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Joe Longthorne: The Official Autobiography Hardcover – 1 Apr 2010
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This is a down to earth, no frills, and no holds barred, account of the career of Joe Longthorne - the man behind the voice. Having been gifted with a spectacular voice he was 'discovered' as a child in Hull, where he came from a Romany background with the odds stacked against him for the bright lights, fame and fortune. He tells of his first experiences with TV, of his clubland apprenticeship, and ultimately how he rose to fame - and his own TV spectacular. Alone, with his own show he was pulling in the same amount viewers as does the X Factor and BGT today!
This uniquely talented man then gets the ground pulled from under him, as they find he has leukaemia!
He tells of his twenty+ year battle with this killer disease - and the effects of this on his career, finances, family and personal relationships.
None of the treatments work long term - and aged fifty he finds himself with one option - to try for a bone marrow transplant, which relies on his finding a suitable donor - otherwise he has twelve weeks left to live. The donor is found, the process takes place, and ends with him in a coma.. ..
This IS NOT A 'FEEL SORRY SAGA' or a boring account of medical procedures - this is a funny, sad, amusing and sometimes mad, account of the man that he is today. With five years behind him 'cancer free' he is covering new ground - both career wise, and lifewise.
This is a MUST read, for music lovers and non musical alike. Dont miss it !!
It smacks of honest, open truth and the reality that showbusiness is not necessarily the golden chalice it is often perceived to be. He is clearly a fighter and what is abundantly clear from these pages is the loyalty of his fans and his appreciation of them.
A highly recommended read, particularly for those who are interested in the showbiz of the 70's & 80's. Reads like a who's who of showbiz from the early days of his career up to the present day. It details his illness and his battle to overcome it.
Longthorne is clearly a generous man who owes it all to his fans and knows it.
If you like Joe Longthorne you'll love this book. Recommended.
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