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it is with great sadness that i write this post, but with the news that mr sievey passed away this morning this post is one of the hardest i have ever written. i have lost a great friend who made the world laugh, our thoughts go out to gemma, his family and also to little frank on this sad day. the world has lost a little of its sparkle today………

russ the webmaster

354 Responses to “frank!”

  1. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:10 pmAndy Kinsey

    Chris was a genius of comedy, he will be sadly missed :(

  2. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:11 pmSie

    It’s also with great regret that i found the article on the BBC announcing Chris’ death, from me and many other ‘Frank fans’ it’s a very sad day – you will be greatly missed

  3. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:13 pmDavid

    Bloody shame that. I have never laughed so much. Hope everyone who knows him is ok….was looking forward to the Timperly bus tour in July. Maybe, that will still go ahead in some way as a tribute, hope so.

  4. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:14 pmRich Whiteford

    A sad sad day. I had the pleasure of working with Chris a few years ago. Lovely feller.
    Gonna go and stick on Timperley Sunset now…

  5. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:16 pmdavid simpson

    This is such sad news and he will be sorely missed. Remember watching him on Number 73 back when ITV had childrens programmes and since then have always found him such a funny comic/actor/charcter.

    The good always die young. May he R.I.P

  6. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:17 pmKlive

    In a better place now, you know he is, he really is. Thank you.

  7. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:21 pmstepho

    Really sad news…. It was obvious to all who witnessed Frank’s shows that the man behind the very big head was also very kind-hearted. Few have made me laugh more.

    sincere regards to those he left behind.

    Bye Frank- Timperlys greatest

  8. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:22 pmTim McNulty

    My thoughts go out to Chris’s family – what horribly sad news. The world is more than a little duller now.

  9. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:22 pmfrank doherty

    I am genuinely very sad. When famous people die I’m not one to get overly sentimental, but Frank Sidebottom always did, and always will make me laugh.

  10. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:23 pmDave

    Gutted. You know I am. I really am.

    Cheers for the funny times Frank…with a little help from Chris.

  11. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:25 pmPhil Nunn

    Very sad news. I saw Frank (and little Frank) in concert a few years ago and it was one of the funniest show I have ever seen.

    RIP

  12. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:26 pmBecks

    Absolutely gutted. Complete and utter comic genius. Deepest sympathies to his family who must be be devastated.

  13. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:27 pmdennisandlois

    except for a few of us in new york city, the rest will never know what they missed….thanks for those visits to our city.we can’t believe that you will never be here again…..thanks for the great times….love forever,and “another one bites the dust”.

  14. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:29 pmian

    Extremely sad news. RIP to a comedy original.

    xx

  15. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:31 pmSteve

    A sad day indeed. RIP Chris.

  16. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:35 pmAlan Torr

    Such a sad loss to the comedy world. I’ve been a fan since No 73 when I was a child. RIP Mr Sidebottom!

  17. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:39 pmJim Wilkinson

    Don’t know how many nights I’ve spent laughing uproariously at Frank’s gigs its in the dozens
    The thought of never seeing him saunter onto a stage again is awful but for the world & his family to have lost such a warm heart & kindly soul is dreadful
    I never heard him swear or insult anyone in performance my memories are too numerous to list
    I am devastated that my six year old daughter will never make it to her first Frank gig
    My thoughts and those of all us daft devotees are with those close to him and left bereft by his passing

  18. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:40 pmLouise Maguire

    i am so sad to hear the news today, chris was an old friend i sold all my records to go and see him every week at the lamplight in chorlton i will always remember him with a smile on my face xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  19. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:41 pmAlistair

    My condolences to Chris’s family and friends at this sad time. we have lost a genuinely talented man and he will be sorely missed.

  20. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:41 pmBarry

    A truely sad day, the world’s a sadder place without Chris/Sidie

    thought’s for Mr Sievey’s family

  21. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:41 pmnicky

    RIP Frank ; very best wishes to your family and friends on this very sad day; we’ll miss you. xx Nicky; Brighton

  22. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:42 pmSusy

    Very sad news indeed. Me and my dad went to see Frank in Warrington only two weeks ago and we loved every minute of his performance. I grew up listening to his hilarious covers of Queen and The Beach Boys, amongst others. I am genuinely upset and shocked to hear he has died and I will never forget him. He meant a lot to me and my family and I will be playing his cd tonight in honour of a naturally funny, genuine man. RIP Frank/Chris, you brought a lot of joy to many people.

  23. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:42 pmCraig

    RIP Sidie, can’t believe it I thought he was immortal. It’s like a childhood friend dying, thinking back to The Biz.. Oink… seeing the Shed Show being filmed..getting my picture with him on my 30th birthday in York a few years back (still hung up in the hallway).

    You’ll be sorely missed, my thoughts are with all his family, friends and fantastic fans.

    A genuine entertainer and a great guy, Rest In Peace

  24. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:43 pmWill M

    RIP Frank

  25. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:43 pmChris M

    What terribly sad news. Frank was a comic genius , have been to many and was looking forward to the Lexington. My deepest sympathies to both friends and family xx

  26. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:44 pmNigel Carr

    Very sad to hear this – I first saw Chris with the Freshies at the Bowdon Social Club in the late 70’s – he was a true comedy great!
    RIP Frank/Chris

  27. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:44 pmJohn Duckworth

    Frank/Chris, I’ll miss you (I really will)

  28. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:44 pmmichael B

    im really upset by this, an absolute comic genius, my condolences go out to his family and friends at this sad time
    thanks for all the laughter frank
    god bless

  29. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:46 pmYippy

    The world will be a sadder place without him to shine RIP FRANK A TRUE COMEDY LEGEND AND NICE MAN

  30. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:47 pmMickey

    They broke the mold, one of a kind – you know he was, he really was! God bless Frank

  31. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:48 pmHerbal T

    Sympathies to Chris’ family and friends. The world has lost a shining ray of light who brightened many a day for me.
    (Plus he performed a miracle by covering awful Queen songs and made them sound interesting.)
    Genius.

  32. on 21 Jun 2010 at 7:50 pmDavid Faltskog

    RIP Chris, A unique talent who brought laughter and good times into our lives.

  33. on 21 Jun 2010 at 8:11 pmAnnalise

    A true Timperley legend, you put our little village on the map. Hope you are gazing on a Timperley sunset tonight Frank, it looks like it’s going to be a good one! Sympathies to all Frank’s family, Timperley (and the world) is a brighter place for having had him in it x

  34. on 21 Jun 2010 at 8:12 pmNathaniel

    Thanks for all the laughs Frank

  35. on 21 Jun 2010 at 8:17 pmGigerPunk

    Echoing the sentiments of others above, and probably many more to follow below, the world is truly a duller place now without Chris/Frank and no-one will ever be able to fill the space he now leaves.
    Truly sorry for your loss; scant consolation it may be, but the joy he gave to so many people means he will live on in our hearts and minds for a long time to come.
    May Timperly’s finest gentlemen rest peacefully in the knowledge he lightened so many people’s lives. Even a Papiér Maché face could smile at that.

  36. on 21 Jun 2010 at 8:25 pmIan. Loughborough

    Sad news indeed, he always had time for his fans. My thoughts to his family and friends. He has left behind a legacy of smiles and laughter-something to be very proud of in this bleak world.

  37. on 21 Jun 2010 at 8:27 pmrob lovell

    Very sad news .
    Only saw him live twice but on both occasions he left me with
    tears of laughter running down my face .
    Totally original and didn’t need to be rude or crude
    for a cheap laugh .
    RIP Chris .

  38. on 21 Jun 2010 at 8:33 pmzipzapuk

    Thanks for Goole and little frank – really wished we could have seen you again.

    RIP

  39. on 21 Jun 2010 at 8:41 pmpaintyface

    Sorry to hear about Frank. He always made me laugh and I feel sad that he is no longer with us. So young as well. God takes the good early.

  40. on 21 Jun 2010 at 8:45 pmJon wilding

    I loved frank since i was a kid. Best live show you could ever see. A legend. I will always talk about frank and will show his videos to anyone and everyone i can. All the best frank-thank you.

  41. on 21 Jun 2010 at 8:46 pmsean livesey

    My daughter has just asked me, “has Little Frank died also?” I replied, “no, he’s only cardboard” The times that i have laughed at that line, but this time i felt extremely sad.

  42. on 21 Jun 2010 at 8:47 pmMark Drury

    I’m so sad to hear this news. Chris stayed in my flat once in a blizzard in Aberdeen – he was a genius. :(

  43. on 21 Jun 2010 at 8:48 pmdave spinks

    A brave guy, a funny guy – will be missed. Best Regards to his family

  44. on 21 Jun 2010 at 8:52 pmTony Martin

    “The world has lost a little bit of sparkle”- never were truer words said. A true genius, we will never see his like again. RIP.

  45. on 21 Jun 2010 at 8:54 pmSarah Taylor

    Used to see him in London with all my fellow northern friends. Have never laughed so much in my life and he was the only comedian who made me have to take my asthma inhaler as I laughed so much I couldn’t breathe properly by the end of the gig.

    Very sad news. Now I keep hearing “who does the shopping for his mum, in his big shorts, in his big shorts” in my head.

    RIP Frank

  46. on 21 Jun 2010 at 8:55 pmChaz Boy

    We will never meet by the helicopter in the park and do the guided tour of Timperley again.

    I am feeling so sad at the moment,,,,, a true original star.

  47. on 21 Jun 2010 at 8:56 pmNigel Hunter

    Frank, you will be sorely missed by myself and all my friends. I was glad I got to meet Chris and buy the great man a drink whilst He signed all my vinyl at Bradford. My thought go out to your family. It is bobbins that you are no longer with us and that we aill never see you perform live again. RIP Chris RIP Frank….we will miss you..you know we will…we really will…thank you !!

  48. on 21 Jun 2010 at 8:59 pmsteve

    extremely sad news , a comic genious and he never failed to raise my spirits … he will be sadly missed.

  49. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:02 pmPaul

    A true original genius. He will be sadly missed.

  50. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:04 pmEd Banger

    A true legend genius indeed love from the banger clan.

  51. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:04 pmDes, Bradford

    if he’d have known.. he’d have written a little song about it.. you know he would.. he really would.

    just envisioning hundreds…nay..thousands of people wearing papermache heads scattered around a sunny cemetary helping to celebrate the passing of a comedy Genius.

    Heartfelt Sympathies to Chris’ family, may the numbness and pain ease quickly for you all.

    Ladies and Gentlemen… Frank has left the Building.

  52. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:04 pmBen Robinson

    This is such sad news, to die so young, he brought happiness to many including me. Rest in Peace Chris/Frank.

  53. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:05 pmBarry Williams (Timperleyan)

    What will we do without Fantastic Frank? So very, very sad to have lost a genuinely unique and hilarious talent.

    RIP Mr S.

  54. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:07 pmNick Patrick

    So sad but so many happy memories…. a wonderful day in Stockport filming with Chris for one of the very few original and entertaining inserts (which he ended up directing) into the less than fondly remembered “No Limits”; several nights out at The International, tea with Frank in Timperley and his wonderful drop-ins for Bob Hatton Rattle fronted by the brilliant James H Reeve and inspired by a lunch over a bag of chips with Mr Radcliffe.

    What a bobbins day.

  55. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:09 pmsteve wilson

    Certainly one of the funniest act’s I’ve seen, thank’s Frank you’ll be missed but not forgotten.

  56. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:14 pmPaul

    I am a forty one year old bloke who types this with tears in his eyes. Chris/ Franks passing has genuinely touched me.

    What a star he was.

    Everytime any one of us says Freddie MerCUry instead of Freddie Mercury (like we all do) we must all remember him with a fond smile.

  57. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:14 pmPaul

    It’s enormously sad news to hear, Frank’s shows were always a delight. Best wishes to Chris’s family at this sad and difficult time.

  58. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:19 pmBernard

    :-(
    Thoughts with you Little Frank

  59. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:20 pmLee Templer

    What a talent this man had, he will be missed by all. My thought go out to his family and friends and fellow fans.

  60. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:21 pmSandra

    Very sorry to Chris’s family, friends and loved ones.

    He made me laugh for longer than I can remember, for that I will always be grateful.

  61. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:26 pmRichard Laurie

    A very funny man who will be sorely missed. R.I.P. Chris

  62. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:27 pmdaniel

    Best regards to family and friends…

    We have lost a true eccentric and original and very talented eccentric comic performer.

    I met Chris once at Piccadilly Radio and saw Frank perform on numerous occasions.

