Alexander McLean Cameron
Alexander ("Lex") McLean Cameron was born in Clydebank in 1908. After leaving school he was, briefly an apprentice in John Brown & Co's Clydebank Shipyard.
His first taste of show business was playing piano in the Clydebank Pavilion Theatre on Kilbowie Road. After successfully entertaining at troop shows, his first entry to the inner circle of show-business came in the 1940s at the Empress Playhouse, Glasgow. He had once earned a modest living as an itinerant musician, playing the clarinet, saxophone and accordion on the streets of Belfast. Back home again, the venues he played ranged from open-air bandstands at holiday towns such as Girvan, Ayrshire, to the many variety halls in central and west Scotland. The job of comedian, while requiring an expertise in music and presentation, was so low in estimation to his own family that he told his mother he was away on business as a commercial traveller.
He toured with variety shows and worked as a feed to other comedians, before embarking on a solo career in 1947.
He achieved full prominence in 1955 when he succeeded Tommy Morgan (1898-1958) at the city centre Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow, winning a steadily increasing following with packed audiences up to 1971.
Wearing a red cloak and top hat, or a flat cap and baggy trousers, and with a smirk on his face, he would offer comedy lines with a double meaning; "Keep it bright, keep it bright!", he would smile.
The media dubbed him "Sexy Lexy", but his material was passed by the Lord Chamberlain and Glaswegians queued in their hundreds to enjoy him.
Away from the Theatre Lex was a very quiet and private man. When Lex was at home he had his 3 main loves, his home which was a beautiful Villa on the sea front in Helensburgh, His boat "Dolphin 2" and his charming wife Grace.
After a show at the Pavilion Lex would dash out of the stage door and run down to Queen street Station to catch the last train home to Helensburgh. When the train arrived at Helensburgh, Lex would get into his car which he always left at the station and drive the few miles from the station to his home. During the day before he would set off to the theatre, he would sit in his rocking chair up on the enclosed balcony in his house which faced onto beautiful views of the River Clyde and write fresh material.
When Lex wasn't doing that he would relax for a few hours on his boat "Dolphin2" and he would regularly go for sails up the Gareloch or the Clyde.
Lex McLean died on March 23, 1975.