Arthur Askey (1900-1982) was a diminutive, dapper Liverpool comic, schooled in music hall, who became a radio, TV and British film star. He became famous in the 1930s with a radio show Bandwagon with Richard Murdoch. The show was successfully revived in 1957. During the 1950s and 1960s he also appeared in several sitcoms including Love and Kisses, Arthur's Treasured Volumes and The Arthur Askey Show. He was known as 'Big-Hearted Arthur' and had several catchphrases including "Hello, playmates," "I thank you" (pronounced "Ay-Thang-Yaw"), and "Before your very eyes".
Listen to Arthur singing the novelty number that helped make him famous, The Bee Song.