“Saw me open and count my rings.” That’s the answer Willie Tyler’s Little buddy, Lester, gives when asked how old he is. Willie began to see Ventriloquists like Paul Winchell, on TV. He started performing in Detroit, Michigan at the age of ten. While still in grade school he took a correspondence Ventriloquist course from Popular Mechanics magazine ad. Between school and delivering newspapers, Willie would find time to perform in variety shows and talent contests. This is where he developed his craft.
After four years in the U.S. Air Force Willie returned to Detroit and a few years later signed with the Motown Record Corporation. For the next eight years he and Lester toured with all the Motown greats (“Smokey Robinson & The Miracles”-“The Supremes”-“The Temptations”-“Stevie Wonder”-“Marvin Gaye” “The Four Tops etc..) Lester says he was a member of the Group “The Four Tops” when they were called “THE FOUR TOPS AND A STICK!” Their TV credits are impressive. They include appearances on the Tonight Show (NBC) ABC Weekend Specials, “Pacific Blue” (USA Network) “In The House.” (NBC)” The Jimmy Kimmel Show (ABC)” and most recently their very successful appearance on “ The Late Show Starring David Letterman .” (CBS) Willie Tyler was presented with “The Askins Award-2000” for his outstanding contribution to the Art of Ventriloquism. They have also been seen in numerous TV commercials: McDonalds and Maxwell House Coffee to name a few.
Lester is a humorous little fellow and he sings pretty good too! Although he was born in the woods and worked his way out. Once you have seen him in action you will never forget this little “chip off the old block!”
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