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In The Mood
by Dal Richards Orchestra
Dal Richards (1918 to 2015) was a Canadian big band leader and broadcaster. Dallas Murray Richards was born on January 5th 1918 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Even though he lost one eye in a childhood accident aged 9, he went on to learn the clarinet. He graduated from Magee Secondary School in 1937, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1968. His saxophone and clarinet were first heard in the Sandy DeSantis and Stan Paton bands. Having formed his own 11-piece big band, in 1940 Richards and a then-unknown 13-year-old called Juliette (the now-famous Canadian singer) were booked at "The Roof" to replace 'Mart Kenney and His Western Gentlemen', Canada's leading dance band at the time. An initial six-week contract extended into a full 25 years of regular performances and broadcasts. However, when musical tastes changed in the mid-1960s and work dried up, Richards went into hotel management to supplement his income. Gradually though, renewed interest in 'swing' and big band music picked up, so in 1982 and 1983 he and his 'Dal Richards Orchestra' recorded a pair of well-received "revival" albums. In 1984, the mayor of Vancouver even declared February 3rd to be "Dal Richards' Day". He and his band continued to perform in the Lower Mainland, and they played 79 consecutive New Year's Eve concerts right up until December 2014. He also led his band for many years in a weekly 'CBC Radio' show, broadcast nationally from the Panorama Roof Ballroom of the Hotel Vancouver, and also hosted a one-man weekly one-hour show on radio station 'CISL' from 2012. Dal Richards died in Vancouver from the effects of prostate cancer on December 31st 2015, aged 97. http://www.vancouversun.com/richards+vancouver+king+swing+dies/11625321/story.html
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dal_Richards
Posted: 17th January 2016
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