JOE LONGTHORNE MBE 1955-2019
It is with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that the nation’s beloved entertainer Joe Longthorne MBE passed away peacefully in the early hours of Saturday, August 3, at his home in Blackpool.
Joe died in the arms of his devoted husband of 21 years Jamie, with his rosary beads clutched tight to his chest. He leaves behind sister Ann and brother John.
Show promoter David Halford of Artistes International Management says that he is shocked and saddened by the news. “This is not something we, nor anyone, were expecting. “Not only was Joe a fantastic performer and entertainer, but Joe and Jamie were great friends too and I had so much respect for both.
“The man was a star in the true essence of the word, always performing even when in pain and only as recent as last week he was on stage in Peterborough and Middlesbrough - both shows were amazing.”
David added that Joe had a god-given gift for performing and no one could touch him vocally.
“Joe was a real star that will shine brightly in the sky and his talent and voice will live on," he concludes.
“RIP my friend.”
“The finest talent. He is up there at the top” – Bob Hope
“The best vocal entertainer in the world” – Jimmy Tarbuck
“He’s the best, he can do me better than I can do myself” Dame Shirley Bassey
“The entertainer of the century” – Ricky Tomlinson
“The human juke box” – Sir Terry Wogan
“Star of stars” – Sir Ken Dodd
Joe was famed for an endless repertoire of the voices of the world’s top singers – Shirley Bassey is moved to say “Joe can do me better than I can do myself”
His performances were a rollercoaster ride of songs and entertainment.
From Tom Jones to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, Joe’s impressions were flawless.
Million-selling albums, sell-out concerts around the world – including the Royal Albert Hall – made Joe’s the hottest ticket in town.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Joe’s incredible career in showbiz began with appearances on TV’s Junior Showtime.
His big break came in 1981 when he was a finalist on London Weekend Television's iconic Search for a Star.
This led to appearances at the London Palladium with Bob Hope and The Talk of the Town.
A short time later, Joe received the Variety Club of Britain award as Most Promising Artiste of the Year. Television specials in the UK and USA followed.
“A supreme talent and a nice man" - Les Dennis