"; "That's not nice"; "I'll smash your face in"; and "More tea Ern?") which would stay with them throughout their careers. Also introduced was Morecambe's famous paper bag trick - as well as an original opening segment which saw the pair parody other series such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Dixon of Dock Green and Take Your Pick. A stooge is generally defined as a person that is under the control of another. ... The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was an American television series that ran on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968, for 105 episodes (see 1964 in television and 1968 in television). ... Dixon of Dock Green was a popular BBC television series, which ran from 1955 to 1976, and later a radio series. ... Take Your Pick was a game show aired in the UK from ITVs launch in 1955 until 1968, and again from 1992 to 1998. ...


It also attracted special guests such as Pearl Carr, Teddy Johnson and The Beatles. The celebrities were generally humiliated by the pair, and especially by Morecambe's playful insults, undermining the status of the celebrities, joking that they were "Rubbish" and pretending not to recognise them. Generally, the higher the status of the celebrities, the greater the humiliation. Pearl Lavinia Carr (born Exmouth, Devon 2 November 1923) was an English singer, comedienne, dancer and actress. ... Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson were a popular British husband-and-wife team of entertainers during the 1950s and early 1960s. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ...


The sixth Morecambe and Wise series for ITV was planned from the start to be aired in the United Kingdom as well as exported to the United States and Canada. It was taped in colour and starred international guests, often American. Prior to its British run, it was broadcast in North America by ABC network as a summer replacement for re-runs of The Hollywood Palace under the title The Piccadilly Palace from May 20 to September 9, 1967. Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ...


The duo had appeared in the U.S. on The Ed Sullivan Show and hoped to become stars there, but negotiations for a longer run broke down when the show's ratings were strong in Canada but weak in the U.S. Lew Grade, who represented the comedians in the negotiations, said in his autobiography that the disappointing American ratings were a result of the comedians' refusal to slow down their fast-paced act. In 1968, as a result of problems with contract negotiations with Lew Grade (they were not offered enough money or allowed to continue making their shows in colour), Morecambe and Wise left ATV to return to BBC. The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by former entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. ...

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With the BBC (1969-1978)

The first series of The Morecambe and Wise Show was a success. Though now a popular television star, Morecambe felt himself to be placed under a great deal of pressure. As Wise was, at that stage, very much a basic straight man, Morecambe felt the job of making Hills' and Green's writing sparkle was firmly on his shoulders. The stress and overwork finally took its toll and on 7 November 1968, he suffered a massive heart attack at the age of 42, just outside Leeds whilst driving home. is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Heart attack redirects here. ... For other uses, see Leeds (disambiguation) and Leeds City (disambiguation). ...


He had been appearing with Wise during a week of midnight performances at the Variety Club in Batley, Yorkshire. He had complained of pains in his right arm from the beginning of that week but as a self-confessed hypochondriac he thought little of it, thinking it was perhaps tennis elbow or rheumatism. His diaries revealed later that he had been getting pains in his arm and back from as early as mid-1967, which could have been the early signs of heart disease. In one diary entry from 17 August that year he noted "Have had pains in my arms. Had them off and on for some weeks now. Hell of a long time for indigestion". Batley is a small town in Kirklees Metropolitan Borough, in the county of West Yorkshire, England. ... Hypochondria (sometimes hypochondriasis) is the unfounded belief that one is suffering from a serious illness. ... Tennis elbow is a condition where the outer part of the elbow becomes painful and tender, usually as a result of a specific strain or overuse. ... Rheumatism or Rheumatic disorder is a non-specific term for medical problems affecting the heart, bones, joints, kidney, skin and lung. ... is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Morecambe recounted in an interview with Michael Parkinson in November 1972 that, unable to drive to hospital, he had been rescued by a man named Walter Butterworth ("I'll never forget him," said Morecambe – "That wasn't his real name, but I'll never forget him"). When Morecambe asked him to drive the car, Butterworth replied "I'm in the Territorials – I've only ever driven a tank!" Arriving at hospital, a heart attack was immediately diagnosed. Morecambe thanked Butterworth, who in return asked for an autograph saying "before you go, can you sign this piece of paper? My mates will never believe me about this". Morecambe scribbled away, convinced it was the final autograph he would ever sign. He left hospital two weeks later and gave up his 50-a-day cigarette habit, to start smoking a pipe. Michael Parkinson CBE (born 28 March 1935) is an English broadcaster and journalist. ... The Territorial Army (TA) is the principal and Volunteer reserve force of the British Army, the land armed forces branch of the United Kingdom, and composed mostly of part-time soldiers paid at a similar rate, while engaged on military activities, as their Regular equivalents. ... G. H. Hardy smoking a pipe of tobacco A smoking pipe for tobacco smoking typically consists of a small chamber (the bowl) for the combustion of the tobacco to be smoked and a thin stem (shank) that ends in a mouthpiece (the bit). ...


