deacon & dean     

Throughout the 'sixties, Roger and Duggie performed as the double act, deacon & dean (Roger favoured the look of lower case). 'Young and foolish' was their bill matter.

Singing ballads, their voices blended sweetly. They interpreted the hits of the day, such as Malcolm Vaughan's 'To Be Loved' and Ray Charles' 'I Can't Stop Loving You' - and performed their own compositions. They recorded Roger's song, 'Distant Dreaming'.

The two were stage foils: blond, boyish Duggie, brought charm, an engaging tenor voice and a flair for harmony to the act; dark, curly-haired Roger had mobile features, what he called "me big conk" and burst onto the stage with energy and theatricality.

They wrote their own point numbers with musical arrangements by Duggie, affectionately mimicking the Beverley Sisters, recreating the crazy surrealism of Spike Jones and His City Slickers and, seen here, guying Bob and Alf Pearson.



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