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date: 02 April 2020

West, Cedric (Herbert )locked

  • Peter Darke

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(Herbert )

(b Rangoon, Burma, Dec 9, 1918). British guitarist and trombonist. He started playing guitar in the late 1930s with a college band in Burma. Following the Japanese invasion of the country in 1942 he was evacuated to India and played guitar and, later, trombone with Teddy Weatherford’s band at the Grand Hotel, Calcutta (1942–5). After Weatherford’s death he was a featured soloist with Reuben Solomon’s Jive Boys, with whom he also made some recordings (including My Gal Sal, 1942, Col. FB40231), but later in 1945 he returned to Burma with his own band. He went to England in 1947, led several bands, and played and recorded with many others. From 1968 until his retirement in 1984 he concentrated on radio and television work.

K. P. Darke: “Teddy Weatherford’s Indian Recording Sessions 1941–45,” Matrix, nos.107–8 (1975), 3 P. Darke and R. Gulliver: “Teddy Weatherford,” Sv, no.65 (1976), 175...

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