    I am deeply saddened by the news, but will always remember Frank Sidebottom’s comic genius.

    x

  63. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:27 pmMiss Hypnotique

    Oww Frank, so sad and you’re going to miss England win in the World Cup. Loved his song: “Guess who’s been on Match Of The Day?” when I saw him live for my birthday 2 years ago.

    Such an original performer, so uncynical yet funny musical comedy. One of the greatest.

    Gawd bless ya, Frank!

  64. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:27 pmKaren

    I have been a long life fan of frank since I can remember and like tony wilson I remember them both on granada I was engrossed when frank was on telly, I used to laugh my head off at him and little frank, always be part of my life brought up with him on telly…will miss you and Il never forget you at the manchester pride 2 years agho when you were in the parade with channel M, I was shouting Frank Frank Im from partington he just put his hands on his head was really funny and I have the video..RIP Frank Sidebottom …from a huge fan in Partytown Manchester… :O(

  65. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:30 pmPaul

    A great shock and a greater loss.

    One of a kind and missed already.

  66. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:32 pmSimon

    Ah, I’m really upset. I loved Frank. I saw him many times in the 80s and 90s and still play the odd record.

    He was a fantastic top showbiz personality. You know he was, he really was.

  67. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:34 pmpaul & lyla

    gutted… gutted and its my 50th birthday tomorrow…. I’ve just had to tell my daughter 7 who thought little frank was ace… we travel up to visit last year….. love you always frank we will sadly miss you

  68. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:36 pmjohn white

    some of the best times i had was watching frank ,will miss you so much. you know i will ,i really will. bobbins. god bless

  69. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:37 pmSteve in Sale

    R.I.P. Frank.Every time i heard your name or heard one of your songs it always brought a smile to my face.
    True comic genius.Will be sorely missed.

  70. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:41 pmHamish Mackie

    45 year old with tears in my eyes. The world will be a sadder place without his showbiz genius and my daughter will never realize her ambition to see the great man live. I will treasure my personal video from Frank. RIP Chris

  71. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:43 pmAdrian Ogle

    I was very sorry to read the news on the BBC website a unique talent indeed. I’m so glad that I saw Frank in February when he supported John Cooper Clarke.

    Strange is it may seem to many people I’d never heard of or seen Frank Sidebotham as I lived overseas from 1978 – 1995 so didn’t know what to expect when he appeared.

    It didn’t take long for me to thoroughly enjoy his performance – he had a great act and got a great response from the audience.

  72. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:53 pmSarah

    Gutted to hear this today. Thought Chris/ Frank would beat the ‘cancer thingy’.

    A very sad goodbye to a joyful man.

    Love and condolences to those who knew and loved him xx

  73. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:57 pmGraham Wilson

    A very sad day for British Comedy!! :(

    I used to love watching Frank on TV during the 1980’s when I was growing up – I remember splitting my sides in laughter then like I do now.

    Rest in peace mate, you will be sorely missed!!!

    R.I.P
    xxxx

  74. on 21 Jun 2010 at 9:58 pmnobby stiles

    RIP Frank. and CHris. Deepest sympathy to Chris’ family and of course little Frank. God Bless

  75. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:00 pmLee

    RIP Chris, goodbye Frank and love and prayers for Little Frank. Very sad news :-(

  76. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:00 pmBill

    RIP Frank.

    You always bought a smile to my face and don’t worry about Little Frank, he’ll be looked after by all your adoring fans.

    There’s a tribute to you on the Spoof website – hope it makes you smile although you never really stopped.

  77. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:03 pmSuzy livesey

    Cant believe franks gone, he has made us laugh so many times. Bless you frank, the world will never be the same without you

  78. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:07 pmolly driscoll

    So sad,just heard the news.I loved Frank and sent off for his 7″ Ep ”Frank plays Queen” when i was 11.I read ‘Oink’ and remember Franks Sinclair Spectrum games well.
    He was a genius.
    R I P

    Olly D

  79. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:12 pmP J

    I’m shocked to hear the news and my condolences to Chris’s family and friends at this sad time

    I have followed Chris/Frank since when his first appeared with the Freshies singing the Queen melodies and was on the mailing list of his 11.37 tapes in the mid eighties

    I’ve even got a Little Frank’s body that came flying my way during one of his shows. It’s been pinned to my office wall now for many years – Why? – ‘cos it makes me laugh. The Bard of Timperley will definitely be missed!

  80. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:12 pmPhil

    RIP The Bard of Timperley AKA Frank Sidebottom AKA My top ace showbiz pal AKA Chris Sievey. You are gone but never forgotten. Best wishes to all who were touched by him.

  81. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:15 pmDave

    I`ve just heard the sad news, and there is the most amazing sunset outside our window. I think there is a link. Thanks Frank, for all the pleasure that your ace showbiz career brought me over the years, and for all the joy it will continue to bring me.
    Your work will live on. God bless.

  82. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:17 pmColin Mitchell

    Met Frank / Chris last year at Altrincham Festival. He was a gentleman who always had time for passers by. Pictures – no problem. I took one of him with Rocky Robin the Altrincham FC mascot. Such a great loss to comedy and a nice chap too. Thought are with close friends and family of Chris at this sad time. RIP FRANK/CHRIS

  83. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:22 pmSTUBAGS99

    RIP FRANK WILL BE MISSED BUT NOT FORGOTON MANCHESTERS FINEST MUSICIAN AND COMIC SADLEY NOW GONE TO THE SHED IN THE SKY RIP

  84. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:24 pmGary

    My condolences to the family and friends of Mr Sievey.
    Chris was a unique,wonderful entertainer.It’s so sad that he’s gone at such a young age.
    Goodbye Frank,I’ll miss you.

  85. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:27 pmKeith

    A legend. Loved his records and went to see the Fantastic Shed show filmed – great man and a true gent.

    Handled a terrible illness well and with great dignity.

    Life isn’t always fair – rest easy mate, Timperleys finest – the world is a sadder place today.

  86. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:28 pmKate

    Im so sad to hear about chris :'((
    i loved him so much
    im sorry to all his family
    RIP xx

  87. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:30 pmNeil Cox

    Just to echo the sentiments of everyone above. A legend has gone, you know he has, he really has. Thank you.
    Little Frank is speechless and Amoeba Frank has finally spontaneously combusted.
    My mates all thought I was mad listening to Frank’s EPs and Albums in the 80s and they were gathering dust in the cupboard until only a fortnight ago when they were resurrected to uproarious praise on my 40th. My daughter still doesn’t understand why he’s got a papier mache head though.

  88. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:30 pmSimon Day

    Oh Blimey,

    Frank was the greatest. Last saw him in ‘An Audience with Frank Sidebottom’ in Southport – absolutely fantastic. A unique talent will be missed by all (not least Little Frank).

  89. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:32 pmDarren Storer

    Can’t believe tonight’s news; we’ve lost the rarest of precious things: an original.

    Chris (and the Freshies) have a special place in my early teenage memories, as they were the first band I ever went to see. Sneaking out to go to the gig in Manchester was easy, walking home because the buses didn’t run overnight was the tricky bit.

    Sadly Chris never seems to have been acknowledged for his foresight and contribution to UK multimedia, which we all now take for granted. Does anyone else remember the dancing man program on the B side of the Camouflage flexi-disc? Load the software on your ZX81 and an animated figure would dance along, accompanying the music track on the A side – genius; Chris was way ahead of his time.

    RIP Chris

  90. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:33 pmAdam

    A very, very sad day. The first time I saw Frank was at Cov poly in 89, the last was a wonderful gig at Tate Britain a few years ago; in between I once got to meet him backstage at the Reading Festival – head on, of course – and shake the great man by the hand. My brother and I still crack ourselves up by doing ‘Lard Conversation’ from the Space is Ace EP, and treasure our reply from Frank after we wrote him a fan letter (‘Thank you for saying I’m better than Little Frank’ he wrote. ‘He’s only cardboard.’) I agree with Mark Radcliffe: he was a genius. R.I.P.

  91. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:33 pmJeremy

    just as Betamax lived on in the heart of Frank, then Frank will live on in the hearts of all his fans.

    so many fantastic shows to remember – my first being at the Bury comedy festival, where he wore his ex-Granada Elton John glittery jacket, through his residencies at St Helen’s Citadel, and in other venues far and wide – though perhaps my funniest evening ever was when I first met Chris himself after Frank’s Dundee show; he was literally my personal entertainer for a couple of hours – such a brilliant night.

    thank you Chris for being the most inventively funny person I ever knew, and for how you always had time for we fans.

    I’m so glad I got to spend a little more time with you after your recent Warrington show; the world is a lesser place without you.

  92. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:35 pmGreg

    We have lost two great individuals not just one! Gentle and unassuming. Made me laugh. Hope little Frank is ok! Lol. Favourite song? His Version of ‘Last Christmas’.
    Goodnight and God bless.

  93. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:37 pmGareth Jones

    I got home from work this evening to discover two friends had written on my facebook wall to inform me about Frank’s death. Then I Googled and read everything I could fine. I couldn’t believe his cancer battle was lost so soon.

    I met Chris twice a couple of years ago after booking him for a couple of gigs in Bath and Bristol. He was a quiet, gentle guy and had the best rider an artist has ever requested – a big bottle of sparkling water and a packet of Twiglets!

    I was probably one of only a few promoters who actually got to see him without his head on (he wouldn’t even reveal his identity to the sound engineer or the support bands!!). I feel lucky I got to meet the man himself.

    His brother Martin lived near Bath and turned up to the Bath gig with a football table game which Frank gave away in his raffle. The staff at the venue had never seen anything quite like it.

    I was due to book him again in the Autumn. One May 14th he wrote on my myspace page saying a gig in October should be fine. Alas, that wasn’t to be.

    I grew up watching Frank on No.73, Motormouth and What’s Up Doc, buying Oink! comic and all his records and I always got excited when a new edition of his free fanclub “Com” newsletters dropped through my letterbox. And I even had a friend in Manchester who sent me cassettes of ‘Radio Timperley’ and ‘Frank’s World’ shows he’d recorded off Piccadilly Radio for me!

    R.I.P. Frank. I’m sure Heaven will be just as fantastic as Timperley. You know it will, it really will.

  94. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:37 pmPaul Hopkins

    Frank,

    Rest in peace.

    You mad me laugh,

    You really did!

  95. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:38 pmPaul Hopkins

    Frank,

    Rest in peace.

    You made me laugh,

    You really did!

  96. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:39 pmPete

    I will never forget the gigs I saw of Frank Sidebottom.. Unique comedy, had me in tears laughing..

    Many celebs have passed us by over the years, but this one has to be the biggest shock of all, and something I never wanted to see.

    From the 1980s onwards loved listening to him on radio / tapes etc etc, in magazines, TV, on stage..

    Chris Sievey is a bloody genius!!

    RIP.. Thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans at this time.

  97. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:42 pmmark & isobel

    what a bobbins day

    thanks for all the joy frank

  98. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:42 pmJohn Mounsey

    Just heard this news from my brother and have to say I’m absolutely gutted :(

    Feel very fortunate to have seen Frank earlier on this year – an absolutely brilliant show in front of a small but loyal crowd in Sheffield.

    Very best wishes to all of Chris / Frank’s family.

    We’ll miss you Frank.

    John.

  99. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:43 pmNickTheHorse

    I’m so sad this evening. Chris/Frank made so many people so happy, he was a true entertainer. An entertainer to the very end. It was only 24 hours that he was tweeting that he’s be performing with his band.

    RIP.

  100. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:44 pmMike Frimston

    You will be greatly missed, my daughter and myself both managed to meet Frank and he always made us laugh….a true comic genius.

  101. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:46 pmLizzie

    I am so so saddened, have loved Frank since St Helen’s Citadel gigs when I was 14 and the subsequent Reading Festivals.
    I feel privileged to have seen him more recently at his monthly shows at Grange and L.M.R.C.A. I will never forget the Festive Lion and the 1960’s ‘happening’.

    A true comedy genius who will be greatly missed

  102. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:46 pmGreg, Bradford

    Very sad to here of Franks passing, grew up with him on the TV shame his humour didn’t reach the masses it once did that was our loss! RIP

  103. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:47 pmDarryl Collins

    So very sad. Talented man, gave me so much to laugh about. Will be sorely missed.

  104. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:49 pmAndrew Willis

    A great loss. Grateful to have had the privilege of seeing the Wolverhampton show in December. Frank will be missed but always remembered with affection and a smile. RIP Chris.

