Friday, March 23, 2012

Joe Loss

Not a record I would normally buy but I was intrigued by some of the odd song titles. No self respecting mod would ever march to the title song. Hard to believe it was a minor hit at the time. The other tunes on this HMV EP from 1964/65 are far more interesting though and elements of Ska and R&B are clearly heard on tracks like March of The Voomins and Go Home Bill Ludendorff.

Wikipedia says -

"Loss was born in Spitalfields, London, the youngest of four children. His parents, Israel and Ada Loss, were Russian Jews and first cousins. His father was a cabinet-maker who had an office furnishing business. Loss was educated at Jews' Free School, Trinity College of Music and the London College of Music. He started violin lessons at the age of seven and later played violin at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool and also with Oscar Rabin. Loss started band leading in the early 1930s, working at the Astoria Ballroom and soon breaking into variety at the Kit-Cat Club. In 1934 he topped the bill at the Holborn Empire but in the same year moved back to the Astoria Ballroom where he led a twelve piece band. With broadcasting, recording and annual tours in addition to the resident work the band became highly popular over the next few years.In the 1950s Loss was resident band leader at the Hammersmith Palais and was remembered by a trainee nurse at Hammersmith Hospital as being as kind and gentlemanly when she attended him in hospital as in his public persona. His band's signature tune "In the Mood" would often be requested three or more times a night.
Loss's daughter Jennifer was the wife of British coach-builder Robert Jankel.
Loss died on 6 June 1990 and is buried at Bushey Jewish Cemetery in Hertfordshire."

Joe Loss - March Of The Mods/ Morocco Bound

Joe Loss - March Of The Voomins/ Go Home Bill Ludendorff

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