Long lived entertainer Des O’Connor has taken his final curtain call aged 88. A former Butlins redcoat, Des worked with Frank Sinatra and The Beatles, and he had four UK top 10 hits, including a number one, I Pretend, in 1968. In 1958, he toured the UK with Buddy Holly, and his music career sold over sixteen million records. In 1963, he was given his own chat show, The Des O’Connor Show, and he carried on in a variety of chats shows for the next forty years. He also was the third presenter of Countdown between 2007 and 2008. He was picked by 5 teams, including Windsor the Troll and Grief Encounter.
12 January 1932 – 14 November 2020