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Kate Garraway reveals David Beckham sent a message of support amid husband Derek’s COVID-19 battle

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Kate Garraway has revealed that David Beckham offered to do ‘anything’ he could in a sweet message of support amid her husband Derek’s COVID-19 battle.

The Good Morning Britain host, 53, who returned to work on Monday, said the former footballing ace, 45, reached out to ask if there was anyway he could help the family.

Kate admitted that just the fact he had been in touch meant so much, while she playfully quipped she should have asked for his wife Victoria’s wardrobe.  

Sweet: Kate Garraway has revealed that David Beckham offered to do 'anything' he could in a sweet message of support amid her husband Derek's COVID-19 battle

Sweet: Kate Garraway has revealed that David Beckham offered to do 'anything' he could in a sweet message of support amid her husband Derek's COVID-19 battle

Sweet: Kate Garraway has revealed that David Beckham offered to do ‘anything’ he could in a sweet message of support amid her husband Derek’s COVID-19 battle

The TV presenter explained: ‘He did very sweetly contact me on Instagram.’

‘He asked if there was anything he could do to help and I was tempted to say ‘your Mrs wardrobe, that would be helpful’ on a joking level.

‘I just thought it was so sweet and I said to be honest just being able to tell Darcy and Billy you’d been in touch, so I said ‘you’ve helped enough thank you.’

Kate explained that she made a bit of a faux pas when David sent her kids a message, but when she watched one of the videos and it immediately deleted.  

Support: The Good Morning Britain host, 53, who returned to work on Monday, said the former footballing ace, 45, reached out to ask if there was anyway he could help the family

Support: The Good Morning Britain host, 53, who returned to work on Monday, said the former footballing ace, 45, reached out to ask if there was anyway he could help the family

Support: The Good Morning Britain host, 53, who returned to work on Monday, said the former footballing ace, 45, reached out to ask if there was anyway he could help the family

She said: ‘Then he sent a video message – although he sent it on something clever, which I couldn’t work, where you play it once and lose it.

‘Fortunately he sent two, but Darcey didn’t get hers. I played it, then it was gone. I learnt the second time though.’ 

Kate was welcomed back to Good Morning Britain on Monday after taking time off while her husband is ill.

Playful: Kate admitted that just the fact he had been in touch meant so much, while she playfully quipped she should have asked for his wife Victoria's wardrobe

Playful: Kate admitted that just the fact he had been in touch meant so much, while she playfully quipped she should have asked for his wife Victoria's wardrobe

Playful: Kate admitted that just the fact he had been in touch meant so much, while she playfully quipped she should have asked for his wife Victoria’s wardrobe 

Co-host Ben Shephard said at the start of the programme he had a ‘big smile’ on his face because of her return.

Kate’s husband Derek, 52, was admitted to hospital with coronavirus in March and was put into a coma by doctors.

After being welcomed back by her colleagues, the presenter said: ‘Don’t be too nice because I’ll get emotional, just go back to being rude’. 

Ben said: ‘It’s lovely having you back, back to work. First day back in quite a while’, adding ‘Nothing has gone wrong yet’. 

The TV presenter explained: 'He did very sweetly contact me on Instagram'

The TV presenter explained: 'He did very sweetly contact me on Instagram'

The TV presenter explained: ‘He did very sweetly contact me on Instagram’ 

Kate said: ‘We’ll have some fun this morning, we’ve had a lot of emotion.’

Well-wishers poured out their support online for the ‘strong’ and ‘positive’ presenter as she returned to their screens this morning. 

Kate also revealed that she had a mini-makeover for her big return today, saying her hair was ‘a little blonder than we might be expecting’.

She added: ‘If ever there’s a professional crisis, fake tan, put very long false eyelashes on and go blonder. That was my preparation tactic for coming back this morning.’ 

Love: Kate's husband has been in hospital since March. The star has been told his recovery could take years (pictured in 2019)

Love: Kate's husband has been in hospital since March. The star has been told his recovery could take years (pictured in 2019)

Love: Kate’s husband has been in hospital since March. The star has been told his recovery could take years (pictured in 2019)

Later on in the show presenter Lorraine Kelly also spoke of her joy at having her back, saying: ‘Kate I know you don’t want a big fuss but it is a joy to have you back.’  

Last week, Kate said she was told six times that Mr Draper was not ‘going to make it’.

