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Celebrities pay tribute to Max Bygraves

Comedian Max Bygraves died today at the age of 89. Many celebrities including Boy George, Paul Daniels and Danny Baker paid tribute on Twitter.

Des O'Connor pays tribute to performer Max Bygraves

Veteran entertainer Des O'Connor said Bygraves had been a massive influence on his own career and had given him valuable guidance when he started out.

He said he wrote to him asking him for help and he was touched when he replied with a two-page handwritten letter full of advice.

Des O'Connor has paid tribute to Max Bygraves. Credit: Press Association

O'Connor said: "I used to use it as a rule book when I was starting out and over the years everything he's said has been helpful to me."

He described Bygraves as a "top, top professional".

He added: "They (audiences) loved him. He had a really homely humour. He had his catchphrase and he sold a lot of records. He was a good all-round performer. He was a lovely man, I can only say nice things about him."


Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck pays tribute to Max Bygraves

Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, a close friend of Bygraves, has paid tribute to "one of the greats of British entertainment".

"I have nothing but lovely memories of him. He was a big, big influence on me, " he told BBC News.

Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck pays tribute to Max Bygraves. Credit: Press Association

Mr Tarbuck added: "He had the audience in the palm of his hand quicker than any other comedian I have seen.

"They loved him and you don't get that love very often.

"He had a great deal of charm.

"He could be very cheeky - he was a rascal.

"He would stroll on and just wow them. He was one of the all-time greats of British entertainment - a king of the Palladium.

"He would have them roaring with laughter, singing along and with a tear in their eye."