Saturday, August 02, 2003

DONOBIT: Don Estelle, the man who never got to shake off being Lofty in It Ain't Half Hot Mum, has died after a long illness at the age of seventy. You might doubt that he deserves an obit from a music site, but remember that in the 70's he had exactly the same record of number ones as Elton John (none solo; one as a part of a duet act - Windsor Davies rather than Kiki Dee). And, oh boy, he made a whole heap of albums. He is probably the only person in the world to have been both a guest on Pete Murray's Open House and The League of Gentlemen. He released an album called Sing, Lofty followed by one called Lofty Sings, which is a sign of some sort of genius, and he released an album on the legendary Pickwick label. He isn't The Cooper Temple Clause, but you just felt watching him that he was an entertainer completely with side, and that he seemed to be a genuinely nice bloke. And there ain't enough of them in music.


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