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Humphrey Lyttleton

Humphrey Lyttelton

We are sad to announce that Humphrey Lyttelton died on Friday 25 April 2008, following an operation.

Born on 23 May 1921 in Windsor, Berkshire, Humphrey Lyttelton studied at Eton College, where he developed a penchant for jazz.

Teaching himself the trumpet, he formed a quartet, which included Ludovic Kennedy on drums.

In 1956, he enjoyed his one and only chart success, 'Bad Penny Blues'. By this time, The Lyttelton Band was a well established part of the music scene.

In 1972, his career path crossed into the world of comedy. Having hosted The Best of Jazz on BBC Radio Two from 1967, he was picked by producer David Hatch to present comedy panel game I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue - reasoning Lyttelton's musical background would help him when it came to improvising.

For the first year he alternated with Barry Cryer in the role of chairman, but quickly proved himself integral to the show's success, and became the regular anchor from the second series onward.

Appearances by Humphrey Lyttleton
Start YearAliasProgramme BrandCountry

As a Performer

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue 1972

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