Sid Phillips (musician)
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|Birth name||Isador Simon Phillips|
|Born||14 June 1907|
|Died||23 May 1973 (aged 65)|
Chertsey, Surrey, England
|Labels||Variety, Vocalion, Brunswick, Columbia|
Early life and education
Phillips was born in London, England, into a Jewish family. He learned violin and piano as a child, and played reeds in his teens as a member of his brother's European band. He got into the music business as a publisher and director for the Edison Bell.
In 1930, Phillips began writing arrangements for Bert Ambrose, and joined Ambrose's ensemble in 1933, remaining there until 1937. Later in the 1930s, Phillips played in the United States on radio and freelance in clubs. He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, then put together his own quartet in 1946 and wrote several pieces for the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He led a Dixieland jazz band of his own formation from 1949, and his sidemen variously included George Shearing, Colin Bailey, Tommy Whittle, and Kenny Ball.
In 1937 through 1938, a number of his recordings were issued in the United States, through a contract he signed with Irving Mills and issued on Mills' Variety label, as well as Vocalion, Brunswick and Columbia labels, most recordings were made in England.
In popular culture
- One of Phillips' songs, "Boogie Man", is included in the 2008 video game Fallout 3 and 2016 tv show Stranger Things
Phillips' son, Simon Phillips, is a drummer, and started his career in the big band of his father.
- Nevil Skrimshire, "Sid Phillips". Grove Jazz online.