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Published on Jun 29, 2010
1984 (Appearance on Freddie Starr TV Special)
ABOUT Freddie Starr: Frederick Leslie Starr (born Frederick Leslie Fowell on 9 January 1943 is an English comedian who became famous in the early 1970s. He is also an impressionist and singer, with a chart album (After The Laughter) and UK top 10 single (It's You in March 1974) to his credit.
In the early 1960s, Starr was the lead singer of the Merseybeat pop group The Midniters. The group was promoted by the manager of the Beatles, Brian Epstein, and was recorded on the Decca label by Joe Meek, the producer of the single "Telstar". During this period Starr performed in nightclubs in Hamburg and was an acquaintance of the Beatles.
Still relatively unknown to television audiences, Starr was "discovered" through the talent show, Opportunity Knocks. He appeared on the 1970 Royal Variety Performance. From 1972, he was one of the main performers in the television series Who Do You Do. and also a regular in Joker's Wild. He went on to star in his own series.
Apart from the occasional guest appearance, Starr has not been seen regularly on British television since the late 1990s. ITV's The Freddie Starr Show, broadcast between 1996 and 1998, was his last major work for the medium. His appearances on LWT's An Audience with Freddie Starr in 1996 and Another Audience with Freddie Starr in 1997 were critically acclaimed, although Starr admits in his autobiography that his television appearances often failed to capture the chaotic atmosphere of his live performances.
Starr was due to tour in 2010 but the tour was cancelled when he suffered a major heart attack on 6 April 2010. He underwent triple heart bypass surgery on 17 April and will be recovering for a total of 6/7 months. His official website states that he hopes to reschedule the tour for 2011 once he fully recovers.