Upon his release from hospital, Morecambe learned that Des O'Connor had told his audience to pray for Morecambe's recovery as he was fighting for his life. When told, Morecambe's reply was "Tell him that those six or seven people made all the difference". The heart attack stalled the careers of Morecambe and Wise. Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof (born January 12, 1932) is a veteran English television personality. ...


Whilst Morecambe was recuperating, Hills and Green left them, feeling that they were finished. It seemed doubtful that Morecambe would ever work again. The pair were in Barbados at the time and only learned of their writers' departure from the steward on the plane. Hills and Green were replaced by Eddie Braben, who had just parted from Ken Dodd. With Braben, Morecambe and Wise saw their career reach new heights, becoming the most successful comedy act the country had ever seen, and a national institution. The humour had always been largely derived from their on-stage relationship and Braben really used this to their advantage, even placing them in bed together. Originally Morecambe and Wise objected to sharing a bed (which would become one their most popular and fondly remembered character traits), but Braben countered that if it was good enough for Laurel and Hardy it was surely good enough for Morecambe and Wise. Morecambe was greatly appeased and congratulated Braben, saying "It stays!" Eddie Braben (born Oct 31 1930 in Liverpool, England) is a comedy writer and performer who has provided material for such figures as David Frost and Ronnie Corbett, but who is most famous for having written for Ken Dodd and Morecambe and Wise. ... Kenneth Arthur Dodd OBE (born 8 November 1927, in Knotty Ash, Liverpool), better known as Ken Dodd, is a veteran English comedian and singer, famous for selling over 100 million records, his buck teeth, frizzy hair, feather duster (or tickling stick), and his catchphrases, often playing on the tickled motif... Laurel and Hardy, in a promotional still from their 1937 feature film Way Out West. ...


So enormous became Morecambe and Wise's popularity that their annual BBC Christmas shows were almost mandatory viewing in the United Kingdom from 1968 to 1978. Despite his heart condition, he and Ernie still managed energetic song and dance routines and superbly timed visual comedy. However, once more the stress of being such a popular entertainer got to Morecambe. His wife Joan recalled that he would start worrying about the Christmas Special in June. He would frequently worry himself about how a certain routine would work. As a result, he suffered a second heart attack at home in Harpenden, Herts in January 1979, which led to a heart bypass operation by Magdi Yacoub in June 1979. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... A coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) or heart bypass is a surgical procedure performed in patients with coronary artery disease (see atherosclerosis) for the relief of angina and possible improved heart muscle function. ... Sir Magdi Habib Yacoub FRS, FRCS (Arabic: ), (born November 16, 1935), is an eminent heart surgeon. ...

  • Morecambe & Wise Show (1968) Episodes
  • The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968)

// The first series of the new Morecambe & Wise Show broadcast in colour on BBC2 in 1969 and was deemed to be a success. ...

With Thames Television (1978-1983)

In 1978, the pair left BBC for ITV signing a contract with the London station Thames Television, which made front page news. Reasons given were a higher salary but crucially the clincher was the opportunity to make another movie, something Thames could offer through their Euston Films subsidiary. For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... Thames Television was a franchise holder of the British ITV television network, serving London on weekdays between 1968 and 1992. ... Euston Films was a British film and television production company. ...


Eddie Braben, however, opted to remain at the BBC (signing an exclusive contract with the corporation shortly thereafter); Barry Cryer and John Junkin were brought in to contribute to the early Thames shows (Braben eventually made the switch when his BBC contract expired). Their Christmas Specials were still popular but nowhere near the dizzying heights of 1977 when an estimated 28,385,000 viewers watched their Christmas Show - so much effort was placed into the 1977 show that Eric and Ernie didn't even do a television series that year. Barry Cryer (born March 23, 1935 in Leeds, Yorkshire, UK) is a writer and comedian. ... John Francis Junkin (January 29, 1930, Ealing, London - March 7, 2006, Aylesbury) was a British radio, television and film performer and scriptwriter. ...


