Mike Harding (born 23 October 1944) is an English singer, songwriter, comedian, author, poet and broadcaster. He is known as 'The Rochdale Cowboy' after one of his hit records. In addition, at various times of his life, Harding has been a stand-up comic, photographer, traveller, filmmaker, playwright and musician. Harding's father, Louis Arthur 'Curly' Harding, was a navigator in the RAF. who was killed during World War II, a few weeks before his son's birth. Harding is of Irish ancestry on his mother's side. He was educated at St Anne's, Crumpsall, and St Bede's, Manchester.
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