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Charlie Drake The Worker
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My Boomerang Won
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Published: 2008/03/21
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Sinderella Live - Genie of the Prick (Charlie Drake)
Sinderella Live - Genie of the Prick (Charlie Drake)
Published: 2011/08/31
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The Charlie Drake Comedy Hour. 1972
The Charlie Drake Comedy Hour. 1972
Published: 2017/03/28
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Charlie Drake
Charlie Drake's 1961 accident
Published: 2008/11/16
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Charlie Drake - "Mr Custer"
Charlie Drake - "Mr Custer"
Published: 2011/06/04
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Sinderella
Sinderella
Published: 2015/11/23
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Charlie Drake The Worker
Charlie Drake The Worker
Published: 2008/03/17
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Charlie Drake  The Worker - Dress vanishes
Charlie Drake The Worker - Dress vanishes
Published: 2015/06/21
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Apache Dance - THE CRACKSMAN, 1963-Charlie Drake
Apache Dance - THE CRACKSMAN, 1963-Charlie Drake
Published: 2011/10/11
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Charlie Drake - Gamblers Anonymous - last 10 mins
Charlie Drake - Gamblers Anonymous - last 10 mins
Published: 2008/03/30
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Charlie Drake The Good Old Days July 1973
Charlie Drake The Good Old Days July 1973
Published: 2016/06/06
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aresoles
aresoles
Published: 2006/08/27
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Jim Davidson
Jim Davidson's Sinderella - Pissed
Published: 2008/06/19
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Charlie Drake - "My Boomerang Won
Charlie Drake - "My Boomerang Won't Come Back"
Published: 2010/12/30
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Popcaan x Drake - My Chargie
Popcaan x Drake - My Chargie
Published: 2017/04/16
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Sinderella Live - Sweeties (Charlie Drake)
Sinderella Live - Sweeties (Charlie Drake)
Published: 2011/08/31
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CHARLIE DRAKE -
CHARLIE DRAKE - 'Splish Splash' - 1958 45rpm
Published: 2012/01/28
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What
What's Cooking With Charlie Drake And Margaret Alden 1/2 (1960-1969)
Published: 2014/04/13
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Charlie Drake In The Worker The Good Old Days July 1973
Charlie Drake In The Worker The Good Old Days July 1973
Published: 2016/06/06
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3-2-1 -
3-2-1 - 'Drake's Progress' (1983)
Published: 2013/05/23
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The Good Old Days (featuring Charlie Drake) - 20th July 1973
The Good Old Days (featuring Charlie Drake) - 20th July 1973
Published: 2017/05/18
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Pearl tells about Uncle Charlie Drake
Pearl tells about Uncle Charlie Drake
Published: 2016/12/30
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Charlie Drake - Mr. Custer
Charlie Drake - Mr. Custer
Published: 2009/12/12
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Charlie Drake The Worker Series 2 ep1 pt1/5
Charlie Drake The Worker Series 2 ep1 pt1/5