And she said: ‘Wonderfully his eyes are opening but we have no real knowledge of what he can see and feel and hear.’

She said at the time: ‘It’s great that there are some flickers of hope. His lungs are starting to recover a little bit, his kidneys are doing better, his liver is doing better, but they don’t know how much better it can get.’   

Kate said during an interview with the ITV programme that her husband, who is receiving ongoing treatment, ‘sort of can’t wake up’ and doctors ‘don’t know how much better’ he will get.  

Kate and Derek, a former lobbyist and political adviser, planned to renew their wedding vows before he became ill. The couple married in 2005. 

Oops! Kate explained that she made a bit of a faux pas when David sent her kids a message, but when she watched one of the videos and it immediately deleted

Oops! Kate explained that she made a bit of a faux pas when David sent her kids a message, but when she watched one of the videos and it immediately deleted

Oops! Kate explained that she made a bit of a faux pas when David sent her kids a message, but when she watched one of the videos and it immediately deleted

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Zendaya makes her living room the red carpet… as fellow celebs prep for 2020’s virtual Emmy Awards

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Despite the Emmys Awards not having a red carpet for the first time in its 72-year history due to the coronavirus pandemic, Zendaya dressed to impress on Sunday.  

The 24-year-old Euphoria actress, who is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, looked ravishing in a plunging Christopher John Rogers gown, which features a purple taffeta skirt.   

She credited her longtime stylist, Law Roach, for putting together the stunning look, which also included a Bulgari necklace and crystal-embellished pumps.  

Stunning! Even though the 2020 Emmys Awards will not a red carpet for the first time in its 72-year history due to the coronavirus pandemic, Zendaya dressed to impress on Sunday

Stunning! Even though the 2020 Emmys Awards will not a red carpet for the first time in its 72-year history due to the coronavirus pandemic, Zendaya dressed to impress on Sunday

Stunning! Even though the 2020 Emmys Awards will not a red carpet for the first time in its 72-year history due to the coronavirus pandemic, Zendaya dressed to impress on Sunday

Sparing no detail, her garment featured an eye-catching, satin belt, which further emphasized her incredibly tiny waist. 

‘And so it begins…,’ the beloved performer teased, before revealing this was only her first look of the night on her Instagram Story.  

Law also shared an Instagram video of the star spinning around, which caught the attention of her dress’ designer, who dubbed Zendaya ‘his muse.’  

Wow: The 24-year-old actress, who landed her first Emmy for her as Rue in HBO's critically-acclaimed series Euphoria, looked ravishing in a plunging Christopher John Rogers gown

Wow: The 24-year-old actress, who landed her first Emmy for her as Rue in HBO's critically-acclaimed series Euphoria, looked ravishing in a plunging Christopher John Rogers gown

Wow: The 24-year-old actress, who landed her first Emmy for her as Rue in HBO’s critically-acclaimed series Euphoria, looked ravishing in a plunging Christopher John Rogers gown

Eye-catching: Sparing no detail, her garment featured a satin belt, which further emphasized her incredibly tiny waist

Eye-catching: Sparing no detail, her garment featured a satin belt, which further emphasized her incredibly tiny waist

Eye-catching: Sparing no detail, her garment featured a satin belt, which further emphasized her incredibly tiny waist

This morning, the world’s biggest stars ceased the opportunity to share throwbacks reminiscing on their past fashion moments. 

Ahead of Sunday’s all-virtual Emmys, supermodel Cindy Crawford shared an iconic snap of herself from the 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 1992.  

‘90210 meets MTV,’ she captioned the iconic photo of herself, at age 26, sporting a black beret and silk-layered bustier, as she posed with actor Jason Priestley. 

Classic: Ahead of Sunday's all-virtual Emmys, supermodel Cindy Crawford shared an iconic snap of herself from the 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 1992

Classic: Ahead of Sunday's all-virtual Emmys, supermodel Cindy Crawford shared an iconic snap of herself from the 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 1992

Classic: Ahead of Sunday’s all-virtual Emmys, supermodel Cindy Crawford shared an iconic snap of herself from the 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 1992

Demi Moore also took a trip down memory lane, opting to upload a picture of herself strolling arm-in-arm with her now-ex-husband, Bruce Willis.  

The former couple, who were months away from tying the knot ahead of the 1987 award show, looked happy and in love as they coordinated in all-black ensembles. 

