|Tags:||easy listening instrumental orchestra frank chacksfield 50s pop|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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9 May 1914, Battle, Sussex, England, d. 9 June 1995. After early training on the piano and organ, Chacksfield led small groups in the late 30s before becoming arranger for the Stars In Battledress entertainment unit in World War II. His first radio broadcast was Original Songs At The Piano from Glasgow, and during the late 40s he worked with comedian Charlie Chesters Stand Easy, making his recording debut accompanying Chesters resident singer, Frederick Ferrari. He also conducted for the Henry Hall and Geraldo orchestras, and later formed his own band, the Tunesmiths. In 1953, he had a hit with the novelty Little Red Monkey, with composer Jack Jordan on the clavioline. Later that year, with a 40-piece orchestra featuring a large string section, Chacksfield made the Top 10 in the UK and US charts with Charles Chaplins Terrys Theme From Limelight , repeating the process in 1954 with his version of Ebb Tide....