Published: 2008/05/08
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Sinderella Live - Wrong Button
Sinderella Live - Wrong Button
Published: 2011/08/14
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Charlie Drake
Charlie Drake 'Puckwudgie' (1972)
Published: 2013/04/04
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Charlie Drake ~ Only A Working Man
Charlie Drake ~ Only A Working Man
Published: 2012/09/10
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CHARLIE DRAKE -
CHARLIE DRAKE - 'My Boomerang Won't Come Back' - 45rpm 1961
Published: 2009/02/21
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Charlie Drake - My Boomerang Won
Charlie Drake - My Boomerang Won't Come Back - 1962
Published: 2016/08/10
Channel: Dave Christian
Charlie Drake : You Never Know
Charlie Drake : You Never Know
Published: 2013/05/24
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Charlie Drake - "Naughty"
Charlie Drake - "Naughty"
Published: 2014/10/05
Channel: MrPurser
charlie drake ive lost the end of my yodel
charlie drake ive lost the end of my yodel
Published: 2008/09/17
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"Petticoat Pirates": Out on DVD 27/01/2014
"Petticoat Pirates": Out on DVD 27/01/2014
Published: 2013/12/10
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Charlie Drake - The Worker
Charlie Drake - The Worker
Published: 2008/03/28
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Drake - Hotline Bling (Charlie Puth & Kehlani Cover) [Wildfellaz & Arman Cekin Remix]
Drake - Hotline Bling (Charlie Puth & Kehlani Cover) [Wildfellaz & Arman Cekin Remix]
Published: 2015/11/02
Channel: Trap Nation
Charlie Drake  Mr Custer
Charlie Drake Mr Custer
Published: 2017/06/30
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Charlie Drake - You Never Know
Charlie Drake - You Never Know
Published: 2012/05/27
Channel: davismcardle23
CHARLIE DRAKE -
CHARLIE DRAKE - 'Hello My Darlings' - 1958 45rpm
Published: 2011/12/18
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Charlie Drake -  Who Is Sylvia
Charlie Drake - Who Is Sylvia
Published: 2008/11/25
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Charlie Drake - "She
Charlie Drake - "She's My Girl"
Published: 2014/10/05
Channel: MrPurser
Charlie Drake - "I Bent My Assegai"
Charlie Drake - "I Bent My Assegai"
Published: 2013/04/19
Channel: MrPurser
CHARLIE DRAKE -
CHARLIE DRAKE - 'Starkle Starkle Little Twink' - 1959 45rpm
Published: 2013/02/26
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Charlie Drake The Worker Series 2 ep1 pt2/5
Charlie Drake The Worker Series 2 ep1 pt2/5
Published: 2008/05/08
Channel: Sheda channel
Charlie Drake Stirs It Up (1960)
Charlie Drake Stirs It Up (1960)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Charlie Drake (1962)
Charlie Drake (1962)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
'The Cracksman": Out on DVD 17/02/2014
Published: 2013/12/13
Channel: Network Distributing
Charlie Drake - "Tanglefoot"
Charlie Drake - "Tanglefoot"
Published: 2014/10/05
Channel: MrPurser
My Boomerang Won
My Boomerang Won't Come Back
Published: 2011/11/22
Channel: OzPix
Charlie Drake - Super Punk (Sol-Doon 1976).
Charlie Drake - Super Punk (Sol-Doon 1976).
Published: 2017/05/18
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Charlie Drake
Charlie drake 1986.jpg
Born Charles Edward Springall
(1925-06-19)19 June 1925
Elephant and Castle, Southwark, London, England
Died 23 December 2006(2006-12-23) (aged 81)
Brinsworth House, Twickenham, Middlesex, England
Cause of death Stroke
Years active 1954–2004