  105. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:51 pmJonathan Hodgson

    I was a big fan of Frank’s for many many years, I was proud to have been able to go to a gig in Leeds, and to be in the audience of his Fantastic Shed show..and I was delighted to rediscover him via the web in recent years. He was always a funny, wonderful character and I treasure every Frank CD/record/cassette/odd scrawling/drawing that I ever acquired.

    Cancer is bobbins.

    RIP Frank.

  106. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:58 pmJefph

    A truly sad day..

    I sadly never got to see him perform live, but I loved his albums, and the times that I saw him on the box etc.

    There was a fitting tribute on Radio 2’s Radcliffe & Maconie show this evening.

    RIP

  107. on 21 Jun 2010 at 10:58 pmSam

    R.I.P Frank

  108. on 21 Jun 2010 at 11:05 pmLuke in Cheshire

    Frank was my hero since i was a kid.

    Thanks for so bringing this big kid much joy,
    you know you did, you really did.

    god bless x

  109. on 21 Jun 2010 at 11:12 pmSteven

    A very sad day indeed.
    A true comic genius and part of my childhood.
    Saw him many times in London. It’s not often the passing of a celebrity moves me, but this one really did.
    Good bye sir.

  110. on 21 Jun 2010 at 11:13 pmDunk

    Sad, sad news. I took my first girlfriend on our first date to see his show in Liverpool in the 80s – she got it just enough to keep seeing me. I joined his fanclub and he kept writing to me in a purple felt tip. Love and respect, R.I.P.

  111. on 21 Jun 2010 at 11:24 pmGerard Duggan

    Not everyone “got” Frank, but for those of us who did, he filled that hole like no other comedian could.

    I first really entered Fran’s World properly when I started reading Oink, but I used to love watching him on No.73 as well.

    I wrote him a letter and ordered a copy of the “Tribute to the magic of Freddie Mer-cury and Queen” album. He signed the album for me without even being asked to and wrote back a lovely and funny letter. I’ve still got a bundle of letters, signed post cards and hand coloured Coms (his self made fan leaflet) in the loft. He really cared about his fans and was very selfless in the time he gave just to make other people happy.

    He made me feel important as a fan, and no-one have ever done the same, before or since.

    By entering Franks World, you felt like you were part of it, included, and not just an observer. It allowed us adults that didn’t really want to stop being kids and carry on being daft to do just that. Through Frank, with Frank and by being in that World with him.

    That is why today I am heatbroken.

    RIP both of you, and a big love-filled “Thank you” for all the times you made me laugh so much. x

  112. on 21 Jun 2010 at 11:25 pmDarren Rogerson

    Absolute legend…..he really was …..he really was

  113. on 21 Jun 2010 at 11:28 pmnirm

    adios and thanks frank, I would cite you as one of my musical influences.

  114. on 21 Jun 2010 at 11:28 pmTrader Woody

    Another 40+ man in floods of tears here. It’s just come as such a terrible shock as he was so active recently. I saw him a number of times and what came over most was the warmth he had for for his fans and the amount of time he had for them. Nothing was ever just dashed off. The video I ordered off him a good 20 years ago was all hand coloured with little notes and a personal bit at the beginning of the video itself. At a record shop in Newcastle, I remember him signing one chaps massive collection of vinyl without complaint.

    A unique talent and a lovely man.
    My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends.

  115. on 21 Jun 2010 at 11:36 pmBob

    Very sad news, a real original genius. So different from anything I’d ever seen before. We were quoting his act at work for years after we all went to see him for the first time.

    Although it’s many years since I’ve seen him live, I did see him on Channel M on Sky, and he had me in fits of laughter again.

    And quite often I still find myself singing (to myself fortunately) “Estudiantes – striped shirts, black panties.”

  116. on 21 Jun 2010 at 11:40 pmSimon

    I’ve just got in from work and have seen the news.
    I am absolutely gutted.

    I watched Frank/Chris since I was knee-high to a hipster and even spoken to him a few times over the interweb… what a truly top chuffing bloke.

    Gonna miss you Frank/Chris.
    R.I.P.

    You are the all-time top semi-professional showbiz entertainer!

  117. on 21 Jun 2010 at 11:51 pmAnt Heald

    He was just always around, wasn’t he, ‘Frank’?

    Popping up in your NME/CND video. Doing his shed thing on the telly. Even when he seemed to have disappeared for years, it was really just that I wasn’t paying attention.

    Then finally I saw him live at Sheffield just three weeks ago. I wasn’t expecting that much to be honest, but I’ve honestly never laughed as much at a live performance ever.

    Oh no I haven’t, I really haven’t.

    And now he’s gone. Desperately sad for all who know & love Chris, but I’m so grateful I got to see Frank before it was too late.

  118. on 21 Jun 2010 at 11:54 pmDavid loveridge

    RIP Frank u are and alway will be a legend!

  119. on 22 Jun 2010 at 12:07 amMartin

    Oh blimey, that’s bobbins news. RIP Chris, my deepest sympathies to Little Frank, Little Denise, Mrs Merton, Little Buzz Aldrin, the Kilvertians, Billy and Barry, Emmo and most of all your real family who’ll miss you even more than we will. Thanks for many great laughs.

  120. on 22 Jun 2010 at 12:13 amCarl Harris

    He made me and my kids laugh, we love his music. RIP.

  121. on 22 Jun 2010 at 12:15 amJonny T

    Legend. First saw him at Mcr Students’ Union in 87 keeping those students in line in his own inimitable fashion. Having said that once spent entire evening to/from Weddoes gig in Glasgow impersonating Timperley’s finest resulting in a nose bleed for pal Andy T. No tea that night. RIP

  122. on 22 Jun 2010 at 12:22 amnamalee

    Rest in peace Frank! A wonderful inspiration to both me and my boyfriend. We will miss you deeply xxx

  123. on 22 Jun 2010 at 12:28 amAllan

    I was thinking of Frank when watching Paul McCartney do Mull Of Kintyre last night, and was very upset to hear the news today.

    Thanks for years of fun Chris – my life wouldn’t have been the same if you hadn’t invented Frank.

  124. on 22 Jun 2010 at 12:31 amA Big Frank Fan

    Gutted when I just heard the news. I feel like I’ve lost a friend. Frank, you were the funniest bloke I know and I loved everything you did! Appreciated by all with a ‘northern’ sense of humour. There’ll never be another quite like you. RIP. Timperley’s finest!

  125. on 22 Jun 2010 at 12:39 amGED

    From one city fan to another, RIP my friend. A true mancunian.

  126. on 22 Jun 2010 at 1:00 amChris

    Like everyone else, I’m in complete shock. You made so many people so happy, Frank. I’ll never forget the few gigs I was lucky enough to attend.

    Xxx

  127. on 22 Jun 2010 at 1:24 amdon stugots

    I miss you already my friend. Safe travels.

  128. on 22 Jun 2010 at 1:37 amCarolyn

    Loved Frank and all his tribute songs, we have always sung “Material Girl/Boy” in the Frank stylee.

    He’s gone to a better shed somewhere in the great beyond.

  129. on 22 Jun 2010 at 2:11 amDrew Hartley

    I too agree that Chris aka Frank was a great Comic
    Genious, His style & timing made him stand out
    from amongst others.
    Frank Sidebottom will be saddly missed but it’s now up to
    His fans to carry on His great Fantastic legacy, although how I’m
    not too sure as there is and always will be only one Frank Sidebottom.

    I wish Chris’s family all the very best at this great time of sadness.
    My Condolences to You all.
    Blessings for the other side Frank :-)
    Blessed Be Drew
    One of many Fantastic Fans

  130. on 22 Jun 2010 at 2:18 amSandra

    So sorry to hear the news…
    Thoughts go out to his friends (like you Mr. Russ the webmaster) and loved ones…
    Such a great original, such a sad loss…
    He has left behind so many great and funny memories for us all…

  131. on 22 Jun 2010 at 3:59 amChris Rickards

    Best wishes to the family of Mr Sievey.

    Frank Sidebottom is a part of our friends lives, always will be.
    Because Frank Sidebottom is fantastic in the morning
    and Frank Sidebottom is fantastic in the evening
    but Frank Sidebottom is at his most fantastic in the afternoon!

    Thankyou!

  132. on 22 Jun 2010 at 5:37 amLittle Dave

    In early 1991 I had just come out of a very nasty divorce, was suffering from glandular fever, and needed a big dose of funny.

    So, I took my brother to see Frank at a local gig. Just what I needed.. the “Guess who’s been on MOTD?” – “You have, in your big shorts” chants will live with me and echo in my head forever.

    Frank and little Frank go fishing… He gets “fridge magnets” instead of “maggots”. To this day I purposely call maggots magnets and vice versa. “Is that a new fridge maggot on the door?”

    The humour that Chris gave changed me, in ever so slight ways. I’m very sad about his passing, but ever so glad we met, albeit only through the medium of Show Biz. It was an impish innocence with true genius.

    I’ll remember you, I really will.

  133. on 22 Jun 2010 at 5:44 amDarren Forster

    Just read this on BBC news this morning, this is a very sad day.

    I remember meeting Frank Sidebottom at a few disco’s at Lymm High School, and was also contemplating going to see him at Warrington’s Parr Hall later on this year.

    He was a really funny guy, and helped put Timperley on the map.

    My condolences go to all his friends and family who have lost a great comedian.

    RIP Frank

  134. on 22 Jun 2010 at 7:44 amCec

    Gutted! Thanks for the laughs.

  135. on 22 Jun 2010 at 7:55 amJeff Jolly

    It was a very sad day yesterday when my wife and I heard the news that Chris / Frank had gone. We have seen him many times especially over the last 5 years and it feels like part of us has been lost.

    I have been a fan since the single “Oh Blimey, It’s Christmas!” came out some 25 years ago.

    Sincere wishes to all Chris’s family and friends.

    Farewell to a true genius – you know he was, he really was. :¬(

  136. on 22 Jun 2010 at 8:02 amLauren

    Very sad news , i was shocked when i saw the piece in the news this morning. You will be well remembered with smiles. Best wishes to your family and rest in peace.

  137. on 22 Jun 2010 at 8:08 amGrant

    Desperatley sad. A complete one off, i’ve been watching him on you tube this morning in tears.

    Cancer is bobbins.

    RIP

  138. on 22 Jun 2010 at 8:16 amCarlo - Middleton

    Such sad news. I feel like I’ve lost a little bit of my childhood. A true comedy legend. My thoughts are with everyone who knew him.

  139. on 22 Jun 2010 at 8:21 amIain Marley

    A true original and will be sorely, sorely missed. Thoughts going to family and friends and Little Frank, of course.

    Goodnight from your fantastic fans.

  140. on 22 Jun 2010 at 8:22 amchip barm

    What bobbins news! Who will keep Timperley on the map now? May Chris become more of a legend now than he was to those of us who knew of his genius.

    My little un met Frank a few years ago and I still have the picture as my phone wallpaper, we were so looking forward to the bus tour in July.

    RIP Frank/Chris, truely one of the greats!

  141. on 22 Jun 2010 at 8:40 amWarren Smith

    RIP Frank.

    Fond memories of Christmas 1985, playing Frank’s Xmas single and the b side songs like Christmas in Australia.

  142. on 22 Jun 2010 at 8:50 amdibble

    I only recently discovered you. You made me laugh. A real shame. God bless you.

  143. on 22 Jun 2010 at 8:57 amPhil G

    RIP Frank, Thanks for making us proud sons and daughters of Timperley, Sale n Alty..

    Lived live with a mad big grin, My heartfelt thoughts to your Family , Friends and all in the Frank Community.

    When things were sh@@, you just always made me laugh.
    God Bless you Chris and Thankyou so very much

  144. on 22 Jun 2010 at 9:14 amDarren Stuart

    Was happily listening to 5Live last night when this was announced. Terrible shame. Whilst ‘Frank’ wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, his appearances on telly were always memorable. If I had the talent, I’d create a papiermache model of ‘Frank’, and place it outside my front door.

    A truly brave chap, and another one taken away so young by a cruel, cruel disease.

    Lots of love ‘Frank’, I’ll be checking you out on Youtube over the next few days…

    Darren

  145. on 22 Jun 2010 at 9:20 amMartin Green

    Very sad news. My condolences to Chris’s family and friends.I’ve probably seen Frank perform more times than any other act and I’m missing him already.

  146. on 22 Jun 2010 at 9:36 amGlenn

    What sad news – a true comedy genius and ambassador for the North West. It is impossible to think of ‘Frank’ and his incredible body of work without smiling – which is, at least, a fitting legacy.

