Web Page No 2312
29th October 2016
Top Picture: Tommy Trinder and Jean Colin.
Bottom Picture: The Television Toppers at the London Palladium.
Thomas Edward Trinder CBE was born on 24th March 1909 and died on 10th July 1989) was known professionally known as Tommy Trinder and made his name on the stage, on screen and from appearances as a radio comedian of the pre- and post-war years. His catchphrase was 'You lucky people'.
He was born at 54 Wellfield Road, Streatham in South London and today a plaque from the Streatham Society marks the spot. He was the son of Thomas Henry Trinder, a London tram driver, and his wife Jennie Georgina Harriet Mills. Over the years Tommy Trinder became one of the best-loved comedians in Britain during the period from the late 1930s until the 1960s.
He left school before the age of 12 to take on a job as an errand boy but by the age of 12 he was on stage. He toured South Africa with a revue company in 1921 and appeared as a boy vocalist at Collins' Music Hall the following year. Minor successes in music hall, revues and working men's clubs followed. By 1926, aged 17, he was the star of a travelling variety comedy shows.
National recognition began to come in 1937 with the revues Tune In and In Town Tonight. By World War II he was one of Britain's foremost entertainers and his shows brought welcome relief during the darkest days of the war.
Ealing Studios signed him up to make films during the war. His most famous was the comedy Sailors Three in which he, Claude Hulbert and Michael Wilding capture a German pocket battleship.
He also took straight acting parts in The Foreman Went to France, The Bells Go Down (a tribute to the work done by firemen in London during the Blitz); and Bitter Springs about a family fighting to make a new life in the Australian Outback.
After the war, as a national figure he was soon recruited to television. In 1955, he became the first compere for the new ITV television programme Sunday Night at the London Palladium.
He would begin his act with, 'The name's Trinder. That's T-R-I-N-D-E-R, pronounced Chumley.' This was a gentle dig at the snobs of society, who insisted on pronouncing ordinary names in a fancy way.
He lived in an Art Deco-style apartment block in Balham the largest such under one roof in Europe in the 1930s. He moved in with Violet Trinder (née Bailey; they had married in 1932) in 1939, and was still there in 1955. His second marriage was to Gwyn (Toni) Lancelyn Green. He moved to a large private estate, Burwood Park in Hersham, Surrey called the house "Tiverly". He is buried in Burval Cemetery, which is close by to where he lived.
He hosted his own TV series, Trinder Box on BBC, in 1959.
He was a lifelong devoted supporter of Fulham Football Club and was chairman of the club between 1959 and 1976.
In 1979 he appeared in an edition of The Old Boy Network, doing his stand-up routine and presenting a condensed history of his life and career.
Using a wheelchair after a stroke in 1986, he made his final television appearance in I Like The Girls Who Do recalling his contemporary Max Miller.
Always a favourite with the Royal family (he made six appearances in Royal Variety Performances between 1945 and 1980), he was awarded a CBE in 1975. He died on 10 July 1989.
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On this day 29th October 1960-1965
On 29/10/1960 the number one single was Only the Lonely - Roy Orbison and the number one album was South Pacific Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was Bootsie & Snudge and the box office smash was Psycho. A pound of today's money was worth £13.68 and Tottenham Hotspur were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 29/10/1961 the number one single was Walkin' Back to Happiness - Helen Shapiro and the number one album was The Shadows - Shadows. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street and the box office smash was One Hundred and One Dalmations. A pound of today's money was worth £13.25 and Ipswich Town were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.The big news story of the day was Stalin removed from Lenin's tomb.
On 29/10/1962 the number one single was Telstar - The Tornadoes and the number one album was Out of the Shadows - Shadows. The top rated TV show was The Royal Variety Performance and the box office smash was Lawrence of Arabia. A pound of today's money was worth £12.89 and Everton were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 29/10/1963 the number one single was Do You Love Me? - Brian Poole & the Tremoloes and the number one album was Please Please Me - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street and the box office smash was The Great Escape. A pound of today's money was worth £12.64 and Liverpool were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 29/10/1964 the number one single was (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me - Sandy Shaw and the number one album was A Hard Day's Night - Beatles. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street and the box office smash was Dr Strangelove. A pound of today's money was worth £12.24 and Manchester United were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
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