Beloved comedian and sixties chart star, Sir Ken Dodd, has passed away aged 90.
Once described as ‘the last great music hall entertainer’, Dodd brought laughter to audiences for over six decades with his endless one-liners and was also a prolific recording artist.
The PRS for Music member released over 20 singles and albums including his 1965 hit single Tears on the Columbia label, which topped the UK singles chart for five weeks, sold over 1.5m copies and remains in the top 40 best-selling singles of all time.
It was the third best selling single of the 1960s, outsold only by The Beatles, while his albums have reached both gold and platinum disc status.
Alongside his successful chart career as a ballad singer, Dodd released comedy novelty records including the 1965 EP Doddy and the Diddy Men, featuring the song Where’s Me Shirt? which he co-wrote.
The Liverpudlian legend enjoyed a stage career lasting over sixty years, and continued to perform, when his health permitted, until his death.
Tributes have poured in on social media for the star, including from the iconic Cavern Club, which tweeted: ‘We’re all saddened by the passing of comedy legend, Sir Ken Dodd.
‘The Cavern was privileged enough to have him visit a few times, including our reopening in 1966. Thanks for the laughs Doddy, you will truly be missed! #SirKenDodd’.