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date: 14 October 2019

Daly, Warren (James )locked

  • Bruce Johnson

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(James )

(b Sydney, Aug 22, 1943). Australian bandleader, drummer, composer, and arranger. He first played in pop groups, then from 1959 worked in nightclubs and recording studios. After touring in the USA with the singer Kirby Stone, Si Zentner, and Buddy DeFranco (1967–8) he returned to Australia and, with Ed Wilson, formed the Daly–Wilson Big Band (1969). This group performed and recorded until 1971, then, following a period of inactivity, re-formed in 1973; its personnel included at different times the best Australian big-band and studio musicians of the period. Daly’s work with the band is heard to advantage on My Goodness, from The Daly–Wilson Big Band on Tour (1973, Rep. 4003). After the group disbanded in 1983 Daly formed his own big band the following year; he also worked as a music director in television. He performed occasionally in the 1990s, and then after taking a four-year break from music, resumed performing and bandleading in spring ...

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