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Date of Birth 2 May 1898Peckham, London, England, UK
Date of Death 28 October 1989Eastbourne, England, UK
Birth NameHenry Robert Hall

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Henry Hall was born on May 2, 1898 in Peckham, London, England as Henry Robert Hall. He died on October 28, 1989 in Eastbourne, England.

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Dance band impresario who controlled 32 dance bands at a time, and also worked as Director of the B.B.C. Dance Orchestra
Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Trinity College.
Started as a pianist in silent picture theatres. From 1922, worked as a pianist for the LMS Railway Hotel Chain, eventually becoming musical director for the hotels, with 32 bands under his control.
By March 1936, Hall's orchestra amounted to 27 musicians and vocalists. The American Benny Carter at one time contributed arrangements to the band.
Replaced Jack Payne as leader of the BBC Dance Orchestra, making daily broadcasts for the BBC between 1932 and 1937. Hall consequently became Britain's number one radio star. Recording for Columbia, his band had their first million-selling hit with "Teddy Bear's Picnic".

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