|Genres:||Big Band & Swing|
|Tags:||swing big band jazz easy listening instrumental male sound|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||Allmusic VIAF Wikipedia|
30 March 1900, Wandsworth, London, England, d. 18 November 1969, Virginia Water, Surrey, England. After playing tenor horn at the age of six, Heath later switched to trombone and throughout the 20s and 30s played with top orchestras such as Jack Hylton, Al Sarita, Sydney Lipton, and in the early 40s with Geraldo. On 7 May 1945 (VJ Day), he formed his own band, some of the early finance being provided by royalties from the songs That Lovely Weekend and Im Gonna Love That Guy, written by Heath and his wife Moira. Kenny Baker, Jack Parnell, Ronnie Chamberlain and Don Lusher were just some of the top musicians who played for him, plus vocalists Paul Carpenter and Beryl Davis. In 1946 the band provided the musical background for the first major UK movie musical, London Town. Taking a big chance, Heath hired the London Palladium for a Sunday Night Swing Session, which proved to be so successful, that it ran for several years. The addition of...