17 April 1930, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England. In the 40s Barber studied trombone and bass at the Guildhall School of Music, eventually choosing the former as his principal instrument (although he occasionally played bass in later years). In the late 40s he formed his first band, which, unusually, was formed as a co-operative. Also in the band were Monty Sunshine, Ron Bowden and Lonnie Donegan. By the early 50s the band had gained a considerable following but it was nevertheless decided to invite Ken Colyer to join. The move was musically promising but proved to be unsuccessful when the personalities involved clashed repeatedly. Eventually, Colyer left and was replaced by Pat Halcox. The vocalist Ottilie Patterson joined in 1954 when she was Barbers girlfriend, (they married in 1959). In the mid-50s Barber also tried his hand at skiffle and his own Chris Barber Skiffle Group featured during this time Ron Bowden (drums), Dickie Bishop (vocals), and...
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