Joe Loss & His Orchestra – Joe Loss Plays The Big Band Greats (1970)

FrontCover1.jpgJoshua Alexander “Joe” Loss (22 June 1909 – 6 June 1990) was a British musician popular during the British dance band era, and was founder of the Joe Loss Orchestra.

Loss was born in Spitalfields, London, the youngest of four children. His parents, Israel and Ada Loss, were Russian Jews and first cousins. His father was a cabinet-maker who had an office furnishing business. Loss was educated at the Jews’ Free School, Trinity College of Music and the London College of Music (now part of the University of West London). He started violin lessons at the age of seven and later played violin at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool and also with Oscar Rabin. Loss started band leading in the early 1930s, working at the Astoria Ballroom and soon breaking into variety at the Kit-Cat Club. In 1934 he topped the bill at the Holborn Empire but in the same year moved back to the Astoria Ballroom where he led a twelve piece band. In 1935, Vera Lynn appeared with the Joe Loss Orchestra in her first radio broadcast. With broadcasting, recording and annual tours in addition to the resident work the band became highly popular over the JoeLoss1next few years. In the 1950s and early 60s, Loss was resident band leader at the Hammersmith Palais and was remembered by a trainee nurse at Hammersmith Hospital as being as kind and gentlemanly when she attended him in hospital as he was in his public persona. His band’s signature tune “In the Mood” would often be requested three or more times a night.

He was the subject of This Is Your Life on two occasions: in May 1963 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews, and in October 1980, when Andrews surprised him again at London’s Portman Hotel during a star-studded party to celebrate Joe’s 50 years in show business.

Loss’s daughter Jennifer was the wife of British coach-builder Robert Jankel.

Loss died on 6 June 1990 and is buried at Bushey Jewish Cemetery in Hertfordshire.[4]
Joe Loss Orchestra

The Joe Loss Orchestra was one of the most successful acts of the big band era in the 1940s, with hits including “In the Mood”. In 1961 they had a hit with “Wheels—Cha Cha”, a version of the String-A-Longs’ hit “Wheels”. Other hits included David Rose’s “The Stripper” in 1958 and “March of the Mods (The Finnjenka Dance)” of 1964.

In April 1951 Elizabeth Batey, vocalist with Joe Loss, fell and broke her jaw. Joe was badly in need of a replacement and remembered hearing Rose Brennan on radio during a visit to Ireland. Within days he had located her and, before a week was out, she was in Manchester rehearsing with the band. She stayed with Loss for fifteen years, before giving up show-business in the mid 1960s. She wrote many of the songs she recorded with Joe Loss under the name Marella, and co-wrote songs with John Harris. Her co-vocalists with the orchestra from 1955 was Ross MacManus (father of Elvis Costello) and Larry Gretton.


The Joe Loss Orchestra carries on under the musical direction of Todd Miller, who was a vocalist with the band for 19 years before Loss’s death. In 1989 Joe Loss became too ill to travel and in 1990 he entrusted the leadership to his longest serving band member, trombonist and player manager of many decades, Sam Watmough and to Todd. The orchestra has been in constant operation since 1930 and in 2015 it celebrated its 85th anniversary.


Specialist dance band radio stations continue to play his records. Joe Loss also features regularly on the Manx Radio programme Sweet & Swing, presented by Howard Caine. (by wikipedia)

And here´s a real wonderful album … recorded in the great tradition od the legendary era of the Big Band Jazz.

You known my words: Enjoy his sentimental journey in the past !


Bill Brown (saxophone)
Johnny Francis (saxophone)
Bob Gill (guitar)
Kenny Hollick (drums)
Dave Lowe (trumpet)
Syd Lucas (piano)
Vic Mustard (trumpet)
Stan Pickstock (trumpet)
Joe Quinlan (bass)
Sam Watmough (trombone)
Ted Barker (trombone)
Keith Bird (clarinet)
Ivan Dawson (saxophone)
Johnny Edwards (trombone)
Albert Hall (trumpet)
Don Lusher (trombone)
Freddy Staff (trumpet)
Roy Willox (saxophone)
Manny Winters (saxophone)

Conducted by Joe Loss


01. At The Woodchopper’s Ball (Bishop/Herman) 3.17
02. I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (Bassman) 3.46
03. Stompin’ At The Savoy (Sampson/Goodman/Webb) 3.04
04. You Made Me Love You (McCarthy/Monaco) 3.21
05. One O’clock Jump (Basie) 3.54
06. Take The A Train (Strayhorn) 3.01
07. Skyliner (Barnet) 3.15
08. Solitude (Ellington/Mills) 4.01
09. Don’t Be That Way (Goodman/Sampson/Parish) 3.20
10. Song Of India (Rimsky-Korsakov) 3.05
11. Begin The Beguine (Porter) 2.56
12. Trumpet Blues And Cantabile (James/Mathias) 2.37



And this is the Joe Loss Orchestra today:


Britains’ most popular music orchestra of the past 50 years is The Joe Loss Orchestra.

The orchestra perform world-wide, and during their 1978 world tour were invited to be the first western dance orchestra to perform in the Republic of China, returning there on three further occasions. The orchestra have performed at two Royal Weddings and two Command Performances and perform frequently at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. The Joe Loss Orchestra have played for many round the world cruises aboard the Cunard liner QE2.

The Joe Loss Orchestra have performed live on BBC, ITV, Channel4, Sky, Hong Kong TV etc..and have broadcasted on radio stations throughout Europe.

In 1990 Joe entrusted the leadership to his lead singer Todd Miller, ensuring that the great tradition that has brought the best in musical entertainment would continue.

Todd, the orchestra and singing stars are best appreciated when in direct contact with the audience. Dancing or in concert, their music brings together people of all musical tastes and age groups for a fantastic night out! A combination that doesn’t just play great music – IT ENTERTAINS

2011 Saw the Joe Loss Orchestra celebrating it’s 80th anniversary. The orchestra is now Britains’ longest running live entertainment company of any kind. Since 1930 the orchestra has never been disbanded and reformed, it has been in constant operation throughout the world, with Britains’ best musicians and singers performing totally live. -NOW THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT.

The Joe Loss Orchestra appears in three different formats. As a big band (17 piece +3 vocalists), touring band (10-piece + 3 vocalists) and show band (6-piece + 3 vocalists).

“Please can you pass on a huge Thank-you to Todd Miller and The Joe Loss Orchestra. the band were very much the highlight of the night and what a night it was!” (Laura Armitage)