Terry Lightfoot

Terry Lightfoot

born on 21/5/1935 in Potters Bar, Middlesex, United Kingdom

died on 15/3/2013 in Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Terry Lightfoot

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Terry Lightfoot (21 May 1935 15 March 2013)[1] was a British jazz clarinettist and bandleader, and together with Chris Barber, Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball was one of the leading members of the trad jazz generation of British jazzmen.

Early life

Lightfoot was born in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire - England. He started his musical career as a vocalist during school-life, singing popular songs with a small amateur variety group. In 1949, he came to jazz while at Enfield Grammar School[2] in Enfield (Outer London). He changed from playing the trumpet to clarinet to meet the needs of the traditional Dixieland jazz band of his friends. After leaving school, he formed his first jazz band, the 'Wood Green Stompers'.

Trad jazz

In 1955, he formed his band, the 'Terry Lightfoot's New Orleans Jazzmen'. They had three minor hit records in the UK Singles Chart in 1961 and 1962 with "True Love", "King Kong" and "Tavern in the Town".[3] The Jazzmen made regular appearances on Sunday nights at the Wood Green Jazz Club.


Lightfoot died in Milton Keynes General Hospital on 15 March 2013, aged 77, after suffering with prostate cancer.


  1. Jazz musician Terry Lightfoot dies. Itv.com. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  2. Chilton, John. Who's who of British Jazz, Continuum International Publishing Group. URL accessed 2008-06-02.
  3. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums, 19th, London: Guinness World Records Limited.

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