About Jack Hylton
Here is a timeline of Jack Hylton’s life.
John Greenhalgh Hilton born in Great Lever, Bolton on 2nd July
Father, George, becomes a pub landlord. Jack accompanies his Dad and sometimes sings.
Professional career starts by working in a pierrot troupe in Rhyl changing his name to Hylton.
Musical Director for a pantomime company.
Meets Ennis Parkes who became Mrs Jack Hylton and who also became a band leader.
Relief pianist jobs, however with war breaking out, he joined the 20th Hussars as Musical Director of the entertainment division.
Double act with Tommy Handley
Pianist with Queens Dance Orchestra. He transcribes some Paul Whiteman arrangements using the label 'Directed by Jack Hylton' starting his own career.
Leaves Queens Dance Orchestra but returns weeks later with his own band "Jack Hylton and his Orchestra"
Jack Hylton and his Orchestra are inundated with work so he provides bands elsewhere in his name. They attend their first Royal Command Performance.
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.
Excerpts from Stravinsky's Mavra are played at Paris Opera House.
Jack arranges a tour of Britain and Europe for Duke Ellington.
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.
Final European tour.
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.
Jack turns his attention to being a theatrical producer, entrepreneur and theatre impresario. He reforms the Crazy Gang.
Advisor for Light Entertainment for Associated Rediffusion using his stage discoveries as stars of TV.
Resigns from ITV
Begins work on stage production of 'Camelot' and marries Beverley Prowse.
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.