Eddie Pestell & Anne Shelton - Ambrose And His Orchestra – F 8493 - 78 RPM
Benjamin Baruch Ambrose (11 September 1896
– 11 June 1971), known professionally as Ambrose or Bert Ambrose, was an
English bandleader and violinist. Ambrose became the leader of a highly
acclaimed British dance band, Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra, in the 1930s.
Ambrose was born in Warsaw in
1896, when it was part of the Russian Empire. After a time the family moved
to London. They were Jewish, his father being registered as a "Dealer in
rags" in the 1911 UK census, where Ambrose was named as "Barnett'
(a "Violin musician student"). He began playing the violin while
young, and travelled to New York City with his aunt. He began playing
professionally, first for Emil Coleman at New York's Reisenweber's
restaurant, then in the Palais Royal's big band. After making a success of a
stint as bandleader, at the age of 20 he was asked to put together and lead
his own fifteen-piece band. After a dispute with his employer, he moved his
band to another venue, where they enjoyed considerable popularity.
Eddie Pestell & Anne Shelton - Ambrose And His Orchestra – F 8493