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Ted Heath

Ted Heath was one of the most famous big-band leaders in Great Britain of the 1950s. His bands played modernized swing music that was always danceable but occasionally had worthwhile solos played in the tradition. Heath 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). Heath began leading his own big band in 1944 and, through regular appearances on the radio, tours, and concerts, he soon became a household name in England. The innovations of bebop were largely ignored in favor of playing swing-oriented charts, although some of Heath's soloists (particularly Ronnie Scott, Danny Moss, Don Rendell, and Kenny Baker) became notable as jazz players. Heath, whose band was always of high musicianship and used "Listen to the Music" as its theme song, also became well known in the United States, visiting the U.S. several times starting in 1956. His orchestra recorded quite frequently starting in 1944 (mostly for Decca and London), including ten albums in 1959 alone. Even after Ted Heath's death in 1969, the big band continued performing and recording with a live concert cut as late as 1977. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Years of Fame

Disc 1

1. Signature: Listen to My Music / Kings Cross Climax

2. Blacksmith Blues

3. Hot Toddy

4. The Hawk Talks

5. Lullaby of Birdland

6. Lush Slide

7. Send for Henry

8. Stonehenge

9. Cloudburst

10. Malaguena

11. The Faithful Hussar

12. Hawaiian War Chant

13. Walking Shoes

14. Armen's Theme

15. Lullaby of the Leaves

16. Cool for Cat's

Disc 2

2. Tequila

3. Stardust

4. The Champ

5. Eloquence

6. Sermonette

7. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

8. Cherokee

9. Limehouse Blues

10. Bags' Groove

11. Doodlin'

12. Beaulieu Abbey

13. Bakerloo Non-Stop

14. Jubilation T. Cornpone

15. Johnny One Note

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Track List: Ted Heath and His Music, Vol. 10

1. C Jam Blues

2. Three for the Blues

3. My Funny Valentine

4. I Like to Recognise

5. Love Me or Leave Me

6. Ja-Da

7. Boomsie

8. Big Ben

9. Sophisticated Lady

10. Wrap your Troubles in Dreams

11. Over the Rainbow

12. That's a Plenty

13. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate

14. The Darktown Strutter's Ball

15. Muskrat Ramble

16. Riverboat Shuffle

17. Chicago

18. King Porter Stomp

19. Someday. Sweetheart

20. South Rampart Street Parade

21. High Society

22. At the Jazz Band Ball

23. Copenhagen

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Track List: Anything Goes

1. Anything Goes

2. You Do Something To Me

3. Love Is Just Around The Corner

4. Indian Summer

5. Gone With The Wind

6. Perfidia

7. In The Still Of The Night

8. September Song

9. I Cried For You

10. Blues In The Night

11. When I Grow Too Old To Dream

12. April In Paris

13. Change Partners

14. Time On My Hands

15. I'm Alaways True To You In My Fashion

16. Whispering

17. Adios

18. Speak Low

19. Blue Moon

20. When The Saints Go Marching In

21. Stardust

22. Who

23. Robbins Nest

24. California Here I Come

25. Listen To My Music

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Track List: 100th London Palladium Sunday Concert

1. Lush Slide (Live)

2. Birth Of The Blues (Live)

3. Fascinating Rhythm (Live)

4. Our Waltz (Live)

5. Moulin Rouge (Live)

6. Viva Verrell (Live)

7. Henry IX (Live)

8. Mood Indigo (Live)

9. Sheikh Of Araby (Live)

10. Holiday For Strings (Live)

11. How High The Moon (Live)

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Track List: More Lost Treasures Of Ted Heath Vol. 1-2

Disc 1

1. Mack The Knife

2. Autumn Leaves

3. Sabre Dance

4. Stranger In Paradise

5. Madagascar

6. My Favorite Things

7. It Ain't Necessarily So

8. Charleston

9. Fever

10. Frog March

11. South Rampart Street Parade

12. Mood Indigo

13. Patterns In Jazz

14. Lullaby Of The Leaves

15. Tom Hark

16. Ill Wind

17. Sophisticated Lady

18. Fascinating Rhythm

19. London Bridge Is Falling Down

20. Johnny One Note

Disc 2

1. Wailing Boat

2. That's Walking

3. Blues In The Night

4. The Carioca

5. Ring Them Bells

6. Cradle Love

7. Entry Of The Gladiators

8. Surrey With The Fringe On Top

9. Skin Deep

10. That Old Time Religion

11. Harlem Nocturne

12. Tin Roof Blues

13. Mighty Like A Rose

14. Bag's Grove

15. Boy Next Door

16. Honky Tonk Train Blues

17. Peter Gunn

18. Memphis Blues

19. Topsy

20. Kings Cross Climax

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Track List: More Lost Treasures Of Ted Heath Vol. 3-4

