Berni Flint

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Berni Flint
Born (1952-05-26) 26 May 1952 (age 67)
Southport, Lancashire, England
GenresPop rock, folk rock, soft rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1977–present
LabelsEMI Records

Bernard "Berni" Flint (born 26 May 1952, Southport, Lancashire, England[1][2]) is a singer and songwriter who holds the record for the longest continuous run of wins on the ITV talent show, Opportunity Knocks.


A former Royal Navy sailor and window cleaner, television viewers voted him the show's best act for 12 successive weeks in early 1977.[1]

After being propelled to fame by the show, Flint enjoyed a degree of success for a number of years. In terms of record sales, the highpoint of his career was reached when his single, "I Don't Want to Put a Hold On You", rose over a period of six weeks to number three in the UK Singles Chart, in the week ending 23 April 1977.[3] Further success came in the form of another Top 75 hit, "Southern Comfort", and one gold and two silver selling albums.

In the late 1970s, Flint presented the ITV show, Pop Gospel. In 1985, Flint was one of the co-presenters on the ITV television programme, Mooncat & Co.

Although no longer a commercial recording artist, Flint continues to perform regularly and is active on the after-dinner circuit. His song "I Don't Want to Put a Hold On You" appeared on the 2008 compilation album 70s Dinner Party.



  • 1977: I Don't Want to Put a Hold On You - UK #37
  • 1978: Early Morning Rain
  • 1979: Just Like a Movie
  • 2009: Opportunity Strikes Twice


  • 1977: "I Don't Want to Put a Hold On You" - UK #3
  • 1977: "Southern Comfort" - UK #48
  • 1977: "If I Had Someone Like You"
  • 1978: "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"
  • 1979: "Dusk Till Dawn"
  • 1979: "Only Me"
  • 1980: "Don't Laugh At Me (Cause I'm a Fool)"
  • 1983: "A Daisy a Day" (sic) - Bernie Flint (sic) with The Children of Freehold Community School, Oldham



  1. ^ a b - accessed July 2009 Archived 3 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ - accessed July 2009[unreliable source?]
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 205. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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