‘1987 #Emmys… arriving in style,’ the Ghost star, 57, captioned the shot, which caught the attention of the her and Willis’ 29-year-old daughter, Scout.  

Amicable exes: Demi Moore also took a trip down memory lane, also she uploaded a picture of herself strolling arm-in-arm with her now-ex-husband, Bruce Willis

Amicable exes: Demi Moore also took a trip down memory lane, also she uploaded a picture of herself strolling arm-in-arm with her now-ex-husband, Bruce Willis

Amicable exes: Demi Moore also took a trip down memory lane, also she uploaded a picture of herself strolling arm-in-arm with her now-ex-husband, Bruce Willis

‘Omg dad’s coat is sending me,’ the Brown University graduate remarked of her father’s nearly floor-length black jacket. 

Her mother’s chic gown, bright red lipstick and minimal makeup, however, has remained timeless, even 33 years later. 

In a more recent throwback, actress Jessica Biel shared a swoon-worthy picture of herself resting on her tuxedo-clad husband, Justin Timberlake, from 2018. 

Poking fun: In a more recent throwback, actress Jessica Biel shared a swoon-worthy picture of herself resting on her tuxedo-clad husband, Justin Timberlake

Poking fun: In a more recent throwback, actress Jessica Biel shared a swoon-worthy picture of herself resting on her tuxedo-clad husband, Justin Timberlake

Poking fun: In a more recent throwback, actress Jessica Biel shared a swoon-worthy picture of herself resting on her tuxedo-clad husband, Justin Timberlake

‘Once upon a time, a long LONG time ago… Mom and Dad put on some real clothes and stayed out past midnight’ the 38-year-old, who recently welcomed her second child with Timberlake, 39, captioned the loved-up image. 

Additionally, on her Instagram Story, Biel shared another stunning shot of herself in the same strapless Ralph & Russo gown with cascading ruffles. 

Like the cheeky 7th Heaven star, Brooke Shields couldn’t resist joking to her 1.1 million Instagram followers about the days of getting all dolled up.  

'Remember wearing heels and a dress? Me either...' theBrooke Shields cheekily captioned a snap of herself in hot pink ruffled Badgley Mischka dress from 2008

'Remember wearing heels and a dress? Me either...' theBrooke Shields cheekily captioned a snap of herself in hot pink ruffled Badgley Mischka dress from 2008

‘Remember wearing heels and a dress? Me either…’ theBrooke Shields cheekily captioned a snap of herself in hot pink ruffled Badgley Mischka dress from 2008

‘Remember wearing heels and a dress? Me either…’ the legendary beauty, 55, captioned a snap of herself in a hot pink ruffled Badgley Mischka dress from 2008.

Meanwhile, Jameela Jamil teased she was currently ‘getting ready for the Emmys later on, doing some make up, wearing some stuff.’ 

In her laid-back selfie, she posed with slightly damp hair and a fresh face, apart from her red lipstick from the night before, which she says ‘stuck through the shower.’  

Excited: Meanwhile, Jameela Jamil teased she was currently 'getting ready for the Emmys later on, doing some make up, wearing some stuff'

Excited: Meanwhile, Jameela Jamil teased she was currently 'getting ready for the Emmys later on, doing some make up, wearing some stuff'

Excited: Meanwhile, Jameela Jamil teased she was currently ‘getting ready for the Emmys later on, doing some make up, wearing some stuff’

Upon reading her comments, the 34-year-old vocal body positivity advocate took time to respond to a fan, who raved her skin was ‘so perfect.’

The Good Place star pointed out her skin was ‘currently clear’ because ‘privileged people have more access to good quality nutrition and also our lives are significantly less stressful than the lives of those with less privilege.’

‘I also get to sleep more because of this. All of these things keep my hormones in balance and I’m able to address food intolerances easily,’ she noted.

Jamil also said exfoliating ‘twice a week’ and believing ‘trans rights are human’ also helps her radiant complexion.  

