Not everyone can say they’ve held Eric Morecambe’s bongos….

But Eric’s chauffeur Michael Fountain has. Now for the first time he’s to tell his many stories of life in and out of the car with one of Britain’s best loved entertainers.

Michael Fountain became Eric’s chauffeur in 1969, just after the comedian’s first heart attack, remaining a loyal and close friend until his death in 1984. His book, Driving Mr Morecambe, launches on 1st November and includes previously unpublished images.

For the first time we are allowed access to what it was like to work for Eric.

This book could also be titled – ‘Comic Genius saved my life‘ and is unlike any book previously written about Morecambe and Wise.

With forewords from Eric’s own children, Gary and Gail, this funny and at times desperately sad book will take you on a personal journey through the life and times of a normal man, who just happened to be Eric Morecambe’s trusted chauffeur.

Getting closer than anyone to Eric’s world, this book gives an insider’s view behind the scenes of his private and very public life. Celebrity encounters, setting fire to a dressing room, house sitting and taking care of a dummy, he dealt with whatever was needed in Eric’s life and was considered part of the family.

Authors: Michael Fountain & Paul Jenkinson, the book is available from;; (ISBN: 978-0-7552-0732-9)

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