The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Music in the Glenn Miller Mood, Fairfield Hall, Croydon - 1970 004
Pages 4 and 5 of a programme for a performance of 'Music In The Glen Miller Mood' by the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, at Fairfield Hall, Croydon, 1970. The Syd Lawrence Orchestra is profiled and its members listed. A large photograph of the orchestra also features.
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ï»¿He remains unswervingly committed to playing what people want and declares: "We'll play the Miller sound just as long as people want us to".
Many former Glenn Miller musicians have paid tribute to the Syd Lawrence Orchestra. Tex Beneke who popularised such numbers as "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "Kalamazoo" was enthusiastic about
Syd's side-men. "They are all very polished musicians and definitely dedicated to the Miller sound",
he said, whilst Chuck Goldstein, who was a founder member of the world-famous vocal group The Modernaires' says "I can't tell you how exciting I found this album. The band is truly so excellent and in tune, that it is a pleasure to listen to it." Syd, however, passes the credit to Glenn. "His was the
most successful dance music ever launched" he says. "It was so musical it had beautiful tonal
qualities and absolute precision".
Continuing its success story, surely the greatest triumph for the Syd Lawrence Orchestra must be the invitation to appear in the Royal Command Variety Performance at the London Palladium on November 9th 1970 along with such stars as Andy Williams, Caterina Valente and Diana Warwick. Truly a great honour for Syd and his fine musicians and an honour felt by his fans everywhere as one well earned.
â Doug Le Vicki
Glenn Miller Society Executive
Leader Syd Lawrence
Trumpets Dave Browning (lead)
Don Banks Johnny Lawton Brom Harvey
Saxes Barry Thompson (lead Alto and
Bill Newton (second alto) Norman Brown (first tenor)
Nat Whitworth (second tenor) George Watts (baritone)
Frank Dixon (lead) Frank Brierley Bernard Hook Austin Gleave
Rhythm Brian Pendleton (Piano) Brian Day (Bass)
Mike Riley (Guitar) Geoff Myers (Drums)
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