    Rest in Peace (Chin-up Little Frank and all who were close to the great man)

  147. on 22 Jun 2010 at 9:53 amSteve

    I remember seeing Frank at Timperley Village Hall in the late 1980’S with Emmo (Mark Radcliffe) selling lard and Mrs Merton. We shouted ‘FRANK’ he said ‘WHAT’ we shouted ‘AAAAHHAAAA’ he returned with ‘SAVIOUR OF THE UNIVERSE YEAH YEAH YEAH’,

    It makes me smile every time I think of that moment as well as others too numerous to mention.

    I will treasure my signed Frank LP and Little Frank Beastie Puppets record that I won at Blackburn King Georges Hall at another concert. Farewell Frank, heaven has gained another star. You know it has, it really has.

  148. on 22 Jun 2010 at 9:57 amrichard

    Bloomin bobbins.

    One of my best childhood memories was Frank “filling” during filming of a kids gameshow at ITV in Manchester, I wasn’t clever enough to be competing but was taken to watch it being recorded.
    He got us to have a fight with our juice cartons and was significantly repremanded for it, ha.
    I’m glad I’m not clever enough as I’d have missed the genius that he was.

    More recently the channel M test card with him was brilliant, I spent hours watching it.

    RIP Frank/Chris.

  149. on 22 Jun 2010 at 10:21 amSpaff and Little Spaff

    For all the fantastic entertainment you have given us we are forever thankful.

    Little Spaff will always remember his 9th Birthday thanks to Frank performing for him at our home.

    For everybody who took his hand and gave it back to him when they had finished with it, you have touched genius.

    RIP
    Spaff and Little Spaff

  150. on 22 Jun 2010 at 10:23 amJonathan L. Howard

    This is such dreadful news. I met Frank (I never met Chris) when he did an episode of “Radio Timperley” from my front room after I unexpectedly won a competition. He arranged the time to visit in character, but I had this vague idea he would turn up as Chris Sievey, we would roughly thrash out how the show was going to go and then record it. No chance. He turned up on the doorstep all Franked-up with Mark Radcliffe in tow, and never broke character for a second. If the show had any failings, it was entirely due to me being so obviously banjaxed with astonishment throughout.

    The thing I remember most was how brilliant at extemporisation he was. I was living in a shared house at the time, having long since moved out from the parental home. This was a concept that Frank Sidebottom was bound to have problems with.

    “Where’s your mum?” he asked.

    “About twenty miles away.”

    “Ooooh!” he replied, impressed. “What a big house!”

  151. on 22 Jun 2010 at 10:23 amSabroni

    Frank’s fantastic christmas songs are always a part of our christmas celebrations. I can’t hear bohemian rhapsody without thinking “Is this just timperley?”. When I was 18 and crashing at Bear’s house every friday night we’d always be up the next morning for No. 73 and Frank would have us in stitches!

    Saw him at the fleece in bristol in the 80’s and a crowd that initially were pretty hostile were singing along to “Guess who’s been on MOTD” within 15 minutes. Always cracked me up at gigs.

    Was lucky enough to get to take my kids on the Timperley tour last year. We all had a fantastic day, stopping off at the community centre for an impromptu set from the oh blimey big band.

    Genius. R.I.P. Frank, you we’re ace and top! like Paul McCartney!

  152. on 22 Jun 2010 at 10:25 amToby

    I grew up in the 80’s in the North West when Chris/Frank was at his peak, although some of the stuff he did later on was just as funny.
    I found Frank funny as a kid because he did daft things mentioned places I knew and had a giant papier mache head and as an adult because he was just funny in a way no one else could be.
    Frank always made me laugh from his Number 73 days right up until recently on Channel M.
    It was with great shock that I read the news on the BBC website.
    Sympathies go out to his family and all those who ever laughed at him.
    Toby

  153. on 22 Jun 2010 at 10:30 amMajor Eyeswater

    A very sad day……..
    You now it is……It really is….
    RIP !! :o(

  154. on 22 Jun 2010 at 10:30 amDarren

    Well done Francis, you didn’t make it into the Beatles ” there were 123 of us in the Quarrymen”. But I watched youtube all night and laughed till I ached.

    3 Shirts on the line for number one

  155. on 22 Jun 2010 at 10:44 amHoward Bennett

    Unhappy though I undoubtedly I am at the news, Chris/Frank would not want us to be sad – that’s why he did what he did and why Frank existed. Celebrate the happiness he brought all of us – listen to his records, watch his many performances on YouTube, and just enjoy what he gave us.

    I for one am a better person because of Frank Sidebottom.

  156. on 22 Jun 2010 at 10:45 amMike Walsh

    Thank you, Frank, for all the laughs you gave over so many years. God Bless and sleep well…………

    Sad, sad day…………

  157. on 22 Jun 2010 at 10:51 amJim

    Really, really sad day – Frank was a GENIUS – I picked up his test card whilst tuning in my satellite dish in Cyprus – well it was an improvised Fray Bentos tin with a Bic Biro attached to it (as per Frank’s suggestion) – I was a bit annoyed at first though ’cause I was tuning in the sound when Frank was doing his test tone using a sound with vibrato on it so couldn’t understand why the picture was fine but the sound was all wobbly – he soon sorted it out though!!!

    I reckon “Three Shirts On My Line” should be released as a charity single for Cancer Research – it would be a fitting tribute to Chris Sievey (and his family) to get him to Number 1 and also a great way to raise some cash for a worthwhile cause.

    RIP Frank/ Chris – the world has truly lost a legend today

  158. on 22 Jun 2010 at 10:55 amGary Smith

    A truly unique and gifted performer. I feel like a friend has died.

  159. on 22 Jun 2010 at 11:07 amBushys IOM

    Frank/Chris will always remembered for some memorable gigs on the Isle of Man in the old Bushy’s pub. He used to bring his football team, The Timperley Bigshorts to the Island, to play our pub team (Dynamo Zhivagos) for the trophy that came to be known as “The Crumbs” after the contents of the biscuit tin that the trophy was made from. Great memories of the Bigshorts heading off on a horse tram with the trophy on a victory parade to celebrate another famous win. There was another side splitting moment when he arrived back in the pub with a tattoo on his ankle with a wheel barrow, Rhyll, Gravel and Paula ( the long suffering wife) for no apparent reason. Our thought go out to his family. He will be greatly missed by his friends and fans on the Isle of Man. Cheers Chris.

  160. on 22 Jun 2010 at 11:15 amfor little frank

    Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
    Prevent Little frank from barking with a juicy bone,
    Silence the casio and with madchester shuffling drum
    Bring out the coffin, let the northerners come.

    Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
    Scribbling on the sky the message Big Frank Is Dead,
    Put Alty Robins bows round the white necks of the scruffy
    doves,
    Let the footy stewards wear black cotton gloves.

    He was my North, my North, and my Look NorthWest,
    My chuckling week and my Sunday jest,
    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
    I thought that Big Frank would last for ever: I was wrong.

    The popstars are not wanted now: put out every one;
    Cave in the papier mache head and eat the last currant bun;
    Pour away Timperly and sweep up Broomwood.
    For nothing now can ever come to any good.

  161. on 22 Jun 2010 at 11:30 amClaire Marshall

    I am absolutely gutted at the passing of Chris/Frank – the Comedy world has lost a genuinely wonderful person and a one of a kind

    He will be missed by sooooo many people

  162. on 22 Jun 2010 at 11:32 amStevie T in Australia

    RIP Frank / Chris and “Thankyou”

  163. on 22 Jun 2010 at 11:53 amPhil Smith

    The man was an absolute genius. There’ll never be another.

  164. on 22 Jun 2010 at 12:05 pmSirshaw

    My daughter texted me the sad news this morning.

    It is such a sad loss – I just had to look at a picture of him and it put a smile on my face.

    You’ll be greatly missed Frank. Love to your family and friends

  165. on 22 Jun 2010 at 12:22 pmAnders Staaling

    Frank will be sorely missed, quite simply, he was a legend; the likes of people like him don’t come around very often. His humour was really quite ridiculous – I suppose it was quite childlike – and in that sense it could never really cause offence.

    When you think about him, that stupid big head, that nasal sounding mancunian accent, the daft things he said and did and of course Little Frank – you cannot help but laugh.

    Anders Staaling

  166. on 22 Jun 2010 at 12:28 pmLizzie Gorman

    I am still so saddened by the news, a true comedy genius and the world will be a bit more bobbins without him.

    Thoughts go to his family, friends and puppets.

    I will miss his fantastic showbiz shows at the LMRCA

  167. on 22 Jun 2010 at 12:32 pmBurrr

    Sad day.
    Thanks for Frank. Always a Legend, recently introduced my son to Frank, thanks to the interweb.
    He will never be forgotten. Truly original talent. Never failed to make me lmao.
    God Bless.

  168. on 22 Jun 2010 at 1:21 pmchris lemon

    The first time I read an interview with Frank in the NME it made me go straight out and buy the Anarchy EP on Regal Zonophone. It was even funnier than the interview and he has made me laugh in exactly the same way for over 25 years which is pretty incredible. Like other people here I received beautifully hand written letters when ordering stuff from him. On account of my order being top of the pile when Mike the Manger bought a computer to add fans to his database I even got described as his Number One Fan, something I haven’t stopped reminding my friends about ever since. And I still have the Alty Subbuteo team I won in the raffle at a gig in Chester many years ago. Loads and loads of great memories and laughs, it’s terrible he’s gone, but he’s with Little Denise now, RIP.

  169. on 22 Jun 2010 at 1:29 pmFraser

    Gutted, Thanks for the memories Chris,

    Loved the closing jingle – “That was the Timperley top ten show, devised by me for the transistor radio, on the Mr Radcliffe Hit the North show, by the British Broadcasting Co, you know it is, it really is.”

  170. on 22 Jun 2010 at 1:30 pmDom Robinson

    Yesterday was a very sad day indeed. I still can’t believe it’s happened. He’s entertained me for a good 25 years. I only recently got his EFGH album as well, so I’ve still got that to listen to.

    RIP Frank :(

  171. on 22 Jun 2010 at 1:44 pmJoe M

    Probably one of my favourite experiences at Reading festival in the late 80’s was Frank and little frank getting a tent full of pissed up festival goers singing a rousing chorus of NIL- NIL. If England manage to win a match in this world cup they should bring kids dressed as frank out on to the pitch to celebrate. Bye Frank I’ll miss ya

  172. on 22 Jun 2010 at 2:02 pmMartin

    Through Twitter I recently re-discovered Frank and was planning to see one of his events (ideally the Timperley Tour) in the very near future.

    I always wonder if people like Chris are aware of the void they leave behind when they pass.

    So sad, but at least the world was lucky enough to know him.

    Rest In Peace.

    Martin.

  173. on 22 Jun 2010 at 2:13 pmPete Day

    Incredibly sad news – another one of my heroes shuffles off this mortal coil

    Have fond memories of seeing him do a weekly spot at Trent Poly in Nottingham – went to all of them as it was just pure entertainment

    Sincerest condolences to his friends and family – he was a unique man, who judging by the current Internet “trendings”, will be missed by a lot of people

  174. on 22 Jun 2010 at 2:16 pmIan Drain

    Many a sad face at our workplace today where Frank had a loyal following.

    Who knows where you are now Frank, but wherever it is you bound to be making them laugh!

    Rest In Peace mate.

  175. on 22 Jun 2010 at 2:17 pmMark S Smith

    I had to read the news from 2 different websites before i would believe that Frank has gone.

    Timperley he may be, but Northern he always was.

    Gonna miss you Frank!

  176. on 22 Jun 2010 at 2:38 pmAndi

    We have lost one of the best, you have left me with some great memories.
    RIP Frank/chris

  177. on 22 Jun 2010 at 2:40 pmSimon O

    Truly bobbins news. I’ve been a Frank fan since the late 80s and saw him live several times with the Oh Blimey band.

    I’ll never forget his legendary version of Spanish Harlem (“There is a road in Spanish Harlem, and it’s called Spanish Harlem Road…”). Genius.

    Bye bye Frank, bye bye Chris. x

  178. on 22 Jun 2010 at 3:27 pmalbert williams

    thankyou for sharing your fantastic light chris
    god bless nnight

  179. on 22 Jun 2010 at 3:46 pmNeil

    A real shame…A sad day indeed…

    But I’m sure Chris would want us smile rather be sad! He really would! He really would!

