Kenny Everett

British radio DJ and entertainer (1944–1995)

Kenny Everett (25 December 1944 – 4 April 1995) was a British comedian, radio DJ and television entertainer. Born Maurice James Christopher Cole, Everett is best known for his career as a radio DJ and for The Kenny Everett Video Show.

Kenny Everett
Birth nameMaurice James Christopher Cole
Born(1944-12-25)25 December 1944
Seaforth, Lancashire, England[1]
Died4 April 1995(1995-04-04) (aged 50)
London, England
MediumRadio, television
Years active1962–95
GenresCharacter comedy,
surreal comedy, sketch
InfluencesSpike Milligan, Joe Meek, Delia Derbyshire, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Peter Cook, Vivian Stanshall, Frank Zappa
InfluencedChris Moyles, Chris Tarrant
Lee "Lady Lee" Middleton (m. 1966–1984)
Notable works and rolesSee below

Personal life change

Everett married singer Lee 'Lady Lee' Middleton (Billy Fury's former girlfriend) in 1966. By 1979 they had separated. In the mid-1980s, he publicly acknowledged his homosexuality.

Everett was told in 1989 that he had HIV. He went public with his illness in 1993.[2] He died from an AIDS-related illness in London on 4 April 1995, aged 50.[3]

Shows presented change

The following is a list of the main shows Everett presented.

Radio change

Television change

Tributes & portrayals change

On 18 November 2007, ITV1 broadcast a tribute show to Everett called Licence To Laugh. Friends and colleagues said what it was like to know and work with the man they affectionately called "Cuddly Ken". Additionally, current celebrities such as Chris Moyles and Chris Tarrant talked about their love for the outrageous entertainer. They shared the ways in which Everett had influenced them and their work. It also had archive footage.

In March 2010 the BBC said it was making a 90-minute TV biopic called Number One in Heaven. It was to be written by Tim Whitnall and focus on Everett's unhappiness at secondary school.[4]

In April 2012 the BBC said it was working on a 90-minute TV biopic called The Best Possible Taste. This would focus on the performer's relationship with his ex-wife, singer Lee Middleton.[5]

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Obituary:Kenny Everett" Archived 2018-10-03 at the Wayback Machine, The Independent, 5 April 1995. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  2. Charmaz, Kathy; Howarth, Glennys; Kellehear, Allan (1997). The unknown country: death in Australia, Britain, and the USA. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 162. ISBN 978-0-312-16545-1.
  3. "Transitions". The Advocate (681). Here Publishing: 19. 16 May 1995. ISSN 0001-8996.
  4. Kenny Everett to return to TV as BBC announces plans for biopic 15 March 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  5. Kenny Everett biopic for BBC Four 03 April 2012. Retrieved 03 April 2012.

Other websites change