Roy Fox

Decades: 1990s


25 October 1901, Denver, Colorado, USA, d. 20 March 1982, Twickenham, England. Raised in Hollywood, Fox played the cornet in local bands at the age of 16, and was later with Abe Lyman before joining Art Hickman with whom he made his first records. Fronting his own band at Hollywood’s Cafe Montmartre led to a job as musical director with Fox Films, and an offer to form a seven-piece American band to play at the Café de Paris in London for eight weeks, where he was billed as the ‘Whispering Cornetist’. After that engagement Fox formed an all-British band to record for Decca Records, and in May 1931 it opened at the new Monseigneur Restaurant in Piccadilly. The impressive personnel included Lew Stone as pianist, arranger, Nat Gonella, Joe Ferrie, Billy Amstell, Sid Buckman and vocalist Al Bowlly. The band became extremely popular mostly through their regular Wednesday night BBC broadcasts.

Late in 1931 Stone took over as...

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