Lookalikes: Pharrell Williams And Ken Dodd’s Diddymen
WHEN Pharrell Williams stepped out at the Grammies in a big hat, the fashion world cooed and ahed. America’s Headwear Association named Williams Hat Person of the Year. (Sadly, Williams has not been inducted into the 2014 Headwear Hall of Fame – this year’s honours go to Sophia Loren, Diane Keaton, Queen Elizabeth II, Bruno Mars, Spike Lee and Elton John. But next year, he is surely a shoo-in for the cloche corridor.)
William’s celebrated lid is called the Mountain Hat. It’s made by Vivienne Westwood. Yep, she is that avid Ken Dodd fan, the leader of the Diddymen gang.
Given that Pharrell’s countrymen and fellow popstar Puff Daddy doffed his cap to Dodd’s tribe with a name change to Diddy, it might be time for the Knotty Ash troupe’s big comeback. Not that they ever went away – as anyone who has seen Dodd perform on stage can attest, he never really does finish a show.
That said, here’s Williams and Robin Thicke’s less square looking brother working their act in 1979: