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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Humphrey Lyttleton (1921-2008)

Humphrey Richard Adeane ('Humph') Lyttleton, jazz musician, radio presenter and cartoonist, died on Friday, 25 April 2008, aged 86. Since 1972 he had been the host of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue on BBC Radio 4.

Lyttleton was educated at Sunningdale School and Eton College and trained at Camberwell School of Art. He began playing the trumpet in 1936 and toured with his band until only recently. He had a chart hit with 'Bad Penny Blues' and presented the BBC Radio 2 show The Best of Jazz for 40 years.

In 1947 he joined the Webb band which already included clarinet player Wally Fawkes who, as 'Trog', was employed by the Daily Mail to produce column-breakers (humorous or decorative drawings to break up blocks of text). When he was promoted to cartoonist, 'Humph' succeeded him on the paper and was put on the staff in 1949. He also wrote reviews and scripted the 'Flook' cartoon strip drawn by Fawkes until 1956.

He subsequently produced occasional cartoons for Bystander, Punch and other publications.

News: The Times (26 April); Daily Telegraph (26 April); BBC News (26 April); The Independent (26 April); The Guardian (26 April).
Obituaries: The Independent (25 April); Daily Telegraph (26 April); The Times (28 April); The Guardian (28 April).

(* Picture from the BBC News website which has a number of others.)

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