Jack White (4)

Real Name:
Eugene Joseph White
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Born: 2nd December 1905, Liverpool, England.
Died: 25th June 1988, Brighton, England. (Aged 82).

White was a popular UK dance band leader and instrumentalist during the two world wars.

His father, Jack, was an MC at local dances in Liverpool and this inspired him to learn both the drums and saxophone. A family band was formed, which he fronted with his father on the drums, called "Jack White & His Collegians". The band's followers assumed Eugene was "Jack White" and so the name stuck for the rest of his career.

White's two bothers also joined the band. Jay, the eldest, played banjo and his younger brother Tom played saxophone. Between 1928 and 1929 they played two summer seasons on the Isle Of Man, gained recognition in 'Melody Maker' magazine and, in the 'All Lancashire Bands Championship', they won the Jack Hylton Trophy. At this point Tom was now drummer and Jay was on tenor saxophone.

In November 1929 Jack's band were resident in Liverpool's Rialto Ballroom for two years, followed by a residency at the State Café for a further two years. During the Depression the band remained in work at the West End Ballroom, Birmingham and then moved south for a season on the Isle Of Wight and then Brighton in 1935. During that summer the band then played regularly at the Hammersmith Palais in London where the band's talent came to much attention.

White and the band then got their big break in May 1936, when they replaced the famous Joe Loss band at The Astoria. Loss had taken his band on a variety tour and White took up the engagement so effectively that by 1937 the band had secured a recording deal with Parlophone. Radio broadcasts from The Astoria by the band continued at the outbreak of war, raising British spirits with such favourites as "The Lambeth Walk". Some broadcasts and recordings had vocal support from the likes of Anne Lenner, Marjorie Stedeford and Dorothy Carless and, by June 1940, White's band were regulars on BBC's "Music While You Work".

In 1941 all three brothers were called up for wartime service. Jack and Jay toured the UK with the Central Band of the RAF. After the war White and the band returned to The Astoria, this time having to compete with their wartime replacement of Harry Leader and his band.

White's brother Jay had left in poor health and moved to Hove, where he died in 1957. Tom also moved to Hove and began a grocery business and so, by 1957, the original group were no more. White continued performing with freelance musicians for a period, until 1966, when he retired and moved to Brighton where he began a printing business. By the time he died age 82 he had become somewhat of a recluse and had discarded much of his memorabilia of the dance band years.
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197 Connie Dee / Jack White (4) Connie Dee / Jack White (4) - Whisper Tell Me Sweetly / I've Got A Tiger By The Tail(7", Single) Hit Records (4) 197 US 1965 Sell This Version
241 Jack White (4) - NIght Train to Memphis / Saginaw, Michigan album art Dave Howell (6) / Jack White (4) Dave Howell (6) / Jack White (4) - NIght Train to Memphis / Saginaw, Michigan(7") Country & Western Hits 241 US Unknown Sell This Version
303 Jack White (4) - Ringo / Tycoon album art Jack White (4) / Bob Adams (7) Jack White (4) / Bob Adams (7) - Ringo / Tycoon(7", Single, Mono) Country & Western Hits 303 US Unknown Sell This Version
204 Jack White (4) - If A Woman Answers / Lonesome 7-7203 album art Jack White (4), Dave Howell (6) Jack White (4), Dave Howell (6) - If A Woman Answers / Lonesome 7-7203(7") Country & Western Hits 204 US Unknown Sell This Version
308 Jack White (4) - It Shook, Crumbled And Fell / I Won't Forget You album art Jack White (4) It Shook, Crumbled And Fell / I Won't Forget You(7", Single) Country & Western Hits 308 US Unknown Sell This Version
350 Jack White (4) - Waitin' In Your Welfare Line / Giddyup Go album art Jack White (4) / Johnny Singer Jack White (4) / Johnny Singer - Waitin' In Your Welfare Line / Giddyup Go(7", Single) Country & Western Hits 350 US Unknown Sell This Version
223 Jack White (4) - Foolin' Around  / Faded Love album art Jack White (4) / Kathy Taylor Jack White (4) / Kathy Taylor - Foolin' Around / Faded Love(7", Single) Country & Western Hits 223 US Unknown Sell This Version
224 Jack White (4) - Love's Gonna Live Here / Waterloo album art Jack Montana / Jack White (4) Jack Montana / Jack White (4) - Love's Gonna Live Here / Waterloo(7", Single) Country & Western Hits 224 US Unknown Sell This Version
221 Jack White (4) - You Comb Her Hair / Loose Talk album art Jack White (4) / Jimmy Cleveland (2) Jack White (4) / Jimmy Cleveland (2) - You Comb Her Hair / Loose Talk(7", Single, Mono) Country & Western Hits 221 US Unknown Sell This Version
344 Jack White (4) - See The Big Man Cry / A Lifetime In A Night album art Jack White (4) See The Big Man Cry / A Lifetime In A Night(7", Single, Mono) Country & Western Hits 344 US Unknown Sell This Version
232 Jack White (4) - The Matador / One Has My Name The Other Has My Heart album art Jack White (4) The Matador / One Has My Name The Other Has My Heart(7") Country & Western Hits 232 US Unknown Sell This Version
321 Jack White (4) - Tiger By The Tail / 99 Ways album art Jack White (4) / Bob Adams (7) Jack White (4) / Bob Adams (7) - Tiger By The Tail / 99 Ways(7", Single) Country & Western Hits 321 US Unknown Sell This Version
220 Jack White (4) - Happy To Be Unhappy / Crazy Arms album art Jack White (4) / Bobby Denver Jack White (4) / Bobby Denver - Happy To Be Unhappy / Crazy Arms(7", Single, Mono) Country & Western Hits 220 US Unknown Sell This Version
313 Jack White (4) - Sittin' In An All Nite Cafe / Whatever It Was album art Jack White (4) Sittin' In An All Nite Cafe / Whatever It Was(7", Single) Country & Western Hits 313 US Unknown Sell This Version
213 Jack White (4) - Abilene album art Jack White (4) Abilene(7") Country & Western Hits 213 US Unknown Sell This Version

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