Morecambe increasingly wanted to move away from the double act, but feared that Wise would not be able to cope without him. In 1980 he played the Funny Uncle in a dramatisation of the John Betjeman poem Indoor Games Near Newbury, part of an ITV special titled Betjeman's Britain that also starred Peter Cook and Susannah York. That saw the start of a relationship with producer/director Charles Wallace that led to a follow-up in 1981 for Paramount Pictures titled Late Flowering Love that saw Eric play an WWII major. The film was released in the UK with Raiders of the Lost Ark and many others, becoming the most successful UK short film ever. The project spawned two more solo performances In 1981 Morecambe published Mr Lonely, a tragicomic novel about a stand-up comedian. He focussed more on writing in the coming years, which were to be the final years of Morecambe's life. They made a series in the Autumn of 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983. They appeared together recalling their music hall days in a one hour special on ITV on 2 March 1983, Eric & Ernie's Variety Days. AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Tragicomedy refers to fictional works that blend aspects of the genres of tragedy and comedy. ... For other uses, see Novel (disambiguation). ... This article is about the temperate season. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ...


Morecambe and Wise's final show together was the 1983 Christmas special for ITV. They would later work on a television movie, Night Train To Murder, with which both were unhappy. It was released in January 1985. The final piece that Eric did (without Ernie) was a short comedy called The Passionate Pilgrim in which he was joined by Tom Baker (Dr Who) and Madelaine Smith. Again produced by Charles Wallace for MGM/UA, it was released in the cinema with the James Bond film Octopussy and later Wargames. Wallace and Eric were half way through filming a fourth film when Eric died. It was never completed. More info can be found on Eric's solo works on the website www.MovingImageCo.com For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... Night Train To Murder was the last work that Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise worked on together before Erics death in 1984. ... This article is about the year. ...

  • Morecambe & Wise Show (1978)
  • Night Train To Murder (1984)
  • The Passionate Pilgrim (1984)

Night Train To Murder was the last work that Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise worked on together before Erics death in 1984. ...

Final Months

Five months after the Christmas special, Morecambe took part in a show hosted by close friend and comedian Stan Stennett at the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire on a Sunday evening. His wife Joan, who was in the audience, recalled Morecambe was "on top form".[1] He recounted and joked to the audience about the tales of his childhood, his career, the influence of his mother Sadie, his time as a Bevin Boy, about Tommy Cooper and the tragic way he had died[2] (Ironically Morecambe said he would hate to die like that in the final hours of his own life) and even his open heart surgery (a topic from which he would often derive humour). After the show had ended and Morecambe had left the stage, the musicians returned and picked up their instruments. Eric Morecambe rushed back onto the stage to join them and energetically played various instruments. He then left the stage only to return moments later. All in all, he made six curtain calls. Finally, he said "That's your lot!", waved to the audience left the stage. He walked into the wings and joked "Thank goodness that's over", before collapsing with a third and final heart attack. He died in Cheltenham General Hospital at 4am, aged 58 .[3] Stan Stennett (born July 30, 1925), is a Welsh comedian, actor and jazz musician. ... The Roses Theatre is a art-house cinema and live performance venue located in the centre of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tommy Cooper (March 19, 1921 – April 15, 1984) was a Welsh [1] prop comedian and magician. ... For the parliamentary constituency, see Cheltenham (UK Parliament constituency). ...


