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Who was a famous name when you were growing up that young people today wouldn't have heard of?

323 replies

Brettthepei · 22/06/2023 00:06

Hearsay

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Alicetheowl · 22/06/2023 15:33

Derek Griffiths I remember as a little one-Heads and Tails!!- but he was in the series Unforgotten in 2022, and also Casualty. I remember watching Unforgotten and thinking 'is it really him?'

Angela Rippon is on daytime TV.

Rick Astley is still performing and I believe still on Magic Radio

orangeflags · 22/06/2023 15:39

David Soul

HerVagestyTheQueef · 22/06/2023 15:41

Whenwillglorioussummercome · 22/06/2023 15:22

Denis Healey and his eyebrows were big in our house.

Denis Healey 's eyebrows were big everywhere!

BigPeople · 22/06/2023 15:42

Selina Scott

HerVagestyTheQueef · 22/06/2023 15:43

Alicetheowl · 22/06/2023 15:33

Derek Griffiths I remember as a little one-Heads and Tails!!- but he was in the series Unforgotten in 2022, and also Casualty. I remember watching Unforgotten and thinking 'is it really him?'

Angela Rippon is on daytime TV.

Rick Astley is still performing and I believe still on Magic Radio

OMG Derek Griffiths! He was my favourite presenter on Play School!

Glad he's still active 50 years later😅

barbarahunter · 22/06/2023 15:44

I love Derek Griffiths too and yes how amazing to see him in Unforgotten

x2boys · 22/06/2023 15:46

inappropriateraspberry · 22/06/2023 08:08

Bill Beaumont.

Which immediately makes me think of Emlyn Huges and Question of sport!

EllaRaines · 22/06/2023 15:50

Clark Gable.
Rudolph Valentino.
Errol Flynn
Betty Grable.
Rita Hayworth
Veronica Lake
Arthur Askey

justcantgetenough · 22/06/2023 15:59

Just because some artists are still going, doesn't mean young people would have heard off them. Like I wouldn't have heard off a lot off music artists, reality stars etc from today.

Not from growing up but I was shocked my Niece hadn't heard off Will Young when I was off to see him in concert, then realised she was one when he won pop idol!

Here's some I can think off from my childhood.

Mr Motivator
Rusty Lee
Timmy Mallet
Duran Duran
Tony Hadley
Nik Kershaw
Brian Clough
Paul Daniels
Brooke Shields
Hulk Hogan
Kim Wilde
Wincy Willis
Sean Penn
Nick Berry
Gaz Top

massiveclamps · 22/06/2023 16:04

Arthur Askey
Max Wall
Joyce Grenfell
Ray Alan & Lord Charles
Val Doonican
Bob Hope
Red Rum

milkydrink · 22/06/2023 16:06

inappropriateraspberry · 22/06/2023 15:31

I don't any 'youth' that listen to the Archers! 😆

Very few I should think 🤣

Hesperatum · 22/06/2023 16:09

Michael Miles (Take Your Pick)

HRTQueen · 22/06/2023 16:13

Dick Emery

EllaRaines · 22/06/2023 16:16

Larry the Lamb.

Pinky and Perky.

Mr Ed.

Digby.

Lassie.

Skippy.

clyspa · 22/06/2023 16:17

Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks also Eric Bristow and T'pau

Wellgoodforyou · 22/06/2023 16:28

Chris Evert

MissyB1 · 22/06/2023 16:30

Val Doonican
Bamber Gascoigne
Dave Allen
Brian Cant
Hartley Hare

crossstitchingnana · 22/06/2023 16:32

I find young kids don't know who David Beckham is.

LadyWithLapdog · 22/06/2023 16:32

These would make for some good quiz questions. So many of these names sound familiar, but if you gave me a 5 minute countdown I couldn’t say who they are.

Whenwillglorioussummercome · 22/06/2023 16:35

I'm struck that some of these names were in their heyday before I was born but I've still heard of them and seen their work. (Eg Dick Emery was really before my time for example but still a familiar cultural reference when I was growing up.) We're listing people on here that are probably similarly out of date and assuming young people haven't heard of them, and I think they probably haven't. Is it because more people are famous for less now, and therefore their fame is more transitory?

Minidriverinmorewaysthan1 · 22/06/2023 16:42

Darren Day

YouJustDoYou · 22/06/2023 16:44

NSYNC. Overhear a Gen-Z dj the other day pronounce them as "En Es Why En See".

Shitzngiggles · 22/06/2023 16:45

Mary Whitehouse.

Bbq1 · 22/06/2023 16:46

Keith Chegwin
Ronnie Corbett
Richard Briers
Felicity Kendall
Linda Lusardi
Paul Daniels

Sure there are loads more.

Some Names have appeared here that young people definitely know. For example my 17 year old knows who Rick Astey and River Phoenix are.

tuvamoodyson · 22/06/2023 16:48

Michael Miles (game show host Take your Pick ‘OPEN THE BOX!!!!)

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