Geoffrey Hughes, the voice of the animated Paul McCartney in the movie “Yellow Submarine,” died in his sleep Friday at age 68 after a long battle with prostate cancer, reports the BBC.
Hughes’ role in the Beatles’ animated 1968 film was only one facet of his career. He was also known to British audiences as Eddie Yeats for 51 episodes on the long-running TV series “Coronation Street” from 1974 to 1983. He also starrted as Onslow in 44 episodes of the comedy “Keeping Up Appearances,” Twiggy in “The Royle Family” and Mr. Popplewick on two episodes of “Doctor Who” in 1986.
In 1976, he took a role on “Cilla’s World of Comedy” hosted by singer Cilla Black, also a member of the Brian Epstein stable of artists that included the Fab Four.
Hughes, in Dr. Bob Hieronimus’ book “Inside the Yellow Submarine,” and in an article by Hieronymous on Mersey Beat online talked about the accents used in the film.
“While Ringo and George had quite hard Liverpool accents, John and Paul’s were much softer. They had what we call posh Scouse accents. I explained that they had a tendency to have a rising inflection at the end of sentences and would also put the emphasis on the end of words, such as ‘interesting’ where they would put the emphasis on ‘resting.'”
A spokesman for “Coronation Street” issued a statement, “We are very sad to hear of the death of Geoffrey Hughes. He created a legendary and iconic character in Eddie Yeats who will always be part of ‘Coronation Street.’ Everyone connected with the program sends our sincerest condolences to his family.”
(Copyright Stan. Please do not reprint in full on other sites without permission. Headlines with links, though, are fine. Posting any of our links to Twitter and Facebook is much appreciated.)
Don’t miss any of our Beatles columns on pingroof.com and our complete online coverage of the Beatles. Subscribe to Beatles Examiner (http://pingroof.com/beatles-in-national/steve-marinucci), Paul McCartney Examiner (http://pingroof.com/paul-mccartney-in-national/steve-marinucci), George Harrison Examiner (http://pingroof.com/george-harrison-in-national/steve-marinucci) and Ringo Starr Examiner (http://pingroof.com/ringo-starr-in-national/steve-marinucci) columns to keep up with what’s really happening with the Beatles.
To subscribe to this column, click the button above. And follow us on Twitter at @stevemarinucci and please use the hashtag #beatlesexaminer. We’re also Stan on Facebook and at www.ufollow.com or at www.pinterest.com.