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Ted Heath

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Ted Heath was probably one of the most popular big-band leaders in the uk from the 1950s. His rings played modernized golf swing music which was constantly danceable but sometimes had beneficial solos played within the custom. Heath began playing tenor horn before he turned to trombone when he was 14. He spent an interval playing like a road musician and was found out by Jack port Hylton, who employed him for his music group. Heath had lengthy stints like a sideman with a number of top dance rings, including ensembles led by Bert Firman (1924-1925), Hylton once again (1925-1927), Ambrose (1928-1936), Sydney Lipton (1936-1939), and Geraldo (1939-1944). Heath started leading his personal big music group in 1944 and, through regular looks on the air, trips, and concerts, he quickly became children name in Britain. The improvements of bebop had been largely ignored and only playing swing-oriented graphs, even though some of Heath’s soloists (especially Ronnie Scott, Danny Moss, Don Rendell, and Kenny Baker) became significant as jazz players. Heath, whose music group was usually of high musicianship and utilized “Pay attention to the Music” as its theme track, also became popular in america, going to the U.S. many times beginning in 1956. His orchestra documented quite frequently beginning in 1944 (mainly for Decca and London), including ten albums in 1959 only. Actually after Ted Heath’s loss of life in 1969, the best band continued carrying out and recording having a live concert slice as past due as 1977.

Quick Facts


Full Name Edward Heath
Died July 17, 2005, Salisbury, United Kingdom
Profession Politician, Journalist, Organist
Education Chatham House Grammar School, University of Oxford, Balliol College
Nationality British
Parents William George Heath, Edith Anne Heath
Siblings John Heath
Music Songs Faithful Hussar, Swingin' Shepherd Blues, Blues for Moderns, Rhapsody for Drums, Flying Home, Blacksmith Blues, Skin Deep, Topsy, Big Deep, Opus One, You Do Something to Me, Autumn Leaves, Jungle Drums, The Champ, King's Cross Climax, Oriental Holiday, Harlem Nocturne, It's Not Unusual, September Song, So Easy, Barber Shop Jump, Begin the Beguine, Out of Nowhere, The Sunny Side of the Street, Somebody Loves Me, Cappuccina, My Blue Heaven, Bombay Duckling, Listen to My Music, Viva Verrell, Sophisticated Lady, Dark Eyes
Albums Gershwin For Moderns, Swing Session, Big Band Percussion, Nice One Ted!, Plays Al Jolson Classics, Swing Is King, Ted Heath: Essential Classics, First American Tour & Beaulieu Jazz Festival & Australian Suite, Vol. 15, Ted Heath Collection, Vol. 7: Live at the Palladium #4, Happy Hours, Vol. 1, Folks Who Live On The Hill, Ted Heath Collection, Vol. 12: Ted Plays Fats Waller Music, In2BigBand, Ted Heath: The Definitive Collection, Vol. 4, Ted Heath Collection, Vol. 1: In Europe, Opus One, Big Band Showcase - 4 Track EP, Tempo pour danseurs (Mono Version), Ted Heath and His Music, Vol. 6, With A Song In My Heart, Kenny Graham's Australia Suite, Spotlight on Sidemen & All Time Top Twelve, Vol. 13 (1957), The British Bandleader: Ted Heath, The Signature Songs, Ted Heath Collection, Vol. 35: From Broadway, Shall We Dance, Fill the Room, Ted Heath plays Al Jolson Classics & Hits I Missed, Ted Heath Fifty Big Band Favourites, The Hits of the Thirties, The Essential Collection, Plays the Al Jolson Classics (Remastered 2015), The Very Best Of The Ted Heath Band, Ted Heath Gold. Tribute to Tommy Dorsey, I Love Big Bands, Acquaintance, Minor Mambo, A Salute to Glenn Miller & Duke Ellington, Tops From British Musicals, It Sure Ain't Hampstead (The Dave Cash Collection), Hits I Missed, Showcase / Ted Heath Plays Pop Hits from the Classics, Swing Essentials Vol 12 - Ted Heath His Orchestra, Listen to My Music, Behind The Legend - Ted Heath, Ted Heath Collection, Vol. 31: Sidemen, Ted Heath and His Music, Vol. 11, Dynamic Swing - Ted Heath, A Jazz Festival, Ted Heath: The Definitive Collection, Introducing Ted Heath
Movies Jazz Boat, It's a Wonderful World


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1 The Heath band performed at sellout concerts at the London Palladium, as well as making prolific recordings for Decca and regular radio broadcasts for the BBC. During the 1950's, Heath conducted the first successful tour made by a British band of the United States.
2 Though Heath died in 1969, his band continued on relatively intact (most of the original personnel now under the direction of Jack Parnell or Don Lusher), until their farewell concert in December 2000 at London's Royal Festival Hall.
3 English trombonist (from the age of fourteen) and band leader, who performed in the orchestras of Jack Hylton, Sydney Lipton, Bert Ambrose and Geraldo, before forming his own band on VJ Day in May 1945. Some of the financial backing was derived from the royalties of two songs Heath had co-written with his wife: "That Lovely Weekend" and "I'm Gonna Love That Guy".
4 The Ted Heath Orchestra provided the backing for Britain's first big budget musical, London Town (1946).


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Undertaking Betty 2002 performer: "Begin The Beguine", "Woodchopper's Ball", "In The Mood"
Midsomer Murders 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Entrapment 1999 performer: "I Want to Be Happy"
It's a Wonderful World 1956 music: "When You Came Along", "Girls, Girls, Girls" / performer: "Hawaiian War Chant" - uncredited
Dance Hall 1950 arranger: "POST HORN BOOGIE" - uncredited / music: "LOVELY WEEKEND", "SATURDAY NITE DRAG" - uncredited
The Red Shoes 1948 performer: "Bougainvillia" Dance Music

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jazz Boat 1960 Band Leader (as Ted Heath and His Music)
Hour of Glory 1949 Band Leader (uncredited)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
London Town 1946 orchestra contractor - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ready, Steady, Go! 1963 TV Series Himself
An Evening with Nat King Cole 1963 TV Movie Himself - and his Augmented Orchestra
Dan Farson Meets ... 1962 TV Series Himself - Guest
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1961 TV Series Himself
Big Night Out 1961 TV Series Themselves - Performers
Juke Box Jury 1960 TV Series Himself - Panellist
Showtime 1959 TV Series Himself - and his Music
This Is Your Life 1959 TV Series documentary Himself
Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z 1959 TV Series Himself - and his Music
Six-Five Special 1957-1958 TV Series Himself - and His Music
Off the Record 1955-1958 TV Series Himself - and his Music
Say It with Music 1957 TV Mini-Series Himself - and His Music
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1955-1956 TV Series Himself / Himself -and His Music
It's a Wonderful World 1956 Himself
The Bob Hope Show 1956 TV Series Himself - Orchestra Leader
Dance Hall 1950 Themselves (as Ted Heath and his Music)
Theatre Royal 1943 Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dancing Through the Blitz: Blackpool's Big Band Story 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself - Band leader

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