Birth Name

 Conrad Desmondson

  Also Known As

 Des O'Connor CBE

  Born

  2 January 1932
 Stepney, East London, England

  Genre

  Easy Listening, Pop

  Occupation

  Singer, Television presenter

  Instruments

  Vocals

  Years Active

  1956–present

  Labels

  Castle/Pulse, Prism, Disky

  Website

  www.des-oconnor.com

 

 

 

 

 

Any Time

 

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Can't Get Used To Losing You

 

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Careless Hands

 

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Dick-A-Dum-Dum

 

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Don't Let The Good Life Pass You By

 

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Dream A Little Dream Of Me

 

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Everybody's Talkin

 

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Gentle On My Mind

 

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Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

 

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I Get Along Without You Very Well

 

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I Pretend

 

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I'll Go On Hoping

 

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In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning

 

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It Had To Be You

 

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Just For You

 

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Loneliness

 

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My Cup Runneth Over

 

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My Funny Valentine

 

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Never My Love

 

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On The Tip Of My Fingers

 

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One Two Three O'Leary

 

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Raining In My Heart

 

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Red Roses For A Blue Lady

 

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Remember

 

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Something Stupid

 

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The Hungry Years

 

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There Goes My Heart

 

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There! I've Said It Again

 

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This Guy's In Love With You

 

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Try To Remember

 

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Unforgettable

 

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When You're Smiling

 

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With Pen In Hand

 

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Skye Boat Song with Roger Whittaker

 

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Des O'Connor is one of Britain's best-loved and longest-serving all-round entertainers, who had a string of hit singles in the late '60s, including even a number one single, "I Pretend," in 1968.

He was born in Stepney, East London, on January 12, 1932, and was evacuated to Northampton during the Second World War. Briefly a professional footballer with Northampton Town, he joined the Royal Air Force with which he performed his national service. His first job on leaving the services was as a complaints clerk in a boot and shoe factory, but he followed his dream to work in show business and got a job as a Bultin's redcoat entertainer.

He appeared in variety theatres throughout the country before his break in television in the late '50s as a presenter for the ITV interlude Spot the Tune. In 1963 he was given his own variety show called The Des O Connor Show. In 1967 he began his recording career, and like his contemporary Ken Dodd, he recorded some comic novelties but it was with his romantic ballads that he gained chart success, firstly with the single "Careless Hands" and the number one hit "I Pretend."

He was constantly ridiculed for his blandness and easygoing, laid-back style, especially from his good friends and fellow comedians Morecambe & Wise, although he always took this with good grace. His highest-placed album was also entitled I Pretend, which reached number seven early in 1969 although throughout his career he recorded a total of 34 albums and sold over 15 million records.

One of his more popular television shows was Today with Des & Mel, a daytime magazine/talk show with co-host Melanie Sykes which ran from 2002, and at the beginning of 2007 he took over the chairmanship of the daytime quiz favourite Countdown. Up to 2007, he had appeared at the London Palladium a record 1,220 times and appeared at sell-out concerts at the most prestigious venues throughout the world, including the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, the Sydney Opera House, the Concert Hall, Auckland, the O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, and the Arts Centre, Ottawa.

He fronted a mainstream television program every year between 1963 and 2007, which is longer than anyone else, anywhere. He married his long-term fiancée, Australian singer Jodie Brooke Wilson, on September 23, 2007, his fourth marriage.

*Reference Allmusic
 

 

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