#5 My Top Ten British Big Bands…No 4…Joe Loss

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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-Long hit “Wheels”, this is the song I remember so well because there was a muscle man moved his muscles to the rhythm of the song, I would put this under one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen, it was on TV but I don’t remember the programme.

Rose  Brennan, was a well known singer, who stayed with Joe Loss for 15 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 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.

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