|Genres:||Jazz Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||jazz 60s trad jazz easy listening swing years pop oldies british trad very cool ballroom weallgetold|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Kenneth Daniel Ball, 22 May 1930, Ilford, Essex, England. The most successful survivor of the early 60s UK trad boom, Ball played the harmonica and bugle in a local band before switching to the trumpet. Having previously played alongside Charlie Galbraith for a BBC radio broadcast and deputized for Britains leading dixieland trumpet player, Freddy Randall, Ball joined clarinettist Sid Phillips band in 1954 and formed his own dixieland-styled Jazzmen four years later, between which times he worked with Eric Delaney, George Chisholm, Terry Lightfoot and Al Fairweather. The Jazzmen did not record until the summer of 1959, resulting in the single Waterloo/Wabash Cannonball. Signed to Pye Records, his first hit was in 1961 with Cole Porters Samantha, originally from the Bing Crosby / Frank Sinatra movie High Society. This was followed by the million-selling Midnight In Moscow, which reached...