'I also get to sleep more because of this. All of these things keep my hormones in balance and I’m able to address food intolerances easily,' she pointed out

'I also get to sleep more because of this. All of these things keep my hormones in balance and I’m able to address food intolerances easily,' she pointed out

‘I also get to sleep more because of this. All of these things keep my hormones in balance and I’m able to address food intolerances easily,’ she pointed out

'Wearing PJ’s to the 72nd Emmy awards (from my house) is my kind of vibes,' she captioned an additional post, revealing she was 'excited' to see if her series, The Good Place, would win 'any of the 7 awards' it is 'nominated for'

'Wearing PJ’s to the 72nd Emmy awards (from my house) is my kind of vibes,' she captioned an additional post, revealing she was 'excited' to see if her series, The Good Place, would win 'any of the 7 awards' it is 'nominated for'

‘Wearing PJ’s to the 72nd Emmy awards (from my house) is my kind of vibes,’ she captioned an additional post, revealing she was ‘excited’ to see if her series, The Good Place, would win ‘any of the 7 awards’ it is ‘nominated for’

Getting a late start to her morning, Tracee Ellis Ross posted a hilarious video of herself, from 2018, wearing a hot pink Valentino Haute Couture off-shoulder gown. 

‘Goodnight,’ she can be heard saying in the video, as she rolls around in bed, showing off the striking dress’ poufy sleeves and full skirt. 

Her 9.5 million Instagram followers were clearly amused by the footage, with one joking the dress would make a great ‘extra comforter for the bed’ this year.   

Good morning! Getting a late start to her morning, Tracee Ellis Ross posted a hilarious video of herself, from 2018, wearing a hot pink Valentino Haute Couture off-shoulder gown

Good morning! Getting a late start to her morning, Tracee Ellis Ross posted a hilarious video of herself, from 2018, wearing a hot pink Valentino Haute Couture off-shoulder gown

Good morning! Getting a late start to her morning, Tracee Ellis Ross posted a hilarious video of herself, from 2018, wearing a hot pink Valentino Haute Couture off-shoulder gown

Supportive: The 47-year-old actress made sure to give her Black-ish co-star, Anthony Anderson, who is up for his sixth consecutive Emmy nomination for their hit ABC comedy

Supportive: The 47-year-old actress made sure to give her Black-ish co-star, Anthony Anderson, who is up for his sixth consecutive Emmy nomination for their hit ABC comedy

Supportive: The 47-year-old actress made sure to give her Black-ish co-star, Anthony Anderson, who is up for his sixth consecutive Emmy nomination for their hit ABC comedy

The 47-year-old actress made sure to give her Black-ish co-star, Anthony Anderson, who is up for his sixth consecutive Emmy nomination for their hit ABC comedy. 

‘Good luck to the Johnsons tonight!’ she captioned a shot with Anderson, as they walked down the red carpet. 

In the snap, she can be seen laughing, as her on-screen husband looks at her with a smile.  

Grateful: Kerry Washington, who is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for Little Fires Everywhere, shared a car selfie from last year

Grateful: Kerry Washington, who is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for Little Fires Everywhere, shared a car selfie from last year

Grateful: Kerry Washington, who is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for Little Fires Everywhere, shared a car selfie from last year

Kerry Washington, who is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for Little Fires Everywhere, shared a car selfie from last year. 

‘Things look a little different this year but the gratitude remains the same,’ she captioned a stunning picture of herself in full glam makeup and a glimpse of her white tuxedo blouse with the collar popped up. 

She added: ‘Thank you the @televisionacad for recognizing 3 @simpsonstreet projects. Excited to celebrate the hardworking cast and crew of Little Fires Everywhere tonight.’  

Help is here: Queer Eye's Tan France appeared to be helping out Courteney Cox, who was facing a tough fashion choice between two laid-back ensembles

Help is here: Queer Eye's Tan France appeared to be helping out Courteney Cox, who was facing a tough fashion choice between two laid-back ensembles

Help is here: Queer Eye’s Tan France appeared to be helping out Courteney Cox, who was facing a tough fashion choice between two laid-back ensembles

Queer Eye’s Tan France appeared to be helping out Courteney Cox, who was facing a tough fashion choice between two laid-back ensembles. 

Jumping on her the Friends alum’s Instagram Story, he asked her followers to participate in a poll.

In ‘option one’ the star donned a light pink sweater, dark-wash jeans and a sleek pair of black leather booties.  

Keeping it casual: Jumping on her the Friends alum's Instagram Story, he asked her followers to participate in a poll

Keeping it casual: Jumping on her the Friends alum's Instagram Story, he asked her followers to participate in a poll

Keeping it casual: Jumping on her the Friends alum’s Instagram Story, he asked her followers to participate in a poll

Comfy: The 'second' option was similar, but included light-wash denim bottoms, a beige blouse and heels

Comfy: The 'second' option was similar, but included light-wash denim bottoms, a beige blouse and heels

Comfy: The ‘second’ option was similar, but included light-wash denim bottoms, a beige blouse and heels

The ‘second’ option was similar, but included light-wash denim bottoms, a beige blouse and heels. 

