|Birth name||Nathan Bernstein|
7 February 1921|
|Died||23 August 2010
|Occupation(s)||Bandleader, musician, talent manager|
Born in London, Burns was an accomplished accordionist, whose group, the Tito Burns Septet, featured on the BBC's Accordion Club radio series. In 1947, they are thought to have been the first band to perform the new jazz idiom bebop on BBC Radio. When the show ended, the band went on tour and recorded a number of sides with various line-ups, including the pianist and trumpeter Dennis Rose and saxophonist Johnny Dankworth also double bassist, Joe Mudele (Muddle) . In 1949, they were recording as a septet, but went back to being a sextet shortly afterwards.
By 1955, the orchestra had disbanded, and Burns's career took a turn to the emerging phenomenon of rock and roll. In 1959, he replaced Franklyn Boyd as manager for Cliff Richard, and he soon gathered an impressive list of clients, including The Searchers, whom he gave over to Brian Epstein. Among the new talents he discovered was singer Dusty Springfield. As an impresario, he first brought Cliff Richard to tailor Dougie Millings for a stage costume. The resulting outfit, with its unique style, was later emulated by other key performers of the time, and Millings went on to make costumes for The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and especially The Beatles.
Burns married his longtime girlfriend and singer, Terry Devon, in 1948. They had two daughters, Lynda ("Lil"), and Sharon.
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