b. 13 March 1928, Dukinfield, Cheshire, England, d. 1 October 2007, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, the Channel Islands. Hazlehurst’s mother was a piano teacher who had little success with the young Ronnie, who preferred to progress at his own pace - also teaching himself trumpet after its owner (an elder brother) joined the army in 1939. While working in a cotton mill office, Hazelhurst played with several local combos before becoming a professional musician with the George Chambers Band, winners of the All Britain Dance Band Championships and regular broadcasters on the BBC Light Programme throughout the 50s. After a disagreement centred on Chambers’ excessive thrift, Hazlehurst served outfits led by Nat Allen, George Elrick and Harry Payne prior to National Service which was spent blowing cornet in a regimental band.
From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.