  180. on 22 Jun 2010 at 3:49 pmMichael J Hill

    I am posting to thank Chris for cheering me up endless times. I was lucky enough to take the ‘Timperley Tour’ a long time ago – when it was a walkabout. I still remember that day fondly.

    With Chris’ passing a little bit of fun has left our lives….
    you know it has…..
    it really has.
    Thank you.

  181. on 22 Jun 2010 at 3:54 pmStuart

    So saddened by this. I don’t think I’ve ever wept with laughter so much as when listening to his “Frank’s guide to keeping pets” lecture in Birmingham a few years ago. And I can’t look at irons the same way any more either.

    I emailed him once, to ask if it was OK to record a cover of his song “Free Download”. In the end I never got round to doing it but he sent me a really nice email back saying I could go ahead…

    I agree with others who have said that a world without Frank is somehow unimaginable. Thanks for the laughs Chris – I put Anarchy In Timperley on last night and despite feeling sad still giggled like a loon. You know I did, I really did. Thank you.

  182. on 22 Jun 2010 at 4:07 pmLady G

    So so sad im gutted for you all. Been singing R2D2 Dance like a Horse all day in tribute.

  183. on 22 Jun 2010 at 5:04 pmPope Phil

    this is bobbins

    farewell Francis Grahame Sidebottom – the
    man who taught us how to pronounce
    “Freddie Mercury” correctly

  184. on 22 Jun 2010 at 5:20 pmdanny h

    Fantastic comedian. Wonderfully creative. A spark of the surreal of which the longevity of amazes me. Saw Frank at a party a couple of years ago and was blown away. Bye Frank, you’ll be sorely missed and never replaced. Dan.

  185. on 22 Jun 2010 at 6:21 pmKev Gould

    What a sad loss. As Russ so rightly said, the world has lost a little of its sparkle today. My friends Steve and Fran have Little Franks cardboard body framed on their wall, signed by Frank, “happy unemployment”. Our thoughts are with Chris’s family and friends. Thanks for the memories Frank
    Kev,Steve,Fran

  186. on 22 Jun 2010 at 6:47 pmdavid pedder

    Dear Little Frank,

    So sorry to hear about Big Frank.

    I know I can speak for many in saying he will be sorely missed.
    What a wonderful, talented and humble man he was.

    From small beginnings in Timperley he scaled the heights to mega-stardom, but he never forgot the common man, not for an instant.

    I remember one time after his release of ‘For The Benefit Of Mr Kite’ (a version which tops even the Beatles own in my opinion), he came around to mine and spent a whole afternoon helping me extricate a Celine Dion tape which had got jammed in my stereo. He then tirelessly wound it back in, all 17 feet of it. It still plays now with barely a 9 second wobble on the audio.

    Liam Gallagher would never help anyone out like that.

    Big Frank was indeed a man amongst men, and when you used to sit on his shoulders, well, you really were on the shoulders of an (artistic) giant Little Frank.

    Hope you are not too lost without him.

    Come round for your tea whenever you want.

    Love,

    Dave.

  187. on 22 Jun 2010 at 7:01 pmEddie Singleton

    Saw Frank on many hilarious occassions, and had the great fortune to meet Chris at a gig in Anfield for J96… Brilliant fella and a highly original and talented comedian… I’m gutted… RIP Frank!

  188. on 22 Jun 2010 at 7:12 pmSmurf

    A true master of comedy greatness has been taken to early yet again. Our loss is heavens gain, make em laugh frank make em laugh.

  189. on 22 Jun 2010 at 7:28 pmDave H

    I once called Chris Evans when he worked for Piccadilly Radio and said that I thought he was Frank ! And I remember when he upset James Whale live on TV…so funny :)

    Such a one off…just bonkers…always fun.

    RIP

  190. on 22 Jun 2010 at 7:56 pmRichard S

    A brilliant entertainer. Thanks for making me laugh and smile.

  191. on 22 Jun 2010 at 8:07 pmGavin, Belfast

    Very sad to hear this, but left with happy memories of happy times.

    Thank you.

  192. on 22 Jun 2010 at 8:18 pmPaul B

    The Legend in the papiermache head has gone and the world is a sadder place R.I.P Chris,Timperly and the world has lost another legend too young the only thing I can say is what Frank himself would have said This Is Bobbins.

  193. on 22 Jun 2010 at 8:32 pmGill Dunbar

    I was very sad to hear the news that Chris/Frank had died. Sadly, I only got to see him twice – once in York a couple of months ago with friends, and then (because I’d thought he was so hilarious) my friends bought us tickets to go see him again at The Irish Centre in Leeds for my birthday, on 8th May (with John Cooper Clarke).

    He was so funny, he just made me laugh so much and I wanted to take my husband to see him perform because I was just so impressed with him; I can’t believe he’s gone. Sincere condolences to all his loved ones and friends.

    He’ll be missed; he really will. RIP to a very funny man and from other people’s accounts (above) a very lovely and genuine man too.

  194. on 22 Jun 2010 at 8:38 pmChris Blomeley

    Best thing you can say about a bloke – he was a very very nice man to get to meet.
    Thanks for 30 years of entertaining me.
    My thoughts are with your loved ones.
    Rest in peace

  195. on 22 Jun 2010 at 8:44 pmJon

    When at a concert, in the late eighties, I ‘stole’ a couple of little plastic soldiers that Frank had put along the front of the stage. Later, when my concience had got the better of me, I posted them back to Timperly with a message of apology. Frank replied with a letter that must have taken ages to write/draw in his typical felt-tip style. We kept in touch for some time, but it was this initial gesture, to a ‘nothing’ me, that really endeared. He took time for everybody, regardless of who they were, a genuine humanitarian in every respect. There was never a negative comment, never a swear word, always a character that appealed to all ages. Think of the genius behind not replacing ‘Little Denise’s’ head when it was stolen, and making her into a completely new character. Think of the genius behind not re-recording Little Frank’s verbal mistakes, (“Whats happens now?”), and dwelling on the faux-pas.
    One of my current ‘firm favourites’, Count Arthur Strong, is a legacy to the work Chris/Frank created. His appeal was unique and universal and will continue still.
    I suppose, even now, the strength of his personality remains so secure that we can’t be certain whether to thank Chris or Frank, so perfect was their match. They were and are VERY beautiful people who we will love ’til our own time comes.
    Blimey! I’m coming to a rest-groove, and I don’t have any new material…I’m all washed up! Wah, wah, wah.

  196. on 22 Jun 2010 at 9:21 pmDarren Hopley

    So many smiles he gave us.
    A very sad day indeed.
    RIP Frank

  197. on 22 Jun 2010 at 9:42 pmDaveo

    I now live in the midlands but have just got back from visiting my mum in Manchester where I heard the sad news.

    I remember years ago being in a certain Manchester recordstore when they were filming the video, I’m sure Tony Wilson was involved.

    You were a unique talent RIP Chris/Frank

  198. on 22 Jun 2010 at 9:52 pmAl Jones

    Frank, You will be missed.
    You made me laugh when i was a kid and now as an adult.
    So sad you have left us.
    A genuine gem.

    Listened to ‘Soundreel A’ today, shed a tear while laughing at your brilliant madness

    Never forget you!
    Al -Liverpool

  199. on 22 Jun 2010 at 9:53 pmJohn A

    Oh Frank what will we do without you , took loads of friends to see you over the last 20+ years supporting Pete Shelley at the LSU in London and so many others including 2 nights at the hackney Empire with Jack Dee supporting

    Just to show how vital you were was proven to me today when a mate I have not heard of for 18 years emailed me and said ” heard the sad news about Frank and thought about you”

    What other performer/ comic/ genius has that effect on people

    Love you man

  200. on 22 Jun 2010 at 10:51 pmALISON S

    A Very Sad day, A Truly Great Comedian. I made a paper mache frank head 10 years ago and its still in my Kitchen!!!

  201. on 22 Jun 2010 at 11:34 pmJam

    Love ya Frank :) God Bless you 😉

  202. on 23 Jun 2010 at 1:59 amNathan G

    A true british institution that will live on forever in his songs and his fans memories! There is a light that never fades out, you know there is, there really is!

    R.I.P Frank, sadly missed

  203. on 23 Jun 2010 at 6:38 amTom

    Very sad. I was fortunate enough to see him perform in NYC a few years ago. It was in a small club downtown, and it was extremely hot that night. He put everything he had into his performance that night as if it were Madison Square Garden. Total and complete commitment to his amazing craft!

    Rest In Peace, Chris

    You will be missed

  204. on 23 Jun 2010 at 9:13 amstuey

    RIP frank,

    we know you are surfing Timperley somewhere else now.

    I will be playing my frank gordon record in continuous salute to your greatness!

    thanks for all the smiles

    stuey!

  205. on 23 Jun 2010 at 11:06 amandy

    well……… goodbye frank and thanks for all the laughs :-)

  206. on 23 Jun 2010 at 1:57 pmmidge ure

    Just got the news today and I’m devastated. Chris and Frank unsung heroes of comedy. A little less to smile about today….

  207. on 23 Jun 2010 at 2:06 pmMichael Holt

    Such sad news, Chris, you always made me laugh, rest in peace

  208. on 23 Jun 2010 at 2:28 pmantonio

    Goodbye frank,
    i’ll miss you

  209. on 23 Jun 2010 at 3:02 pmShaun

    He will be missed.
    You know he will, he really will.

  210. on 23 Jun 2010 at 3:30 pmIan Millar

    What a shock!!!

    Poor Frank, a truly unique guy.

    My mother is seriously ill with cancer and Frank was one the few people who could really cheer her up with his levitating chair.

    Its a really sad day in our house.

    Goodbye Chris and thanks for all the laughs.

    RIP

    Ian

  211. on 23 Jun 2010 at 3:48 pmJo

    There are few entertainers who can entertain both children and adults alike. Loved the songs and innocent sense of humour. Hope you are now a bright star shining out in the night sky. It’s a shame that more people didn’t get to see your fantastic shows!

    Goodbye and thank you!

  212. on 23 Jun 2010 at 5:56 pmAndy

    I can’t say anymore or anything better than anyone else here.

    Great talent, will be sorely missed. Well done sir, you were one of a kind.

  213. on 23 Jun 2010 at 8:45 pmPaul

    Feel like a close personal friend as passed away.

    My condolences and best wishes go out to the family of a true genius.

    Be proud.

  214. on 23 Jun 2010 at 10:03 pmThe Other Frank

    Whilst back stage at the Hillsborough concert in the nineties , I met Ian broudie, Holly Johnson , The Manic Street Preachers, Frank Skinner ……. etc .etc. etc .

    Of all the autographs I collected on the Higsons beer mats that evening.
    None impressed the future Mrs Mac than the one from FRANK SIDEBOTTOM and the accompanying sketch of his papier mache bonce !

    I am humbled to have held his head in my hands whilst he mopped his brow !
    R.I.P
    FRANK
    &
    little frank
    x
    Panic on the streets of Timperley

  215. on 23 Jun 2010 at 11:36 pmTrev

    Oh blimey, Francis, you’ve gone and done it now – broken our hearts, that is.

    You know you have, you really have.

    I’ll be sure to toast you with a glass of Tizer on the day of your funeral.

    Thanks for all the laughs.

  216. on 24 Jun 2010 at 7:50 amsimon

    r.i.p frank – you will be much missed

  217. on 24 Jun 2010 at 7:51 amIrving

    Just heard the news of Chris’s death. I’m a musician and writer from Manchester and Frank Sidebottom was a big influence to me as a kid and adult. Chris was THE true manc performer and deserved far more praise than the whole Madchester bands put together. From the radio shows, comic, live gigs, tapes, vinyl, TV and all the rest he had more balls and creativity than anyone from the Northwest you can mention. He was a true original and will be missed by more people than you’d imagine.

  218. on 24 Jun 2010 at 7:52 amAde

    He was an original !

    Ade

  219. on 24 Jun 2010 at 7:52 amAl

    I am so distressed to here of Chris’ passing today. Please pass on my love and support to those closest to him. He has left some wonderful memories and happy days listening to his work. I am just gutted.
    love
    Al
    x

  220. on 24 Jun 2010 at 7:53 amAndy

    I was very sad to hear the news of Franks death on Radio 2 earlier today.
    One of Manchesters great charachters will be sorely missed. My abiding memory will be David Souls face when he appeared on Franks show on Manchester tv. He was on great form as he always was . Thanks Russ for sharing your grief, Franks memory will live on , you know it will it really will.
    Love to Frank , Mum and all his Family
    Andy

  221. on 24 Jun 2010 at 7:53 amAndy

    I was lucky enough to drive Frank and the Oh Blimey Big Band (which at the time included Mark Radcliffe) to a couple of gigs in London at The Cricketers pub.
    I was in tears of laughter the whole weekend. It is an experience I will never ever forget. I was also lucky enough to wear the head once at a gig in Blackburn.
    Rest in peace my friend, you brought a lot of harmless fun to a lot of people.

