Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen

  • Real Name: Kenneth Ball
  • Birth Date: 22nd May 1930
  • Birth Place: Ilford, Essex
  • Kenny Ball and his band had the most successful and longest lasting chart success of the Trad groups that came to the fore during the early 1960s. His success was probably due to a number of factors including his own skillful trumpet playing and a judicious choice of material. Although the band received crticism from elitist jazz 'purists' for venturing too far from the boundaries (whatever they are) of traditional jazz, Kenny helped to maintain the genre's high profile throughout the 1960s.

    Even after the end of their chart days, the band continued to be popular through radio, television and live appearances. Apart from one short period, during which Kenny temporarily lost his 'lip' and found difficulty playing his trumpet well, the band continued to thrive thoughout the following decades. He became a very important part of the 'Trad' concert party involving his former rivals, Chris Barber and Acker Bilk along with the George's -Melly and Chisholm

    Kenny Ball's list of hits include many on which he sang as well as played. These include his first chart success 'Samantha' and his last chart success 'When I'm 64'. Kenny is now well over 64, but is still loved by the many traditional jazz fans that he enlisted during its era of greatest popularity.

    NJE 1082

    The EP on the left was issued while Kenny and his band were close to the peak of their popularity. Arguably, the two hits it contains were recorded when they were at their musical best. The line up on the record was as follows:

    • Kenny Ball (trumpet)
    • John Bennett (trombone)
    • Dave Jones (clarinet)
    • Ron Weatherburn (piano)
    • Paddy Lightfoot (banjo)
    • Ron Bowden (drums)
    • Vic Pitts (bass)

    Hopefully, after this photograph was taken, nobody stepped back onto that clarinet!

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Listings include UK 45 singles releases only
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • For EP Releases see table below

    Collector JDN101 1959 Waterloo/ Wabash Cannonball  
    Pye 7N15272 1960 Teddy Bear's Picnic/ Waltzing Matilda  
    Pye 7NJ2040 1961 Samatha/ Nuages #13
    Pye 7NJ2042 1961 I Still Love You All/ Chimes Blues #24
    Pye 7NJ2047 1961 Someday/ Lumbered At The Lotus #28
    Pye 7NJ2049 1961 Midnight In Moscow/ My Mother's Eyes #2
    Pye 7NJ2051 1962 March Of The Siamese Children/ If I Could Be With You #4
    Pye 7NJ2054 1962 The Green Leaves Of Summer/ I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby #7
    Pye 7NJ2056 1962 So Do I/ Cornet Chop Suey #14
    Pye 7NJ2061 1962 The Pay Off/ I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' #23
    Pye 7NJ2062 1963 Sukiyaki/ Swanee River #10
    Pye 7NJ2064 1963 Casablanca/ Hazelmere #21
    Pye 7NJ2065 1963 Rondo/ 55 days at Peking #24
    Pye 7NJ2067 1963 Acapulco 1922/ Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes #27
    Pye 7NJ2068 1963 Washington Square/ Music Goes Round And Around  
    Pye 7NJ2070 1964 From Russia With Love/ Meet Mr. Rabbit  
    Pye 7NJ2071 1964 Hello Dolly/ Tyrolean Stomp #30 
    Pye 7NJ2072 1964 Morocco '64/ Hard Ain't It Hard  
    Pye 7NJ2073 1964 Hong Kong Blues/ Fleet Street Lighting  
    Pye 7NJ2074 1964 Seven Golden Daffodils/ Saturday Night  
    Pye 7N15799 1965 I Shall Not Be Moved/ Latin Quarter  
    Pye 7N15951 1965 What Became Of Life/ 900 Miles  
    Pye 7N17010 1965 Slow Boat To China/ Four Or Five Times  
    Pye 7N17096 1966 Poor People Of Paris/ The Warmth That's In Your Smile  
    Pye 7N17137 1966 Mame/ Down By The Riverside  
    Pye 7N17188 1966 Red Square/ Greenback  
    Pye 7N17247 1967 Rosie/ Harmonize  
    Pye 7N17348 1967 When I'm Sixty Four/ Goodnight Irene #43 
    Pye 7N17398 1967 Before I Was A Man/ Brazil  
    Fontana H992 1967 1999/ Ivy Osbourne  
    Pye 7N17512 1968 I Wanna Be Like You/ High Hopes  
    Pye 7N17536 1968 Wild Daffodil/ Don't Give Me Sympathy  
    Fontana H1010 1969 The Night They Raided Minsky's/ This Little Light Of Mine  

    EP Discography

    • Stereophonic Versions have Cat. No. in parentheses
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • See Upper List For Singles releases

    Tempo Exa83 1959 "Kenny Ball Jazz Band"  
    Breezin' Along With The Breeze/Riverboat Shuffle/St. James' Infirmary/Struttin' With Some Barbecue
    Pye GGE0088-3 (GGESE0083) 196?    
    My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean/Dixie/La Xucaracha/Little Brown Jug
    Pye NJE1080 1961 "Kenny's Big Four" #3
    Livery Stable Blues/American Patrol/Black and Tan Fantasy/I'm Satisfied With My Girl
    Pye NJE1082 1962 "Kenny Ball Hit Parade" #5
    Midnight In Moscow/I Still Love You All/I Love You Samantha/Someday(You'll Be Sorry)
    Pye NJE1086 1963 "Kenny Ball Plays"  
    Loisiana/ Snag It/ Margie
    Pye NJE1087 1963 "Kenny Ball Hit Parade" Vol.2  
    March Of The Siamese Children/So Do I/Green Leaves Of Summer/The Pay Off (A Moi De Payer)
    Pye NJE1089 1964 "Kenny Ball Hit Parade" Vol 3  
    Washington Square/Sukiyaki/Casablanca/Rondo

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