Cox’s ensemble is a stark contrast to many celebrities throwbacks, like Priyanka Chopra, who shared a video in her 2016 red Monique Lhuillier gown. 

‘Good luck to all the nominees this evening!’ she captioned the slow-motion recording.   

'Good luck to all the nominees this evening!' she captioned the slow-motion recording of herself twirling in a red Monique Lhuillier gown (seen in 2016)

'Good luck to all the nominees this evening!' she captioned the slow-motion recording of herself twirling in a red Monique Lhuillier gown (seen in 2016)

‘Good luck to all the nominees this evening!’ she captioned the slow-motion recording of herself twirling in a red Monique Lhuillier gown (seen in 2016)

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Bachelor In Paradise couple Alisha Aitken-Radburn and Glenn Smith enjoy a romantic date

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Bachelor In Paradise‘s Alisha Aitken-Radburn and Glenn Smith are still going strong after find love on the Channel Ten series.

The pair looked absolutely smitten as they enjoyed a romantic brunch date at a winery in Perth last Friday.

The reality stars held hands as they took a romantic stroll through the vineyards.

A taste of what's to come! Bachelor In Paradise's Alisha Aitken-Radburn and Glenn Smith are still going strong after find love on the Channel Ten series. The pair looked absolutely smitten as they enjoyed a romantic brunch date at a winery in Perth last Friday

A taste of what's to come! Bachelor In Paradise's Alisha Aitken-Radburn and Glenn Smith are still going strong after find love on the Channel Ten series. The pair looked absolutely smitten as they enjoyed a romantic brunch date at a winery in Perth last Friday

A taste of what’s to come! Bachelor In Paradise’s Alisha Aitken-Radburn and Glenn Smith are still going strong after find love on the Channel Ten series. The pair looked absolutely smitten as they enjoyed a romantic brunch date at a winery in Perth last Friday

They acted like lovestruck teenagers, flirting and giggling away in the sunshine.

Alisha was dressed to impress for the date, showing off her slender figure in a unique white ensemble consisting of a pair of tiny shorts and a crochet apron-style top.

She boosted her height with tan strappy stilettos and let her outfit do the talking by wearing no accessories.

Happy! They acted like lovestruck teenagers, flirting and giggling away in the sunshine

Happy! They acted like lovestruck teenagers, flirting and giggling away in the sunshine

Happy! They acted like lovestruck teenagers, flirting and giggling away in the sunshine

Meanwhile, Glenn looked casual cool in a pair of black denim jeans and a short-sleeved blue denim shirt.

Alisha and Bill met on this season’s Bachelor In Paradise.  

Last month, Alisha revealed how she and Glenn kept their romance under wraps before the hit show aired.

Penning a lengthy post on Instagram the blonde bombshell said that she and Glenn, ‘got lucky’ that they could keep things on the down low.

Alisha said that it wasn’t just because they tried hard to keep things a secret, but said it’s because a lot of people didn’t recognise Glenn from his season of The Bachelorette. 

‘Lots of messages about how we stayed ”hidden” but have clearly done a bunch of stuff,’ Alisha said.

‘I guess we just got lucky, @glennsmith87 wasn’t SUPER recognisable from his season of Bachelorette (sorry babe) and you may or may not be surprised how fast people forget old cast of shows once new ones are airing.’

A vision in white! Alisha showed off her slender figure in a unique white ensemble consisting of a pair of tiny shorts and a crochet apron-style top

A vision in white! Alisha showed off her slender figure in a unique white ensemble consisting of a pair of tiny shorts and a crochet apron-style top

A vision in white! Alisha showed off her slender figure in a unique white ensemble consisting of a pair of tiny shorts and a crochet apron-style top

She went on to say that most people who recognised her didn’t ‘put two and two together’ that she was dating a fellow reality star.

‘That doesn’t mean we weren’t nervous, we were nervous literally all the time but we also couldn’t resist spending a full day drinking cocktails on a daybed at Finns (sorry Warner Brothers).’

Finns is a beach club in Bali. The pair holidayed there together in February. 

