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Josef Locke


The renowned tenor whose lifestyle inspired the 1992 film Hear My Tune, Josef Locke was created born Joseph McLaughlin in Londonderry, Northern Ireland on March 23, 1917. Based on the tribute site at http://www.spatty.demon.co.uk/, he began performing in neighborhood churches at age group seven, but in 16 enlisted within the Irish Guards; a stint overseas using the Palestine Law enforcement preceded his go back to Ireland, where he became a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary. Performances at local range clubs gained McLaughlin the nickname “The Performing Bobby,” and even though his early repertoire contains opera selections, on the urging of observed tenor John McCormack he shortly shifted to lighter materials instead; impresario Jack port Hylton, in the meantime, was accountable changing the singer’s name to Josef Locke. He released his initial documenting “Santa Lucia” in 1947, and afterwards that year released “Listen to My Tune, Violetta” — even though latter continued to be Locke’s signature efficiency throughout his profession, his later result mixed traditional Irish ballads (“I’ll Consider You Home Once again, Kathleen,” “Galway Bay”), operatic materials (“My Heart and I,” “Goodbye”) and Italian strikes (“Get back to Sorrento,” “Cara Mia”). He also made an appearance in a small number of film comedies, including 1948’s Vacations with Pay out and 1949’s Just what a KEEP ON. For 19 consecutive periods he also made an appearance at the favorite British seaside holiday resort of Blackpool; in 1958, nevertheless, at the top of his popularity Locke left Britain within the wake of taxes problems, not coming back for near ten years and settling into self-imposed exile in State Kildare. Within the interim, lookalike vocalist Erik Ellison (dubbed “Mr. X” by followers) impersonated Locke onstage — the misunderstandings dogged both performers for the rest of their particular professions. Confining his personal shows to charity concerts within the years to check out, Locke came back to prominence in 1992 using the launch of Listen to My Track, a comic dream inspired from the singer’s existence with Ned Beatty within the lead part. He died Oct 15, 1999.

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Full Name Josef Locke
Died October 15, 1999, Clane, Republic of Ireland
Profession Singer
Nationality Irish, British
Music Songs Hear My Song Violetta, Blaze Away, Come Back to Sorrento, When You Were Sweet Sixteen, Good Bye, I'll Walk Beside You, The Holy City, How Can You Buy Killarney?, The Soldier's Dream, The Bold Gendarmes, Love's Last Word Is Spoken, You Are My Heart's Delight, Count Your Blessings, Rose of Tralee, Macushla, The Old Bog Road, If I Were a Blackbird, Galway Bay, Town I Loved So Well, Eileen O'Grady, My Heart and I, The Rose of Slievenamon, You'll Never Forget About Ireland, When You Talk About Old Ireland, March of the Grenadiers, We All Have A Song In Our Hearts, Song of Songs, Will The Angels Play Their Harps For Me?, A Shawl of Galway Grey, Beneath Thy Window, Maire My Girl, O Maiden, My Maiden
Albums The Songs I Love So Well, The EMI Recordings 1947-1955, The World of Josef Locke Today, Those Were the Days; Vintage Irish Tenors, Hear My Song - The Definitive Collection, Vol. 1 (Special Extended Remastered Edition), The Collection - His 50 Greatest Songs, Walking Beside You, Hear My Song, Let There Be Peace, When You Talk About Old Ireland, Hymns We All Love, O Sole Mio, The Very Best of Josef Locke, The Irish Tenor Collection, Vol. 2 (Remastered Special Edition), The Bard Of Armagh, Danny Boy, Hear My Song: 24 Favourites, Your Irish Favourites (Remastered Extended Edition), Your Irish Favourites, Vol. 1 (Remastered Special Edition), A Tear, A Kiss, A Smile, I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen Vol 1, Nostalgic Memories-The Very Best Of Joseph Locke-Vol. 41, Your Irish Favourites, Vol. 2 (Remastered Special Edition), I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen Vol 2, Blaze Away! The Columbia Recordings 1947-55, The Irish Tenors Collection, Vol. 1 (Remastered Special Edition), Six Play: Josef Locke - EP, The Best of Josef Locke, Golden Oldies, Josef Locke Selected Favorites, Great Songs from Josef Locke, The Collection, Legends (Remastered), Song Of Songs, The Irish Tenors Collection - 25 Irish Favourites (Remastered Extended Edition), Silent Night Holy Night, The Unforgettable - Joseph Locke, His Greatest Hits (Special Extended Remastered Edition), Goodbye
Movies Somewhere in Politics, Holidays with Pay

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1 Irish tenor, popular for some time in British music halls and in variety. Problems with income tax and the resulting threat of arrest by the authorities caused him to return to Londonderry.
2 Tenor.



What a Carry On! 1949 performer: "Le Rêve Passe The Soldier's Dream"
Somewhere in Politics 1948 performer: "Hear My Song, Violetta", "Oft In The Stilly Night", "Macushla" - uncredited
Holidays with Pay 1948 performer: "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen, "Moonlight On The Prairie"



What a Carry On! 1949 Sgt. Locke
Somewhere in Politics 1948 Cllr. Willoughby



Without Walls 1992 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewee
Aspel & Company 1992 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1992 TV Series documentary Himself
The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club 1976 TV Series Himself
The Golden Shot 1969 TV Series Himself
The Good Old Days 1968 TV Series Himself - Performer
Music-Hall 1951 TV Series Himself
The Top Hat 1950 TV Series Himself
Rooftop Rendezvous 1949 TV Series Himself
Holidays with Pay 1948 Himself

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