Arthur Askey: The Best Of - The Bee Song

Arthur Bowden Askey CBE (6 June 1900 – 16 November 1982) was a prominent English comedian. He was born at 29 Moses Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, he was the elder child and only son of Samuel Askey (d.1958), secretary of the firm Sugar Products of Liverpool, and his wife, Betsy Bowden (d.1949), of Knutsford, Cheshire. Six months after his birth the family moved to 90 Rosslyn Street, Liverpool. Askey was educated at St. Michael's Council School (1905–11) and the Liverpool Institute for Boys (1911–16) famed for winning an egg and spoon race at a school sports day. He was very small at 5' 2" (1.6m), with a breezy, smiling personality, and wore distinctive horn-rimmed glasses. He served in the forces in World War I and performed in army entertainments. After work as a clerk for Liverpool Corporation, Education Department, he was in a touring concert party and the music halls, but he rose to stardom in 1938 through his role in the first regular radio comedy series, Band Waggon on the BBC,...

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