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Chris Barber's Jazz Band

Barber/Ball/Bilk are a British traditional jazz trio comprised of trombonist Chris Barber, trumpeter Kenny Ball, and clarinetist Acker Bilk, whose individual recordings were compiled from time to time on joint best-of collections such as At the Jazz Band Ball (1994) and Boaters Bowlers & Bowties (2009). The recordings of Barber (born on April 17, 1930, in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England), Ball (born on May 22, 1930, in Ilford, Essex, England), and Bilk (born on January 28, 1929, in Pensford, Somerset, England) were first compiled jointly in 1962 on The Best of Ball, Barber & Bilk, which was released in the wake of "Stranger on the Shore." Performed by Mr. Acker Bilk & the Leon Young String Chorale and originally released in October 1961, "Stranger on the Shore" was one of the biggest hits of 1962 in not only the U.K., where it was the best-selling single of the year, but also the U.S., where it topped the Billboard singles chart for a week in May. Even though "Stranger on the Shore" isn't featured on The Best of Ball, Barber & Bilk, which includes songs by Mr. Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band, Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen, and Chris Barber & His Jazz Band, the song's popularity, along with that of the British traditional jazz movement, propelled the compilation to the top of the U.K. albums chart in September 1962. From time to time over the years, the recordings of Barber, Ball, and Bilk were likewise compiled jointly. At the Jazz Band Ball (1994) is a particularly notable compilation of 1962 recordings drawn from the BBC Archives. In addition, Boaters Bowlers & Bowties (2009) is notable for its double-disc length as well as for its inclusion of "Stranger on the Shore." ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Petite Fleur EP

1. Petite Fleur

2. Wild Cat Blues

3. Careless Love (Feat. Ottilie Patterson)

4. Whistling Rufus

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Track List: There Were Some Changes Made: 1961-65

1. Weary Blues

2. Come On Coot & Do That Thing

3. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

4. All Of Me

5. Black And Tan Fantasy (There Were Some Changes Made Album Version)

6. Jazz Lips

7. Original Charleston Strut

8. El La Bas

9. Some Of These Days

10. Crying For The Carolines (There Were Some Changes Made Album Version)

11. Blue Blood Blues

12. Yellow Dog Blues

13. I Never Shall Forget (There Were Some Changes Made Album Version)

14. Petite Fleur

15. Shout Em Aunt Tillie (There Were Some Changes Made Album Version)

16. Georgia Swing

17. There'll Be Some Changes Made

18. Bye And Bye

19. Jeeps Blues

20. Sideways

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Track List: Barber's Best - EP

1. Bobby Shaftoe

2. Merrydown Rag

3. It's Tight Like That

4. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise

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Track List: Elite Syncopations

1. Swipsey Cakewalk

2. Bohemia Rag

3. Elite Syncopations

4. Cole Smoak

5. The Peach

6. St. George's Rag

7. The Favourite

8. Reindeer Ragtime Two Step

9. The Entertainer

10. Georgia Cakewalk

11. Hiawatha - A Summer Idyll

12. Merrydown Rag

13. Whistling Rufus

14. Harlem Rag

15. Maple Leaf Rag

16. Cataract Rag

17. Harlem Rag

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Track List: Chris Barber At The BBC, Vol. 2: More Wireless Days (Live)

1. Bourbon Street Parade (Live)

2. Creole Love Call (Live)

3. St Louis Blues (Live)

4. See See Rider (Live)

5. Market Street Stomp (Live)

6. We Sure Do Need Him Now (Live)

7. Trad Tavern (Live)

8. Blueberry Hill (Live)

9. Bugle Boy March (Live)

10. Heavenly Sunshine (Live)

11. Over In The Gloryland (Live)

12. Lonesome Road (Live)

13. There'll Be Some Changes Made (Live)

14. Weeping Willow Blues (Live)

15. Honeysuckle Rose (Live)

16. Climax Rag (Live)

17. Trixie Blues (Live)

18. Sing On (Live)

19. High Society (Live)

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Track List: The Golden Years Of Revival Jazz, Vol. 9

1. Maryland, My Maryland

2. St. George's Rag

3. Wabash Blues

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Track List: The Golden Years Of Revival Jazz, Vol. 14

20. Precious Lord

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Track List: The Golden Years Of Revival Jazz, Vol. 7

1. Ice Cream

2. Down By The Riverside

3. Tight Likethat

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Track List: The Golden Years Of Revival Jazz, Vol. 13

18. The Bucket's Got A Hole In It

19. Whenthe Saints

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Track List: The Golden Years Of Revival Jazz, Vol. 3

1. Lord, Lord, Lord

2. The Martinique

3. Panama Rag

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Track List: The Golden Years Of Revival Jazz, Vol. 4

1. Bugle Boy March

2. Down Home Rag

3. South

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Track List: The Complete Decca Session 1954-55

Disc 1

1. Bobby Shaftoe

2. Chimes Blues

3. The Martinique

4. New Orleans Blues

5. Merry Down Rag

6. Stevedore Somp

7. Weeping Willow Blues

8. Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out

9. Rock Island Line

10. John Henry

11. Nobody's Child

12. Wabash Cannonball

Disc 2

1. Lord, Lord, Lord (The Live Sessions)

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Track List: Getting Around

1. Isle Of Capri

2. Freight Train Blues

3. Magnolia's Wedding Day

4. I Love My Baby

5. Tishomingo

6. Strange Things

7. See See Rider

8. It's Tight Like That

9. When My Sugar Walks Down The Street

10. Bon Soir, Mes Souvenirs

11. Mack The Knife

12. How To Survive

13. Army Song

14. Useless Sing

15. The Great Bear

16. O Sole Mio

17. Nobody's Sweetheart

18. It's The Truth

19. Road To Munich

20. Vini-Vini

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Track List: Chris Barber At The BBC Wireless Days 1961-62

1. Just A Little While To Stay Here

2. Bobby Shaftoe

3. Jeep's Blues

4. Georgia Swing

5. Do What Ory Say

6. Give Me Your Telephone Number

7. I Can't Afford To Do It

8. Isle Of Capri

9. Ol' Man Mose

10. Stevedore Stomp

11. Tuxedo Rag

12. Ory's Creole Trombone

13. Maple Leaf Rag

14. St Louis Blues

15. Black And Tan Fantasy

16. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

17. It Looks Like A Big Time Tonight

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@sommers446. . . y e s it's very good!
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When you want to chill. Chicago Radio. Nothing like it
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Great classic Dixieland... m m m !
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I really loved Chris Barber and his trad jazz. We danced to his band beneath Regents Street in a night club somewhere around 1959 to 1961 .... it was my birthday july 29. He sang happy birthday with his band. I was enthralled. Tks. Brenda Duff
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I heard Chris Barber live in 1960 and 1961 when he was on tour in the US and have been a devoted fan/follower of his ever since. No band can match the one he fronted in the 1960's. Ed Schlumpf, Hartland, Wisconsin

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