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2 July 1892, Lancashire, England, d. 29 January 1965, London, England. Hylton was the leader of an outstanding showband, often called Britains answer to Paul Whiteman because their repertoire included popular songs, novelties, light classical pieces and a few hot jazz numbers. Hylton sang as a boy soprano in his fathers bar before turning to the piano and organ. After playing in a small band at the Queens Hall Roof in London, he took over, enlarged the group, and started recording in 1921. Although broadcasting occasionally, Hylton concentrated on live performances, and built his showband into a major stage attraction. During the late 20s he toured Europe extensively, while still recording prolifically under several other names such as the Kit-Cat Band, the Hyltonians and the Rhythmagicians. He sold over three million records in 1929 alone, sometimes using gimmicks like flying low over Blackpool in an aircraft,...