Post by maninasuitcase on May 10, 2019 6:34:16 GMT
Had the real name of Freddie Fowell. No wonder he changed it. He was among the minor players in the 1960's Merseybeat era and his group had connections with Brian Epstein and Joe Meek. He also knew The Beatles.
I thought he was very good as a comedian back in the 70s but TBH I comment on his act since then. I know he had been in poor health of late.
Honestas non est optimum consilium est: consilium non solum est.
It was at a Shadows gig in Manchester - I think it was around 1981. The Shadows started to play Move It and suddenly a figure bounded onto the stage... everyone thought it was Cliff, of course, and started to go mad! Then, after a few seconds, the real identity of the stage invader became clear... it was Freddie Starr. He continued to get a warm welcome and sang Move It with the lads. There was the inevitable bit of clowning. I remember he had a good voice, but was unaware of his musical origins.
Yes, his style of comedy fell out of, er, style... but at his peak, in the 1970s, I thought he was very funny. A shame that his later years seemed to have been blighted by ill health and various other problems.
"What are you two, some kind of music hall act?" "Whatever we are..." "...you made us!" "TA-DAA!!"
Post by bodiesstuntdouble on May 10, 2019 18:04:55 GMT
Poor Freddie his final days were blighted by ill health and he died alone. I always liked him , he was daft and took risks and made me laugh - many's the time I've watched old clips of his act (particularly on the Des O'Connor show)and he was a force of life making his own rules. A competent singer and as Ltd rightly points out his acting skills in "The Squeeze" were a revelation and its a shame he didn't pursue that avenue further.
I saw Freddie Starr perform in Great Yarmouth in the early 90’s. It was meant to be a family show, but let’s just say he pushed the envelope a bit! I was only 9 or 10 at the time and my parents were big fans, so they thought let’s have a family outing!
Freddie was a great all round entertainer. He was a hilarious comic performer and had a singing voice that would put any X-Factor contestant to eternal shame. I’m not familiar with his straight acting roles, but apparently he was pretty decent. Unfortunately the allegations against him later in life tarnished his reputation, but to me I’d like to think he wasn’t like some of the other unpleasant characters that were around in the 70’s and 80’s. All I’ll add is RIP Freddie, you gave my family plenty of laughs and hopefully you’re now at peace.