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BIOG'S to '89
The BLACK CAT SWINGSTERS:  1950's Act who played the Union Halls, Falkirk.
The BLUE RHYTHM BOYS:  Act who performed locally before the 1950's.

The BRIGHT SPARKS:  Act who performed locally before the 1960's.
The BUNKHOUSE BOYS:  Local act from the 1950's featuring George BURT.

The CHRISTIE LYRIC DANCE ORCHESTRA:  Resident band at both Mathieson's & the Temperance Cafe in the 1930's, this act consisted of Tom Christie (violin), Andrew Bryce (saxophone), William Knox (trumpet), Andrew Scott (piano), David Hope (banjo), James Bryce (sousaphone) & R. Laing (drums).

The Cochrane Brother:  Brothers Dave & John Cochrane were in the Resident Band at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.

Geordie COOPER's BAND:  Pre-1950's act featuring George Cooper (ex-Cooper's "Krown-All" Orchetsra).

COOPER'S "KROWN-ALL" ORCHESTRA:  1925 act with George Cooper, Charlie Martin (drums), John Martin (trumpet), C. Cowan (violin), Andrew Wilkie (violin) & Mrs Rae (piano). Cooper later ran his own band.

The D-Day BAND:  Local act who performed before the 1960's.
The KELTIE BROTHERS:  The area's first jazz band formed 1929, and featured Andrew Keltie (piano), John Keltie (trombone), David Keltie (saxophone), George Brown (banjo) & David Adamson (drums).

The Sany McLAREN BAND:  Act who performed locally before the 1960's.
Walter McLAREN'S BAND:  Pre-1950's act with Bandleader McLaren who later joined The Elite Orchetra.

The SAMMY McLEAN BAND:  1950's act, regulars at The Dobbie Hall, Larbert. Their drummer was Alex Whittit.

The MERRYLAND HAWAIIANS:  Act from the 1950's, who played at the Camelon Co-op.

The METRONOMES:  1930's act with George Neilson (accordion), David Thorburn (trumpet), Danny Faulds (drums), John Neilson (sax) & Jim Stirratt (bass). The band split in 1939 when several members joined the army upon the outbreak of the Second World War. Faulds died in 1942 as a prisoner of war in Poland.

The ROCKING BOYS:  One of the area's early R'&'R acts, popular in the late-1950's/early-1960's that featured Peter Cullen (bass), Willie Thompson (guitar), Alex Anderson (vocals/guitar) & Charlie Gardner (drums).

The Jimmy STEEL ORCHESTRA:  Local orchestra from before the 1950's.

The TUXEDOS ALL STARS:  Teddy Boy band from the late-1950's/early-1960's featuring drummer David Smith (Larbert), Hector MacLean (bass), Jimmy Wilson (saxophone), Chuck Aitken (vocals/piano), Albert Braccini (rhythm) & "Big" Tam Taylor (lead guitar). ALSO: Other members - Jimmy Russel (guitar), Bobby Lowe (drums) & Joe Hanson (drums).

Hector MacLean & Jimmy Russell went on to form Tony & The Traders.  Later Hector MacLean formed Hector's House (70's).


The WATT INSTRUMENTAL QUARTETTE:  Four piece act from the 1930's/1940's, formed by sisters Christina Watt (violin), Ann Watt (violin), Agnes (cello) & Elizabeth (piano). They played many dates all over Scotland.

Tommy WHITTLE:  Grangemouth born jazz saxophonist Whittle joined the Ted Heath Orchestra in 1946, at the age of 20. Six years with Heath established his name in UK circles, and he left to further his solo playing desires and, in fact, bacame a featured soloist with the BBC Showband. This time also saw him winning the Melody Maker & NME polls as a featured soloist. In 1956 he was involved in exchange tours of the US, and released a string of albums and singles for the Esquire label, leading his own quintet. In the early 1960's Whittle was musical director for the Dorchester Hotel before joining Jack Parnell's ATV Orchestra. He has recorded sessions with many acts including Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Barbara Streisand, Georgie Fame, Paul McCartney & Caravan, whilst continuing to release his own recordings.

IN 1975 Tommy returned to the area for a one off date at the Metro Jazz Club, backed by the Region's finest musicians. 
As recently as 1990 and 1991 when he won the British Jazz Award for Top Tenor Saxophone. In 2005 Tommy was awarded a silver medal for his distinguished career in jazz by the Worshipful Company of Musicians in London.

RELEASES:
"Martini" (78 rpm single, Esquire Records, 1954)
"Waxing With Whittle" (vinyl album, Esquire Records, 1954)
"The Tommy Whittle Quintet" (vinyl album, Esquire Records, 1955)
"The Tommy Whittle Quintet" (7 inch EP, Esquire Records, 1956)
"How High The Moon" (78 rpm single, Esquire Records, 1956)
"Spotlighting Tommy Whittle" (vinyl album, Esquire Records, 1956)
"Lullaby & Rhythm" (vinyl album, Esquire Records, 1956)
"The Finsher" (7 inch single, HMV, 1957)
"The Tommy Whittle Quartet" (7 inch EP, HMV, 1957)
"New Horizons" (vinyl album, Temp Records, 1960)
"Why Not" (vinyl album, Alamo Records, 1979)
"Jig Saw" (vinyl album, Alamo Records, 1979)
"More Waxing With Whittle" (vinyl album, Esquire Records, 1987)
"Warm Glow" (CD / cassette album, Teejay Records, 1992)
Tommy Whittle & Alan Barnes:
"Straight Eight" (vinyl album, Miles Music, 1986)
Tommy Whittle & The Bob Hudson Trio:
"Encore!" (cd album, Sine Records, 1998).

 
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