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It Just Occurred to Me? The Reminiscences & Thoughts of Chairman Humph by Humphrey Lyttelton

It Just Occurred to Me? The Reminiscences & Thoughts of Chairman Humph


It Just Occurred to Me? The Reminiscences & Thoughts of Chairman Humph by Humphrey Lyttelton

The legendary band leader and jazz trumpeter, broadcaster and humorist looks back at his extraordinarily rich and varied life and the many colourful characters he has known and played with - from Duke Ellington to Louis Armstrong. He also recalls his early life as the son of a famous housemaster at Eton, where he was educated. During the war, he served in the Grenadier Guards and, on demobilisation, studied for two years at Camberwell Arts School. In 1949, he joined the Daily Mail as cartoonist, wrote the story-line for Trog's Flook cartoon, and also signed a recording contract with EMI. He had the first British jazz record to get into the Top Twenty in 1956 with 'Bad Penny Blues'. The book will appeal to his large cult following, both from his regular live appearances with his band, as the irrepressible chairman of BBC Radio 4's popular nonsense quiz 'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue' and as the presenter of The Best of Jazz since 1967.


'Reading the Chairman's passing memories enriched a free weekend in the English countryside for me, as would reading Proust, Dickens or Melville. A damn sight funnier. Humph is cool, Humph is now!' -Pete Townshend'

About the Author

Humphrey Lyttelton, also known as Humph, was an English jazz musician, broadcaster, and chairman of the cult BBC radio programme I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Universally loved, he sadly passed away in April 2008. He was survived by his four children.

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Publication date

1st July 2007


Humphrey Lyttelton

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Portico an imprint of Pavilion Books


192 pages


Autobiography: arts & entertainment



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