Joe Longthorne is recognised as this country’s finest vocalist and live performer, held in the highest esteem by his fellow professionals, loved and adored by his fans the world over, his status nothing short of legendary with accolades and credits from the true greats of the entertainment industry worldwide. Joe is one of those few select vocalists who have earned the right to be called song stylists, an instantly recognised voice with the ability to stamp their name on every song they perform and make it their own. Sinatra, Bennett, Davis, Presley, Diamond, Manilow, Mathis, the name “Longthorne” surely stands proudly alongside these greats. Joe also possesses an incredible gift for impersonations, his repertoire is packed full. From his signature impression of Dame Shirley Bassey to Tony Bennett, Sir Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Sammy Davis Jnr, the list is endless.
Joe performs a wide repertoire of material, songs from a career which began over 40 years ago and a career which has seen many highs and lows along the way but which is now well on track. 2012 saw Joe performing well over 100 dates right around the UK and Europe. The man called “the hardest working man in showbiz” shows no signs of easing back.
Joseph Patrick Longthorne was born on 31st May 1955 in Kingston upon Hull to musical parents, Fred a very talented musician and Teresa, a fine singer. Joe comes from a travelling background and he enjoyed a very warm, safe upbringing in his early years, as he recounts in his 2010 biography, soon to be updated and published in paperback. It was soon evident that he had been born with a god given talent for singing, and at a very tender age he entered a local talent contest and won the first prize, a large red toy car. It was at this point that he realised that singing could indeed be a worthwhile profession to follow. Joe was developing and sharpening his talents with a gift for impersonating anybody at the drop of a hat with mum Teresa very wisely advising her son that it was always a good thing in showbiz to have more than one string to one’s bow.