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Respectfully known as "Britain's undisputed king of comedy}," Ken Dodd} (born Kenneth Arthur Dodd}) was one of the most successful artists in the history of the British theater. He set the record for the longest run at the Palladium} in London, in 1958 performing two shows a night and three on Saturday for an unprecedented 42 weeks. Dodd} was equally successful as a romantic balladeer, recording such hits as "Love Is Like a Violin,"} a Top Ten hit in 1960, and "Tears,"} which spent five weeks in the top chart position and became the top-selling British single of 1965. He continued to find success with his translations of Italian ballads} "The River,"} "Broken-Hearted,"} and "When Love Comes Around,"} and a tune, "Promises,"} based on Beethoven}'s "Pathetique"} sonata}. A popular television artist in the 1960s and '70s, Dodd} starred in such British TV shows as The Ken Dodd Show}, Doddy's Mixed Box}, and Ken Dodd's Showbiz}.

Liverpool-born Dodd} grew up in Knotty Ash, a small district of the British city. While still in his teens, he began performing comic versions of such well-known songs as "Professor Yaffle Chuckabutty, the Operatic Tenor and Sausage Knotter."} Launching his professional career in 1954, he appeared in Blackpool during the summers of 1955 and 1956. By 1958, he was featured act at the Central Pier} in Blackpool. In an attempt to reach the youngest members of his audiences, Dodd} created {%the Diddymen}, a fictionalized group that included {%Dicky Mint}, {%Mick the Marmalizer}, {%Hamish McDiddy}, and {%Neil Ponsonby-Smallpiece}. Although puppets were used for TV appearances, children or midgets portrayed {%the Diddymen} during their annual Christmastime concerts. ~ Craig Harris, All Music Guide

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