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Kenny Lynch (1938 to 2019) was an English singer/songwriter and actor. Kenneth Lynch was born on March 18th 1938 in Stepney, East London, England. One of 13 children, his sister Gladys (aka 'Maxine Daniels') became a 'jazz' singer of some note. His father was born in Barbados and his mother's ancestors were Jamaican. After leaving school at 15 and working at various jobs, he did his compulsory national service in the Royal Army Service Corps (and was the regimental featherweight boxing champion). At that time, he represented one of few black singers to make it big in British pop music and, after fostering a connection with 'The Beatles' during the Sixties, would appear on Paul McCartney's album cover of the 'Wings' 1973 album "Band on the Run", along with other celebrities. Although much of his recorded material was self-written, he also covered songs written by others, including those coming from the Brill Building composing empire. He wrote a number of songs for other artists - these included for the actress Linda Thorson, as well as "Sha-La-La-La-Lee" ('Small Faces', No. 3 UK hit) and "Love's Just A Broken Heart" (with Mort Shuman, a No. 5 UK hit for Cilla Black). His "You'd Better Believe It" (co-written with Jerry Ragavoy) and "Sorry She's Mine" also appeared on the 1966 debut album by the 'Small Faces'. Although he took part in the A Song For Europe contest in 1962 (with the song "There's Never Been A Girl"), he failed to win through to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest proper that year. In 1978 however, his song "Don't Bother To Knock", performed by the group 'Midnight', came second in the contest. For film, he wrote '"Love Crazy" (the theme for "Carry On Emmannuelle") and "You Can't Fight It" (a vocal version of the theme to the John Carpenter film "Assault on Precinct 13"). In the mid-1960s he owned a record shop in Soho, and continued doing studio production work for other artists. He was appointed an OBE in 1971, then formed a songwriting partnership with the former tennis player Buster Mottram in the 1980s (paradoxically, Mottram had been a long-time white nationalist political activist!). He made guest appearances on such British television programmes as "Celebrity Squares", "Bullseye" and "Treasure Hunt", and also acted in "Z-Cars", "The Sweeney", "Till Death Us Do Part", "Mooncat & Co.", "Room at the Bottom" and "Curry and Chips". He was an avid celebrity fundraiser throughout his life, supporting various campaigns by his friends Bruce Forsyth and Jimmy Tarbuck, and taking a big part in Michael Parkinson's "Celebrity Cricket" charitable enterprise. Kenny Lynch died from cancer at a palliative care home in Nettlebed, Oxfordshire, on December 18th 2019, aged 81.
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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