Joe Longthorne March 2018

We are delighted that the legendary 'voice' Joe Longthorne MBE is back in Tenerife for one night only, exclusively at Showtime with his band, celebrating 50 years in showbiz!!
This is always a sell-out event so be quick for tickets and don't miss out, on what will be, another exemplary evening.
 
Event: Joe Longthorne & friends
Date: Saturday 3rd March 2018
Time: Doors open at 7.30pm
Standards Tickets: Residents: 30 euros
Non-residents: 40 euros
Gold Tickets (best seats): Residents: 40 euros
Non-residents: 50 euros
Bookings (Telephone): (+34) 669 622 622
Bookings (Online): www.showtimetenerife.com

The Story of Joe........
Joe Longthorne is recognised as this country’s finest vocalist and live performer, held in the highest esteem by his fellow professionals, loved and adored by his fans the world over, his status nothing short of legendary with accolades and credits from the true greats of the entertainment industry worldwide. Joe is one of those few select vocalists who have earned the right to be called song stylists, an instantly recognised voice with the ability to stamp their name on every song they perform and make it their own. Sinatra, Bennett, Davis, Presley, Diamond, Manilow, Mathis, the name “Longthorne” surely stands proudly alongside these greats. Joe also possesses an incredible gift for impersonations, his repertoire is packed full. From his signature impression of Dame Shirley Bassey to Tony Bennett, Sir Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Sammy Davis Jnr, the list is endless.

Joseph Patrick Longthorne was born on 31st May 1955 in Kingston upon Hull to musical parents, Fred a very talented musician and Teresa, a fine singer. Joe comes from a travelling background and he enjoyed a very warm, safe upbringing in his early years, as he recounts in his 2010 biography, soon to be updated and published in paperback. It was soon evident that he had been born with a god given talent for singing, and at a very tender age he entered a local talent contest and won the first prize, a large red toy car. It was at this point that he realised that singing could indeed be a worthwhile profession to follow. Joe was developing and sharpening his talents with a gift for impersonating anybody at the drop of a hat with mum Teresa very wisely advising her son that it was always a good thing in showbiz to have more than one string to one’s bow.

1981 saw the big break arrive which launched him onto British TV and was to make him a household name. The LWT series “Search For A Star” featured Joe. The rest is history. Just pipped at the post in the final, he had the real prize already in his pocket. Major success followed with appearances on all the major TV variety shows of the day, together with appearances at the London Palladium and a season at the West End’s Talk of the Town”. The name “Longthorne” was now firmly inscribed in the record books of British show business with sell out concerts wherever he performed.

Joe broke through to TV with a weekly appearance as the Special Guest Star on the Les Dennis Laughter Show series. This led onto his first television special and ultimately his own series. Joe had arrived at the very top of the showbiz ladder and it seemed that his life could not get much better. Guest appearances followed on all the major variety shows of the day and Joe consolidated his enormous success with a series of platinum and gold certified albums “The Joe Longthorne Songbook”, “Especially for You” and “The Joe Longthorne Christmas Album”. Joe’s appearance at the 1989 Royal Variety Performance stole the show and he appeared to be at the very pinnacle of his career.

The new millennium saw Joe get the biggest battle of his life to fight when it was discovered the Lymphoma he had fought for so long had deteriated into Leukaemia. Joe continued performing between treatments; however a bone marrow transplant was offered as the only hope by his doctors of beating the disease which was taking more of a hold on Joe. A donor was found by The Anthony Nolan Trust after many appeals on Joe’s behalf. Joe entered the Manchester Royal Infirmary in June 2005 for the transplant which initially went well. After a few days the signs were good but complications developed which resulted in Joe contracting pneumonia and being placed on a ventilator for a month, sedated and fighting for his life and being given the last rites. Many prayers were said and vigils were held by showbiz pals and fans around the globe; miraculously he pulled through. His condition improved gradually, inching his way back to recovery his medical team commented that they really had no idea how he had pulled through. It could well have been a miracle or maybe the mountain of love and prayers from family, friends and fans.

2010 saw Joe’s life story finally published with his autobiography written in conjunction with Chris Berry. It is a must for any fan, written in Joe’s own words it is a very honest and frank account of his life and has won praise from critics and fans alike.
The Variety Club further recognised Joe with a special award of a “Silver Heart” in March 2010, in honour of his extensive charity work.
In Spring 2012, a letter arrived from Buckingham Palace stating that he was to be recognised for his extensive charity work with a MBE in The Queens Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours List. A humble and unassuming man, Joe admitted to being totally surprised and utterly speechless but immensely proud and deeply honoured to receive the award in the Jubilee year. He sees the award as something which will give his chosen charities a greater profile and reinforce his continuing charity work. The news broke officially at midnight on 15 June 2012 to the immense delight of Joe’s family, friends and his huge army of fans worldwide. A special Queen’s Birthday Honours issue of The London Gazette proudly included the name of ‘Joseph Longthorne’ for services to charity. Joe received his MBE from HRH the Prince of Wales on 13th December 2012 at Buckingham Palace. After the ceremony Joe was greeted by many fans outside the Palace waiting to offer their congratulations to him, the royal recognition somewhat long overdue.