According to the Internet source given below, Chris [Donald Christopher] Barber OBE is an English jazz musician, best known as a bandleader and trombonist. As well as scoring a UK top twenty trad jazz hit, he helped the careers of many musicians, notably the blues singer Ottilie Patterson, who was at one time his wife, and Lonnie Donegan
, whose appearances with Barber triggered the skiffle craze of the mid-1950s and who had his first transatlantic hit, "Rock Island Line", while with Chris Barber's band. His providing an audience for Donegan and, later, Alexis Korner makes Barber a significant figure in the British rhythm and blues and "beat boom" of the 1960s.
Being a great fan of his, I have admired him over the years from when at his peak in the early 1960s down to his TV performances in Germany into the 1990s. I attended many of his performances at ship's company dances and his various appearances in Portsmouth. Later in Germany, I saw him again in Ulm and Bremen. If my memory serves me right, I last saw him live in1985 in Bremen.
Of his group I particularly admired Pat Holcox (trumpet) and Monty Sunshine
In my vinyl collection I have:
- Barber's Best, Decca LK4246, 1958
- Chris Barber Plays Vol. 1, Black Label NJT 500
- Chris Barber Plays Vol. 3, Black Label NJT 505
- Chris Barber in Copenhagen, Columbia 33SX 1274
||Biography by wikipedia.org.
||Chris Barber and The Big Chris Barber Band
||Performer's home page.