Ronnie Aldrich

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Ronnie Aldrich
Ronnie Aldrich 1969
Aldrich in 1969.
Background information
BornFebruary 15, 1916
Erith, Kent (England)
Origin United Kingdom
DiedSeptember 30, 1993 (age 77)
Isle Of Man
Occupationspianist, arranger, conductor, composer
Instrumentspiano
LabelsDecca, London
Associated actsThe London Festival Orchestra, BBC, The Ladybirds, Benny Hill
 
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Ronnie Aldrich
Ronnie Aldrich 1969
Aldrich in 1969.
Background information
BornFebruary 15, 1916
Erith, Kent (England)
Origin United Kingdom
DiedSeptember 30, 1993 (age 77)
Isle Of Man
Occupationspianist, arranger, conductor, composer
Instrumentspiano
LabelsDecca, London
Associated actsThe London Festival Orchestra, BBC, The Ladybirds, Benny Hill

Ronnie Aldrich, born Ronald Frank Aldrich (15 February 1916, Erith, Kent, England – 30 September 1993, Isle of Man) was a British easy listening and jazz pianist, arranger, conductor, and composer. The only son of a store manager, he was three years old when he started playing the piano. He was educated at The Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, and taught violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Before World War II, Aldrich went to India to play jazz and first gained fame in the 1940s as leader of The Squadronaires, up until their disbanding in 1964.[1]

He was noteworthy for the recording development of playing two pianos in his recordings (the Decca Phase 4 Stereo series). He recorded for The Decca Record Company Ltd in the 1960s and 1970s, moving to Seaward Ltd (his own company) licensed to EMI in the 1980s. He also regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 2 with his own orchestra as well as with the BBC Radio Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra, based in BBC Glasgow. He also recorded special tracks that were released by Reader's Digest. Recently, all the Decca recordings were released in CD format by Vocalion. Many of his sessions for radio stations have been released by Apple iTunes in m4a format.

He was appointed musical director at Thames Television[2] and thus was widely known as the musical director for the television programme The Benny Hill Show.[3] He was married twice and had a daughter from his first marriage. At the time of his death he was married to E. Mary Aldrich, his wife for more than 30 years. He died of prostate cancer at age 77 in the Isle Of Man.

Discography[edit]

His work has been released in different formats: LP(vinyl), single(vinyl), cassette, 8-track, open reel (stereo & quadraphonic), CD and recently digital (mp3, m4a).

Decca Discography "Ronnie Aldrich And His Two Pianos"[edit]

(PFS is the Decca (UK) original catalogue number; SP is the London label (USA) version) (**) Togetherness (UK double-disc set) was issued as two separate albums in the USA

Decca (Polygram) Discography (One Piano)[edit]

Amberjack Discography (One Piano)[edit]

Seaward Music recordings licenced to EMI (One Piano)[edit]

Seaward also issued a vinyl LP, The Wonderful World of Man, which contained recordings of the sounds of the Isle of Man, where Ronnie Aldrich lived from the 1960s onwards. This record was sold in the island to tourists.

Decca Discography "The New Big Band"[edit]

Themes Recorded by Album[edit]

Melody and Percussion for Two Pianos[edit]

Ronnie Aldrich and His Two Pianos[edit]

The Magnificent Pianos of Ronnie Aldrich[edit]

The Romantic Pianos of Ronnie Aldrich[edit]

Christmas with Ronnie Aldrich[edit]

The Magic Moods of Ronnie Aldrich[edit]

That Aldrich Feeling[edit]

All Time Piano Hits[edit]

Two Pianos in Hollywood[edit]

Two Pianos Today![edit]

For Young Lovers[edit]

This Way “In”[edit]

It’s Happening Now[edit]

Destination Love[edit]

Togetherness[edit]

Released as two separate albums in US: Here Come The Hits! (+) and Close to You (++)

Love Story[edit]

Great Themes to Remember[edit]

Invitation to Love[edit]

Come to Where The Love Is[edit]

Soft and Wicked[edit]

Top of The World[edit]

The Way We Were[edit]

In The Gentle Hours[edit]

Love[edit]

Reflections[edit]

Webb Country[edit]

With Love and Understanding[edit]

Released as "Evergreen" in US. (*)not included in American release.

Melodies from The Classics[edit]

Emotions[edit]

Tomorrow´s Yesterdays[edit]

For The One You Love[edit]

One Fine Day[edit]

Jingle Bells / Winter Wonderland[edit]

Imagine[edit]

Night Birds[edit]

Sea Dreams[edit]

For All Seasons[edit]

Today in the Old Fashioned Way[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ronnie Aldrich Bio & Discography
  2. ^ The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin
  3. ^ The Benny Hill Show

[BLOG http://ronniealdrich.blogspot.com/]