Alan Breeze

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Alan Breeze
Born 9 October 1909
West Ham, London, England, UK [1]
Died 15 January 1980
Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK [2]
Occupation Singer
Spouse(s) Irene May Breeze (née Murdoch)
Children Olivia Breeze
Graham Breeze
Melodie Breeze
Michele Breeze
Parent(s) Louis & Isobel Breeze
Website
Official Alan Breeze website

Alan Louis Breeze (9 October 1909 – 15 January 1980) was an English singer of the British dance band era and regular entertainer on the post-war BBC radio programme the Billy Cotton Band Show.

He was born in West Ham, London, to Louis Breeze, a concert and oratorio singer and a member of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, and Isobel, who taught with the old London County Council.

At the beginning of his career, Breeze sang in working men's clubs, restaurants and even theatre queues. He produced some 78 recordings, for example from his later repertoire: "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts". He produced recordings at film studios for actors who could not sing. He met the band leader Billy Cotton, who was to change his career forever.

Breeze started with Billy Cotton in 1932, without a contract, and stayed for 36 years. He became one of the most popular UK vocalists, on radio, television and in theatres around the United Kingdom. His recordings are still occasionally heard on the radio.

Breeze died in January 1980 in Norwich.

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  1. ^ GRO Register of Births DEC 1909 4a 21 W. HAM
  2. ^ GRO Register of Deaths MAR 1980 10 1905 NORWICH