Label: Decca - PFS 4287,Decca - PFS. 4287 • Series: Phase 4 Stereo • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK • Genre: Jazz • Style: Easy Listening
Francis Charles Chacksfield 9 May — 9 June was an English pianist, organist, composer, arranger, and conductor of popular light orchestral easy listening music, who had great success in Britain and internationally in the s and early s.
Chacksfield was born in Battle, East Sussexand as a child learned to play piano and organ. He had appeared at Hastings Music Festivals by the time he was 14, and then became deputy church organist at Salehurst. After working for a short period in a solicitor's office he decided on a career in music, and by the late s, led a small band at Tonbridge in Kent. At the beginning of World War IIhe joined the Royal Army Service Corps and, following a radio broadcast as Various - Τα Ωραιότερα Δημοτικά Τραγούδια pianist, was posted to ENSA at Salisbury where he became the arranger for Stars in Battledressan armed forces entertainment troupe, and shared an office with comedian Charlie Chester.
He also worked as musical director for both Henry Hall and Geraldoand began recording under his own name Liza - Frank Chacksfield And His Orchestra And Chorus - The Glory That Was Gershwin as "Frank Chacksfield's Tunesmiths". In earlyhe had his first top ten hit, "Little Red Monkey", on the Parlophone label. This was a novelty recording featuring Jack Jordan on the claviolineand reportedly the first record featuring an electronic instrument to feature on the UK pop chart.
His first record release for Decca, Charlie Chaplin 's theme for his film Limelightwon him a gold disc in the United States,  and in the United Kingdom, where it reached No. It spent eight weeks at No. He became one of Britain's best known orchestra leaders internationally, and is estimated to have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. He continued to record occasionally until the s, from the s primarily on the Phase 4 label.
Many of these recordings were made commercially available in From the album All Time Top T. From Wikipedia, Dies Alles - Hab Ich Nun Geträumt? - Richard Wagner, The Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Reginald Go free encyclopedia. Frank Chacksfield. Retrieved 3 April Retrieved 20 January The Book of Golden Discs 2nd ed.
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