Gerald Bright (1904 - 1974)

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About Gerald Bright

<The Times, May 6, 1974>

<GERALDO>

<Popular dance band leader>

Geraldo, one of the most famous dance band leaders of the 1930s and 1940s, died while on holiday in Switzerland on Saturday. He was 69.

Born Gerald Bright, the son of a City master tailor, in August, 1904, Geraldo began broadcasting in the early thirties with a light orchestra in Blackpool. Like his pianist brother Sidney, he was musical from an early age and became a cinema pianist accompanying silent films and played the organ in a restaurant.

After a South American tour to study Latin-American rhythms, he came home as Geraldo and with his Gaucho Tango Orchestra made over 2,000 broadcasts from the Savoy Hotel in London. During the war he took orchestras through the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, giving troop concerts, and since the war had been more concerned with the business side, having orchestras playing in provincial theatres and on Cunard and other liners, and promoting concerts and cabaret throughout the world.

He was a founder director of Harlech Television and a former musical director of Scottish Television. He last appeared in public at Eastbourne a few weeks ago.

A series of Festival Hall concerts in 1969 led to a network television series recalling the heyday of swing music.

Geraldo and his wife lived in Sussex.

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1904
August 10, 1904
1974
May 4, 1974
Age 69