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BILLY COTTON - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 161114

BILLY COTTON The band leader and musician signs his name in green ink Signature: "Billy Cotton" in green ink. 3x1½ paper clipping mounted on grey construction paper. William "Billy" Cotton (1899-1969), was an English band leader and entertainer, one of the few whose orchestras survived the British dance band era.

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BILLY COTTON
The band leader and musician signs his name in green ink
Signature: "Billy Cotton" in green ink. 3x1½ paper clipping mounted on grey construction paper. William "Billy" Cotton (1899-1969), was an English band leader and entertainer, one of the few whose orchestras survived the British dance band era. Cotton is now mainly remembered as a 1950s and 1960s radio and television personality. Cotton was a choirboy and started his musical career as a drummer. At first a straight dance band, over the years the London Savannah Band more and more tended towards music hall/vaudeville entertainment, introducing all sorts of visual and verbal humor in between songs. Famous musicians that played in Billy Cotton's band during the 1920s and 1930s included Arthur Rosebery, Syd Lipton and Nat Gonella. The band was also noted for their African American trombonist and tap dancer, Ellis Jackson. Their signature tune was "Somebody Stole My Gal", and they made numerous commercial recordings for Decca. After the second World War, he started his successful Sunday lunchtime radio show on BBC, the Billy Cotton Band Show, which ran from 1949 to 1968. It regularly opened with the band's signature tune and Cotton's call of "Wakey Wakey". From 1957, it was also broadcast on BBC television. His autobiography entitled, I Did It My Way, was published in 1970, a year after his death. Toned. Some surface stains. Irregular cut edges. Mounting residue on verso.

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