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Subject: none left in Canada, last two died 2015/6...


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cameron
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Date Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 02:38:55pm
In reply to: Someone said Ray Anthony is the last one alive. He's 95. Does any know if there are others. 's message, "OT: I was wondering big band era band leaders were still alive." on Monday, July 10, 11:12:15am

Canada's last two big band leaders were...

- Dal(las) Richards (5 Jan 1918-31 Dec 2015). He was known
as the 'west coast guy lombardo' and, among many
other accomplishments, performed 79 consecutive New
Years Eve's. Based in Vancouver and toured extensively
throughout western Canada. Died at 11.41pm new years
eve!

- Howard Cable (15 Dec 1920-30 March 2016). The band
leader for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp from 1941-59
both radio and TV. Was the king of the summer resort
dance halls in Canada. Did a major tour at age 94 and
spent a full day working on arrangements the day before
he died.

Both these guys passed up the opportunity for greater fame
and fortune stateside. You can catch them on YouTube.

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I didn't notice his name on those lists, but in England Chris Barber (born 1930) is still living. (NT)DarrenThursday, July 13, 03:42:52am
    "Petite Fleur"Chris Barber's Jazz BandThursday, July 13, 04:52:15am


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