Charles Edward Springall (19 June 1925 – 23 December 2006), known professionally as Charlie Drake, was an English comedian, actor, writer and singer.

With his small stature (5' 1"/155 cm tall), curly red hair and liking for slapstick, he was a popular comedian with children in his early years, becoming nationally known for his "Hello, my darlings!" catchphrase.

Early life[edit]

Born Charles Edward Springall in the Elephant and Castle, Southwark, South London, he took his mother's maiden name for the stage and, later, television and film, achieving success as a comedian.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Drake made his first appearance on stage at the age of eight, and after leaving school toured working men's clubs. After serving in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, Drake turned professional and made his television début in The Centre Show in 1953. He then joined his wartime comrade Jack Edwardes to form a double act, named 'Mick and Montmorency'. In 1954 he appeared with Bob Monkhouse in the film, Fast and Loose.

He appeared in the television shows Laughter in Store (1957), Drake's Progress (1957–58), Charlie Drake In… (1958 to 1960) and The Charlie Drake Show (1960 to 1961), being remembered for his opening catchphrase "Hello, my darlings!" The catchphrase came about because he was short, and so his eyes would often be naturally directly level with a lady's bosom. Because of this and because in his television work he preferred appearing with big-busted women, the catchphrase was born.

Bookcase incident[edit]

In 1961, the later series was brought to an abrupt end, however, by a serious accident which occurred during a live transmission. Drake had arranged for a bookcase to be set up in such a way that it would fall apart when he was pulled through it during a slapstick sketch.

It was later discovered that an over-enthusiastic workman had "mended" the bookcase before the broadcast. The actors working with him, unaware of what had happened, proceeded with the rest of the sketch which required that they pick him up and throw him through an open window. Drake fractured his skull and was unconscious for three days. It would be two years before he returned to the screen. Many sources from people involved in production later claimed that the bookcase scene was deliberate because he was so loathed by the crew for his aloofness.

Comeback[edit]

Drake returned to television in 1963 with The Charlie Drake Show, a compilation of which won an award at the Montreux Festival in 1968. The centrepiece of this was an extended sketch featuring an orchestra performing the 1812 Overture, in which Drake appeared to play all the instruments; as well as conducting and one scene in which he was the player of a triangle waiting for his cue to play a single strike – which he subsequently missed.

Through the series he played a gymnast doing a single arm twist from a high ring while a commentator counted eventually into the thousands and by the end of the series, Drake's arm appeared to be 20 ft (6 m) long. Other shows included Who is Sylvia (1967) and Slapstick and Old Lace (1971), but it was The Worker (1965 to 1970) that gained most acclaim.

Television fame led to four films, none of them successful — Sands of the Desert (1960), Petticoat Pirates (1961), The Cracksman (1963) and Mister Ten Per Cent (1967).

He was the subject of This Is Your Life on two occasions, in December 1961 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in a rehearsal room at the London Palladium, and in November 1995, when Michael Aspel surprised him at the curtain call of the comedy play Funny Money at the Playhouse Theatre.

The Worker[edit]

In The Worker (ATV/ITV, 1965–70) he played a perpetually unemployed labourer who, in every episode, was dispatched to a new job by the ever-frustrated clerk (firstly Mr Whittaker in series one, played by Percy Herbert, and from series two onwards Mr Pugh, played by Henry McGee) at the local labour exchange. All the jobs he embarked upon ended in disaster, sometimes with a burst of classic slapstick, sometimes with a bewildered Drake himself at the centre of incomprehensible actions by the people employing him. Bookending these sequences were the encounters between Drake and Pugh. Running jokes included Drake's inability to manage Mr Pugh's name, his mispronunciations ranging from a childish "Mi'er Poo" to "Peeyooo". Drake sang the theme song himself, using an old music hall number. The series was briefly revived by London Weekend Television in 1978 as a series of short sketches on Bruce Forsyth's Big Night, with Drake and McGee reprising their roles.

Recording career[edit]

Drake made a number of records, most of them produced by George Martin for the Parlophone label.[1] The first, "Splish Splash", a cover version of a rock and roll song originally recorded by Bobby Darin, got into the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, reaching number 7 in 1958.[2] An edited version of "My Boomerang Won't Come Back", became a mid-chart (No. 14 UK charts), following on from "Mr. Custer" (No. 12 UK charts) hit.

In 1972 Drake recorded a spoof song called 'Puckwudgie' on Columbia records. It referred to a 2-or-3-foot-tall (0.61 or 0.91 m) being from the Wampanoag folklore. It reached number 47 in the BBC Top 50 in early 1972.

Peter Gabriel, after leaving Genesis in late 1975, produced a single "You Never Know" for Drake (UK Charisma), it was not a chart success.

