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(1896—1971) bandleader and violinist

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Allan Ganley

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B. 11 March 1931, Tolworth, Surrey, England, d. 29 March 2008, England. A self-taught drummer, in the early 50s Ganley played in the dance band led by Bert Ambrose. In ...

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Anne Shelton

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b. Patricia Sibley, 10 November 1923, Dulwich, London, England, d. 31 July 1994, East Sussex, England. One of the most important and admired of UK popular singers, Anne Shelton came to...

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Billy Amstell

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B. 20 August 1911, London, England, d. 20 December 2005, England. Born into a family of Polish immigrants, Amstell studied piano as a child but then took up reed instruments ...

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Carl Barriteau

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b. 7 February 1914, Trinidad, West Indies, d. 24 August 1998, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Raised in Venezuela, Barriteau learned music in the Belmont Orphanage Band and the Trinidad...

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Danny Polo

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B. 22 December 1901, Toluca, Illinois, USA, d. 11 July 1949, Chicago, Illinois, USA. After playing clarinet in bands in various parts of the Midwest, Polo joined Elmer Schoebel in ...

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Decca Records

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Originally a British gramophone manufacturer, Decca moved into the record business in 1929. For 50 years it was run by autocratic stockbroker Edward Lewis who argued that ‘a company making...

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Denny Dennis

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B. Ronald Dennis Pountain, 1 November 1913, Derby, England, d. 1 November 1993, Kirkby-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. Sometimes called ‘Britain’s Bing Crosby ’ because of his similarity to...

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Elsie Carlisle

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B. c.1902, Didsbury, Lancashire, England, d. 5 September 1977. A lively young singer, Carlisle first appeared professionally on the variety stages of the UK. In 1920 she became much more ...

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Fred Elizalde

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B. Federico Elizalde, 12 December 1907, Manila, Philippines, d. 16 January 1972. Elizalde spent his youth in the USA with his brother Manuel, and for a time led a dance ...

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George Chisholm

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b. 29 March 1915, Glasgow, Scotland, d. 6 December 1997, Milton Keynes, England. In his early 20s Chisholm arrived in London, where he played trombone in the popular dance bands led by...

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George Melachrino

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b. George Militiades, 1 May 1905, London, England, d. 18 June 1965, London, England. An orchestra leader, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and singer, Melachrino was the son of...

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Harry Richman

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(1885–1972).

Stage and film performer. A dapper song-and-dance man, he spent most of his career in vaudeville and nightclubs but was enjoyed in a number of Broadway musicals as...

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Henry 'Hot Lips' Levine

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B. 26 November 1907, London, England, d. USA. Levine’s family emigrated to the USA early in 1908. In 1917, Levine heard Nick LaRocca playing with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band ...

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Ivor Mairants

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B. 8 July 1908, Rypin, Poland, d. 20 February 1998, London, England. An influential guitarist, composer, teacher and author, Mairants moved to England with his parents in 1914, just prior...

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Jack Jackson

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B. 20 February 1906, Belvedere, Kent, England, d. 15 January 1978, Jersey, Channel Islands. A trumpeter, band leader, and disc jockey, Jackson was an accomplished musician and a dynamic...

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Jack Payne

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B. 22 August, 1899, Leamington Spa, England, d. 4 December 1969, London, England. A leading band leader in the UK during the 20s and 30s, Payne learnt to play the ...

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Jack Strachey

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B. 25 September 1894, London, England, d. 27 May 1972, London, England. A composer for the London stage from the mid-20s through to the late 40s, Strachey was responsible for ...

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Jill Darling

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After touring the UK provinces under the title of Jack And Jill, the re-named and revised Jill Darling opened in the West End at the Saville Theatre on 19 December ...

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John Scott

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B. Patrick John Michael O’Hara Scott, 1 November 1930, Bristol, England. After being very active in the 60s pop scene, Scott has developed into a respected film music composer, now ...

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Johnny Douglas

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B. 19 June 1920, Hackney, London, England, d. 20 April 2003, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England. A prolific composer and arranger, who composed numerous film and television scores, Douglas...

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