<![CDATA[Charles H Barker - Home]]>Fri, 02 Feb 2018 01:30:30 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Got Any O's ?]]>Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:07:00 GMThttp://charleshbaker.com/home/got-any-os Picture
                                    ​Got any O's? Not garden hose or panty hose, but letter O's for the gate.
Anyone familiar with the work of The Two Ronnies will fondly remember 'The Hardware Shop' sketch, more commonly known as 'Four Candles'. The shopkeeper (Ronnie Corbett) becomes increasingly frustrated by the unclear shopping list of his customer (Ronnie Barker). His initial request for 'four candles' which turns out to be for "fork 'andles – 'andles for forks" is what has made the sketch so famous and has inspired pub names up and down the country.
A shop owner of Leather shoes Bali can relate to this sketch as she remembers someone asking for “zips for bags and a wallet” which turned out to be an order for :  1 Zip; 4 Bags and 1 wallet”
But, for those who haven't had the pleasure of encountering this comedy duo before, let's take a step back and look at where it all began.
Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett first met in 1963 when Corbett was working behind the bar of London's Buckstone Club. It was to become the beginning of a comedy partnership spanning over 40 years, as well as a firm friendship.
One of their first appearances on-screen together was in a sketch with John Cleese on David Frost's show, The Frost Report. This saw working-class Corbett being 'looked down on' by middle-class Barker, who in turn was 'looked down on' by upper-class Cleese. The fact that their heights were perfectly spread to accentuate the idea of looking up and down made the sketch complete. 

​But the moment that cemented their working relationship actually came as the result of a technical hitch during the 1970 Baftas ceremony. As luck would have it, David Frost was compere for the evening and asked the duo to step up to the mike to fill in for a few minutes. Watching on from the audience were two BBC bosses who decided to give the pair their own show.
And thus The Two Ronnies was conceived. The opening titles of the show featured the pair's trademark glasses and the show always began with a series of funny news headlines such as: "West Mercia Police announced tonight that they wish to interview a man wearing high heels and frilly knickers – but the chief constable said they must wear their normal uniforms."
The pair appeared together and individually in the show's sketches, which were written by a myriad of big names in comedy including John Cleese, Spike Milligan and Michael Palin, as well as by Barker himself. At its peak, the show reached viewing figures of 17 million.
Ronnie Barker loved to use wordplay in his writing, leading to clever one-liners such as: "The toilets at a local police station have been stolen. Police say they have nothing to go on."
Ronnie Corbett was always happy to joke about his height, once saying, "My wife tries not to bring out the beast in me – she’s afraid of mice." And perhaps the pair being able to work so seamlessly together despite their visual disparity was part of their charm.
The last episode of The Two Ronnies was aired in 1987 and both continued to pursue careers in comedy, their paths occasionally converging again.
Their last appearance together was in The Two Ronnies Sketchbook, a show in which classic sketches were introduced by the pair sitting at their newsdesk. A 2005 Christmas special had to be recorded in July because of Barker's poor health, and he sadly passed away in October that year, leading to an outpouring of affection from the British public. Ronnie Corbett's death in March 2016 received a similar response, showing that this truly was one of Britain's most loved comedy couples.

Check out this funny duo too .. i almost guarantee you have heard of them..
<![CDATA[Morecambe and Wise]]>Thu, 11 Aug 2016 21:36:28 GMThttp://charleshbaker.com/home/morecambe-and-wise​"The best-loved double act that Britain has ever produced"
We're talking, of course, about Eric Morecambe (born John Eric Bartholomew, 1926) and Ernie Wise (born Ernest Wiseman, 1925). Their career in theatre, radio, and (most successfully) TV spanned several decades in the mid-1900s and won them a lasting place in the hearts of the British public.
More than 20 years after their last performance, in 2006 the general public voted Morecambe and Wise number 2 in a poll of TV's 50 greatest stars. When you think about all of the incredible talent that the UK has produced, that's quite an achievement.
The partnership was conceived in 1941 when they worked together in a theatre production, but they were soon separated by war service. By chance, they came together again in 1946 and this is when they really started to make a name for themselves appearing in variety shows. They also worked for a spell in radio, and then transferred onto the nation's television sets in 1954 with the show "Running Wild".
This initial venture received terrible reviews, one of which read: "Definition of the week: TV set—the box in which they buried Morecambe and Wise." It was a setback for the pair, but within a few years they had bounced back and were part of a more successful show – Two of a Kind.
But it was later in their career that they teamed with writer Eddie Braben and embarked on what would become regarded as their glory years.
The Morecambe & Wise Show ran from 1968-1977 on the BBC and produced many of the sketches and catchphrases for which the comic pair is still known to this day.
A cross between a sketch show and a sitcom, the show saw the duo star as long-term friends who shared a flat, and notably featured many of Ernie's "plays wot I wrote" which opened the way for the couple to perform in spoof historical dramas, often alongside a celebrity of the time. Perhaps the most famous of these was a version of Antony and Cleopatra starring Glenda Jackson.
But reading a description of their shows really doesn't do them justice. If you've never have the pleasure of watching Morecambe and Wise perform, head straight over to YouTube to view this collection of some of their best sketches.
The pair's career sadly came to an end when Eric Morecambe suffered his third, and this time fatal, heart attack at the end of a lively stage performance.
Their legacy has lived on in the form of several plays and a film released in 2011 called Eric & Ernie.
Fondly remembered
So exactly what was it that made Morecambe and Wise so memorable and has kept them in people's minds and hearts so many years after their last performance?
Perhaps it was their irreverent treatment of the celebrities that appeared on their show – they would often address them by the wrong name, calling Elton John 'Elephant John' and André Previn 'Andrew Preview'.
It could have been their trademark blunders – such as Eric being unable to find his way onstage through the curtain – which could have got tired when repeated show after show but instead made the audience feel like they were part of an 'in' joke.
Or maybe it was a magic combination of their personalities, writing skills, and comic timing that will never again be replicated in quite the same way.

