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Kenny Lynch
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    (March 18, 1938-December 18, 2019)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Recorded the singles ‘Up On The Roof’ (1962) and ‘You Can Never Stop Me Loving You’ (1963)
    Appeared in the films ‘Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors’ (1965), ‘Carry On Loving’ (1970), and ‘The Riddle’ (2007)
    Named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to entertainment (1970)
    He left school at fifteen.
    He auditioned unsuccessfully to represent England in the Eurovision Song Contest (1962).
    While touring England with the Beatles (when they were both opening for Helen Shapiro, he offered to help John Lennon and Paul McCartney write a song; after half an hour, he gave up in frustration, declaring, ‘I am not going to write any more of that bloody rubbish with those idiots. They don’t know the music from their backsides.’
    Despite being three-quarter black, he formed a songwriting partnership with Buster Mottram, a former tennis player turned white nationalist.
    While serving in the British Army, he was the regimental featherweight boxing champion.
    He was one of the few successful black entertainers in Britain in the early 60s.
    His version of Lennon-McCartney’s ‘Misery’ was the first cover of a Beatles song released as a single (1963).
    He co-wrote the British hit singles ‘Love’s Just a Broken Heart’ for Cilla Black and ‘Sha-La-La-La-Lee’ for the Small Faces.

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