Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Max Boyce Life Story Interview….
Max Boyce is a Welsh comedian, singer and entertainer.
He rose to fame during the mid-1970s with an act that combined musical comedy with his passion for rugby union and his origins in the mining communities of South Wales.
Having sold more than two million albums in a career spanning four decades, and playing to full houses all around the world, Boyce is one of the most successful and enduring entertainers in Welsh history.
His 70th birthday was celebrated with an hour-long programme shown on BBC One Wales on 25 September 2013, recorded in front of an audience of a celebrity audience.
Max is back on tour throughout 2015. Get full tour details here
Enjoy an Exclusive interview with Max Boyce and Alex Belfield:
When Max Boyce crossed the Rhigos Mountains from his home in Glynneath on November the 23rd 1973, to record an album ‘Live at Treorchy Rugby Club’, little did he know it would change his life.
He had already recorded some of his earlier songs at the Valley Folk Club in Pontardawe and when EMI heard the album and subsequently saw Max perform live in concert, he was invited to sign a contract to record two live albums of his songs and stories.
The musicians for that evening were hastily gathered together that afternoon. Without almost any rehearsal, the songs and stories were recorded.
Following the success of the first album EMI were naturally eager to record a follow-up.
However, not even they were prepared for the fact that the album – ‘We all had Doctors’ Papers’-would reach No.1 in the album charts. A feat which earned Max a place in the Guiness Book of Records as the only comedy album to achieve that coveted position.
It was about this time that the BBC offered Max his first T.V. series. This stayed with the trusted formula of live performance filming him at theatres all over Great Britain, which further enhanced his popularity and brought his talents to a much wider audience.
The success of these programmes was reflected in the ‘JICTAR’ TV ratings. Filling the No.1 spot, it became the most watched programme in the country, returning astonishing viewing figures.
Interview recorded by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio 9th March 2015.