February 26, 1922|
|Died||May 25, 1988(aged 66)|
Slavin was born in London. He served in the army as a Band Sergeant, and after demobilization formed his own seven piece band, working with musicians such as Eddie Calvert and Kenny Baker. In 1958, he had a UK #18 in Record Mirror's Top 20, as Martinas & His Music, with the song "Cha Cha Momma Brown", a take on the old party favourite "Knees Up Mother Brown".
In the 1960s, Slavin composed the musical Nancy Wake and was a prolific session musician and music arranger and composer for television and cinema. He worked on such diverse productions as The Cool Mikado and The Shadow of Fear.
Slavin emigrated to Canada and then Hollywood, continuing to work on film productions (such as Once Upon a Girl.) He became a musical director on a cruise ship before returning to London in the 1980s.
He was killed in a road accident.
- Who's Who of British Jazz by John Chilton. ISBN 0-8264-7234-6
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