18 December 2019 12:37
Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from mirror - soaps Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Tributes have been paid to music star and entertainer Kenny Lynch, who has died at the age of 81. The singer, best known for his song Up On The Roof, died on Wednesday, according to a statement from his children, A statement shared on Lynch's Twitter account said: "Saddened to share this news with you all. (Image: Liverpool Echo) Danny Baker was among those leading the tributes to Lynch, tweeting that he was a "huge talent, a pioneer and tremendous company". He added: "One of the key witnesses to the 20th UK music/entertainment scene he had a million stories. Yet one of the cagiest interviewees when on air.
"Wasn't interested in his 'place' in pop culture. Gary Lineker tweeted: "Really sorry to hear that Kenny Lynch has passed away. Played golf with him on many occasions and he was simply the best company..... when he wasn't late. #ripkenny." (Image: Daily Mirror) Boy George tweeted: "God Bless Kenny Lynch.
EastEnders actor Actor Craig Fairbrass wrote: "Absolutely gutted to hear the death of Kenny Lynch was lucky enough to have spent some time with him playing golf watching him sing and reminiscing of the good ol days with my Dad back in the East End as kids. Lovely man. RIP x". Actor Jess Conrad wrote: "We were best mates since we were 15 years of age. Teddy Boys in the West End. "He was known as the Black Prince in showbusiness but to me he was a king amongst men. (Image: PA) BBC journalist Samira Ahmed said: "A hugely important & stylish figure in British culture. Lucky to have grown up with you on stage and screen&music, proving to kids like me that we belonged. Radio presenter Pete Price said he was "sad" to hear the news, and added that he was present when Lynch received his OBE, and he was "delighted". (Image: Mirrorpix) Kenny, who was awarded an OBE, was born in Stepney, London in 1938 and went on to become a much loved entertainer, actor, singer and songwriter after building his career by performing in variety shows in the 1960s. He had a string of hits in the 1960s including Up On The Roof and You Can Never Stop Loving Me. At the time he was one of the few black singers in British pop music. On film he appeared in Carry On Loving in 1970, Just For Fun in 1963, Dr Terror's House of Horrors in 1965, The Plank in 1979 and The Riddle in 2007, among many others. LEGENDARY entertainer Kenny Lynch has died aged 81. The Up On The Roof singer and actor passed away in the early hours of this morning, after making his mark in variety shows in the 60s. 11 Kenny Lynch has died aged 81, his family confirmed today Credit: Getty - Contributor 11 The family of Kenny Lynch confirmed the tragic news today with a series of photographs Credit: Twitter His family said in a statement: "Saddened to share this news with you all. Sadly our dad passed away in the early hours this morning. "He will be remembered & missed by many. "We would like to say a massive thank you to the NHS & the people at Sue Ryder for all their support. "Bye Dad, we will love you always!" He is survived by his two children, Amy and Bobby, who shared a number of photographs of their dad as part of the touching tribute. Kenny, who was born in Stepney, London, in 1938, was awarded an OBE in his lifetime for his entertainment career. Other famous faces have since shared memories of the entertainer, who was involved in several hits in the 60s including Up On The Roof and You Can Never Stop Me Loving You. Boy George wrote: "God Bless Kenny Lynch. R.I.P. My love and condolences to his family and friends. Absolutely huge part of my 70s life and on." ITV's Last Laugh in Vegas actor Jess Conrad added: "We were best mates since we were 15 years of age. Teddy Boys in the West End. He was known as the Black Prince in showbusiness but to me he was a king amongst men. "My life will never be the same without him. Always love you, bro." Gary Lineker also paid tribute, saying: "Really sorry to hear that Kenny Lynch has passed away. Such a delightful, funny, talented man. "Played golf with him on many occasions and he was simply the best company.....when he wasn't late." In 1963, Kenny released the first cover of a Beatles song Misery but this was unsuccessful. MOST READ IN NEWS CURRY XMAS Glasgow builder pays for Indian restaurant to open for homeless on Christmas Day 'SHAMELESS MEETS PHOENIX NIGHTS' Hilarious moment Scots pubgoers STRIP and dance on tables GALE ON EARTH Snow, ice and 70mph wind to batter Scotland this week before 'white Xmas' TRUCKING HELL Moment 6ft 7in road rage thug drags driver out of car for 'making rude sign' CLUB SPAT Scots club snapper catches lass' rude gesture behind another's back - over her ex Exclusive 'DEVASTATED' Mum of Glasgow pub-goer killed by one punch died 'of broken heart' weeks later Kenny also wrote songs for other artists such as The Small Face's hit Sha-La-La-La-Lee. In 1962 he took part in the A Song For Europe Contest with There's Never Been A Girl but he wasn't chosen to represent the UK at Eurovision. He then starred in a number of TV shows, including the 1969 sitcom Curry And Chips, Z-Cars, The Sweeney, Till Death Us Do Part and Treasure Hunt. 11 Boy George said Kenny had been a huge part of his life 11 Gary Lineker also paid tribute to the legend 11 Jess Conrad shared a touching photograph of him hugging the singer and actor 11 The actor and singer made his mark in the 1960s Credit: Getty - Contributor 11 He starred on the Jimmy Tarbuck Show Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 11 The actor and singer will be 'remembered and missed by many' his children said Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 11 He is survived by his two children, Amy and Bobby Credit: Twitter 11 The 81-year-old had performed in variety shows to showcase his talent Credit: Twitter