They many not be popular now but novelty songs were regular features on the 70s hit-parade. It’s been a while since we had one on seventiesmusic – so here goes. This one not so well-known outside of the UK but a big hit back in 1971; Clive Dunn’s, Grandad.
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- Clive Dunn was an English actor, comedian, artist, author, and singer best known for playing the role of the rather doddery Lance Corporal Jones in the BBC sitcom Dad’s Army, which ran for 80 episodes between 1968 and 1977.
- After Clive’s drama training at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, in London, WWII broke out. Clive joined the army and served with the 4th Queen’s Own Hussars. The unit fought during the German invasion of Greece but surrendered after fighting a rear-guard action near the Corinth canal. One of the four hundred men taken prisoner, Clive was held as a prisoner of war in Austria for four years. He remained in the army after the war ended, and was finally demobilised in 1947.
- During his film and television career, Clive tended towards playing his trademark character, that of a doddery old man.
- He was the unlikely singer of a #1 UK single in 1971 and subsequently released a number of other singles. His #1, Grandad, resulted in a children’s TV series, also called Grandad.
- Clive was 92 when he died in Portugal in 2112.
- Grandad was written by Herbie Flowers and Kenny Pickett, and released in November 1970, by Clive Dunn.
- The story often retold has the song written specifically for Clive. While starring in the BBC sit-com Dad’s Army, Clive met bassist Herbie Flowers. On learning that Herbie was a songwriter, Clive challenged him to write a song for him. Grandad was the result.
- Released in November 1970, Grandad reached #1 on the UK chart in January 1971 where it remained for three weeks, during which time Clive celebrated his 51st birthday. In all it spent 27 weeks on UK singles chart.
- Clive appeared on Top of the Pops four times singing Grandad but never had another hit single.
- He released an album which featured Grandad and its B-Side I play the Spoons. The album was titled Permission to Sing, Sir!, which referred to his character in Dad’s Army.
- Grandad lyrics.
grandad – clive dunn – 1971 – video
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