Kenny Lynch was a British pop singer, songwriter, and actor. Born in London, Kenny was part of a huge family. His father was Barbadian, while his mother had Irish and Jamaican roots. Kenny grew up amid the Second World War. He quit school at 15 and did many odd jobs, eventually choosing music as his career. He participated in the A Song for Europe Contest in 1962 but failed to qualify for the Eurovision. Meanwhile, he participated in many variety shows. In 1963, he shot to stardom with two Top Ten songs, Up on the Roof and You Can Never Stop Me Loving You. With the track Misery, Kenny became the first to sing a cover version of a Beatles song. Over the years, he came to be known as one of the first black popstars from the U.K. He was featured on the cover of the Wings album Band on the Run. Kenny had also appeared in many series and films, such as Celebrity Squares, Room at the Bottom, Curry & Chips, Z Cars, and Till Death Us Do Part. He was also awarded the OBE. He was apparently never married but had two daughters. He died of cancer in 2019, at age 81.