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Billy Cotton (I) (1899–1969)

Billy Cotton was born on May 6, 1899 in Westminster, England as William Edward Cotton. He was an actor, known for The Wakey Wakey Tavern (1956), Cavalcade of Variety (1940) and A Boxing Day Party (1957). He was married to Mabel E. Gregory. He died on March 25, 1969 in London, England. See full bio »


(age 69) in London, England, UK

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Known For

The Wakey Wakey Tavern
The Wakey Wakey Tavern Himself - and his Band
Cavalcade of Variety
A Boxing Day Party
A Boxing Day Party Himself - Host
The Tin Pan Alley Show
The Tin Pan Alley Show Himself - Presenter


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 1964 Ninety Years On (TV Movie)
 1955 Channel Nine (TV Short)
 1939 Music Hall Parade
Band Leader
 1935 Variety
And His Band (uncredited)
 1932 The First Mrs. Fraser
Band Leader
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Show Show Self (12 credits)
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Gained national exposure through his "Billy Cotton Band Show" in the 1950's and 60's. See more »


He opened his popular BBC show with the words "Wakey, wakey!"

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