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 David Edward Sutch

David Edward Sutch

Birth
Kilburn, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Death 16 Jun 1999 (aged 58)
South Harrow, London Borough of Harrow, Greater London, England
Burial Pinner, London Borough of Harrow, Greater London, England
Plot Section J2 ; Grave No. 27
Memorial ID 6825901 · View Source
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Comedian. Known professionally as Screaming Lord Sutch. He was born in Kilburn, North-West London. His father was a policeman who was killed in the War when the boy was ten months old. After leaving school, David worked as a plumber's mate before becoming a singer. His stage name came from his main influence, Screaming Jay Hawkins, and from the fur-lined crash helmet which he wore on stage, topped with bobbles so that it resembled a coronet. In 1968, he changed his name by deed poll to Lord David Sutch. Although he never had any hits, his antics on and off stage brought him great notoriety, and he was to record with, among others, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Jeff Beck, Noel Redding, Ritchie Blackmore, Nicky Hopkins and Keith Moon. In 1963, he stood for Parliament as the National Teenager's Candidate in Stratford-on-Avon, following the resignation of John Profumo after the scandal with Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies. Although he gained only 209 votes, nearly all the policies he advocated - reducing the voting age to 18, commercial radio, calling for pubs to be open all day - were to become law long before his death. He was to contest 44 elections and is mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records as having stood for Parliament more times than anyone else. In the 1980's, he tried to change his name again, to Mrs. Thatcher, but was refused permission, allegedly on the grounds that it might cause confusion if he did make it to the House of Commons. He was to become Great Britain's longest serving party leader, having formed the Monster Raving Loony Party in 1983. He was never elected and, indeed, never retained his deposit. However, in May 1990 at Bootle, he received 418 votes to the Social Democratic Party's 156; following which Dr. David Owen, the leader of the S.D.P and a former Labour Foreign Secretary, retired from politics. What was not known to the general public was that Sutch suffered from depression and had been on medication for many years. This became more acute following the death of his mother in 1997. In the same year, he met a lady named Yvonne Elwood. (Sutch never married but, in 1975, had a son, Tristram, with an American model.) His last years were dogged with financial troubles, but he seemed to be more cheerful in his last weeks and was looking forward to concerts in Belgium and Las Vegas. However, in June 1999, he was found by Yvonne at his late mother's house, 10 Parkfield Road, near South Harrow Station, having hanged himself. The last entry in his diary read : "Depression, depression, depression is all too much." The coroner at the inquest described Sutch as "A comedian with tragedy in his heart. The public saw the public face, a cheery outgoing character, yet, in the privacy of his room, his true sadness emerged."

Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine


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  • Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
  • Added: 6 Oct 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6825901
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Edward Sutch (10 Nov 1940–16 Jun 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6825901, citing Pinner Cemetery, Pinner, London Borough of Harrow, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .