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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: Chairman Humph - A Tribute (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, 13 Nov 2008

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (13 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408426013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408426012
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.8 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A BBC Radio 4 tribute to the legendary broadcaster, jazz trumpeter and chairman of 'I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue'.

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Humphrey Lyttelton was born in 1921 at Eton College, where his father was a housemaster and he was subsequently educated. During World War II he served as an officer in the Grenadier Guards, and he then studied for two years at Camberwell Arts School. In a tremendously varied career, he worked as a cartoonist for the Daily Mail, as a journalist for Punch and The Field, wrote seven books, became an acclaimed jazz trumpeter and formed a record company. He was also well-known as chair of the long-running BBC radio show, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, a role he performed for over 30 years. He died in 2008.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By S. Bradnam on 15 Nov. 2008
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I imagined it would be extremely difficult to write a brief, glowing review about something that is linked to the death of one of my favourite presenters/performers.....but this programme, originally broadcast in June 2008, and splendidly hosted by Stephen Fry, is a glowing tribute to Humph. Excellent, funny and emotional contributions from Graeme Garden (who uses the quote in my title for this review.....and how right!), Tim Brook-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Jeremy Hardy, Sandi Toksvig, and many more, make for a really great 50 minutes of listening that you can come back to again and again. Humph was such an unassuming & charming man with a remarkable (aristocratic!) background - friend of Loius Armstrong, cartoonist for the Daily Mail after WWII, jazz legend, and the ultimate chairman of panel games. This Radio 4 programme is a really fitting tribute to a great, great man. You will laugh and you will shed a tear.....an excellent tribute. Highly recommended
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By doublegone TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Jan. 2009
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I fear some other people reviewing this item may actually be reviewing the life of the great man. Humph, it goes without saying, deserves five stars all the way. The three stars that I give this CD should in no way be seen as a slight to Mr Lyttelton. The fact is though that this is a one-time listen. Various friends and colleagues are assembled to give praise, which is all very fine, but what would have been better would have been less tribute talk and more excerpts of Humph being Humph. There is no better tribute to the man than his glorious music, his superb wit and peerless comic timing.

A highlight though was the recording from the VE day celebrations in London. The typical BBC announcer described the scene including reference to a trumpeter playing for the crowds below him. Wafting up over the decades you can make out the tune of Roll out the Barrel drifting up from the throng as the announcer falls silent. It was of course Humph, as ever the life and soul of the party.

Better to remember him through his own work I think, than through other people's reminiscences. Its very right that this programme was made and broadcast in the wake of his passing, but that doesn't make it a CD you will necessarily feel the need to own. Personally I will remember Humph without it, as I remember also Lionel Blair on Give Us a Clue, his hands a blur, trying to pull off twelve angry men in under two minutes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the antiquary VINE VOICE on 29 Dec. 2008
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I don't need to recommend this well-presented obituary to existing Humphrey Lyttelton and ISIHAC fans - it's a fine thing to have - and included are plenty of funny anecdotes and clips (just don't expect this to be a compilation). As the original free broadcast it is pleasant and blameless, as a cd to buy though it is lacking in range and detail.

There isn't enough jazz, at least one full track with the band surely would have made this a more rounded tribute. As would hearing from a wider range of people than predominantly Radio 4 personalities. Still, it is clearly labelled and aimed at the radio show fans, and a worthwhile remembrance of a man who needs to be remembered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 April 2009
Is it possible that here was a man with no enemies? Witty, clever, talented, modest - who wouldn't enjoy an evening of his company? Given the way that certain panel game hosts have come and gone on tv, I suspect he wouldn't have lasted 35 odd years if he rubbed anyone up the wrong way. (I guess that would have been a job for Samantha, anyway.) I await the next series of ISIHAC with trepidation. I wonder if Humph might just be completely irreplaceable. Not many of us are.

This is a happy collection of reminiscences from friends and admirers - many of whom it seems were both of those things. It is naturally mostly Clue related, but there are plenty of touches of the life he had before ISIHAC propelled him to his status as a National Treasure.
Buy this and enjoy it. Especially the cheeky bits. (Anthony Worrall Thompson might just be about to keep Lionel Blair company in my thoughts.)

NB I have also recently read his autobiograpy "It just occurred to me" and that sits very nicely with this as a celebration of his life.
It Just Occurred to Me...: The Reminiscences and Thoughts of Chairman Humph
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Monkeymoo-lil-Q on 16 July 2009
I listened to this CD at a friend's house one evening not being familiar with Chairman Humph or I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and I have to say it made my day.

The wonderfully warm tone of the memories people have of Chairman Humph and his talents give you the impression of a much beloved man and this CD serves as a great introduction to his work for newcomers like me as well as a nostalgic trip down memory lane for those who have known and loved him for much longer.

I am aware that some reviewers believe this to be a one listen wonder, but I don't think this is the case. It is something to put on during a cold wet afternoon when you need reminding of the better aspects of human nature. A bit like a well loved family film on a Sunday afternoon, this CD will most likely make you smile and perhaps shed a tear or two while curled up with a cup of tea. A fitting tribute to a man whose work I will be listening to much more in the future.
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