This goes back to the very early 60s.
In this picture, his inner pattern is very different from usual.
And here, too.
This is from a Ken Dodd interview in 1963. Something is very odd about all this.
Is there something implanted right into the ear?
BTW, Dodd's ears look questionable, too, or at least they're very unusual.
From the Dusty Springfield Show in 1963. This just isn't normal.