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article imageOp-Ed: Max Bygraves — An additional legacy

By Alexander Baron     Jan 18, 2013 in Entertainment
Bournemouth - Max Bygraves was the last of the great all round entertainers; he died last August aged 89; now his son Anthony has released a new charity single to raise funds for the Alzeimer's Society.
Max Bygraves died in Australia on August 31 last year (London dateline). Comedian, singer, occasional songwriter and all round entertainer, he had been suffering from Alzeimer's disease for some time. Now his son Anthony has released a song that he himself wrote for the 50th anniversary of his parents' wedding - called appropriately The Golden Years. Details can currently be found on the official Max Bygraves website; proceeds will be going to the Alzeimer's Society. Anthony's aim is to raise £1 million, and at the time of writing £680 has been donated, so there is a fair way to go.
The Alzeimer's Society is based in London, the city where Max Bygraves was born and shot to fame.
Although Anthony Bygraves paints a rosy picture of his father, away from the stage and screen there was another Max Bygraves, a man who was to put it mildly, a philanderer who sired at least three children out of wedlock and turned his back on all of them. The truth - part of it - came out only in 1987. A more detailed account can be found in the Daily Mail shortly after the great man's death. Whatever his son Anthony's good intentions, clearly there was not much charity there.
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