Kenny Lynch, OBE (born 18 March 1939, Stepney) is a English singer, songwriter, entertainer and actor from London. Lynch appeared in many variety shows in the 1960s.
Lynch grew up in Stepney, East London
as one of 13 children and his sister
, Gladys (stage name Maxine Daniels
) was a jazz
singer of some note. After leaving school at 15 and various jobs, he did National Service
in the Royal Army Service Corps
and was the regimental featherweight
boxing champion. He was also a semi-professional singer.
He had several UK hit singles
in the early 1960s, including the two Top Ten
hits, "Up on the Roof
" in December 1962, and "You Can Never Stop Me Loving You" in June 1963. In addition, he has written songs
for others — notably The Small Faces
' #3 UK hit, "Sha-La-La-La-Lee
", with the American
songwriter Mort Shuman
. Lynch took part in the A Song For Europe
contest in 1962 with the song "There's Never Been A Girl", but failed to win through to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest
. He returned to the contest in 1978, this time as a writer, penning "Don't Bother To Knock" for the group 'Midnight'. This song was placed second.
His numerous TV appearances include roles in Celebrity Squares, Room at the Bottom and Curry and Chips as well as minor parts in Z-Cars, The Sweeney, Til Death Us Do Part and Treasure Hunt.
Known for charity work, Lynch has often played in charity football matches and Michael Parkinson's 'Celebrity Cricket' fundraisers.
Whilst on a coach
with The Beatles
(on tour with Helen Shapiro
), Lynch reportedly offered to help them write a song, but quickly became frustrated and criticised their ability to compose music - at the time Lennon and McCartney were writing "From Me to You
". Years later he appeared on the album cover
' 1973 album
, Band on the Run
, along with other celebrities
- "Mountain of Love" (1960 - #33 UK)
- "Puff" (1962 - #33 UK)
- "Up on the Roof" (1962 - #10 UK)
- "You Can Never Stop Me Loving You" (1963 - #10 UK)
- "Stand By Me" (1964 - #39 UK)
- "What Am I To You" (1964 - #37 UK)
- "I'll Stay By You" (1965 - #29 UK)
- "Half The Day's Gone and We Haven't Earned a Penny" (1983 - #50 UK)