In Memory Max Bygraves

English singer and entertainer died in September 2012 aged 89 in Australia. Max Bygraves was born in 1922 as Walter William Bygraves. He became one of Britain's biggest and most well paid stars of the 50 and 60s and had several chart hits including Tulips From Amsterdam and Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be.

But in the 1970s Max had a 1973 hit with his cover version of Deck Of Cards. The song dates back to the 40's and tells the story of an American Soldier and his deck of cards that he uses as a sort of bible. The original went high in the U.S. charts in 1948 by Texas Tyler, but it was the version by Wink Martindale that sold the most in 1959.


Max during the 1970s hosted the UK game show Family Fortunes.