On Friday, May 26th 2006, Desmond Carrington will broadcast his Radio 2 Programme 'After Seven' featuring Max Bygraves as his special guest. The show was recorded recently, using the wonders of communication over an ISDN line between Perth, Scotland and Surfers Paradise, Australia. From the clarity and intimacy of the interview you would believe that Max and Desmond were having a cosy chat in their front room.
For those of you living outside of the UK you can listen to BBC Radio 2 live over the internet at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/ and clicking on "Listen to Radio 2". Remember, the programme is scheduled to be transmitted at 7.00pm British Summer Time.
For Windows users:
To sample part of this fascinating and enjoyable thirty minute interview, featuring Max talking about his personal and show business life, please click on the following http://www.maxbygraves.com/max-on-radio2-clip1.htm But please note that the RealAudio plug-in is required to be installed on your PC to listen to this sample.
This year eight blue plaques will go up around Southwark in London, one for each of 8 districts, to celebrate people, places and events that the public at large vote for. The district of Rotherhithe has three nominees: Max Bygraves, Richard Carr-Gomm and Corbett's Lane. One of these nominees will have a Blue Plaque dedicated to them.
You don't have to live in Southwark to vote for one of its nominees - anyone whether a resident, vistor, tourist, fan or history buff can vote for any of the nominees.
Visit Southwark's website to learn more about the scheme or if you would just like to "VOTE FOR MAX" just click on the following button to generate an e-mail and send it with or without additional comments. Include a few words about why you've chosen Max to be so honoured and some of your comments will be included on the Southwark website pages in due course.
All in a day's work for veteran entertainer MAX BYGRAVES OBE, now celebrating more than sixty years in show business. Travelling in style, with Franco at the wheel, Max was met by singers and dancers from THE BIG LITTLE
to rehearse, at the Pavilion Theatre, for Wednesday night's show.
Back by popular demand and after two years in hot Australia, Max said "It's great to be home in the rain, why did I ever go away?"
Broadband users may click here to see a 9-minute video of Max's arrival at the theatre for a photocall and dial-up users can click here to view some stills from the video.
Max came back to the United Kingdom for a concert tour this summer between June and August 2005. He played to audiences in Bournemouth, Dartford, Birmingham, Bedworth, Worthing and Belfast.
with the Beverley
View a video extract of Max performing at Bournemouth. (If you do not have Flash installed, click here.)
Max and his wife are spending
more time in Australia because the climate suits them and, with
their eldest daughter Christine and their grand daughter now established
as residents, they want to be near the family.
To mark his virtual
retirement from performing in the UK, Max undertook a theatre
tour which culminated in a sell out birthday performance at the
Bournemouth Pavilion. The show was hosted by son Anthony, performer,
songwriter, and the show’s
producer, and opened by Ultraswing, an international jazz and
string quartet featuring Baz Stanescu. The legendary Beverley
Sisters, who first appeared with Max in the fifties, closed the
first half. Their eye popping performance made no concession
to the passing years and was received with tumultuous applause.
Max took up the second
half of the show and the decades melted away with a virtuoso
performance that had his audience in stitches one minute, and
caught up in the tone and melody of singalong songs of yesteryear
The event was captured by
television and after a session with his fans, who queued for an
hour or so for autographs, and an opportunity to meet the maestro,
there was a celebration party.
Max has published his sixth book this year. It has been published by Zeus Publications in Australia under the title of The Golden Years.
Although not available in the United Kingdom it can be ordered direct from Zeus Publications whose international postage rates are quite reasonable. Visit the Shopalongamax page for further details and to read an extract.
The book developed from a daily account of Max’s final tour in the UK and progresses to a thought-provoking diary of an entertainment legend coming to terms with his advancing years. This is the man who has sold over 40 million LPs, topped the charts several times in the sixties as singer/songwriter, attracted huge television audiences that dwarf those that watch todays Eastenders and has played most of the major variety venues in the western world over the past 50 years.
Here Max shows his skills
as a writer and raconteur. You can read his thoughtful assessment
of a sad world where most of his contemporaries have departed
the stage. He misses mates like Tommy Cooper, Frankie Howerd
and Geoff Love et al. If you doubt that his genius still burns
bright, catch him in a live performance if you can (Yes, he still
performs live in the antipodes from time to time. And we are
trying to persuade him to pay a visit to the UK) or take a look
at the videos and CDs that capture his mastery of the stage.
His final performance in the UK at the Bournemouth Pavilion was
an occasion that no one present will forget.
There is poignancy in his
recollections of times past and his comparisons with the present
day world of entertainment. We will never see his like again.
Today’s stars shoot into
prominence and fade away as quickly. His 50 years on the stage
honing god-given talent give him an authority that can never
of Tour Management,
last tour in New Zealand
between the 7th and 11th May 2004 with five
appearances at Wellington,
Auckland and Tauranga.
was the first tour for some years that Max
has not been accompanied
by son, Anthony, who was
(literally) struck down by illness at
the very last moment.
Anthony acts as
Max's agent and manager
in between pursuing his own career but
however, looked after Max royally after
last minute instructions
from Anthony's sick bed.
(We are delighted to report that Ant,
fondly refers to him, has made a full recovery)
appearing in Auckland at the theatre
housed in the 1076ft Sky City
was delighted to receive a backstage visit
from UK TV superstar,
Michael Barrymore, who
has found New Zealand a peaceful
after his recent travails in the UK.
a lot from Max when I first started
and, after seeing his concert
I still have a lot to learn from him.
It was great
to catch up with him again".
Richards sent us
his own account of the tour.
Max was a delight
to deal with, always the
professional artist and true gentleman.
After each show he
came out into the foyer
and signed copies of
his new CD (pressed especially
for the NZ tour) I certainly had
him through the crowds of fans
to meet and touch their idol.
The highlight of
the tour for me personally was a relaxing
dinner in the quaint
seaside resort of Tauranga.
We talked for hours about the business,
people in the business
(and others that would like
to be in the business), lots of laughter,
wine and good
food. During the 4 hour drive
back to Auckland the next day
sang songs he recorded when he was
younger, songs he had written
but never recorded
and a few songs written by his son
again, lots of hilarity.
This was the
second time I had promoted
concerts in NZ for Max, the first
15 years ago and once again he gave the
everything they came to see - and more.
They awarded him standing
and the respect he deserved.
We are hoping to
get Max back to NZ for some
Christmas shows this December.
time, perhaps, he will be able to bring
Anthony and Blossom and
stay a few days for
sight-seeing.I have had nearly 40 years
this business promoting international
artists and Max Bygraves
is most certainly
one of the most memorable and delightful.
A web site is the best place to
showcase Max Bygraves, the legendary comic, singer and writer,
whose multitude of talents have been applied to entertaining
the world for the past six decades. The site will be the definitive
source of information and news of one of the few remaining
variety superstars. There are plans for many additions. For instance
many exclusive photos will soon be on show. Go to the emailamax
page to register online so you can be
kept informed of coming appearances and new CD, video and DVD
releases that are in the pipeline. You can also send
him a message.
Especially because the website is new, the webmaster would like to hear any of your comments. Send a message to say what you like about the site, what you don't like about the site and what else you would like to see on the site.