William Edward Cotton 6 May — 25 March as Billy Cotton was an English band leader and entertainerone of the few whose orchestras survived the British dance band era. Cotton is now mainly remembered as a s and s radio and television personality, but his musical career had begun in the s. In his younger years Billy Cotton was also an amateur footballer soccer player for Brentford and later, for the then Athenian league club Wimbledonan accomplished racing driver and the owner of a Gipsy Mothwhich he piloted himself.
He enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers by falsifying his age and saw service in the First World War in Malta and Egypt before landing at Gallipoli in the middle of an artillery barrage. He was recommended for a commission and learned to fly Bristol Fighter aircraft. Not yet 19 years old, he flew solo for the first time inon the day the Royal Flying Corps became the Mother Brown - Billy Cotton And His Band - Billy Cottons Party Dances Air Force.
After the end of the war, in the early s, he worked at several jobs, including as a bus driver, before setting up his own orchestra, Stop Cryin - Hanoi Rocks - Bangkok Shocks Saigon Shakes Hanoi Rocks London Savannah Band, in The band was also noted for their African American trombonist and tap dancerEllis Jackson.
Their signature tune was " Somebody Stole My Gal ", and they made numerous commercial recordings for Decca. In the s, composer Lionel Bart contributed comedy songs to the show. It regularly opened with the band's signature tune and Cotton's call of "Wakey Wakey". Fromit was also broadcast on BBC television. Cotton often also provided vocals on many of his band's recordings, in addition to Summertime - Ludo - Ludo as a vocalist on recordings that didn't feature his band.
As a racing driver, he raced at Brooklands between the wars but his finest moment came in when he finished eighth in the British Grand Prixsharing an English Racing Automobiles with David Hampshire. Cotton married Mabel E. Gregory in InCarlos Puebla - Cuba: Chants Revolutionnaires Cubains Cotton suffered a stroke.
He died in Mother Brown - Billy Cotton And His Band - Billy Cottons Party Dances watching a boxing match at Wembley Arena. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the English soccer player of the s, see Billy Cotton footballer, born Knees Up Biography portal.
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