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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: 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: 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

23. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

24. Over The Rainbow

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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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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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