Dance Band Encyclopaedia
Born: May 25th, 1904, Hammersmith, London
Died: March 31st, 1982, London
The elder son of Wayland and Martha Lousley was born at no.79 Sulgrave Road, Hammersmith on the 25th May 1904. As a child he showed considerable ability as a cornet player and came second to Harry Mortimer in a competition in Leyton on June 2nd 1917 receiving a silver medal. At the age of 18 he played cornet at a concert in Victoria Hall Eating.
when he had just turned 20 he toured France and Germany playing trumpet
with Bobby Hind's London Sonora
Band. This was in early 1925, and
the band made many recordings for the German Favorite label.
Unfortunately, these are exceedingly rare and have not been re-issued
anywhere to my knowledge.
mid-1926, Arthur joined the newly reformed New
Princes' Toronto Band, now under
banjoist Dave Caplan's leadership. The band went to Berlin in August
1926 and also recorded 56 sides for Deutsche Grammophon / Polydor. All
these records are extremely rare today but a few have been reissued,
notably recently on a CD published by the Canadian Antique Phonograph
Society. The band used Charleston rhythms and a synchronised saxophone
the autumn of 1927, Arthur once again joined up with Leslie
Jeffries who was playing at the
Locarno. Then in the spring of 1928, he joined Tommy
Kinsman's London Frivolities Band,
who also recorded for British Homophone. He also played for
Harry Collins and his Orchestra
around this time (see photograph). Unfortunately, I know nothing about
Collins or his band, but from the photo, the same trombone player is in
both Collins and Kinsman's bands.
this he signed an agreement to work for the Savoy Hotel Group at a
minimum of £16.20 a week on June 26th, 1931. He worked for the Savoy
throughout the 30s (in fact until September 13th, 1940) mainly with Al
Collins and the Berkeley Hotel Orchestra,
an accomplished group with some fine individualists such as Norman Payne
(Jazz Trumpet), Pat Dodd (Piano) and Ronnie Gubertini (Drums). The band
won the Jazz Jamboree competition at the Gaumont State Kilburn on the
26th March 1939. He also participated in numerous recording sessions
with bands such as
Jack Jackson and his Band at the Dorchester and Carroll Gibbons and The
Savoy Hotel Orpheans. He said that he played a number of times for
Carroll, generally as a stand-in at recording sessions, due to Arthur's
skill at sight-reading. He was definitely on the November 4th 1937
recording session which includes "The Moon Got In My Eyes"
which was used in the "Pennies From Heaven" Television series.
Arthur's work for Jack Jackson was also as a stand-in, both at the
hotel, and for record sessions.
Arthur finished his professional career as a musician and started work at Ultra Electronics, Acton on the 22nd March 1954 working on electronic sea rescue devices and intercoms for jet aircraft. He played on occasions lead trumpet for the Wembley Symphony Orchestra. He died in 1982 following a double stroke in Charing Cross Hospital on the 31st March 1982 and was cremated at Breakspear, Ruislip.
My thanks to Arthur's son, Ron Lousley, for the information and photographs.