Joe Longthorne

The One and Only Joe Longthorne

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Joe Longthorne was born into a show business family, his parents were both travelling show people. At fourteen he landed a part in Yorkshire Television's series Junior Showtime, and remained with the show for over two years. He then turned professional and earned a living in Northern working men's clubs. It was through the London Weekend Television series Search For a Star in 1981 that Longthorne was first launched onto the British televiewing public as a singer and impressionist, and his success on the show led to appearances at the London Palladium and a month-long season at London's Talk of the Town.

The following year Longthorne received the Variety Club's award for most promising artiste. In 1985 he was invited to headline a season at the Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. He made a further breakthrough on British television in 1987, starring in Live from the Palladium and Des O'Connor Tonight. Longthorne also released three platinum albums for Telstar, The Joe Longthorne Songbook, Especially For You and The Joe Longthorne Christmas Album. He has even sold out perfomances in Las Vegas. He is well known for his rendition of Dame Shirley Bassey, which is astonishing to hear in person. When Joe mimics a singer, for example Dame Shirley Bassey, his facial expressions change into the character of the artist he is impersonating. It was around the time of his appearance at the Royal Variety Performance in 1989, that he was diagnosed with lymphoma.

After responding to treatment, Longthorne embarked on a tour of Australia. and appeared on The Mike Walsh Show. Joe continued performing into the early 1990s with sell-out performances at the Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the London Palladium.

In 2006, Joe performed again at the London Palladium, and in 2007 the Variety Club awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award, which placed him amongst past recipients such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald

In August 2009, Joe appeared in a tribute show to Don Black, at the London Palladium.

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to charity

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Song List

  • You're My World
  • Always On My Mind
  • The End Of The World
  • To All The Girls I've Loved Before
  • (there's) Always Something There To Remind Me
  • Crying In The Rain
  • Love Letters
  • My Prayer
  • What's Going On?
  • We Don't Cry Out Loud
  • Answer Me
  • Let The Heartaches Begin
  • On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  • Mack The Knife
  • Somewhere
  • How Do You Keep The Music Playing
  • Just Loving You
  • What A Wonderful World
  • Morning Has Broken
  • The Long & Winding Road
  • Love Is All
  • When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New
  • Danny Boy
  • I Will Drink The Wine
  • Don't Laugh At Me
  • Hurt
  • Everybody Loves Me
  • It Was Almost Like A Song
  • Midnight In Paris
  • One For My Baby (and One More For The Road)
  • My Mother's Eyes
  • One Love In A Million
  • Perfect Love
  • You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me
  • Joanna
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • And Many More!

Previous Clients

  • Viva Blackpool
  • Wednesbury Town Hall
  • Winding Wheel Chesterfield
  • Theatre Royal St Helens
  • Southport Theatre & Floral Hall Complex
  • Theatre Royal Windsor
  • Sea Croft Holiday Village Norfolk
  • Majestic Theatre Retford
  • Webster Theatre Arbroath
  • Town Hall Ayr
  • Pavilion Theatre Glasgow
  • Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage
  • New Theatre Wimbledon
  • The Grove Theatre Dunstable
  • The Palace Theatre Westcliff-on-sea
  • Britannia Theatre Chatham
  • Towngate Theatre Basildon
  • Princes Theatre Clacton
  • Grand Theatre Lancaster
  • Victoria Hall Stoke On Trent
  • St Georges Hall Great Yarmouth
  • Potters Leisure Resort Hopton On Sea Norfolk
  • Civic Theatre Rotherham
  • Lyceum Theatre Crewe
  • Plaza Theatre Stockport
  • Chequermead Theatre East Grinstead
  • And Many More!