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Wednesday, May 9th 2007

11:15 AM

A Swansea return for the man of 100 voices!


10:30 - 04 May 2007

Joe LongthorneGrand Theatre, Swansea

MAN of many voices, Joe Longthorne, will be helping audiences in Swansea forget their troubles next week when he pays a return visit to the Grand Theatre.

The singer and impressionist has to put aside his own worries when he takes the stage with a couple of hours of great songs and hilarious impressions.

Once the ultimate "Hull boy done good", his rags-to-riches story has been tainted by bankruptcy and leukaemia.

A household name for more than quarter of a century, none of his problems have dented his popularity.

The man of 100 voices will undoubtedly take the opportunity to share his impression of a particular Welsh favourite, Shirley Bassey, who has said of him: "Joe can do me better than I can do myself."

Despite being dyslexic and deaf in one ear, Joe began performing in talent shows at the age of four and, by his early teens, was beginning to make a name for himself on ITV's Junior Showtime, LWT's Search for a Star and BBC's Les Dennis Laughter Show before getting his own series.

The shows earned him millions in his late-1980s heyday, but by 2000 he had run up debts of more than £1 million and had to declare himself bankrupt.

He played to packed houses at the London Palladium, sharing the stage with Bruce Forsyth, Shirley Bassey, Diana Ross and Bob Hope.

But in an eventful and sometimes tragic career, Joe, now 52, has long learned to live without regrets and will be sharing his enthusiasm for new challenges at the Grand on Tuesday.
5 total comments.

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Posted by lyn perkins:

I have followed Joe for 30 years, and I can honestly say that as time goes by I get to love him more. Having therefore followed him through his various stages of leukaemia, and cancer, and the various stages of treatments, ~I think you will agree he is an enigma ! One thing that is consistent about Joe is his voice - through all the traumas his body has been through his voice has never let him down. Combined with his own special stage presence, not to mention his heart of gold, Joe has pushed himself to his limits to give us the performances that have earned him the name 'the singers singer' believe me - HE is the one that other singers go to see when they are not working. Off stage Joe - the man - is underneath it all a thoughtful, kind and feeling man - who is grateful to be alive - let alone performing to full houses again! Whenever possible he gives his time, money and fantastic talent to raise money for other sufferers and their families; he has given hope to the hopeless, love to the loveless, and inspiration to those without either. Thanks be to God for Joe's recovery - and the medical teams that helped in his recovery; And thanks to Joe for being Joe.

As the year goes on, the 'you and me tour' is touring all over the UK, and having seen it several times now [cant get enough of the man] the audiences are getting bigger - now its all packed houses - the shows are getting longer, and Joe is getting stronger! Way to go Joe, WE LOVE YOU!!! XX
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