    Andy.

  222. on 24 Jun 2010 at 7:54 amAndrew

    Very saddened to hear of the loss of the Great Frank, My condolences & best wishes to Chris’ family.., Timperley will be short of a great ambassador .., You know it will…, It Really will !

  223. on 24 Jun 2010 at 7:54 amZak

    Proper gutted!

    I saw Frank (and little Frank (and little Franks girlfriend) in Brum in 1990 and he was an absolute comic genius.

    The man will be sourly missed as will his own inimitable brand of comedy which I’m sure will never be emulated.

    RIP Frank. Make em laff up there! You know you will, you really will…

    Zak.

  224. on 24 Jun 2010 at 7:55 ammark

    please tell Chris’ family that he made a LOT of people VERY happy.

    A sad loss.

    My condolences,
    Mark Woods, Age 39 2/3.

  225. on 24 Jun 2010 at 7:56 amian

    So sad. Been in tears all afternoon. I called his phone thinking it was a joke. I think gemma answered and was obviously upset. I feel terrible that I may have upset her more.

    In tears now writing this. He was such a big part of my life since I was about 15 and although we weren’t close friends, I certainly feel I knew him I’ve the last couple of years.

    It really is so sad. Will play a couple of his songs on my show tonight.

    Hope you’re ok

    Iain Lee

  226. on 24 Jun 2010 at 7:58 amwayne

    We share your sadness with this awful news. Frank brought us so much laughter and fun, and he took away all of life’s woes by being just him!

    Please pass our condolences to Gemma and his family, and be sure that our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

    There’s one huge void that can never be filled.

    Regards,

    Wayne & Laura Fowler

  227. on 24 Jun 2010 at 7:59 amtony

    i was so sorry to hear the news, it was a massive shock, i met him a few times when he came into BBC Radio Lancashire, please pass on my sympathy to his Family.

    Tony Rhodes

  228. on 24 Jun 2010 at 7:59 amtom

    heard the news shortly before reading this mail, i was only talking to my brother in law in Australia yesterday about Frank and our shared memories of him as we grew up – a real legend, true Gent and will be sorely missed.

    love and thoughts to Chris’s family and best wishes to you too.

    Tom.

  229. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:00 amherbal t

    Please pass on to all Frank’s family and friends my deepest sympathies. I have been a fan for many years and miss him already.
    If he is remembered for one thing it should be for making Queen sound interesting.

  230. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:01 amtim

    My girlfriend told me while I was watering the garden last night. I couldn’t open my email because I didn’t want to read it myself. My thoughts are with all those who loved and cared about Frank. Be sure that the memories and laughter will long outlive the grief of the loss.

    Condolences

    Tim

  231. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:01 amanon

    So sorry to hear the bad news. A true comic and musical genius that will never be replaced. Thanks for years full of magical moments

  232. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:02 amthe dagnalls

    We were all so sorry to hear this sad news. Frank has been much loved and will be much missed in our household. Take care,
    Louise and the little Dagnalls X

  233. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:03 amsymbolism

    I put frank on in chorlton in 2007, and had a great time doing it. He was a true star.
    :) and :(

  234. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:04 amJeremy

    it took me an age to feel I could write something on the franksworld tribute page, so I feel for you having to write the official announcement. I’d really like to pay my final respects at his funeral (just to be there, not to impose in the church, I mean), so if you wouldn’t mind sharing such info as and when, it would be much appreciated. I’m just so glad I got to hang out with him one last time at his Warrington show… especially sad news today, knowing of his amazing plans for the years ahead. cheers, Jeremy

  235. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:04 amstephen

    Indeed it is a very sad day.

  236. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:05 amsimon

    My thoughts are with you all!

    May Frank (Chris) rest in peace “in his big shorts”.

  237. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:05 amlouise

    This is really sad news. A bit of sparkle has definitely gone and I will absolutely miss the Sidebottom antics. He was indeed a superstar xL

  238. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:06 ammike

    No more Timperley Labour Club or Navigation Road Railway Club – I’ll miss him – just glad I managed to get on stage with him for a very dubious rendition of How I Wrote Elastic Man at his last gig at The Railway Club, having won a raffle prize. Radio 6 is doing him proud, I’ve heard 2 tracks already.

  239. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:07 amMichael J. Hill

    I was lucky enough to join in a tour of Timperley with ‘Frank’ and ‘Little Frank’ way back when. The afternoon was hilarious and the memories will stay with me forever.

    Chris was a fantastic entertainer who never failed to lift my mood. There is a special place in heaven for him. You know there is, there really is. Thank you.

    Michael J. Hill

  240. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:07 amP

    RIP Frank x

    My heart goes out to Little Frank and all of Frank’s loved ones.

    P

  241. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:08 ameli

    Please look after Little Frank … he needs protecting as he’s only cardboard.

  242. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:09 america

    Yes, I heard this very sad news earlier, and shed a tear. Chris was so clever, so funny, imaginative, gentle, kind and just made the world a better place by being in it. I live in Timperley, and Frank really put us on the map. Wherever I go, when I say I come from Timperley, people always say ‘Ooh! Frank Sidebottom!’

    Thanks for writing this in what must be tremendously difficult circumstances. Our deepest condolences to you and his family.

    He was a truly creative comedy genius and he will be very sadly missed…he really will.

  243. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:10 amsteve

    My deepest condolences to the family of Frank..I was a huge fan of his work and will miss him greatly. I was going to email later in the week asking for Frank’s autograph, but it seems that I am too late.

    Sincerely
    Steve Couchman

  244. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:12 amgary

    me and my daughter are gutted – a genuine comedy genius who was able to make all ages laugh

    a great loss

  245. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:13 amgary

    Rest in peace Timperley wont be the same

  246. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:13 amemma

    Bobbins, I’m so sorry. Our thoughts are with you and the family

    Best regards

    Emma and Andy

  247. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:14 amivan

    Will miss you Frank, and your big shorts.

    A fan

    Ivan Coleman

  248. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:15 amrichard

    I’m very sorry to hear about Chris Sievey’s death. Frank was a fantastic character, funny, gentle, childish and unique. He will be greatly missed. You know he will, he really will. Thank you.

    Richard.

  249. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:15 amD

    Just learnt the news of Franks passing – shell shocked.

    Frank is Dead. Long Live Frank.

    RIP Frank.

  250. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:15 amrob

    Like most young boys i wanted to be a pop star or a footballer, and through Frank I also knew I wanted to front the Oh blimey big band. I know now that I could never have been any of these also hope Paul Rogers doesn’t try to muscle in on the Oh Blimey boys for a tour. There have been few front men who deserve the tile but to me Frank was the daddy, style, timing, set list, background knowledge Frank was the daddy. RIP.

    Regards,

    Rob Mawbey

  251. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:16 ampete

    Since my teen years always listened to Frank.. saw him live a few times.. Really upset that we have all lost a legend

    RIP Chris

  252. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:16 amliam

    Condolences to Frank’s many fans on the sad news.

  253. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:17 amlennie

    A very sad and completely bobbins day indeed Russ…

    All the best.

    Lennie

  254. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:17 amdave

    I am so shocked and upset about this. He was one of the greatest comedy geniuses of our time. I have always been a massive fan and so are my two children. My best wishes go to all those close to him at this sad time.

    Dave

  255. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:18 amdavid

    Like the rest of us, I was devastated, so were my children and my grandchildren – that was the breadth of the appeal of the man. We can’t let his passing go unnoticed.
    David the Teacher
    (now retired, but being on stage with Frank, having him ‘christening’ me David the Teacher is something I’ll not forget)

  256. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:18 amdom

    It’s a very sad day indeed. I still can’t believe it’s happened. He’s entertained me for a good 25 years. I only recently got his EFGH album as well, so I’ve still got that to listen to.

    RIP Frank :(

    Dom Robinson

  257. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:19 amdvla-spy

    hank you frank for making my world a happier place. My thoughts are with your family and Little Frank.

    Rest in peace xxx

  258. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:19 amElspeth

    My life and the world is a sadder place, please can you let me know if the funeral is a private one or if it’s going to be open to fans… or if indeed there’s going to be a memorial.

    He touched many of my highlights in my life. Oh yes he did.

    Hugs to you Russ,
    Elspeth Moore x

  259. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:20 amdavid

    I am so sad … can’t believe it. A genius, a legend and a bloke with a funny head who made cardboard come to life !! It was a joy to see him perform and wonderful to meet.him.

    Thoughts go out to gemma, the Sievey and sidebottom families (his mum, little frank,denise ,amoeba frank et al)

    I will wear my black frank t-shirt today

    David Hall

  260. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:20 amgary

    I saw Frank in Derby only a couple of weeks ago and he was on top form.
    With the shite commedians on TV these days you are absolutely right, the tragic loss of
    a unique talent and someone totally original and unique.

    We’re all gutted here!

    Gary Fozzard

  261. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:21 amgary

    A very, very sad day…Frank was a one off…take care…

    Gary

  262. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:21 amgareth

    How sad, saw Frank many times when he played in London, The Cricketers at the Oval, I even have a Little Denise Badge given to me personally by him. RIP comic Genius,

  263. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:21 amdave

    Absolutely gutted to hear of Frank’s untimely death. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  264. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:22 ambamb

    i knew chris briefly in the late 70’s – booked the freshies for elizabeth gaskell colege – they were dynamic – he lent me loads of stones/beatles singles for a special student – a generous man – sincere condolences to his family

  265. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:23 amben

    As a child of 1980, i sometimes found it hard to relate to a lot of the things going on in the world on enntertainment, too young to understand the 80’s scene, it was Frank Sidebottom (Steve) who made me laugh and helped me understand a rather idiotic world by his constant failing to be famous lol.
    Frank continued to be a comedy hero of mine even to this day.
    Its such a shame that someone like Steve is no longer with us, life will always make less sense without Frank.
    My regards to Steve, may he rest in peace, and his family and work colleages

    Ben

  266. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:23 ambluchat67

    You made me smile beyond words. A genuinely unique comedian. Thanks Frank.

  267. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:24 ammatthew

    I’m sure this will be one of thousands, or millions hopefully. But please pass on my condolences to Chris’ family and friends and Little Frank.

    I spent a fantastic day with Frank when he was promoting the Shed Show and I turned up at the Yorkshire TV shop in York. He was happy for me to hang around with him all day, which included him running in a student race carrying a bucket of water around the town square.

    It must have been nearly 20 years ago, but still seems like yesterday. Frank brought a massive amount of happiness and laughter into my life and I’m sure Chris was the same in his personal life too.

    I’ll always treasure my t-shirts, records, tapes, cd’s, mug(!), posters and autographs and am only sad that I missed the chance to see Frank one more time.

    The world is a sadder place for losing him……you know it is……it really is.

    Loads of love,

    Matthew

  268. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:25 amCheryl

    I was going to reply to you when you sent this but like everyone I was too very upset and sad.
    Is there an address I can send a card to Gemma and family please :(
    I will miss him. He was one heck of a special man who touched so many lives.
    I still miss getting up in the night and watching the test cards on Ch M. It used to take my mind off the pain I get with MS and arthritis. He certainly took the pain away :)
    Anyway, how are you?
    Cheryl xxx

  269. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:25 amClarke

    It is a very sad day. My thoughts go out to Chris’s family and your good self. RIP Chris and Frank.
    Clarke

  270. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:26 amCookie

    R.I.P Frank Sidebottom
    You truely were the anarchy in Timperley

  271. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:26 amjim

    Please pass on our deepest sympathy to all concerned.
    Regards
    Jim Cooper

  272. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:26 amMr Roberts

    Hi, I have only just heard and would like to express my sincerest condolences to all who knew him personaly. He was a great entertainer and the only comedian I bothered to go and see more than once. At one gig I actually managed to get a photo with him, we had our arms round each others shoulders and my girlfriend took the photo to which he turned to me and imediately said “She may have to take that again, I think I blinked”.

    So sad but many great memories

    From

    Craig Roberts (One of Franks many fans)

  273. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:27 amCristiano Di Carlo

    RIP Frank….catch ya later….save us a seat.

