UK-born Osborne was nominal leader of a traditional jazz outfit whose ‘Saturday Jump’ was the opening and closing theme to the highly influential BBC Light Programme’s Saturday Club pop series on which they appeared regularly in the late 50s. By 1960, Osborne had enlisted additional musicians of such exacting calibre that the Tony Osborne Sound was hired frequently as all-purpose accompanists to visiting Americans such as Connie Francis, whose million-selling ‘Mama’ was recorded in Britain with them. Signed to HMV, the orchestra spent a week in the Top 50 in February 1961 under their own name with the film tune, ‘Man From Madrid’. Twelve years later, they notched up a fractionally less minor UK hit - on the Philips label - with ‘The Shepherd’s Song’, featuring vocalist Joanne Brown. Osborne’s son Gary has composed numerous songs, most notably with Elton John.
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