Kenny Lynch

  

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Kenny Lynch OBE must have tackled just about everything that it's possible to have tried in UK show business. He has performed as a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, and done stand-up comedy as well as sketches. He has worked in management and production, helping many newcomers into the business. This black cockney kid has come a long way since first singing with his big sister Maxine in 1950. Kenny appeared very frequently on our TV screens during the 1960s and he was such an all-round entertainer that some people may associate him with different things from that period. Certainly, Kenny was a groundbreaking and creative comedian- although today's "alternative" comedy may be thought to tackle taboo subjects, Kenny would doubtless claim that he's done it all years before. ImageAlthough it was quite usual for comedians to tackle a song at the end of their acts, Kenny's music was a much more important part of his talent than for most. His material was a little different too. He tackled a wide spectrum of music, rather than just the token romantic ballad that drew most comedy acts to a close. Whatever type of song he tackled he always ended up with a truly professional and commercial sound. Although Kenny didn't have that many big hits, all his recordings are well crafted- there's not a dud side among them. He also demonstrated his ear for commercial success by co-writing "Sha La La La Lee" for fellow cockneys- The Small Faces. His co-writer was none other than the legendary Mort Schumann- unlikely though that might seem. Kenny has done a lot less performing in recent years although he has maintained an unusually high output of singles for an artist who peaked in the 1960s. This perseverance probably paid off by giving him a, perhaps unexpected, chart entry in 1983 with "Half The Day's Gone And We Haven't Earned A Penny". More time has perhaps been spent on management and promotion of other artists. However, Kenny still makes the effort to appear for charity from time to time- sometimes at golf, when he gets the chance.
  
HMV POP751 1960 Mountain Of Love/ Why Do You Treat Me This Way
HMV POP786 1960 Slowcoach/ You Make Love So Well
HMV POP841 1961 So/ Love Me
HMV POP900 1961 The Story Behind My Tears/ Steady Kind
HMV POP985 1961 There's Never Been A Girl/ Doll Face
HMV POP1005 1962 It Would Take A Miracle/ Strolling Blues
HMV POP1057 1962 Puff/ Happy That's Me
HMV POP1090 1962 Up On The Roof/ Jump On Your Broomstick
HMV POP1136 1963 Misery/ Shut The Door
HMV POP1165 1963 You Can Never Stop Me Loving You/ Crazy Crazes
HMV POP1229 1963 For You/ With Somebody
HMV POP1260 1963 Shake And Scream/ Harlem Library
HMV POP1280 1964 Stand By Me/ Baby It's True
HMV POP1321 1964 What Am I To You/ That's What Little Girls Are Made For
HMV POP1367 1964 My Own Two Feet/ So Much To Love You For
HMV POP1430 1965 I'll Stay By You/ For Loving You Baby
HMV POP1476 1965 Nothing But The Real Thing
HMV POP1496 1965 Get Out Of My Way/ One Look At You
HMV POP1534 1966 The World I Used To Know/ Come On Come On
HMV POP1577 1967 I Just Wanna Love You/ It's Too Late
HMV POP1604 1967 Movin' Away/ Could I Count On You
Columbia DB8329 1968 Mister Moonlight/ The Other Side Of Dreamland
Columbia DB8498 1968 Along Comes Love/ Sweet Situation
Columbia DB8599 1969 The Drifter/ Did I Stay Too Long