Disc 1

1. One O'Clock Jump

2. Swing Low Sweet Chariot

3. Mahjong

4. Moonloght In Vermont

5. What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor

6. Spring Is Here

7. It's You Or No One For Me

8. Ain't Misbehavin'

9. Can't Buy Me Love

10. St. James Infirmary Blues

11. Rhapsody For Drums

12. Little Serenade

13. Senor Wings

14. Dark Eyes

15. Robert E. Lee

16. Boogie Blues

17. Cha Cha Baby

18. Hava Nagila

19. Lover

20. Hawaiian War Chant

Disc 2

1. Down In Your Own Back Yard

2. How About You

3. Charmaine

4. Send For Henry

5. Procession

6. Old Rocking Chair

7. A Taste Of Honey

8. On The Street Where You Live

9. Tequila

10. On The Alamo

11. Apple Honey

12. I Cover The Waterfront

13. The Piper's Song

14. Easy To Remember

15. Siboney

16. Stormy Weather

17. The Linconshire Poacher

18. Summertime

19. The Hawk Talks

20. You're Driving Me Crazy

21. Listen To My Music

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Track List: My Very Good Friends The Bandleaders & Ted Heath Swings In Hi-Stereo

1. Sing, Sing, Sing

2. When It's Sleepy Time Down South

3. Sorta Crazy (You're Driving Me Crazy)

4. One O'Clock Jump

5. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

6. Cherokee

7. Intermission Riff

8. Tuxedo Junction

9. Apple Honey

10. Take The 'A' Train

11. Dragnet

12. Night Train

13. Intro: Applause

14. C' Jam Blues

15. Three For The Blues

16. My Funny Valentine

17. I Like To Recognise The Tune

18. Love Me Or Leave Me

19. Ja-Da

20. Bloomsie

21. Big Ben

22. Sophisticated Lady (1960)

23. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

24. Over The Rainbow

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Track List: Nice One Ted!

1. Hindustan

2. Swanee River

3. Song Of The Vagabonds

4. Two Guitars

5. Lyonia

6. Roumanian Roundabout

7. Nearness Of You

8. Colonel Bogey

9. Button Up Your Overcoat

10. Rag Mop

11. Blue Skies March

12. London Fog

13. Euphoria

14. Lady Byrd

15. Sidewalks Of Cuba

16. Sophisticated Lady

17. Tequila

18. Move

19. Father Knickerbopper

20. Saxophone Mambo

21. You're Nearer

22. Trumpet Voluntary

23. El Abanico

24. Post Horn Boogie

25. My Silent Love

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Track List: Gershwin For Moderns & Rodgers For Moderns

1. The Man I Love

2. Love Walked In

3. Nice Work If You Can Get It

4. Love Is Here To Stay

5. Clap Your Hands

6. I Got Rhythm

7. But Not For Me

8. Someone To Watch Over You

9. That Certain Feeling

10. Embraceable You

11. Changing My Tune

12. Soon

13. Have You Met Miss Jones?

14. There's A Small Hotel

15. It's Easy To Remember

16. My Heart Stood Still

17. Down By The River

18. Thou Swell

19. The Lady Is A Tramp

20. Where Or When

21. This Can't Be Love

22. I Married An Angel

23. The Blue Room

24. Dancing On The Ceiling

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Track List: The Lost Treasures Of Ted Heath (Vol. 3-4)