Reaction & Tributes

The nation was stunned by the death of one of its most popular comics. The Daily Telegraph described him as a "master comic" comparing him to Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Stan Laurel. They also repeated the widely held feeling that Morecambe "could be funny just by being there".[4] The Sun claimed he represented "one of the good things in life"[5] and The Times hailed him as "a comedian of genius".[6] Wise, who was notified by Joan immediately, was in a state of shock. However, within an hour or so of learning of his partner's death he conducted an interview for TV-am, saying that "He was a natural comedian, I am very, very proud to have been his partner and people will realise how great he was." He also referred to Morecambe as a "partner and a brother" and claimed "it's the saddest day of my life ... I feel like I've lost a limb".[7] That evening, Thames Television broadcast Bring Me Sunshine, a tribute hosted by Michael Parkinson, with Ernie Wise, Des O'Connor, Hannah Gordon and Robert Hardy reminiscing about Eric Morecame's career. The following night, an edited edition of M&W's 1971 Christmas show, featuring Glenda Jackson, Andre Previn and Shirley Bassey was aired on BBC1. This article deals with The Daily Telegraph in Britain, see The Daily Telegraph (Australia) for the Australian publication The Daily Telegraph is a British broadsheet newspaper founded in 1855. ... Yaweh redirects here. ... Joseph Francis Kieran Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966) was an Academy Award-winning American silent film comic actor and filmmaker. ... Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; 16 June 1890 – 23 February 1965) was an English comic actor, writer and director, famous as part of the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, whose career stretched from the silent films of the early 20th Century until post-World War II. // Stan Laurel... This article is about a British tabloid. ... The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom (and the Kingdom of Great Britain before the United Kingdom existed) since 1788 when it was known as The Daily Universal Register. ... TV-am was a breakfast television station that broadcast in the United Kingdom from 1983 to 1992. ...


On 4 June 1984 more than a thousand people gathered outside the Church of St. Nicholas in Harpenden for his funeral. The service was relayed by loudspeakers to those outside. Ernie Wise and Dickie Henderson spoke during the service. Afterwards Morecambe was cremated. is the 155th day of the year (156th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Dickie Henderson OBE (30 October 1922 - 22 September 1985) was born in London. ...


On 9 November 1984 Des O'Connor spoke at the Eric Morecambe tribute concert, televised by ITV on Christmas Day, saying that "there will be one less light on the Christmas Tree this year". is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Personal life

Eric Morecambe married Joan Bartlett on 11 December 1952. They had three children - Gail born 14 September 1953; Gary born 21 April 1956 and Steven born 1969, who was adopted in 1973. In his leisure time, Morecambe was a keen birdwatcher, and the statue of him at Morecambe shows him wearing his binoculars. is the 345th day of the year (346th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 111th day of the year (112th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A car from 1956 Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Birding or birdwatching is a hobby concerned with the observation and study of birds (the study proper is termed American origin; birdwatching is (or more correctly, was) the commonly-used word in Great Britain and Ireland and by non-birders in the United States. ...


He was also an enthusiastic football fan and a director of Luton Town F.C. Shortly after becoming a director of Luton, Morecambe briefly grew a rather sparse moustache of only about two dozen hairs, which he explained to his fans was "a football moustache: eleven a side!". He would often fondly tell the story of how once, when 2-0 down at half time, the Luton fans chanted, 'What do you think of it so far' to which Eric replied, 'Rubbish'. He also had a love of Long John Silver impressions, which never left him through his life (one can be seen in the 'Monty on the Bonty' sketch with Arthur Lowe). According to his adopted son, Morecambe was a fan of Frank Zappa, always keeping one of Zappa's albums in his car along with more obvious choices such as Duke Ellington and Count Basie.[citation needed] Soccer redirects here. ... Luton Town Football Club are an English football team based in the town of Luton in Bedfordshire. ... For other uses, see Long John Silver (disambiguation). ... Arthur Lowe (22 September 1915 — 15 April 1982) was a BAFTA Award winning English actor. ... Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ... This article is about the American Jazz composer and performer. ... William Count Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. ...


