In their heyday the comedy duo were making more money than they knew what to do with [REX]. I will always miss him, he was so joyful, full of fun and mischievous.". "He was a true entertainer with real funny bones. #RockOn #RIPBobbyBall". The show will play in Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Like rock stars they had groupies who - in time-honoured fashion - would throw their knickers at the stage. Thomas Derbyshire and Robert Harper - as they were then - first met as welders at a tractor factory in Rochdale in 1962. It comes as it emerged that the hospital where Bobby died has seen the highest number of beds taken up by coronavirus patients in the country.

He is survived by two sons, Robert and Darren, with his first wife Joan Lynn, as well as his daughter Joanne with Yvonne Nugent. Our interview takes place in the back room of a youth club on a dodgy housing estate in Vauxhall, south London, where they are rehearsing for Ha Ha Hood! - we stopped speaking.". To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. The couple, who have been living in Lytham, Lancashire, and have been married for 46 years, have 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. And The Prince of Leaves is described by producers as "a brand new and all-out outrageous comic romp". One day I asked to speak to him and after a while he said, 'Let's pray.' Creator Ben Langley, who also takes on the mantle of Robin, explains: "For me, what I saw in Ha Ha! Cannon, who had left his wife of 30 years for Hazel, a dancer in one of their shows, became a Christian eight years later. On Thursday, a top doctor said operations at the hospital could be axed unless coronavirus cases go down. "His wife Yvonne said the hospital and staff could not have been more wonderful, as they were outstanding in their care of duty and they did everything possible for him and she cannot praise them enough. You sang South Of The Border Down Mexico Way.' He said, 'I hope you can because you owe a million pounds to the taxman.' Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball starred in "Cannon & Ball" throughout the 80s, Tommy Cannon, right, said today: "Rock on, my good friend, I can't believe this, I'm devastated", Bobby Ball appeared on I'm A Celeb in 2005, Bobby Ball, left, one half of the comedy double act Cannon & Ball, has died aged 76, The comedian sadly passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital last night, In March, Bobby Ball sang with NHS workers to support them as they helped fight coronavirus, Ball, left, was pictured with Peter Kay in December 2019, He was famous for his bow tie and braces and catchphrase: "Rock on, Tommy! By 1969, they were good enough to pass an audition to appear on Opportunity Knocks, the grandfather of all TV talent shows that was presented by the legendary Hughie Green. He later tested positive for Covid-19 and died at approximately 9.30pm on Wednesday. The nation took the lovable northern duo to their hearts, audiences were soon nudging the 18 million mark and the former £20-a-week welders were earning more than £200,000 a month each. And in the end I said I'd agree to be called Ball but just for that programme then after that we would change it. "We paid what we owed," says Ball. After the success of The Cannon And Ball Show he appeared in a string of TV series including as Lenny in Last Of The Summer Wine from 2005 to 2008. "He was with our accountant. His death comes after the actor and comedian tested positive for Covid-19. I was that incensed that we had been led down this path and not known that I smashed my foot into a radiator on the wall and knocked it off.". Bobby, who starred in the fifth series of I'm a Celebrity, as well as Not Going Out and Last Of The Summer Wine, was rushed to hospital after experiencing breathing problems. Their growing stardom also guaranteed sold-out summer tours and their popularity was such in 1985 they outsold rocker Bruce Springsteen's British tour that year. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. He immediately went home and confessed to wife Yvonne all the naughtiness he had got up to on tour and fortunately she forgave him. Prince of Leaves marks forty years since their first television appearance and a notable fifty years together as a double act. Ball was patron of the local NHS Blue Skies charity and the couple recently organised a variety event which raised £30,000 towards the development of the dementia garden at Clifton Hospital, Lytham, Lancashire. Such a hilarious man. "We had entourages in those days. I can't explain exactly what he had but he had something that I didn't have. The company have previously staged the shows Ha Ha Holmes!, Ha Ha Hitler! And The Prince Of Leaves starring Cannon and Ball and Su Pollard opens at the Chelmsford Civic on August 19, then tours the UK. The production, which also stars Ben Langley and Andy Pickering, has been put together by the Ha Ha Boys comedy team. Now aged 76 and 70 respectively Cannon and Ball have no intention of retiring. There was no alternative but to cram their schedule with gigs and hit the road. "There was a singer called Freddy Cannon in the 1950s," says Ball.

TOMMY Cannon yesterday said "rock on, my good friend" after his Cannon & Ball partner Bobby Ball died from coronavirus aged 76. "One was a night club and one was a disco. He said: "Just heard the news about my friend and fellow I'm a celebrity contestant Bobby ball ...I'm devastated by the news. Dr Jim Gardner, medical director at the NHS trust which runs the hospital, said they are being overrun with patients and have been forced to cancel surgical procedures to cope. A genuinely lovely, sweet, kind man...", Willoughby added: "Yes. He said: "It is with great personal sadness that on behalf of Yvonne Ball, and the family, and Tommy Cannon, I announce that Bobby Ball passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on the 28th October 2020 approximately 21:30. At first it was thought to be a chest infection but a test proved positive for Covid-19.".

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