Welsh crooner who achieved dream of Blackpool residency now plans Ken Dodd singing tribute

A Welsh country singer and crooner who has landed a residency at Blackpool is planning a tribute to Ken Dodd.
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But Mike Greatrex, from Cardiff, won't be attempting an impression of the late Master of Mirth’s rib-tickling comedy routines.

He plans to pay tribute to the legendary entertainer’s other great talent – his prowess as a singer.

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Doddy, as he was often known, had a fine singing voice and enjoyed a string of hit singles in the 1960s with songs such as Love is Like a Violin, Happiness, Tears, The River and Eight by Ten, among others.

Johnny Doe (right) is planning a singing tribute to Ken DoddJohnny Doe (right) is planning a singing tribute to Ken Dodd
Johnny Doe (right) is planning a singing tribute to Ken Dodd
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Mike came to Blackpool in the summer to follow his dream and get a residency in Blackpool.

And the dream became a reality as he is now performing at the New Oxford Hotel, on Albert Road, on Friday nights at 8pm

He put his savings into the enterprise and booked into a hotel in July as long as it took to get the residency.

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Performing as his alter ego, Johnny Doe, he speaks in an American drawl from the Deep South and dresses all in black.

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Mike said: “It’s great to get the residency – now I’m hoping people will put the word out.

“One of my plans is a Ken Dodd tribute – he had a brilliant voice and quite a few of his songs were actually in the Country style.

"I have about 20 of them in my repertoire and I’m planning on doing a tribute night very soon.”

In the meantime Johnny Doe will be performing classic country tunes by his idols Johnny Cash, Elvis, Roy Orbison and many others.

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