b. 4 January 1904, London, England, d. 19 July 1995, Florida, USA. A popular and stylish dance band leader, Lipton learned to play the violin as a child, and was a member of cinema ensembles accompanying silent films in his early teens. His interest in dance band music led him to work in the 20s with Murray Hedges and Billy Cotton, before forming his own band in the early 30s. His first recordings to be released were made in 1932, and from then, until 1941, Sydney Lipton And His Orchestra were resident at the Grosvenor House in London, from where they broadcasted regularly. In the early days Lipton’s signature tune was ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’, but in later years he used two others, ‘Just Dance And Leave The Music To Me’ and ‘Sweet Harmony’. After service in the Royal Artillery and the Royal Signals during World War II, Lipton returned to the Grosvenor House, and continued to purvey his particular brand of sophisticated dance music until 1967. He then formed his own successful entertainment agency, as well as serving as musical director for various prestige venues and cruise ships. Top sidemen who played in his bands over the years included Ted Heath, Harry Hayes, Bill McGuffie, Freddy Gardner, George Evans, Max Goldberg, Billy Munn and many more, along with vocalists including Anona Wynn, Primrose Hayes, Les Allen, Chips Chippindall, and his daughter, Celia Lipton.
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