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Joe Longthorne to make a big impression
3:00pm Wednesday 24th October 2012 in What's On
SINGER and vocal impressionist Joe Longthorne (right) promises an evening of pure gold at The Playhouse in Weston.
He began his career more than three decades ago and during that time he has received gold and platinum discs for his albums, enjoyed sell-out concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall and toured Australia several times.
He is now looking forward to new challenges, new songs to sing and new audiences to thrill.
Joe’s repertoire of voices is endless and includes hundreds of the world’s top singers; however, he is perhaps best known for his impersonation of Shirley Bassey, who once said: “Joe can do me better than I can do myself”.
At the age of 14 he landed a part on Yorkshire Television’s popular series Junior Showtime and remained on the show for two years, working with some of Britain’s leading stars.
His big break came in 1981 when he launched himself as a singing impressionist on London Weekend Television's Search for a Star, where he was a finalist. 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.
At the pinnacle of his career in 1989, Joe was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of blood cancer that nearly proved fatal. Although constantly battling his illness Joe continued to soar up the show business ladder in the early ’90s with sell-out performances at the Royal Albert Hall, London Palladium and Sydney Opera House.
Tickets for his show at Weston at 7.30pm next Tuesday (October 30) are £20 on the website at www.theplayhouse.co.uk or from the box office on 01934-645544.
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