Disc 1

1. Opus 1

2. Intermission Riff

3. Don't Worry About Me

4. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

5. Daydream

6. From This Moment On

7. Lonesome Road

8. I've Got The Bluest Kind Of Blues

9. It's Boomsie

10. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face

11. That's A Plenty

12. Waiting For The Robert E. Lee

13. If I Had You

14. Caravan

15. Exactly Like You

16. That Certain Feeling

17. Squeeze Me

18. That Old Black Magic

19. High Society

20. King Porter Stomp

Disc 2

1. Anything Goes

2. You Do Something To Me

3. Love Is Just Around The Corner

4. Indian Summer

5. Gone With The Wind

6. Perfidia

7. In The Still Of The Night

8. September Song

9. I Cried For You

10. Blues In The Night

11. When I Grow Too Old To Dream

12. April In Paris

13. Change Partners

14. Time On My Hands

15. I'm Always True To You In My Fashion

16. Whispering

17. Adios

18. Speak Low

19. Blue Moon

20. When The Saints Go Marching In

21. Stardust

22. Who

23. Robin's Nest

24. California Here I Come

25. Listen To My Music

x

Track List: Swing Essentials Vol 12 - Ted Heath His Orchestra

1. La Rosita (With Dickie Valentine)

2. Dig Deep

3. Swingin' Shepherd Blues

4. Sucu Sucu

5. You Belong To Me (With Dickie Valentine)

6. Hot Toddy

7. The Creep

8. That's A-Why (With Lita Roza And Dennis Lotis)

9. Tom Hark

10. Tequila

11. Vanessa

12. Heading North

13. The Kings Horses (With Dennis Lotis & The Stargazers)

14. Bell Bottom Blues (With Lita Roza)

15. Blacksmith Blues (With Lita Roza)

16. Dragnet

17. Obsession

18. Allentown Jail (With Lita Roza)

19. Skin Deep

20. The Faithful Hussar

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Track List: Listen To My Music

1. Opus One

2. The Very Thought Of You

3. Cossack Patrol

4. My Guy's Come Back

5. Twilight Time

6. First Jump

7. East Of The Sun

8. Not So Quiet Please

9. Wotcher! - Knocked 'Em In The Old Kent Road

10. Bakerloo Non-Stop

12. Opus One

19. Ring Dem Bells

20. Lullaby Of Broadway

21. Getting Nowhere

22. Any Old Iron

23. On Ilkla Moor Baht'At

24. Donegal Cradle Song

25. My Heart Goes Crazy

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Track List: Ted Heath And Friends

1. Grand Central Station

2. Mona Lisa

3. A Little Love

4. Sam's Song

5. Marryin' Time

6. Meet Me On The Corner

7. Wonderful One

8. Papa Loves Mambo

9. Hit And Run Affair

10. Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight

11. The Dummy Song

12. Mambo In The Moonlight

13. Learnin' The Blues

14. Go Go Go

15. Strange Lady In Town

16. This Must Be Wrong

17. Experience Unnecessary

18. The Rock And Roll Waltz

19. Sweet Heartaches

20. The Fool Of The Year

21. Second Fiddle

22. Autumn Concerto

23. Walkin' Shoes

24. Cuckoo In The Clock

25. True Love

26. Tra-La-La

27. The Wisdom Of A Fool

28. Goodnight, Irene

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Track List: With A Song In My Heart

1. With A Song In My Heart

2. Route 66

3. So Easy

4. Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

5. Cossack Patrol

6. Feudin' And Fightin'

7. Donegal Cradle Song

8. Stratford Water

9. Ad Lib Frolic

10. Rag Mop

11. Button Up Your Overcoat

12. Nearness Of You

14. Big Ben Bounce

15. Try A Little Tenderness

16. Sabre Dance Boogie

17. Harlem Nocturne

18. She's A Lady

19. Cuban Crescendo

20. Not So Quiet Please

21. Turn On The Heath

23. Didn't We

24. Any Old Iron

25. Old Lang Syne

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If I could lead a big band and had my choice of a big band to front, it would be the Ted Heath orchestra. Give a listen to the their version of the song The Man I Love and you'll understand why I would have selected the Heath organization . Outstanding section and soloists in his band.
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In the mid 1950s Ted Heath did live Sunday afternoon concerts at the London Palladium, they were recorded and released on lp. These albums are great and really showcase the band and it's sound.
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Easy listening.
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flymetothemo o n f l o r i s t s
Why no bio on Ted Heath? His band and music were heard around the world from the forties on. Some of the lightweights whom have had their careers covered barely justify the time required to read them, so you can't be strictly measuring performers by their relevance.
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Amazing arrangements and outstanding soloists and section instrumental i s t s . Remember, this band is British and Ted Heath did a lot to instill the discipline the group needed in the beginning. With soloists Don Lusher (Trombone) Bert Ezzard and Bobby Pratt (Trumpets) Johnny Dankworth (Bass Fiddle) Frank Horrox and Ronnie Verrel(Piano ,and drums) they had a pretty good nucleous with which to work.Try listening to "A Nightingale sang..." and "Harlem Nocturne". This is not the band's best albu
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Ted Heath had one of the finest bands out of this country in the big band era.

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