George Melly certainly is a colourful and charismatic character and I've enjoyed many of his excellent performances in the past. I have never met him in person or seen him 'live' but I've certainly missed his entertaining appearances on our screens. Great stuff.
I am very sorry to learn of his deteriorating health and hope he remains lucid for the rest of his days. His personality exuded warmth and passion right out from the screen and I believe he will fight his illness for as long as he can. I wish him well. TC.
when I met him. We had some business to conduct, and he insisted that we did it during the intervals in his performances. He was the epitome of professionalism and courtesy, but it was plain to see that his music came first.
I'm not a jazz fan, but I like anyone who is a little larger than life, and George certainly fits that bill.
Dementia is a terrible illness to see a loved one go from a capable clever person to one who was a shadow of the person you knew is harrowing, unfortunately I speak from experience my Mother died seven years ago of this illness.
It was a Sunday Lunchtime thing, a so-called Jam Session and you never knew who would be there, but GM was a regular. Jazz-Men earned remarkably little money then so I suppose that the contents of the beer mugs that were handed around every couple of times must have been useful.
I worked on stage lighting at a couple of George Melly concerts in Liverpool, he was with John chilterns Feetwarmers, what a showman, two songs stick in my memory, My Canary's got circles under its eyes and a fantastic rendition of Frankie and Johnny that had everybody in the place crying with laughter
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