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rob_fmttm Posted on 5/7 11:19
George Melly RIP - death of a great

Remember him giving a superb performance many years ago at the Poly - the PA had failed and he tried to sing without a microphone and succeeded.

Mr "Dickens Home Improvement Hypermarket" himself.

Jazz, art lecturer, tv critic, surrealist art collector, writer of newspaper cartoons. A colossus of the 20th century.

He certainly did his bit.

Link: Gorgeous George

ElvisRamone Posted on 5/7 11:21
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Hmm.....the Feetwarmers minus Melly. RIP.

gruntas Posted on 5/7 11:24
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and here was me thinking this was going to be an article about Roger Melly the man on the telly!

I really should learn to take more time reading the titles!

beeline Posted on 5/7 11:34
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He was the last 'celebrity' I saw before quitting the UK. Stood on York station resplendent in his outrageously striped suit looking as cool as a dude half his age. A real character.

Steaknife Posted on 5/7 12:04
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My mate saw him collapse on stage in Brighton a few months back in what proved to be his last gig. A true great.
He also sang the advert for Potterton Boilers.

ExiledInStoke Posted on 5/7 12:08
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A bon viveur if there ever was one. His one man shows were the most entertaining way of spending an evening whilst clothed!

Gillandi Posted on 5/7 12:28
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A unique and brilliant man.

RIP

KEN_M Posted on 5/7 12:52
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An amazing talent, as both a raconteur and musician.

He was also famous for the wisecrack at Mick Jagger, when Jagger said the lines on his face were 'laughter lines' GM replied 'nobody is that funny'.

RIP

boro_newjersey Posted on 5/7 12:53
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saw him play countless times. a mate of mine used to promote his shows.

a very funny comedian on stage in between songs, too. fave joke:

A woman came up to me after the show last night and said, "don't you remember me from that north London show, years ago?" And I said, sorry, no, so she said, "it was in Hatfield and I'll always remember it because you let me hold your hat" to which I replied if only we'd been playing in Cockfosters...

All ironic really as he tried to get erm, very, erm "friendly" with me...

deganya Posted on 5/7 13:04
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Brilliant man and a great musician. Told lots of jokes and stories on stage. I once saw him in the Melkweg in Amsterdam and realised then what a natural performer he was.

Sadly missed RIP

Boro_Gadgie Posted on 5/7 14:49
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Oh, it's George Melly that's dead is it? Thank God for that, I thought it was Roger.

StevieT Posted on 5/7 15:05
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RIP George.

beeline Posted on 5/7 15:34
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Wasn't funny the first time Gadge.

Boro_Gadgie Posted on 5/7 15:36
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Sorry beeline, I missed Gruntas's post. He was certainly a character. RIP.

beeline Posted on 5/7 15:38
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Well done.

absent_red Posted on 5/7 15:54
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Sad day. Loved his playing on Radioheads 'National Anthem', opened my musical horizons.
RIP

borobadge Posted on 5/7 16:10
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a man of immense talent and a love for all things worth loving.

i cant imagine George wanting to either Rest or in Peace, he was a mischeivious troublesome cool-cat rioter as a youth.

takeitaway Georgie.

kelvin_fahrenheit Posted on 5/7 16:12
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Saw him at the jazz festival at Ayrsome Park, singing Hot Nuts. Later that evening we were at a concert at a small room in the Dragonara Hotel when George walked in and sat at a table. The room was buzzing.

RIP George,

Nuts,
Hot nuts,
You buy 'em from the peanut man.

dham Posted on 5/7 18:45
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His autobiog, "Rum, Bum and Concertina" is well worth a read. Very funny. "The only thing I learnt in the navy was how to have a wank in a hammock, without falling out!"

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 5/7 18:54
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I him a couple of times in the Boro in the late 70s.

Was a friend of my mate's dad and frequent visitor to my their house on Egmont Road behind the White Rose cos they used to have a Jazz band.

Liked his Jazz cigarettes.

bungydinsdale Posted on 5/7 21:50
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RIP George lad. Saw him many times while working at the Bulls Head in Barnes in the 80s. He was indeed somebody who liked to have a bit of fun.

foggonsfplandiet Posted on 5/7 22:22
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I remember him championing The Stranglers when they were just about to make it big. He appeared on the flip side of the Stranglers version of "Walk on By" singing "Old Codger".

rob_fmttm Posted on 5/7 22:23
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Oh yes that's right - "what an old codger I am... what an old codger I am."

I had a George Melly and John Chilton's Feetwarmers sings Fats Waller LP - played it to death.

wheelz Posted on 5/7 23:47
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I recall George doing a gig @ the Kirk in my formative youth... if I'm not mistaken, he and some of his guys did a jam with the Blue Caps, too.. might be mistaken, tho'.. it was a l-o-n-g time ago..

one of the few artistes that could've got MY feet tapping..

RIP, George

aweeboro Posted on 6/7 20:56
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Very sad. Met him once - a real gentleman.

bodysausage Posted on 7/7 1:07
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George, what a life. Congratulations mate.
Great entertainer and great performer.