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Today Monday February 17

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Jazz

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Vic Lewis - Almost the last of 'The Few'.

Back in the pre rock and roll days when Britain had a thriving big band scene one of the best was the Vic Lewis Orchestra who I saw many times at Newcastle City Hall. A powerhouse band playing Kenton style arrangements, it included such great soloists as Derek Humble, Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Chamberlain and Kathy Stobart.
Although an able guitarist, Vic didn't play much but fronted the band with plenty panaché - his image helped by an RAF style handlebar moustache.
I remember one concert where a front row heckler constantly demanded they play "The Champ" - a popular Dizzy Gillespie number of that time. Vic eventually got fed up with this guy so he addressed him, friendly-like, from the stage. "Sir, you're obviously a music lover. why don't you come backstage afterwards we'll have a chat and a couple of beers." then his voice hardened, "I'll personally pour them down your throat - if you've got room for any more."
The audience roared its approval and the heckler, perhaps taking the threat seriously, kept his mouth shut.
Vic's death, aged 89, on Feb 9 is another severed link to the past.
Fortunately, I've got a couple of LPs of the band and a very good autobiography - "Music and Maiden Overs". Obit.
Lance

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

The very first EP I ever bought was Vic Lewis, wish I knew what happened to it.