    Cristiano Di Carlo

  274. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:27 amdavid

    Truly a great performer. I will never forget those rare occasions I saw Frank live and one glorious day when I toured Timperley.

    My thought go to family and close friends

    Dave Sandall Birmingham

  275. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:28 amjamie

    Very sad news, my brother was a real fan and had many records. I accompanied him to gigs on several occasions and thought you were hillarious. RIP Frank.
    Jamie Bowden , Birmingham

  276. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:28 americ

    A very sad day a great loss :-(

    Eric

  277. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:28 amEd

    I can’t belive the awful news, just got home and saw it in the paper – I had only recently emailed Frank to ask him about an old TV clip I remembered and got a very nice reply. I had seen about his bobbins cancer but thought he was fighting that well, to hear that he has passed away is just terrible.
    I just wanted to send my condolences to his family and friends. I was so glad I finally managed to ask him about my memory of the “picture of the rhino” that had bugged me for years but it is so sad that that will now be replaced by sorrow at his passing.
    RIP Frank and Little Frank. Comedy genius’s.

  278. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:29 amGareth

    Thanks for the group email. I appreciate that it must have been the last email you’d want to send out, and I’m really going to miss having a Frank out there. I was really hoping he might hit the mainstream again, ‘cos he deserved it, and we needed it. Hopefully we’ll see a lot of Frank, retrospectively, through the media.

    Yours sincerely,

    Gareth Monger

  279. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:29 amDH

    I am totally numbed by this tragic news. Memories flood back of those summer night lectures in the 80’s at Timperley Labour Club rubbing shoulders with Caroline Aherne, Marc Riley, Chris Evans and Little Frank. We travelled over most Thursdays from Sheffield and it was in Frank’s own words “really fantastic” just being there.

    RIP Frank/Chris, you will be missed.

    David Harpham.

  280. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:30 amDave

    Dear Little Frank,

    So sorry to hear about Big Frank.

    I know I can speak for many in saying he will be sorely missed.

    What a wonderful, talented and humble man he was. From small beginnings in Timperley he scaled the heights to mega-stardom, but he never forgot the common man, not for an instant.

    I remember one time after his release of ‘For The Benefit Of Mr Kite’ (a version which tops even the Beatles own in my opinion), he came around to mine and spent a whole afternoon helping me extricate a Celine Dion tape which had got jammed in my stereo. He then tirelessly wound it back in, all 17 feet of it. It still plays now with barely a 9 second wobble on the audio.

    Liam Gallagher wouldn’t never help anyone out like that.

    Big Frank was indeed a man amongst men, and when you used to sit on his shoulders, well, you really were on the shoulders of an (artistic) giant Little Frank.

    Hope you are not too lost without him.

    Come round for your tea whenever you want.

    Love,

    Dave.

  281. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:34 amdebbie

    so sorry you have lost such a good friend and the world has lost such a talent. my husband and i absolutely loved watching frank and would stay up till all hours just to watch him, please give his family are deepest condolences at their loss of such a great and only young man. we will miss seeing him on tv very much. please also give little frank our love and look after him. thanks debbie and dave

  282. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:34 amglenn

    What sad news – a true legend, a comic genius and a genuine icon of the North West.

    You will be deeply missed.

    Chin-up Little Frank!

  283. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:35 amJ

    I had the priviledge of working with Frank Side bottom in Manchester at the BBC on Oxford Road . I was enchanted by him . He was properley funny . A genius and an artist of the authentic kind .
    Janice connolly / Mrs Barbara Nice

  284. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:35 amJason

    sorry to hear the sad news

  285. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:36 amsean

    Just read the email and so sorry to hear the sad news about chris.l’ll always remember the many happy times l spent at his gigs,seeing him around Timperley and at Alty FC. l was also going to see him on his next bus tour.

    Keep in touch Sean.

  286. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:36 amJim

    Just a note to say that I’m thinking of you all. Chris (and Frank, and Little Frank) will be sadly missed.

  287. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:37 amJohn

    Had a tear in my eye when I heard the news. Fond memories though of quite a few anarchic nights in various venues across the North. He will be sadly missed, you know he will, he really will.

    John, Glasgow

  288. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:37 amJH

    I was shocked to recieve this sad news, obviously Chris was more ill than he let on…. a true comic genius has passed

    Best wishes to all

    “It’s not the cough that carries you off, it’s the coffin they carry you off in”

  289. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:38 amKev

    Too true it has,, I saw Frank dozens of times and never ever came away without thinking how funny and clever he was. I’ve already raised a few glasses in his memory. My thoughts go out to Chris’s family and friends at this sad time. He will be missed. Thanks for the memories Frank,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    Kev Gould

  290. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:38 amjulie

    Me and my family were great fans of Frank and were sorry to hear about his illness but we thought he was on the mend.

    the world has certainly lost some of its colour and fun now that he has gone.

    Please pass on our sympathies and best wishes to his family and tell them that he will never be forgotten.

    from Julie and family in Altrincham

  291. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:39 amjohn

    Deepest sympathies to all the family and yourself russ. what a sad day

  292. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:39 amMaureen

    So sorry to hear the sad news. Can you please keep me informed of any arrangements. A wonderful man who brought so much happiness to so many people.
    John and Maureen Lister

  293. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:40 amMick

    It is a very very sad day indeed! The world will be a much emptier place without ‘Frank’s’ uniqueness!!

    Please pass on my sincerest condolences to his family and of course Little Frank!

    Mick Rowley

  294. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:40 amMike

    My thoughts go out to you mate, if yoy feel anything like me then it must hurt like hell.

    I was looking forward to him coming to Goole and Bridlington, infact i only messaged him about it last week. My friends booked him for the Brid gig and there going ahead with it as a cancer fundraiser.

    If you want any info on that or the campaign to get Frank to no1 I’m happy to help.

    RIP the most fantastic semi professional showbiz entertainer EVER!
    Gone, but NEVER, EVER forgotten.

    Regards,
    Mike.

  295. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:41 amCH

    Russ, Not sure if frank had family but please pass on my condolences to anyone close to him. Frank has pretty much ‘been there’ at every event where I have been with my friend…from the Comedy tent at Reading festival before denis leary to the christmas lectures in darwin..to the timperley tours. I will miss him.

    Chris H

  296. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:42 amNick

    Frank always cheered me up when I felt shite, a total off.

    Much love,

    Nick x

  297. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:43 amnorman

    im ab gutted.was stunned and the news is hard to take in.my heart goes out to franks family xxx

  298. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:44 ampaul

    We are all very upset in our house, and your right about the sparkle.

    Paul, Delia and Roz

  299. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:45 ampaul

    Sad news RIP Frank

  300. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:45 ampete

    i have raised a cup of milky tea to one of my alltime comedy heroes.

    Hope Little Frank is bearing up.

    Pete

  301. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:47 amian

    A few weeks ago I unpacked some tapes of Frank’s Fantastic Shed Show and copied them to DVD. I’m very very glad that I have them.

    My respect and sympathy to Chris and his family.

    Ian

  302. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:48 amR...x

    Sad sad news

  303. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:51 amJim

    My sincere condolences to Franks family and friends at this time.

    As you say the world is a better place because of him.

  304. on 24 Jun 2010 at 10:36 amDavid Thomas

    Really sad news. A very talented and unique comic genius. Timperely should erect a statue in memory of his promotional ties to the village. RIP Chris, your memory lives on in you Frank Sidebottom works. It really does.

  305. on 24 Jun 2010 at 12:16 pmRossatron

    Sincere condolences to Franks friends and family, may the happy memories and comedy genius that he left us with continue to sparkle in our hearts and minds.

  306. on 24 Jun 2010 at 1:18 pmJoe Cox

    Very sad news indeed.
    Rest in peace Frank, you were a true comedy genius and a legend…………you really were, oh yes you were.

  307. on 24 Jun 2010 at 2:23 pmMick Rowley

    Frank was (is) a cultural icon who was always there when we needed cheering up.

    I remember him all throughout the 80s, he would appear on tv a lot back then. Then in the early 1990s he gave us the Fantastic Shed Show (I recently copied them from vhs to dvd to preserve them as much as possible.

    Then more recently there was the Proper Telly Show on Channel M, which I recorded religiously, quizzing the likes of David Soul, hilarious!

    You will be very sadly missed Chris (Frank), you were one of a kind, absolutely bobbins!! RIP mate!

  308. on 24 Jun 2010 at 3:52 pmMatt

    How very sad….you’ll be missed, Frank and Chris….

    Thank you for all the entertainment.

  309. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:06 pmSteve W

    Condolences to Franks family, the passing of a northen icon.

    RIP Chris

  310. on 24 Jun 2010 at 8:40 pmPaul Mitchell

    Goodbye and RIP to a true original who brought joy and laughter to so many people. It is up to all of us now to ensure his laughter legacy lives on.

  311. on 25 Jun 2010 at 12:58 amDave Cook

    My sadness keeps being punctured by some of his lines. (“No dice, folks so we can’t play Monopoly” in Summertime Blues).
    I booked him to come to a wedding evening “do” once, but as it approached I was getting increasingly concerned as to what the bride’s more middle class, slightly staid extended family would make of it. I met him and Mike The Manager out in the car park (he was already fully in character) and explained that it would probably be best if he just made a short appearance and posed for a couple of photos with the happy couple. Needless to say he absolutely blazed it, had everyone singing along, he played for far longer than we’d paid him for, threw himself on the floor to play his keyboard, and even presented them with a special Sidey statuette. 20 years later the groom still proudly tells the story to all and sundry.

    I, like many of his fans, wasn’t just amused and entertained by him, but felt a real fondness for him. It was richly deserved.

    I hope that there is an opportunity for his fans to publicly celebrate him at some sort of memorial.

    Below is the paypal address of the fund set up by the journalist (and former Oh Blimey Big Band member) should you wish to make a contribution to the funeral costs.

    jonelle1929@gmail.com.

  312. on 25 Jun 2010 at 5:58 pmjohn ferguson

    I can’t believe he’s gone an absolute one off.

    frank first caught my attention with his single of firm favourites. But, it was a couple of weeks later on seeing him live for the first time, I was hooked.

    It’s been a complete and utter joy to be part of frank’s world these past 25 year’s, I’ll miss him and his antics immensely.

    Chris, rest in peace. My thoughts go out to all his family and friends at this very sad time.

  313. on 26 Jun 2010 at 6:17 ampeach and bill

    this is indeed a very great loss for us all. His pure genious wit and talent is unique and this will thankfully live forever.
    Cancer is BOBBINS.
    thanks Frank for making us laugh so much, a sculpture we made of a shipwright that now resides in Northam, Southampton is called Frank because while he was being made we listened to Franks ABCD NON STOP for about 2 months!!
    RIP Chris.

  314. on 26 Jun 2010 at 8:11 pmPrincess Jennifer

    What bobbins news to hear that Frank has passed away

    Please may I offer my condolences to Franks family and to little Frank

    Thanks for all the laughs x you were a true northern legend

    RIP x

  315. on 27 Jun 2010 at 12:41 amcol

    i can remember working in manchester in the 80s listening to James H Reeve on late night radio with Frank and little Frank doing little cameo slots along with The Bradshaws absolutely brilliant memories,
    i`m sad you know i am i really am thankyou

  316. on 27 Jun 2010 at 1:27 amluke

    I remember frank from radio timperly days on piccadilly.

    ‘chris/frank’ RIP

    glad I saw them few times at sally. Sorry I missed football show though.

    hope family bearing up well.

    regards

    luke

  317. on 27 Jun 2010 at 3:31 amEdward Mayhap Cuddler (Dr)

    Sad news but so nice to read so many lovely memories and good of Sean Ryder to acknowledge Frank at that Glastonbury. They didn’t break the mould when they made Frank Sidebottom, it shrank in the wash so they used it to make Little Frank. You know they did.

  318. on 27 Jun 2010 at 11:43 pmshaul

    You know I’m sad; I really am

  319. on 28 Jun 2010 at 2:02 pmDaz Keelor

    Timperley made famous by Frank.

    Thank you.

    Daz.

  320. on 29 Jun 2010 at 1:29 amHelen

    It’s been a week and still it’s difficult to believe that Frank is gone. Absolutely bobbins.
    I think my abiding memory of him would be him dressed as Santa, in the middle of a blazing summer, climbing up the flagpole outside Granada TV one night (after his performance at the Boddingtons Comedy Festival), and me and my mate just stood underneath shouting up to him!

