Gary Wilmot
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Judy Garland
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Frank Sinatra

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Joe Longthorne

Knowledge Identifier: +Joe_Longthorne


Joe Longthorne

English singer of Romani ethnicity, who has performed in several Royal Variety Performances add

Category: Music

Born in 1955.

Countries: United Kingdom (60%), United States (40%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Gary Wilmot, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald

Linked to: Romani people




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Joe Longthorne was born in 1955 add something


It was through the London Weekend Television series "Search For a Star" in 1981 that Longthorne was first launched onto the British televiewing public as a singer and impressionist, and his success on the show led to appearances at the London Palladium and a month long season at London's Talk of the Town add something


In 1985 he was invited to headline a season at the Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago , Illinois add something


He made a further breakthrough on British television in 1987, starring in "Live From The Palladium" and "Des O'Connor Tonight" add something


It was around the time of his appearance at the Royal Variety Performance in 1989, that he was diagnosed with lymphoma add something


Sydney Opera House - Longthorne continued performing into the early 1990s with sell-out performances at the Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the London Palladium add something


His music videos "Live In Concert" and "A Man and His Music" were steady sellers in the 1990s, but financial problems from past mismanagement that led him to bankruptcy in the later part of the decade add something


In 2006, Longthorne performed again at the London Palladium, and in 2007 the Variety Club awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award, which placed him amongst past recipients such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Wayne Dobson, Freddie "Parrot Faced" Davies and Gary Wilmot add something


In August 2009, Longthorne appeared in a tribute show to Don Black, at the London Palladium add something


He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to charity add something


In 2013, he performed at the Hippodrome, and in 2015 at the Palladium once again for a star-studded 60th birthday concert featuring comedians Jimmy Tarbuck and Johnnie Casson add something


In 2014, Longthorne had throat cancer, but remained adamant in newspaper interviews that he would continue to perform after his operation add something


Casson joined Longthorne on his post-cancer 2016 'No Regrets' tour add something