Tributes paid to vet­eran singer Kenny Lynch

Manchester Evening News - - NATIONAL -

JIMMY TARBUCK has remembered his friend Kenny Lynch as “a great singer and a won­der­ful per­son­al­ity who looked great in a good suit”.

The vet­eran en­ter­tainer said he had vis­ited the Up On The Roof singer at home in the last month when he was very ill, adding that he was “ready to die”.

Lynch, who died yes­ter­day aged 81, and Tarbuck fre­quently per­formed to­gether over the years and Tarbuck said they ended up roar­ing with laugh­ter as they rem­i­nisced re­cently on “so many” good times.

He told the PA news agency: “He was a very good singer, the whole fam­ily was, his sis­ter was a great singer, a won­der­ful per­son­al­ity and he looked great in a good suit.”

A state­ment from Lynch’s fam­ily said: “Sad­dened to share this news with you all.

Sadly our dad passed away in the early hours this morn­ing.

“He will be remembered & missed by many. We would like to say a mas­sive thank you to the NHS & the peo­ple at Sue Ry­der for all their sup­port. Bye Dad, we will love you al­ways!”

Ra­dio pre­sen­ter Danny Baker tweet­ing that Lynch was a “huge tal­ent, a pi­o­neer and tremen­dous com­pany”.

Singer Boy Ge­orge tweeted: “God Bless Kenny Lynch. R.I.P. My love and con­do­lences to his fam­ily and friends. Ab­so­lutely huge part of my 70s life.”

Of Caribbean and Ir­ish her­itage, Lynch was one of the few black singers in Bri­tish pop mu­sic in the 1960s.

In 1963 he ap­peared along­side The Bea­tles on their first Bri­tish tour when both acts were on the bill for a string of dates headed by singer He­len Shapiro.

En­ter­tainer Kenny Lynch has died aged 81

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