He was most famous for his long stand-up shows, as well as his Diddy Men and tickling stick. In an age where comedians believe they have to be crude to be amusing, the Liverpudlian, who died in the Knotty Ash home where he was born, was one of the last great variety artists because of his uncanny ability to deliver inoffensive jokes with side-splitting timing.
He Wednesday Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, on Friday and an announcement was due to go out later this week about the marriage. It's absolutely incredible. With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety.
"They got the registrar and were married in the house".
Robert Holmes led tributes, calling him a "comedy legend and genius". His song Tears was the third highest-selling single of the 1960s in Britain; beaten only by two Beatles classics (She Loves You and I Want to Hold Your Hand).
Tributes to Dodd poured in following the announcement of his death.
"So happy I got to meet him once, and more importantly, saw him do one of his incredible 5 hour shows".
He said: "He was an education to watch and, afterwards, at 1.30 am, he had beers with me in the dressing room and talked showbiz".
He tweeted: "So sorry to hear we have lost Ken Dodd.I met him once and I've never forgotten it.Gawd bless 'im".
Tributes are pouring in including from fellow Liverpudlian Claire Sweeney, who described Dodd as a "legend and an inspiration".
He wrote: "One night he said "I'll follow you home and I'll shout jokes through your letterbox".