Joe Daniels (jazz drummer)

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Joe Daniels (1908–2003), born in Zeerust, South Africa, was a British drummer and performer whose career began in the early 1920s. Daniels played with Sid Roy (brother of Harry Roy), and formed his own band with Max Goldberg. Around 1930, he started recording as "Joe Daniel's Hot Shots" (with Billy Mason), and they became a popular recording band Other members in 1937 were; Bill Jones trumpet, Albert Harris clarinet & saxophone, Les Osbourne Trombone, Verne Lewis Piano and John LeBor on Bass. The band performed on BBC radio shows many times. They recorded on Parlophone Records. Bobby King was often the groups vocalist.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Daniels joined the Royal Air Force where he organised an air force band, and produced shows for the troops. After the war and throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, he played in both small and in big bands, including recording under the name "Washboard Joe and the Scrubbers".[1]

In 1957 he toured as the Big Dixie Land Group, appearing at such venues as Swindon, the group members were; Tony Coe, Ron Winn, Roy Reynolds, Dom Francis, Alan Wickham, Brian Vaughan, Alan Wickham, Dennis Martin, Ken Wood, Bill Davey, Bill Dean,Roy Kunbrer and Fred Harrison. (this information is on the back of an original photo and was part of an archive of Joe Daniels' photos).

Joe Daniels and the Hot Shots were the ballroom band for Butlins Holiday Camp in Clacton during the mid 1960s, and appeared in the Viennese Ballroom most evenings. He always played to a full house and was most popular with the campers, one of the most popular dances that got every one on the floor was the March of the Mods which did not require a great deal of dancing skill.


Carr, Ian; Digby Fairweather; Brian Priestley (1995). Jazz: The Rough Guide. The Rough Guides. pp. 151–152. ISBN 1-85828-137-7.


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