Ronnie Aldrich

  • Ronnie Aldrich, Stanley Black, Frank Chacksfield - Stage And Screen Spectacular [London Phase 4 SPD 12] (1965)
  • Ronnie Aldrich And His Two Pianos - Two Pianos In Hollywood [London Phase 4 SP 44092] (1967)
  • Ronnie Aldrich - It's Happening Now [London Phase 4 SP 44127] (1969)

Biography

Ronnie Aldrich, born Ronald Frank Aldrich (15 February 1916, Erith, Kent, England - 30 September 1993, Isle of Man) was a British easy listening and jazz pianist, arranger, conductor, and composer. The only son of a store manager, he was three years old when he started playing the piano. He was educated at The Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, and taught violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Before World War II, Aldrich went to India to play jazz and first gained fame in the 1940s as leader of The Squadronaires, up until their disbanding in 1964.

He was noteworthy for the recording development of playing two pianos in his recordings (the Decca Phase 4 Stereo series). He recorded for The Decca Record Company Ltd in the 1960s and 1970s, moving to Seaward Ltd (his own company) licensed to EMI in the 1980s. He also regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 2 with his own orchestra as well as with the BBC Radio Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra, based in BBC Glasgow. He also recorded special tracks that were released by Reader's Digest. [wikipedia.org]