Ken Mackintosh

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Ken Mackintosh (4 August 1919 – 22 November 2005[1]) was an English saxophonist, composer and bandleader. Mackintosh was born in Liversedge, Yorkshire, and died in Mitcham, Surrey, England.[1] Mackintosh accompanied singers such as Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Matt Monro.


He was born in Halifax Road, near Knowler Hill, in 1919 and devoted his life to music, after buying his first alto saxophone, at the age of 15. After a period in the Army, he went to London and joined various big bands such as the Oscar Rabin Band. After the war, he formed his own orchestra, making appearances at the Astoria Ballroom, Nottingham. He brought his band to Wimbledon Palais in London and toured extensively at home and abroad. He also had great singing strength with well-versifies vocalists as Kenny Bardell, Gordon Longhorn and The Mackpies. His orchestra was featured on BBC Radio, almost every week, in the 1950s and early 1960s. In 1955 he appeared in The BBC Light Programme "a festival of dance music" at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Mackintosh also wrote his own music such as "The Creep". He had three entries in the UK Singles Chart between 1954 and 1960, with "The Creep" being his highest placed hit record, reaching #10 in January 1954.[2] Among his fans was the Queen Mother, for whom he played twice at Windsor Castle. Towards the end of his life he was awarded the Freedom of the City of London. He died in November 2005.


  1. ^ a b Willey, Brian (1 December 2005). "Ken Mackintosh, Swinging big band-leader". Obituary. The Independent. Retrieved 7 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 340. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.