Legacy

Statue of Eric Morecambe in Morecambe, Lancashire, England
Statue of Eric Morecambe in Morecambe, Lancashire, England
  • A larger-than-life statue of Eric, created by sculptor Graham Ibbeson, was unveiled by the Queen at Morecambe in 1999 and is surrounded by inscriptions of many of his favourite catchphrases and an exhaustive list of guest stars who appeared on the show; it is one of the most visited attractions in the north-west and stands proudly in the centre of the promenade of the resort.
  • In the English town of Harpenden where Eric and his family lived from the 1960s until his untimely death, the town hall is named after him, with a portrait of the great man hanging in the foyer. Eric often referred to Harpeneden in his comedy, with a band once appearing on the show named The Harpenden Hot-Shots and in a Casanova sketch he introduced himself as Lord Eric, Fourth Duke Of Harpenden - and certain parts of Birkenhead!
  • The Play What I Wrote later transferred, with some success, to Broadway, and was only moderately rewritten to allow for the fact that Eric and Ernie were virtually unknown in the U.S. save for a handful of performances on The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1960s, prior to their big success. The show toured the UK in 2003.
  • In 2003, Eric's eldest son Gary released "Life's Not Hollywood, It's Cricklewood", a biography of his father from the point of view of his family, using family photos and extracts from previously unseen diaries. The book revealed Morecambe as a toned down version of his on-screen persona, prone to occasional bouts of mild depression and overworking.
  • In a 2005 poll to find the The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted (together with Ernie) as the fourth greatest comedy act ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders. This accolade was perhaps his greatest posthumous achievement, to have been so gloried by a panel of his peers, and it resulted in a resurgance of interest in the double act.
  • Kenilworth Road Stadium, the home of Luton Town F.C., has a suite named after Eric also; he was a vociferous supporter and one-time president of the club and voiced his enthusiasm on the television, often shouting Luton For The Cup! and once brandishing a sign mid-way through a sketch with Glenda Jackson to much applause and cheers. He once appeared wearing a Luton rosette on the show.
  • In 2007 the author William Cook produced the book Morecambe & Wise Unseen which charts many of the early career moves of both Eric and Ernie Wise. It focusses largely on their time struggling to make a living prior to their break into television in the 1960s and is illustrated with many personal family photographs and previous unseen views of the act.
  • At the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury, the Eric Morecambe Room is used by local and national companies for conferences and meetings.

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See also

Ernie Wise OBE (November 27, 1925 – March 21, 1999) was an English comedian, best known as one half of the comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, who became an institution on British television, especially for their Christmas specials. ... // Running Wild (1954) The Bob Monkhouse Hour (1959) Guest Appearance The Ed Sullivan Show Various Appearences (1964) Two Of A Kind (1961) Their First Show, Written By Sid Green & Dick Hills The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968) The Golden Years At The B.B.C. The Morecambe & Wise Show (1978) Thames...

References

  1. ^ Joan Morecambe, Morecambe and Wife, pg.180
  2. ^ Cooper had died of a heart attack six weeks earlier while appearing on live television
  3. ^ Morecambe & Wise, Graham McGann, (1999), p. 300
  4. ^ Robin Stringer, Daily Telegraph, 29 May 1984, pg.3
  5. ^ The Sun's leader, 29 May 1984, pg.6
  6. ^ The Times, 29 May 1984, pg.32
  7. ^ Quoted by Liz Phillips, Daily Star, 29 May 1984, pg.14

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Further reading

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  • Mister Lonely (Novel) by Eric Morecambe (1981) ISBN 0413481700
  • Morecambe & Wise - Graham McGann (1999)
  • Life's Not Hollywood, It's Cricklewood - Gary Morecambe (2003) ISBN 0-563-52186-4

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External links

  • The Morecambe & Wise Tribute Site
  • The Morecambe & Wise homepage
  • Eric And Ern - Keeping The Magic Alive **Book, Film, TV Reviews, Interviews**

  Results from FactBites:
 
Eric Morecambe : Comedian Profile (1063 words)
Eric Morecambe OBE was the stage name of Eric John Bartholomew, part of the double act of Morecambe and Wise with Ernie Wise.
Eric was born to parents George and Sadie Bartholomew.
A larger-than-life statue of Eric was unveiled by the Queen at Morecambe in 1999.
Amazon.co.uk: Eric Morecambe: Life's Not Hollywood, It's Cricklewood: Books: Gary Morecambe (1247 words)
Morecambe and Wise were, undoubtedly, the greatest British double-act of the twentieth century: the Laurel and Hardy of British television and the only act who can be mentioned in the same breath as Stan and Ollie.
Gary Morecambe - who co-wrote the definitive biography of Eric and Ernie some years ago - here writes a much more subjective and emotional book about what it was like to grow up as the son of Eric Morecambe: the most revered comedian in Britain.
However, until recently, Gary Morecambe has been unable to tell us more of the story behind the legend, as he felt it was unfair to write a true critique of either partner while one or both of them were alive.
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