Later career[edit]

Drake turned to straight acting in the 1980s, winning acclaim for his role as Touchstone in Shakespeare's As You Like It (at the Ludlow Festival), and an award for his part in Harold Pinter's The Caretaker at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, along with Michael Angelis. Drake also starred as Smallweed in the BBC adaptation of Bleak House (1985), and Filipina Dreamgirls, a TV film for the BBC. His final appearances on stage were with Jim Davidson in Sinderella, his adult adaptation of Cinderella, as Baron Hard-on. A live recording of one of the dates on the tour of the pantomime was later adapted, and edited for video, and put out for sale nationwide.

Personal life[edit]

Drake was married twice and was survived by three sons. He was married to Heather Barnes (born 1935), a dancer, from 1953 until 1971, and they had three sons. In 1976 Drake married his second wife, Elaine Bird (born 1959) - also a dancer, but the marriage was dissolved in 1984.[3][4][5]

Retirement[edit]

Drake suffered a stroke in 1995 and retired, staying at Brinsworth House, a retirement home for actors and performers, run by the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, until his death on 23 December 2006, after suffering multiple strokes the previous night.[6][7]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Splish Splash" / "Hello My Darlings" (1958) UK No. 7
  • "Volare" / "Itchy Twitchy Feeling" (1958) UK No. 28
  • "Tom Thumb's Tune" / "Goggle Eye Ghee" (1958)
  • "Sea Cruise" / "Starkle Starkle Little Twink" (1959)
  • "Naughty" / "Old Mr Shadow" (1960)
  • "Mr. Custer" / "Glow Worm" (1960) UK No. 12
  • "My Boomerang Won't Come Back" / "She's My Girl" (1961) UK No. 14 ; US #21; Australia No. 1
  • "Tanglefoot" / "Drake's Progress" (1962)
  • "I Bent My Assegai" / "Sweet Freddy Green" (1962)
  • "I've Lost The End of My Yodel" / "I Can, Can't I" (1963)
  • "I'm Too Heavy for the Light Brigade" / "The Reluctant Tight-Rope Walker" (1964)
  • "Charles Drake 007" / "Bumpanology" (1964)
  • "Only A Working Man" / "I'm A Boy" (1965)
  • "Don't Trim My Wick" / "Birds" (1966)
  • "Who Is Sylvia" / "I Wanna Be a Group" (1967)
  • "Puckwudgie" / "Toffee and Tears" (1972) UK No. 47
  • "Someone opened Watergate and they all got wet" / "'Ello Erf" (1973)
  • "You Never Know" (1976) (produced by Peter Gabriel)
  • "Super Punk" (1976) (spoof record)[2][8][Note 1]

Theme Tune from The Worker[edit]

Drake sang the theme song himself, based upon an old music hall song

I gets up every mornin' when the clock strikes eight
I'm always punctual, never never late
With a nice cup of tea, a little round of toast
The Sporting Life and the Winning Post.
I gets all nice and tidy, then I toddles off to work
I do the best I can
Cos I'm only a-doin' what a bloke should do
Cos I'm only a workin' man!

The song, "Only A Working Man", written by Herbert Rule and Fred Holt in 1923, was featured by Lily Morris on the music hall stage, and in the 1930 film, Elstree Calling, the original lyric being "He's only a workin' man".

Selected filmography[edit]

Sinderella with jim davidson

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Some sources claim that Drake was responsible for the spoof "Gimme That Punk Junk" (1976), recorded under the name The Water Pistols, but this may be due to confusion with his "Super Punk" (1976) (spoof). Dave Goodman's website refers to the two titles as separate entities.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 69. CN 5585. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 167. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Obituary in The Daily Telegraph 26 December 2006, accessed 15 June 2010
  4. ^ Obituary in The Guardian, 28 December 2006, accessed 15 June 2010
  5. ^ "Why Charlie Drake left just £5,000 of the £5m he blew on women, horses and fast cars". 
  6. ^ "Slapstick comic Drake dies at 81". BBC News. 24 December 2006. 
  7. ^ Warm Tribute To Last Slapstick 'Great' Archived 24 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Davegoodman.co.uk Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.

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