Month: November 2014

Real Life Book In Real Life!


Well there we go. I’ve spent enough time talking about it but now it exists in real life. In fact, after nearly twenty years of speculating about it, I’ve finally made a Jack Hylton biography happen, and there it is, in my hand.

In fact, at the moment I’m taking it everywhere I go at the moment, but I think that’s OK! As it happens, this one is unique. I spotted a couple of glaring errors, so I corrected them and revised the project and now I have a room full of them being printed and sent out to me. Hey, guess what you’re getting for Christmas….?

Please come to the concert where I shall sell this for the first time, and sign it, and probably give you a little bit of a discount. If you’re nice.


Alex Mendham and His Orchestra


Well, you have these bright ideas, and you’re never sure whether you should bother. As you’ll be aware, I’ve recently made all my score writing work available on the Jack Hylton website, for people to download, print off, and play. For free. Sounds daft, but nobody would pay a ‘fair’ price anyway, so I may as well spread the love, I was doing it anyway!

I wasn’t really sure whether there was any point to it, or whether anyone would be bothered enough to try them out. Of course then there’s the worry about whether they would work!

Worry no longer. The rather splendid Alex Mendham and his rather splendid orchestra have performed Life Begins At Oxford Circus. Not only that, they video’d it!

Here you go. Thanks Alex, hope the arrangement was OK for you all.

Find the band @AMOrchestra

Rare TV Documentary + Commemorating 50 Years Since Jack Hylton’s Death With Gala Concert

Shirley Bassey Blog

It was bandleader and impresario Jack Hylton’s interest in Little Miss Bassey that is said to have put her firmly on her road to international superstardom. In the 1950s, Hylton invited Shirley to star in Al Read’s Such Is Life at the Adelphi Theatre in London, where Philips’ Johnny Franz spotted her, was impressed and offered her a recording deal.

The following video excerpt is from an incredibly rare TV documentary about Hylton’s life, first shown in October 1967 and recently uploaded to Youtube. It also includes a full live performance of Bassey’s first single, Burn My Candle:

With a new album to look forward to, a timely reminder of the incredible longevity of the Shirley Bassey career and Jack Hylton legacy. The…

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Book News!

Well, it’s done. I signed off on my brand new Jack Hylton biography this evening and one solitary copy is currently being prepared. Once I have it in my grubby hands (in a couple of weeks), then I shall report back and be excited.

To be honest I’m rather excited anyway and utterly relieved that it’s done and very soon there’ll be a house full of them, ready for you to buy. Please buy it. I know it’s expensive, but it’s big and really good! (I hope!)

Anyway, that’s enough Jack Hylton for me for one day. Back to the arranging tomorrow.

New Sheet Music


As the preparations for the concert continue apace (we’ve worked out a set list and everything) I’ve started making available the sheet music for free PDF download. There’s around twenty tunes there so far, so please take a look.

Just go to and click on ‘sheet music’. It’s free, which is nice, but if you want to contribute to the costs of undertaking such a mammoth task, then feel free to give me money!

I’ve also started a service whereby I’ll print and bind the arrangements for you and post them, for a small cost. It’s relatively cheap for what you’re getting, but I don’t mind if you just download them!

Anyway, please visit the site, download the sheet music and let me know how it all sounds!

Concert information here:

Please buy tickets, we’d love to see you there!