It Beats Working For A Living
by Johnnie Hamp
252 pages, quality trade paper back (soft cover).
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As well as being a personal memoir Johnnie Hamp's autobiography contains a collection of fascinating showbusiness anecdotes and some embarrassing moments involving many of the stars he has worked with - the all time greats of variety, the rockers, the song writers, the movie stars, the pop idols, the 'discoveries', the comedians.
Johnnie explains how it feels to be chosen as the subject for This Is Your Life, why he still cringes when he remembers what he said to John Lennon, why Frank Sinatra got the hump, why he gagged Bernard Manning, how he conned Woody Allen, hustled Peter Sellers and shot Larry Hagman.
During a unique showbusiness career which spanned six decades Johnnie worked with most of the major British and American stars of his era, from the first time he appeared on stage as a boy stooge to his magician father, until he eventually rose to become Head of Light Entertainment at Granada TV.
He is probably best known as one of Britain's top television producers who created award winning hit series such as: The Comedians, The Wheeltappers andShunters Social Club,The International Pop Proms, and 'specials' with artistes like The Beatles, Woody Allen, Ella Fitzgerald, Burt Bacharach, Count Basie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and many more.