Humphrey Lyttelton

Photo added by Alexander Hurley

Humphrey Lyttelton

  • Birth 23 May 1921
  • Death 25 Apr 2008
  • Burial East Finchley, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
  • Plot St. Marylebone Crematorium
  • Memorial ID 26459708

Doyen of madcap radio comedy game and talented jazz trumpeter, band leader and radio presenter.

His band's The Bad Penny Blues was the first British jazz record to make its way into the top 20 after its release in 1956.

Humphrey Richard Adeane Lyttelton was born on 23 May, 1921, into an aristocratic family - his grandfather was the Lord Lyttelton, 8th Viscount Cobham - and he was born and schooled at Eton where his father was a housemaster.

Although he was an accomplished jazz trumpeter and band leader who hosted the only surviving jazz programme on the BBC he is perhaps best known for the anarchic 'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue' which he presented for more than 40 years on BBC Radio 4 becoming a national name. For forty years he got away with some of the most rudest double entendres ever heard on radio and all revolving around the non-existant "Beautiful Samantha" the score keeper on the show.

He had been admitted into hospital earlier in the week for surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm.


Gravesite Details His Humanist (Humanism) funeral took place on 6th May 2008 at the St. Marylebone Crematorium (which shares grounds with East Finchley Cemetery) in East Finchley, London.

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  • Created by: Alexander Hurley
  • Added: 27 Apr 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 26459708
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Humphrey Lyttelton (23 May 1921–25 Apr 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26459708, citing East Finchley Cemetery and Crematorium, East Finchley, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Alexander Hurley (contributor 46802892) .