Max Bygraves tributes: Entertainment world salutes 'one of the greats'
The entertainment world has paid tribute to showbiz giant Max Bygraves.
The 89-year-old comedian, singer and variety performer, whose catchphrase was “I wanna tell you a story”, died peacefully in his sleep at home in Queensland, Australia.
His close friend, comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, said: “He was one of the greats of British entertainment.
“I have nothing but lovely memories of him. He was a big, big influence on me. He had the audience in the palm of his hand quicker than any other comedian I have seen.
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“They loved him, and you don’t get that love very often.
“He was one of the all-time greats of British entertainment – a king of the Palladium.”
Actress Barbara Windsor said: “The public absolutely loved him.
“Some people thought he just walked out on stage and did his thing, but he had the whole package. He was incredibly talented.
“He was one of the good ones and he’ll always be remembered.”
Comedian Ken Dodd described Bygraves as a “magical performer”.
He said: “He was absolutely brilliant – an excellent comedian, a very good singer and quite a good actor. Yes, he was a giant of showbusiness, a wonderful, wonderful man.”
Veteran entertainer Des O’Connor said Bygraves had been a massive influence on his own career and had given him valuable guidance when he started out. He described Bygraves as a “top, top professional”.
Bygraves and his wife had moved from their home in Poole, Dorset, to Australia several years ago .
His agent Johnny Mans said he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years ago.