Happy ending! Alisha and Bill met on this season's Bachelor In Paradise

Happy ending! Alisha and Bill met on this season's Bachelor In Paradise

Happy ending! Alisha and Bill met on this season’s Bachelor In Paradise

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RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Mitch Murray is being honoured with a set of stamps recalling his glory days

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You might not instantly recognise the name, but you’ll know the songs. Mitch Murray is the man behind much of the sumptuous soundtrack to the Swinging Sixties and early Seventies.

Mitch had smash hits with artistes including Cliff Richard, Georgie Fame and Tony Christie. 

He also wrote what was supposed to be the debut single for an unknown group called The Beatles. It was the first thing they ever recorded at Abbey Road studios.

Mitch had smash hits with artistes including Cliff Richard, Georgie Fame and Tony Christie. He is pictured above in 1964

Mitch had smash hits with artistes including Cliff Richard, Georgie Fame and Tony Christie. He is pictured above in 1964

Mitch had smash hits with artistes including Cliff Richard, Georgie Fame and Tony Christie. He is pictured above in 1964

Yet when he heard the fledgling Fab Four’s version of How Do You Do It? he refused to let it be released.

They’d slaughtered it, Mitch says. Even though the legendary producer George Martin wanted the song to launch their career, The Beatles deliberately turned in a third-rate performance.

‘They didn’t want to do it because they planned to record their own compositions. Frankly, I don’t blame them. And that was before they became Lennon and McCartney!’

But The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein rated the song and passed it on to another Liverpool group in his stable, Gerry And The Pacemakers.

How Do You Do It? went straight to No 1, followed by another Murray composition, I Like It.

Now Commander Murray, as he’s known to his songwriting mates, has been rewarded with a singular recognition — a series of commemorative stamps from the Isle of Man Post Office, signed off by Her Maj

Now Commander Murray, as he’s known to his songwriting mates, has been rewarded with a singular recognition — a series of commemorative stamps from the Isle of Man Post Office, signed off by Her Maj

Now Commander Murray, as he’s known to his songwriting mates, has been rewarded with a singular recognition — a series of commemorative stamps from the Isle of Man Post Office, signed off by Her Maj

John Lennon saw the funny side, telling Mitch that if he kept writing for Gerry Marsden, he’d ‘thump him’.

That early success was the start of a string of Top Ten records, including No 1s on both sides of the Atlantic.

Not bad for a boy born Lionel Michael Stitcher in 1940, who grew up in Golders Green, North London, and after leaving school worked as a travelling salesman for his father’s handbag company.

His heart wasn’t really in handbags. He loved songs from the Thirties and fancied himself as a photographer.

After being hired to take publicity shots of Louis Armstrong, backstage at the Royal Festival Hall, Mitch decided to chance his arm in the music business.

‘I started writing songs for fun, on a five-string ukukele, because I couldn’t play the guitar. I never really learned to play the ukulele properly, either, but I worked out a few chords.’

Exactly a year after he wrote his first tune, he was top of the charts with How Do You Do It?. Hits for Freddie And The Dreamers flowed next, I’m Telling You Now and You Were Made For Me. More gold discs came later, from The Tremeloes to Manfred Mann.

In a career stretching back almost 60 years, Mitch has received prestigious Ivor Novello awards and a CBE for services to the music industry.

Now Commander Murray, as he’s known to his songwriting mates, has been rewarded with a singular recognition — a series of commemorative stamps from the Isle of Man Post Office, signed off by Her Maj.

He moved to the Isle of Man in the Seventies to escape the income tax terror introduced by the Labour governments of Harold Wilson and Sunny Jim Callaghan. 

At one stage, Chancellor Denis Healey increased the top rate to a punitive — and, frankly, rip- roaring bonkers — 98 per cent, driving creative talent to flee the jurisdiction.

When he heard the fledgling Fab Four’s version of How Do You Do It? he refused to let it be released. They’d slaughtered it, Mitch says

When he heard the fledgling Fab Four’s version of How Do You Do It? he refused to let it be released. They’d slaughtered it, Mitch says

When he heard the fledgling Fab Four’s version of How Do You Do It? he refused to let it be released. They’d slaughtered it, Mitch says

Having fallen in love with the island, Mitch has lived there ever since, dividing his time between the Isle of Man and his extended family in London.

