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Bob Holness

Bob Holness

(1928 – 2012)

  • You were a legend when I was young. Used to look forward to finishing school and watching Blockbusters. Rest in peace Bob.
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Bob Holness

Bob Holness
(1928 – 2012)

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Bob Holness

(1928 – 2012)
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About Bob
This is an online obituary dedicated in memory of Bob Holness. Robert Wentworth John Holness was an English radio and television presenter.
Shortly after his birth in South Africa, his family moved to Ashford, Kent, in the UK. After attending Ashford Grammar School (now The Norton Knatchbull School) and Maidstone College of Art and spending some time at Eastbourne College, he then worked for a printing company before returning to South Africa. In 1955, he received his first job as a radio presenter. He also married Mary in 1955, whom he met in South Africa. They returned to the UK in 1961. They have three children and seven grandchildren. His daughter, Ros, was a member of the band Toto Coelo.
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joined the BBC as a presenter on Late Night Extra, initially on the BBC Light Programme and later on BBC Radio 1 and 2, presenting alongside people like Terry Wogan, Michael Parkinson and Keith Fordyce. From 1971, the show was broadcast solely on Radio 2.
From 1971 to 1982, he was the announcer of The Generation Game on BBC One.
From 1971 to 1995, he was the voice of the Butterkist Popcorn Cinema and Television Commercials.
Between 1975 and 1985, he was co-presenter with Douglas Cameron of the breakfast-time AM Programme on London's LBC radio station. He originally joined the station as an airborne traffic reporter. He won the Variety Club Award for 'Joint Independent Radio Personality of the Year'
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in both 1979 and 1984.
Between 1985 and 1997, he returned to Radio 2 presenting many shows including Bob Holness Requests the Pleasure and Bob Holness and Friends, as well as covering various weekday shows for holidaying presenters. Until 1998, he also presented the request programme Anything Goes on the BBC World Service.
Bob Holness was the subject of an urban myth, claimed to have been initiated in the 1980s by broadcaster Stuart Maconie who, while writing for the New Musical Express (in a section called 'Would You Believe It?'), claimed that Bob Holness played the saxophone solo on Gerry Rafferty's 1978 song "Baker Street". Tommy Boyd, among others, has disputed Maconie's claim to authorship of the
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rumour. The actual performer was Raphael Ravenscroft. The story clearly appealed to Bob Holness' sense of humour as he has often played along with the myth, and has also at various times jokingly claimed to be the lead guitarist on Derek and the Dominoes' "Layla" and the mysterious individual putting Elvis Presley off his stride on the famous 'laughing' version of "Are You Lonesome Tonight?". He was recorded confirming the Baker Street story in a 1993 interview on STOIC, Student Television of Imperial College.
In 1961, Bob Holness became the host of UK game show Take a Letter, was relief host of Thames Television's magazine programme 'Today' in 1968, and from 1983 until 1994, he presented the British version
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of Blockbusters, for which he is best known.
In autumn 1995, he hosted Yorkshire Television's big-budget gameshow flop Raise the Roof before becoming the chairman of a revived Call My Bluff for the BBC.
Bob Holness appeared on one episode of Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway in 2004, when he presented the last round of Ant and Dec's Blockbusters, with Ant as a contestant.
Bob Holness sadly passed away on the 6th January 2012. This is an online tribute dedicated to his life and his career. May he rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 21st Jan 2012
Trish Hughes
wrote:
I am an avid LBC listener he had such a lovely voice.
Remembrance Messages
On 6th Jan 2012
Anon ymous
wrote:
no more can i have a p please bob,will be missed by me and the wife,so many teen memmories,bob was a superstar to more than just my generation he was a ledgend in his own lifetime,a real gent and thoroughly decent humanbeing,the world has lost one of its finest rolemodles.a very sad day for all.bye bob.
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You were a legend when I was young. Used to look forward to finishing school and watching Blockbusters. Rest in peace Bob.
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Bob Holness

This is an online obituary dedicated in memory of Bob Holness. Robert Wentworth John Holness was an English radio and television presenter.
Shortly after his birth in South Africa, his family moved to Ashford, Kent, in the UK. After attending Ashford Grammar School (now The Norton Knatchbull School) and Maidstone College of Art and spending some time at Eastbourne College, he then worked for a printing company before returning to South Africa. In 1955, he received his first job as a radio presenter. He also married Mary in 1955, whom he met in South Africa. They returned to the UK in 1961. They have three children and seven grandchildren. His daughter, Ros, was a member of the band Toto Coelo.
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