Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Soul Brother Number One, Resquiat In Pace

It seems that this season of cheer, goodwill and peace on Earth is always marred by the bad things in life. This year, the bloody great black cloud massing over our tattered little thread of silver lining was the announcement of the passing of one of the towering geniuses of twentieth century art and culture.
Soul Brother Numero Uno, the New, New Minister of Superheavy Funk, the hardest working man in showbusiness has gone to that great gig in the sky.
So have a glass in your hand and a kind thought in your heart ... Charlie Drake is dead.

14 Comments:

Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

won't be thrownig himself through any more windows then?

3:26 PM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

What an old pro ... what wouldn't he have done to get a laugh?
I always wanted him to play Falstaff, and he was born to play Beckett's dramas.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

i loved his show when i was little. i even loved his silly songs to.

9:46 AM  
Blogger doppelganger said...

I know all the words to 'My Boomerang Won't Come Back".....

7:57 PM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

See, everyone out there loves Charlie ...(!)

5:20 AM  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

Nice one, Anthony. I didn't realise CD was dead. I agree re. the Beckett. I love these short, round, oiky types - similarly, the wonderful Dudley Sutton: the star of Russell's 'The Devils', in my view. Because of the narrow and Nazi rules on what constitutes an acceptable, saleable, glamorous frontman, these people are never or seldom given the opportunity to play lead.

Brilliant.

3:50 PM  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

Roy Kinnear, too. Brilliant in Lumet's 'The Hill'.

Here's to those under-regarded Telly-Tubbies.

3:52 PM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

Dudley Sutton ... what a gem.
I always think the clown is much better at playing Hamlet than any leading man type is at getting a laugh.
I always wanted to see Peter Sellers, for instance, play a real villain. Didn't Les Dawson play a couple of straight roles?
Mr Drake should have been given more scope.

7:33 AM  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

I really like Charlie Drake too. But it's sad about poor old JB too. His son JB II looks just like him.

Poor old Charlie. I'd agree with Dr. Ant about Roy Kinnear too. He always seemed a bit like a shrew when he talks (a bit breathless and worried/excited and he always had a bit of a sweat on - class!)

There are some great actors who are unsung. Now, there's a post for you Anthony. Lee Majors. Ahem.

No, really.

I was quite sad that Patrick Duffy has ended up doing Panto. I used to love him as The Man from Atlantis. Yeah, I know. I'm sorry. I couldn't help it.

28 I was.

10:05 PM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

Patrick Duffy in panto ... am totally against Yanks coming over grabbing coveted panto slots from good, honest Brit thesps. It's a very British institution, the panto, and nobody else gets it.
Charlie Drake was born to play Hamm in Beckett's Endgame.

8:07 AM  
Blogger rockmother said...

Henry Winkler was GREAT in Peter Pan the other week I ashamed to say.....I went for my 5 year old...he made me...honest....


I felt really sad about Charlie Drake. He died in the same nursing home as Norman Wisdom and Fluff - maybe he died of a broken heart seeing as they weren't around anymore?

11:30 PM  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

Good trio: Drake, Fluff, and Wisdom. They don't make them like that anymore, I suspect.

11:33 PM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

Quite a trio in that home, then ... are they bumping them off in there?

2:42 PM  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

I think someone should investigate

9:43 PM  

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