About Jack Hylton

Here is a timeline of Jack Hylton’s life.

1892

John Greenhalgh Hilton born in Great Lever, Bolton on 2nd July

1901

Father, George, becomes a pub landlord. Jack accompanies his Dad and sometimes sings.

1905

Professional career starts by working in a pierrot troupe in Rhyl changing his name to Hylton.

1909

Musical Director for a pantomime company.

1913

Meets Ennis Parkes who became Mrs Jack Hylton and who also became a band leader.

1915

Relief pianist jobs, however with war breaking out, he joined the 20th Hussars as Musical Director of the entertainment division.

1918

Double act with Tommy Handley

1920

Pianist with Queens Dance Orchestra. He transcribes some Paul Whiteman arrangements using the label 'Directed by Jack Hylton' starting his own career.

1921

Leaves Queens Dance Orchestra but returns weeks later with his own band "Jack Hylton and his Orchestra"

1926

Jack Hylton and his Orchestra are inundated with work so he provides bands elsewhere in his name. They attend their first Royal Command Performance.

1927

Continental tour

1929

The Musician's Union in the US reject plans for a US tour. However, Jack is very busy. During the year, the band gives 700 performances, travels 63,000 miles and sells an average of a record every 7 minutes with a total of 3,180,000 sales for the year.

1931

Excerpts from Stravinsky's Mavra are played at Paris Opera House.

1933

Jack arranges a tour of Britain and Europe for Duke Ellington.

1935

The band star in the film "She Shall Have Music". Afterwards, the orchestra is disbanded for 10 months whilst Jack tours America with US musicians.

1938

Final European tour.

1940

The band's second film "Band Waggon” is released. Jack Hylton and his Orchestra is disbanded due to many members being called up. Jack promotes the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which is in financial difficulty, and saves it.

1941

Jack turns his attention to being a theatrical producer, entrepreneur and theatre impresario. He reforms the Crazy Gang.

1955

Advisor for Light Entertainment for Associated Rediffusion using his stage discoveries as stars of TV.

1959

Resigns from ITV

1963

Begins work on stage production of 'Camelot' and marries Beverley Prowse.

1965

Jack dies of a heart attack on 29th January. A memorial concert is held entitled "The Stars Shine for Jack" with the proceeds going towards the building of the new Music Department at Lancaster University in his honour.