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Kenneth Daniel Ball ( May 22, Ilford, Basildon, 1930 – 7 March 2013) was a British jazz trumpeter, singer and band-leader. He led the traditional jazz group Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen who scored hits in the 1960s in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Ball began his musical career as a sideman in various bands, in addition he also worked at an advertising company. In 1953 he became a full-time musician and he played in groups of, for example, Sid Phil Lambert,Eric Delaney and Terry Lightfoot. In 1958 he founded with trombonist John Bennett a own dixieland Group on, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen including Dave Jones. In that time, traditional jazz popular again in the United Kingdom and in 1961 the Group had a hit with "Samantha" (number 13 in the UK charts). In the same year followed a second success with the millionseller "Midnight in Moscow", which both in the United Kingdom if the United States took the second place. Ball became very popular in the United Kingdom: in 1961, 1962 and 1963 he had here four charts each year markings. In the United States it was after 1961 with the big hits of the last; in 1963, he was the first British jazz musician who became an honorary citizen of New Orleans jazz city and he also appeared in the film Live it Up! with singer Gene Vincent.
In the following years it was done with the chart successes, partly due to the rise of Beatgroups. In 1964 scored Ball still with a Louis Armstrong-success ("Hello Dolly") and in 1967 he last pulled out the charts with theBeatlessong "When I'm Sixty-Four".
Ball's group, however, was one of the few traditional jazz groups who for so long had success. Only the bands of Acker Bilk Chris Barber and could measure with him in that respect. An album with hits of these three, "The Best of Ball, Barber and Bilk" from 1966, took the first place in the British album-list.
In the following years has Ball not much more included. New work was published only in 1990 on the plate. There came again from 1997 regularly sets him out. He is, however, always continue to play with his group, until his unexpected death following a pneumonia.
- Invitation to the Ball, Pye Records, 1961
- Recorded Live, Kapp Records, 1962
- It's Trad, Kapp, 1962
- More, KAPP, 1963
- In Concert In the UNITED STATES, 1965
- The Kenny Ball Show, Pye, 1967
- Now (recordings 1990, vol. 1, 2 and 3), Jazzology (vol. 1 ' album-pick ' Allmusic.com)
- All That Jazz (compilation unreleased BBCrecordings of Ball, Barber and Bilk), Kaz Records (1994)/Upbeat Jazz (2001) (' album-pick ' Allmusic.com)
- Live at the BP Studienhaus, Timeless Records, 1997
- That's a Plenty, Timeless, 2000
- Ragtime to Swing: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, RWP, 2003
- Kenny Ball. Blowing My Own Trumpet. 2003
- Kenny Ball & John Bennett. Kenny ball's and John Bennett's Musical Skylarks. 2011