Historical records matching Bud Flanagan, OBE
About Bud Flanagan, OBE
<October 21, 1968>
BUD FLANAGAN, comedian and member of the Crazy Gang died in Kingston, Surrey Hospital yesterday aged 72.
He was born Robert Winthrop at Spitalfields, London, and adopted as his stage name that of an Army sergeant who had "crimed" him for dumb insolence.
The man who was his partner in music hall comedy for many years, Chesney Allen, speaking on BBC radion said: "He was a great man and a great artist. We were partners on the stage for 21 years and it was a wonderful partnership."
Flanagan and Allen formed their partnership as the restult of a chance meeting during the First World War.
In 1931 they joined Charlie Naughton, Jimmy Gold and others to form the "Crazy Gang". Bud Flanagan was a favourite performer of Prince Philip, Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother and the late King George VI. He was awarded the OBE in 1959.
He was a composer and his hit songs included "Underneath the Arches" and "Umberella Man" in the 1930s and "Run Rabbit Run" and "We'll Hang Out Our Washing on the Siegfried Line" during the last war.
In recent years he had been in partnership with Mr Jack Solomons in a betting shop business and he had been a racehorse owner.