Barton, Billy (jazz) [William ]
- Rainer E. Lotz
(b USA, c1890; d ? USA, after 1933). American alto and tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, and singer. His first known engagements were in China (1920) and Australia. After moving to England in 1925 he played in Bert Ralton’s Savoy Havana Band and recorded with Bert Firman (1925–6). In 1926 he toured South Africa with Ralton, and he led the band after Ralton’s death in 1927. He returned to England and recorded again with Firman before moving in 1928 to Germany, where he played and made recordings as a leader (including Trumbology, 1929, Orchestrola 2250), with his own studio dance band (1930–31), and with the bands of Ben Berlin, Julian Fuhs, Harry Jackson, Marek Weber, and Theo Mackeben; on his numerous recordings Barton is occasionally heard playing hot solos. He toured Germany and Switzerland (1932–3) and probably then returned to the USA.