Fingerbobs host Rick Jones has died at the age of 84 as his friends paid tribute to the ’70s children’s show star

Fingerbobs host Rick Jones has died at the age of 84 as his friends paid tribute to the ’70s children’s show star

  • Canadian-born Jones began his television career by hosting Play School
  • From there, he became the presenter of Fingerbobs in 1972
  • Jones achieved success as a musician, facing the British rock band Meal Ticket
  • In his later life, he moved with his wife to the United States in San Francisco


Children’s TV presenter Rick Jones has died at the age of 84.

Jones’ friends, who are best known for appearing in a variety of BBC Children’s shows during the 1970s, the star was honored.

Born in Canada, Jones began his television career by co-hosting Play School, a daily show for preschoolers, in which he often sang sand and played guitar.

From there, he became the presenter of The Fingerbobs in 1972, which saw him make characters out of finger puppets.

He was also one of several presenters who took turns presenting We Want To Sing.

Jones also had success as a musician, facing the British rock band Meal Ticket.

Children’s TV presenter Rick Jones (pictured presenting ‘Fingerbobs’ in which he created finger puppet characters) has died at the age of 84

Author and illustrator Gary Foe said Jones was a “huge creative spirit” in a tribute on Twitter.

“I am very sad to report that Rick Jones, aka Yuvi from the Fingerbobs, has passed away at the age of 84,” Fu wrote.

I initially interviewed him for my book many years ago and have kept in touch.

He was endowed with a tremendous creative spirit, a talented musician and a lover of life. I will miss him very much.

Fans of his programs were very saddened by the news, and they shared their fond memories of watching the presenter on TV, most of whom were children.

Someone tweeted: This is sad news. I loved Fingerbobs as a kid. And found out (recently) that he recorded the theme tune for another show I liked called Aeronauts. rip. Thanks for the happiness.

Another person said: ‘Fingerbob was my all-time favorite TV show. It taught me a lot of things that I mostly forgot apart from how to raise the water level with pebbles. May he rest in peace.”

A third wrote: “So sad… The Fingerbobs was one of the few shows from my childhood that I loved watching. His skill in giving life to a twisted piece of paper was pure magic.

Very sad news about someone I remember well when I was growing up from Fingerbobs and Play School. Another said, “I just found out that the ‘Fingerbobs’ album is available through a lot of music streaming services.”

Jones was born in February 1937 in London, Ontario. In his later years, Jones lived in the United States in San Francisco with his wife, Valerie.

In collaboration with Roger Penycate, he wrote a musical based on the songs and lyrics of the Meal Ticket titled “Laughing Daughter”.

The musical ran for three weeks at the Indian Center for the Arts in southern Maryland from September 3, 2009.

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