Mitch Murray’s Top Ten covers his life in music, from the early Mersey Beat days to his later work as director of the Performing Right Society, collecting royalties for writers.

The stamps are based on the sheet music for some of Mitch’s greatest hits, capturing the spirit of the Sixties, preserved in aspic. The colour palette is immaculate, faithfully reproduced.

My favourites are the photo of Mitch and Freddie Garrity (and the Dreamers) climbing up a No Entry sign in Tin Pan Alley — London’s Denmark Street, spiritual home of the music biz — and another from the mid-Sixties which make him look like a young Dustin Hoffman. 

That picture was taken around the time Mitch recorded a crazy novelty song, Down Came The Rain, which involved him performing live on the ITV show Thank Your Lucky Stars while a stagehand on a ladder chucked a bucket of water over him.

Bizarrely, a dead-straight version of the song has become a standard in Italy.

His other comedy hit was Terry Scott’s (of Terry And June and Crackerjack fame) My Brother, which will be familiar to any schoolboy of my vintage from Uncle Mac’s Children’s Favourites on the BBC’s Light Programme.

Who put a real live toad in the hole?

My brother!

In 1965, Mitch teamed up with the lyricist and producer Peter Callander. It was to prove a productive partnership. A couple of years later, they went individually to see the Hollywood blockbuster, Bonnie And Clyde, starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty.

Both came away from the cinema with the same thought: what this movie lacks is a decent song. So they sat down and wrote The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde for Georgie Fame, which went to No 1 in the UK and No 7 on America’s Billboard chart.

Murray and Callander set up their own record label. They produced Tony Christie’s version of the Neil Sedaka song, (Is This The Way To) Amarillo, and wrote the follow-ups Las Vegas, I Did What I Did For Maria and Avenues And Alleyways, which became the theme to the TV show The Protectors, starring Robert Vaughn and Nyree Dawn Porter.

In a career stretching back almost 60 years, Mitch has received prestigious Ivor Novello awards and a CBE for services to the music industry

In a career stretching back almost 60 years, Mitch has received prestigious Ivor Novello awards and a CBE for services to the music industry

In a career stretching back almost 60 years, Mitch has received prestigious Ivor Novello awards and a CBE for services to the music industry

Amarillo was, of course, a cult hit all over again decades later, popularised by comedian Peter Kay in Phoenix Nights and re-released in 2005 to raise money for Comic Relief.

The Murray/Callander partnership was also responsible for Top Ten hits by Nottingham group Paper Lace — The Night Chicago Died, and Billy, Don’t Be A Hero.

Among Mitch’s other chart successes was Ragamuffin Man, by Manfred Mann, and Cliff Richard’s Goodbye Sam, Hello

Samantha — which many mistakenly believe to be the first ‘trans’ anthem.

He has also enjoyed parallel careers as an after-dinner speaker and author.

Just as Bert Weedon’s Play In A Day inspired a generation of young guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Mitch Murray’s How To Write A Hit Song is credited with launching the career of one Gordon Sumner, a.k.a. Sting, of The Police.

And he’s still writing music. Using an app which can be downloaded on your mobile phone, you can swipe the stamp collection and hear a new composition celebrating the Isle of Man, and featuring Mitch’s daughters Mazz and Gina, both talented West End stars.

In 1971, Mitch started the Society Of Distinguished Songwriters (SODS), a company of like-minded layabouts, which includes some of our greatest living composers such as Sir Tim Rice, Justin Hayward, Tony Hatch, Graham Gouldman, Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook, Gary Osborne and Mike Batt.

Mitch is known fondly as ‘The Sodfather’. You’ll have gathered by now, he’s a good friend of mine and I’ve had the privilege of being invited to the SODS’ annual bash, which always kicks off with the great Barry Mason singing Delilah, which he wrote with Les Reed for Tom Jones.

Barry Mason and Mitch go back to the beginning. Mitch hired Barry to record the demo of How Do You Do It? along with his regular session band, The Dave Clark Five.

It was Barry who spotted the song’s potential and introduced Mitch to The Beatles producer George Martin and music publisher Dick James.

The rest, as they say…

Last word goes to one of the most distinguished SODS, Oscar-winning Don Black, writer of everything from James Bond themes to West End musicals.

When Don heard Mitch was to feature on a set of commemorative stamps, he was thrilled.

‘I’ve always wanted to lick your back side,’ he said.

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