Buddy Greco performs at South Hill Park tonightBy Caroline Cook
March 29, 2012
Fans of jazz legend Buddy Greco were left with the blues in January when the Rat Pack star had to cancel his Bracknell show due to illness.
But the 85-year-old musician is now fighting fit and set to perform at South Hill Park tonight.
The international recording legend began playing the piano at the age of four and became a child radio personality before recording his first hit, Oh Look at Her Ain’t She Pretty, at 18.
He went on to tour with the Benny Goodman band with hits such as The Lady is a Tramp and Around the World. As a young musician Buddy played in symphony halls, theatres, nightclubs and Las Vegas showrooms.
In the 1960s he made appearances with the legendary Rat Pack, a group of actors and singers including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.
In the 1960s Sinatra said: “Buddy can make anything swing – nobody comes close in that department.”
Throughout his career Buddy has released 100 singles and has just released his 70th album, Live at the Sands in Las Vegas.
More than 60 years after he worked for Benny Goodman at the London Palladium and more than 40 years after a Royal command performance with The Beatles for the queen, the singer is still in great demand.
Arriving direct from Las Vegas, Buddy will present an intimate evening of music with his quartet plus stories and antidotes from his days in Vegas.
He will be accompanied by his wife Lezlie Anders, who will give her portrayal of the renowned jazz singer Peggy Lee, giving the audience a glimpse of life in the glittering world of 60s America.
- Buddy Greco will be at The Wilde Theatre at South Hill Park tonight at 8pm.Tickets are £22.50, £21.50 for concessions and £20.50 for members.
Box office (01344) 484 123 or visit www.southhillpark.org.uk