The irripressible George Melly had a long career as an English jazz and blues singer, critic, writer and lecturer. Between the years 1965 until 1973 he became the film and television critic for The Observer newspaper.
After a spell in the navy during the 2nd World War, George found work in a London Surrealist gallery but found himself drifting into the world of jazz.
He joined Mick Mulligan's Magnolia Jazz Band and went on to star in many concerts and events before retiring in 1965 to join the Observer newspaper.
In 1973 he returned to jazz by joining 'John Chilton's Feetwarmers' and during one of his first concerts that year at The Lord Napier in Thornton Heath, South London, this image was captured.
Despite failing health and being 80 years old, he appeared at the 100 Club in London on 10th June 2007 where he announced that it would be his final concert.
He died in his London home less than a month later.