It was like a masterclass. Lunchtime diners put down their cutlery and watched. People suddenly forgot they had January coughs and colds. Maybe there is, after all, no substitute for having more than fifty years in the entertainment business. Kenny Lynch has been everywhere, done everything….but had never headlined at Ronnie’s until yesterday, and showed his pride in the moment.
The place was packed. With the impeccable trio of Laurie Holloway (piano- off camera), Dave Olney (left above) and Harold Fisher (right) he demonstrated the craft of constant surprise and engaging story-telling through a range of songs, not the “mature pop,” which one listings mag had come up with, but mostly standards, “Weaver of Dreams,”, being but one highlight. And, for a man approacing seventy-three, the voice is in very fine shape.
Here’s a picture to set the historical context. Lynch was often in the pop charts in 1960-3, with hits like THIS until the four gents above changed things…. There is probably a story why John Lennon on the right is holding Kenny Lynch (photo from Kenny Lynch’s WEBSITE)
Only one thought to cloud a happy occasion. There is one cheeky chappy gesture of Lynch’s- left hand in pocket, right hand gesturing wildly – which brought an involuntary recollection. Nick Clegg. Perhaps we currently being governed by a bunch of entertainers….