    I shall treasure every piece of my Frank merchandise of which I have kept every bit for the last 25 years. I even wagged school to go to town to HMV to buy Frank’s Firm Favorites when it came out… (I can admit that now as it was so long ago…)

    I think like many others have said, I don’t bat an eyelid too much when a celebrity passes, but we’ve lost a friend in Frank for sure.

    Timperley needs that statue, come on Trafford Council!

  321. on 29 Jun 2010 at 9:21 amPaul C

    Sad news indeed. A fitting tribute for me would be to put up a link to one of Frank’s songs.

    ‘Being for the benefit of Mr. Kite’ being one of my personal favourites.

    Sent from iPhone

    Paul C

  322. on 29 Jun 2010 at 9:22 amMarc

    sorry to hear the news i was on holiday in portugal and my friend texted me

    very sad lost but got all his c.d.s so big frank will live on

    regards
    marc

  323. on 29 Jun 2010 at 9:22 amMike

    Very sad news of Frank’s lost battle with the big C. He was talented and exptraordinary and will be a great loss to everyone nationally but more particularly to all his local fans in South Manchester. RIP.

    Mike George
    Bigger Bfreakfast Presenter
    WFM Radio

  324. on 29 Jun 2010 at 9:23 amA Fan

    Despite all the mega stars at glasto it was Frank’s late night show followed by the man with the records that are my fondest memories of early nineties glasto. Frank was pure genius.

    Sad farewells to Chris and Frank

    A. Fan

  325. on 29 Jun 2010 at 9:23 amIan

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences at Frank’s passing. I saw him in Derby supporting J.C-C recently and there was just no intimation that anything was amiss.

    What I am being asked by my pals is – is it intended to release the ‘3 shirts on my line’ World Cup single and if so, do you know if it’ll be on vinyl?

    Cheerio

    Ian McFee
    Nottingham

  326. on 29 Jun 2010 at 9:24 amBarry

    Thank you for your reply. Is there going to be a memorial service where we can all (there is a few of us) pay our respects to the great man? I hope you are ok.

    Thank you for your time.

    Barry xxx

  327. on 29 Jun 2010 at 9:24 amrobin

    I have just heard the sad news. I first heard Chris and Frank when I bought ‘The Biz’ Spectrum game and have been a fan of the Timperley Bard ever since. A unique comic genius.

  328. on 29 Jun 2010 at 9:25 ammark jones

    RIP Frank

  329. on 01 Jul 2010 at 7:48 amSpencer Robertshaw

    I think I saw Franks last big show when he was with Johnny Clarke and I am gutted as I was to meet up with Frank and Chris for a cup of tea, an interview and to get his mums shopping when he was feeling a bit better but he kept his chin up right till the last may god bless him , Chris and young frank. Here is a poem I wrote today to celebrate the ‘fantastic’ man.

    Round headed chap with his own world
    Always got a clap as his act unfurled
    An intellect as crisp as Egyptian cotton
    ‘The names Bottom , Frank Sidebottom’

    007 you’d better to watch out
    Sidee’s here and he don’t mess about
    Timberly to Timbuktu the head is here
    Any imposters pack their survival gear

    Now he’s gone to a different place
    There was ‘bobbins’ there so they needed the face
    Sidee’s gone to sort it out
    It will be ‘fantastic’ and everyone will shout

    With little Frank and his global head
    Frank’s always here he could never be dead
    Sidee we love you
    We always will
    Your just ‘super’
    With your ‘fantastic’ skill

    Sidee we love you
    Everyway that we can
    Your just ‘super’
    You ‘fantastic’ man
    —————————————————
    Love from Spencer Robertshaw

  330. on 01 Jul 2010 at 7:48 amTommy Donovan

    I was very saddened to hear the news too. I first saw Frank in the 1980’s. He was supporting Jonathon Richman and the Modern Lovers in Manchester. I’d never seen anything like it. It was the funniest thing I have ever seen. Frank really was one of the (very) few true originals of comedy. That might seem like a cliche-but it’s certainly true in his case.

    Best wishes

    Tommy Donovan

  331. on 01 Jul 2010 at 7:49 amMichael & Rebecca

    I just got back from a long vacation , to your note. Please accept my sincerest condolences. As an American I discovered “Frank Sidebottom” quite by accident , and thanks to an eccentric record shop owner , whom said , “You’ve got to hear this crazy guy’s version of “Anarchy In The U.K.!”

    I never looked back. I was an instant fan , and collected as much of his stuff as possible – pre-internet of course. My girlfriend is also a big fan , and when we went to the U.K. for the first time in 1989 , we decided of all the places we wanted to go , Timperley was on our list! And we did! We took pictures by ever Timperley labeled icon we could find! ( All because of Frank. )

    I am gobsmacked , and saddened. He was an original , and you can’t do much better than that!

    Take care Russ , and know you are not alone , Frank had legions of fans everywhere!

    ~Michael & Rebecca
    ( in California )

  332. on 01 Jul 2010 at 3:09 pmGraham

    I will never forget Frank. He had me in stitches time and time again with his Radio Timperley shows and I used to record them all on cassette when they were on Piccadilly.

    The time his show consisted of sawing away at a piece of wood for 10 mins and culminated in the production of a ‘fantastic coat hook’ will never leave me.

    The beautiful thing about these memories is that I feel I am one of a select few, as 99% of the country don’t know what they missed.

    Frank Sidebottom – Legend – RIP

    Thank you.

  333. on 01 Jul 2010 at 3:34 pmErich von Däniken

    I just want to say I’m really sorry Frank’s gone.

    I’m hoping there will be limited edition pairs of commemorative egyption musical underpants to remember him by.

  334. on 01 Jul 2010 at 4:07 pmPaul Cowling

    I was an original fan club member from 1987- back in the days of bricks as mobile phones, Bros and Frank Bough.
    Frank handpainted the ‘sidies’ and I bought one. Sadly it broke, and the pieces are lost. Now, a real comedy one-off has been lost too, and keyboards will never be played as badly/well again.
    Like everyone on here, I really feel so sad;
    like everyone on here, I have the records and the badges, and the memories of seeing him perform. Brilliant!
    Frank Sidebottom was so, so funny, and I will always remember the one time I saw him in 1993 at the Mean Fiddler in Harlesden, when Frank used a breville toaster as a ventriloquist act.
    Only Big Frank could make a breville toaster talk. I just wish I had seen him perform live more than I did. It’s bobbins on my part, actually.

    My sincerest condolences to Chris Sievey’s family, and his close friends in show business. R.I.P Chris.
    To Frank Sidebottom. YouTube wasn’t around when I joined your fan club, but now it is, so me and everyone else who thought you were fantastic, will always be entertained.
    Thank you.

  335. on 02 Jul 2010 at 7:37 amJason

    Woow another great comedian we lost from the great list big shame he was one we can not replace. And will miss alot

  336. on 02 Jul 2010 at 8:35 amSteve

    If you doubt that this is real,
    about your legs a draught you’ll feel…

    …Yikes, wheres me trousers!!

    Literally laughed until I wet myself, 20 years on I still laugh out loud just thinking of it.

    One word to describe Frank…

    …LEGEND!

  337. on 02 Jul 2010 at 8:39 amSue Sharples

    I woke up far too early with a very heavy heart this morning knowing it’s Chris’s funeral and thinking of the brilliant (though few) times I spent with him and also frank and feeling so very sorry for his family. I have to go into work in a bit and smile and serve silly customers and it will be difficult to keep a cheery face. He was a proper ace entertainer in showbiz and a lovely lovely bloke. Sending love and hugs to everyone else who is feeling down today :( x

  338. on 02 Jul 2010 at 6:29 pmRachel

    Such a fantastic talent. In the words of another huge talent “What a waste.” And I’ll miss Frank just as much.

  339. on 04 Jul 2010 at 12:26 amSkytower

    Been on holiday the last couple of weeks so not been able to comment on the extremely sad news. It actually happened on the first day of my holiday – I remember sitting in the hotel room that evening browsing the news on my phone and came across the BBC article.

    A tragic loss of a truly unique comedy talent.

  340. on 05 Jul 2010 at 4:57 amMark Dittman

    I will miss the wonderful zanyness of Frank, what a true giant of comedy, Frank was a building block of my life. I loved listening to him on the radio whenever I could, regretfully I didn’t catch him on stage, but all of what I love about Frank with reside forever in my heart.

    Thank you Frank for illuminating my life, you really did, you really did !!!

    Rest in Peace

    Frank SideBottom-Genius.

  341. on 05 Jul 2010 at 2:31 pmSue Taylor

    I returned from holiday to find that Frank Sidebottom was no longer with us. Such terribly sad news, I am absolutely gutted. My favourite memory is driving along listing to Frank’s ‘City Medley’ and having to pull over as I couldn’t see due to the laughter tears. God Bless you Frank x

  342. on 05 Jul 2010 at 10:58 pmStu

    An utterly brilliant entertainer and comedy genius. He deserved far more credit and recognition than he was given.

    I’ll say it again….LEGEND!

    Regards

    Stu

  343. on 06 Jul 2010 at 3:24 pmGerard Scanlan

    Chris created a trully magical world for Frank Sidebottom and the rest of us to inhabit. I friend of mine at school back in the eighties told me about Radio Timperley and I though he had lost the plot, until I tuned in. I was instantly hooked, the magic of radio, puppets and space, fantastic tales, his Mum, Mrs Merton’s baby, formica cupboards, Mr matching suit and bow tie, Jim Jam Butty.

    How did he come up with it all!

    I hope someone close to him writes his life story and even more fantastic makes a film about him. He’s gone, gone for ever but he was brilliant while he was with us.

    Thank you

  344. on 06 Jul 2010 at 9:16 pmKirsty

    I am so gutted. I will aways remember you Frank. I remember watching you on tv in my bedroom when I was a child, you made me laugh so much my mum would wonder what was going on!
    Rest in peace

    Love to little Frank and family.

    xxx

  345. on 08 Jul 2010 at 3:37 pmMark

    Many Franks Frank.

  346. on 09 Jul 2010 at 10:40 pmcarl

    R.I.P Frank Sidebottom!

    Heaven just gained a comical genius, being from Timperley myself hearing you passed hurt!!! Still got all the “OINK” comics from the 80’s with your cartoons in them, GENIUS!!! All I ask is to keep God laughing!!!

  347. on 11 Jul 2010 at 9:54 pmPaul Jones

    No.66 isn’t bobbins.

    Sad to know that it takes something so bad to get Frank into the charts. Which song shall we choose for next week?

  348. on 12 Jul 2010 at 11:16 pmPaul

    Sad news indeed.

    Used to watch him on TV when I was younger and saw him live at Sheffield & Buxton in the last couple of years.

    Something really connected me with his unique type of humour and I know I will keep on laughing with him.

    Was planning to see him again, but sadly not to be now.

    Like another poster has already said –

    Deserved far more credit and recognition than he was given.

    Thank you so much

  349. on 13 Jul 2010 at 10:53 amela

    are you not sad that frank died?!

  350. on 09 Jan 2011 at 1:09 amAngel Sam and Family

    Well i have only just found out about this sad news and I am indeed very sad…. my family and I loved Frank and Luttle Frank very much, ever since the first time i saw him at the reading festival in the early 1990’s. We’ll carry on signing his ditties and will forever more add… ‘only when the wind blows’ to every song with a crap ending we sing around the campfire at the many festival we work at…x
    all our love..
    Angel Sam, Keith, Lib, Grace and Billy O’Brien… only when the wind blows….

  351. on 09 Jan 2011 at 1:15 amAngel Sam and Family

    ps…. BOBBINS!

  352. on 09 Jan 2011 at 1:26 amKeith O'Brien

    Thanks for the memories Chris…your work as Frank, Little Frank & Amoeba Frank will live on forever (still laughing out loud to your comic genius!!)… ‘Whose been seen on Match of the Day, you have, in yer big shorts!’

  353. on 05 Jun 2011 at 3:53 amAl

    Never forget you, Frank.

  354. on 23 Oct 2011 at 10:29 pmDave in Aus

    Only found out about Frank’s passing a few weeks ago. Devastated. Saw him a few times in St Helens and introduced many family and friends to his unique humour which was never offensive, had an innocence about it but was always uproariously funny.
    I hope the world never forgets Frank and of course his alter ego Little Frank. The world has lost a genuinely funny person and an equally funny cardboard puppet.
    I listen to his records and cassette tapes and play his games in my ZX81 with a mixture of happiness now tinged with sadness that I’ll never see him again.
    Farewell Frank, we love you, you know we do, we really do.
    Thank you (for everything).

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