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<![CDATA[Frank Sinatra: The Explosive Charmer]]>Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:48:16 GMThttp://charleshbaker.com/home/frank-sinatra-the-explosive-charmerIntro: Picture
​I’m a big fan of Frank’s and so is my plumber in UK... In fact my plumber friend actually sings near perfect like Frank. I often tell him to go into show biz but he prefers to play the pipes ha ha.
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The Real Frank

Frank Sinatra turned his hand to many aspects of showbiz in his time, but he is undoubtedly best known for his charming crooning and his work on the big screen.
Sinatra worked hard on his outward appearance; he made a point of staying impeccably dressed and his deep blue eyes earned him the nickname 'Ol' Blue Eyes', as well as the admiration of countless teenage girls. But he also struggled with a short temper and turbulent relationships – both things that became increasingly public as the years went by.
As his biographer Arnold Shaw put it: "Sinatra wanted to be the last word in charm, but was frequently an explosive porcupine of ill-temper. He prided himself on his exquisite taste, but couldn't help using his fists and four-letter words in public."
Born Francis Albert Sinatra on December 12th 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey, he was the only child of two Italian immigrants. 
Sinatra completed very little formal education but developed a love for music for a young age, idolising Bing Crosby and drawing inspiration from Gene Austin, Rudy Vallée, Russ Colombo and Bob Eberly, to name but a few. 
He never formally learned to read music, but instead learned by ear and before his teenage years were up he had the beginnings of a professional singing career in which he would record hundreds of songs, including the now-classics 'My Way', 'Strangers In The Night', 'Come Fly With Me', 'I've Got You Under My Skin', 'Love And Marriage', 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas', and 'Fly Me To The Moon'.
In the early forties, his appeal to the teenage girl market officially became known as "Sinatramania". He was the first big act performing pop music to appeal to this market.
In the early years of his singing career, Sinatra was part of a string of bands including the Hoboken Four, but he felt strongly that he should be performing solo. Breaking away from his manager Tommy Dorsey in 1942, he was signed with Columbia Records by the following year. His first album, 'The Voice Of Frank Sinatra', reached number 1 on the Billboard Chart in 1946.
This part of his career was relatively short-lived, brought down by rumours of his Mafia connections and relationship difficulties. But he managed to bounce back the following decade signed to Capitol Records, continuing his singing alongside a thriving film career which earned him a series of Grammys, Golden Globes, and Academy Awards. 
Despite his busy career and close associations with several US Presidents, he managed to find time for four marriages and plenty of other romantic encounters besides.
His first marriage to Nancy Barbato in 1939 gave the couple a son and two daughters, but came to an end amid rumours of numerous affairs, one of which was with Ava Gardner, who would become his next wife in 1951. His second marriage only lasted for two years and was fraught with arguments and fights that were well publicised.
After two broken-off engagements to other women, his third marriage, to Mia Farrow in 1966, was just as short as his second, although the couple remained close friends.  In 1976 Sinatra married Barbara Marx, and they stayed together until his death in 1998.
Sinatra has left a remarkable legacy behind, and has been credited as influencing modern-day artists Josh Groban, Bono, Michael Buble, Alicia Keys, Brandon Flowers, and the late Amy Winehouse. 
<![CDATA[Welcome to this site and who the heck is Charlie Baker?]]>Sun, 12 Jun 2016 10:06:09 GMThttp://charleshbaker.com/home/welcome-postRebels Rule OK? Picture
 Everyone loves the rebel-like underdog with a cause especially one that has a cheeky but charming disposition.

The name Charlie Baker has conjured up this type of character for me personally ever since i can remember. The strange thing is i don't know why, since i don't recall knowing anyone by that name...

Surprisingly enough there is a current day character with exactly this name i.e.: Charlie Baker the cheeky, charming British comedian who is consistently booked out for his skills as MC, Comedian / singer. Coincidentally he is from Devon and they are calling him Devon's answer to Frank Sinatra.

This weblog is about these types of character, so if you know someone like this let us know and we will be happy to include an article about them here.

Getting back to Charlie Baker.  This guy is a rising star and consistently booked out. 
The idea of linking him to Frank Sinatra is also appropriate here not only in talent but also in his rebel nature and charm, Sinatra’s last hit "i did it MY way" kind of sums up his rebellious and cheeky nature.

Sinatra was a natural singer and a huge charmer.. people absolutely Loved him for it.

Once you have seen Charlie Baker perform you will understand why he has been given the 'Sinatra' connection.

Check Charlie Baker out here ..    https://youtu.be/cXY3nhQJvlg

The purpose of this blog then is to bring to light other Sinatra / Baker like individuals and give you links to more in-depth information on them.

Return to this blog as we'll be posting more of other talented folks.. including of course the king himself... Frank S.