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Reference No: 10627
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Price: £15.00
  Ted (and 9 band members) Heath

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British big band leader.

Heath led Britain's greatest post-war big band, recording more than 100 albums, which sold over 20 million copies.

He started out playing tenor horn before he switched to trombone when he was 14. He spent a period playing as a street musician and then was discovered by Jack Hylton, who hired him for his band.

Heath had long stints as a sideman with a variety of top dance bands, including ensembles led by Bert Firman (1924-1925), Hylton again (1925-1927), Ambrose (1928-1936), Sydney Lipton (1936-1939), and Geraldo (1939-1944).

In 1942, with his wife, Moira, he wrote a hit tune, That Lovely Weekend. The royalties from this enabled him to form his own band in 1944 and regular appearances on the radio, tours, and concerts, rapidly made him a household name in Britain. .

In 1956 the band toured the USA for a month and ended in triumph with the legendary Carnegie Hall concert that proved that the Heath band ranked with the best of the American bands.

Heath worked with some of the greatest names in popular music, including Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Marlene Dietrich, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, The Four Freshmen, Donna Hightower and many others.

The addition of singers Dickie Valentine, Lita Roza and Dennis Lotis in the 1950s gave the band more teenage appeal.

Ted Heath suffered a cerebral thrombosis on his 62nd birthday in 1964, collapsing on stage in Cardiff. Thereafter the band toured less, but continued to record several albums. He died in 1969 at the age of 67.

This is a fine vintage album page (6.25" x 4.75"), signed in blue ink by Ted Heath and by 9 members of his band, including Don Lusher, Red Price, Ken Kiddier, Johnny Hawkworth, Bobby Pratt, Jimmy Coombes, Ric Kennedy and two others. In very good condition.