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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ted Heath At Carnegie Hall

Ted Heath At Carnegie Hall
Recorded May 1st, 1956
London Records LL 1566
1957

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original cover art and bio information from the back cover.

Trumpets

Bobby Pratt: Born in Aberdeen, 1927. A professional at 16. Led his own Army band. Was with Ken Mackintosh before joining Ted Heath.

Duncan Campbell: Hails from Glasgow, born 1927. Worked with Cyril Stapleton, Tito Burns and Teddy Foster before joining Heath in 1950

Eddy Blair: Aged 27, another Scot, hails from Johnstone in Renfrewshire, Scotland. Studied at Glasgow University. Worked with the Johnny Dankworth Seven for three years. Joined Health's line-up 1954.

Bert Ezzard: Born in Manchester 1922. At 11 played with brass bands. Before joining Heath, Bert toured with Cyril Stapleton, George Evans and Phil Tate.

Saxophones

Henry Mackenzie (Tenor, Clarinet): Born in Edinburgh, 1923. Played with Tommy Sampson and Paul Fenoulhet. Best known for his agile clarinet solos.

Ronnie Chamberlain (Alto, Tenor, Sax): Born in London 1924. Played 10 years for Vic Lewis. Admired for his technique and stylish brilliance, not only on alto but also soprano sax and clarinet.

Red Price (Tenor Sax): Born in 1928 in Mansfield. Switched early in life from piano to saxophone. Also a former member of the Squadronaires. Has accompanied Ted Heath on both Australian and American tours.

Trombones

Don Lusher: Come to Ted from Squadronaires and Geraldo Band. Born in Peterborough, 1923. He was with Tommy Sampson and Cyril Stapleton before joining Ted.

Ric Kennedy: Aged 35. Played with George Elrick before the war and was featured with the Squadronaires, and Fenoulhet before joining Heath in 1952.

Jimmy Coombes: Another founder-member of Heath's Band. Comes from Manchester. Has been playing professionally since 1927. Played with Geraldo.

Rhythm

Frank Horror (Piano): Born in 1924. Served in the Army, then passed through the Vic Lewis, Kirchins' and Paul Fenoulhet personnels before joining Ted.

Johnny Hawksworth (Bass): A Londoner, born in 1924. Previous big band experience included Buddy Feathertonhaugh group with Tommy Sampson, Ronnie Pleydell and Tito Burns. A poll winner on his instrument Johnny is also one of the band's best comedians.

Ronnie Verrell (Drums): Born 30 years ago in Rochester, Kent. Played with Cyril Stapleton before joining Ted. Ronnie is another pollwinner in the Heath ranks and a great popular asset to the band by virtue of his flashy solos and comedy routine with Johnny Hawksworth.


Ted Heath's First American Tour

Ted Heath climaxed his 7,000 mile tour of America playing 43 concerts in 30 cities in 31 days with an overwhelming successful sell-out Carnegie Hall Concert.

On his return to England, Ted Heath was asked about the tremendous finale to his tour... the farewell Concert at Carnegie Hall. Ted's answered, "It's the biggest reception we have ever had in the whole history of the band." "The cheering and the applause lasted for 10 minutes after we had finished, and the only way we could get rid of the crowd was to blink the lights." The audience stamped and cheered for "more Heath" at the wings to deliver a tribute to Heath and his men. The intensity and volume of the response exceeded any band concert at Carnegie Hall in recent years.

In 11 years, during which time he has graced the British musical scene, Ted Heath has risen to the summit, not only did he get to the top, but even more important, he has stayed there.

Since the band was formed in 1945, it has won every British press poll. It has appeared in three films and has been honored by appearing at the Royal Variety Performance in 1949 and 1951. He launched this fabulous series of over 100 London Palladium Swing Sessions, which is unique in the history of popular music anywhere in the world.

He has pioneered British style in popular music in Australia and now in America and his records are played wherever there is a radio station.
From Billboard - February 2, 1957: This Heath package is a disappointment mainly because the American recording, made at his Carnegie Hall concert, is not up to the hi-fi standards of his London Palladium concert tapings. As a result, much of the brilliance and excitement of this great band is dulled. Good trumpeting in modern style by Eddy Blair on "Lullaby In Rhythm" and great band work on up-tempo "Just One Of Those Things" make these good demo bands. Good sales likely in towns where Heath played.

Through my headphones, for a live 1957 recording, this set sounds fine to me.

Listen To My Music
Kings Cross Climax
Memories Of You
R. J. Boogie
Perdido
Autumn In New York
Carioca
Just One Of Those Things
Lullaby In Rhythm
Stonehenge
Procession
I Remember You

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