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Joe Loss

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b. Joshua Alexander Reduction, 22 June 1909, Spitalfields, London, Britain, d. 6 June 1990, London, Britain. Perhaps one of the most well-known music group leaders in the united kingdom over an interval of several years, Reduction was taught to try out the violin with a watch to seeking a classical profession. He gained a scholarship towards the Trinity University of Music, and afterwards studied on the London College of Music before developing his own music group at age 16, playing regional halls and associated silent films. In 1930 he relocated into London’s Astoria Ballroom, and performed in the Kit-Kat Golf club a year later on. His music group produced its broadcasting debut in 1933, and, early in 1934, topped the range bill in the Holborn Empire. Later on that yr, he returned towards the Astoria for an extended residency, even though there used ‘Allow’s Dance IN THE Make Believe Ballroom’ as his first genuine personal tune. Also in 1934, he began documenting for the Regal Zonophone Information label, later on section of EMI Information, and remained with the business for over 50 years. A big area of the Reduction music group’s popularity through the 30s was because of the many presented vocalists including Paula Greene, Betty Dale, Adelaide Hall, Shirley Lenner, Elizabeth Batey, Marjorie Kingsley, Monte Rey (along with his big strike ‘The Donkey Serenade’) and specifically Chick Henderson, later on killed within the Royal Navy, who documented the very well-known ‘Start The Beguine’. A number of the music group’s additional successes had been ‘Woodchopper’s Ball’ and ‘Honky Tonk Teach Blues’. Reduction also offered Vera Lynn her 1st broadcasting chance in 1935, when she sang ‘Crimson Sails WITHIN THE Sunset’. In 1940, Reduction remaining the Astoria and visited France to try out for the English Expeditionary Makes before time for the united kingdom, and spending the others of Globe War II effectively touring the UK’s ballrooms. Following the battle he was citizen in the Hammersmith Palais, and later on, through the 50s, survived the onslaught of rock and roll ‘n’ move. By this time around, he also got a successful music group agency. In the first 60s he previously chart strikes with ‘Tires Cha Cha’, ‘Sucu Sucu’, ‘The Maigret Theme’, ‘Must Become Madison’, ‘The March FROM THE Mods’, and several bestselling albums. Through the battle Reduction had used the Glenn Miller favorite ‘In The Feeling’ as his theme tune, and it had been his documenting that presented within the Jive Bunny AS WELL AS THE Mastermixers novelty solitary in 1989. His group of Globe Tournament Ballroom Dances albums shown his many looks on BBC Tv’s Come Dance, as well as the 14 Carl Alan Honours presented with the sector. During one of is own annual working vacations over the QE2 in 1978, he became the very first dance music group leader to try out in communist China. His post-war performers included Howard Jones (the vocalist over the 1948 Reduction US strike ‘A Tree IN THE Meadow’), Larry Gretton, Rose Brennan (who remained with the music group for over 15 years) and Ross McManus (dad of Elvis Costello). (McManus and Costello sang jointly for the very first time on stage within a charity tribute to Joe Reduction that was provided on the Barbican Theater in London in 1994.) Reduction performed at many royal features, like the Queen’s 50th birthday festivities as well as the Queen Mom’s 80th birthday. Probably the most full of energy and cellular of music group market leaders officially retired in 1989 after 60 years at the very top. Among his many honours had been an OBE in 1978, Her Majesty’s Sterling silver Medal in 1977 along with a Lieutenancy within the Royal Victorian Purchase in 1984.

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Full Name Joe Loss
Died June 6, 1990, London, United Kingdom
Profession Composer, Music Arranger, Bandleader
Education London College of Music, Trinity College of Music
Nationality English
Music Songs March of the Mods, Wheels, Must Be Madison, Latino Cha Cha, So Rare, The Vict’ry Polka, Hey Little Hen, The Maigret Theme, The Stripper, The Five O'Clock Whistle, At The Balalaika, Behind the Clouds, Skyliner, South of the Border, Tiggerty Boo, Drum Diddley, Really Madison, Stage Coach, Hurry Home, Alpine Ride, Between A Kiss And A Sigh, Tea for Two, Fascination Waltz, Wheels Cha Cha, At the Woodchopper's Ball, The Night That You Were Born, Theme From A Summer Place, S'Wonderland, Ev'rything You Do, Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition, The Song From Moulin Rouge, I'm Gonna Get Lit Up
Albums In The Mood For Dancing, Joe Loss Plays The Big Band Greats, Presenting… Joe Loss & His Orchestra, Joe Loss Orchestra Plays Strict Tempo Ballroom Vol. 1, Joe Loss Orchestra Plays Strict Tempo Ballroom Vol. 2, Dancing Party, Everybody Dance (1937-1938), The Joe Loss Orchestra Playing Hits, Swing Essentials Vol 7 - Joe Loss & His Orchestra, Joe Loss Orchestra Plays Strict Tempo Ballroom Vol. 3, Memories Are Made Of This, Cuban Pete (JazzSellers), Scatterbrain (1939-1940), Fur Trappers Ball, Ultimate Big Bands-Vol. 3, The Love Bug Will Bite You (Marvelous), Penny Serenade (1934-1937), Begin the Beguine, Fifty Favourites, The Greatest Hits Collection, Sweet & Swing, You Go to My Head (That's Entertainment), Joe Loss Orchestra Plays Strict Tempo Ballroom Vol. 4, I Love..., 50 Great Years, The Very Best of the Joe Loss Big Band, Seems Like Old Times, 'Strict Tempo' (Stereo), Time To Dance, In The Latin Mood, Penny Serenade (Music for Every Mood), Taking You Home, The Band From The Beeb - [The Dave Cash Collection]


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#Fact
1 His theme song was the Glenn Miller hit "In the Mood". Loss had previously used "Let's Dance at the Make-Believe Ballroom".
2 Vera Lynn made her first broadcast with Loss in 1935.
3 Was awarded an OBE in 1978 for services to music.
4 At the age of twenty-one, Loss became the youngest bandleader on the scene, opening at London's Astoria Ballroom in September 1930.
5 Studied violin at the Trinity College of Music and the London College of Music.
6 Recorded in the UK the song: "Mockin' Bird Hill" by Vaughn Horton.
7 Bandleader from 1930 right up to the end of the 1980s. Much seen on British TV and made many radio appearances for the BBC.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Let's Make a Night of It 1937 And His Band

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 2005 performer: "The Stripper"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chasing Rainbows - A Nation and Its Music 1986 TV Series documentary Himself
This Is Your Life 1980 TV Series documentary Himself
Look Who's Talking 1974 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Looks Familiar 1973 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Melodies Linger On 1971 TV Series Himself
The New London Palladium Show 1965 TV Series Himself
The Mood Man 1965 Documentary short Himself - music performers (as Joe Loss and his Orchestra)
Big Beat '64 1964 TV Movie Himself
Ready, Steady, Go! 1963 TV Series Himself
Words and Music 1960 TV Series Himself
The Ugly Duckling 1959 Himself
This Is Your Life 1956-1957 TV Series documentary Himself
Off the Record 1956 TV Series Himself - and his Orchestra
What's My Line 1951 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Challenger

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance 2014 TV Movie Himself
Turns 1984 TV Series documentary and his Orchestra

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