Francis Bay

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b. Frans Bayetz, 1914, Rijkevorsel, Belgium. Although he became best known for his work in the 50s with the Belgian radio dance orchestra, Bay began his career playing trombone in the 30s. He played in…
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b. Frans Bayetz, 1914, Rijkevorsel, Belgium. Although he became best known for his work in the 50s with the Belgian radio dance orchestra, Bay began his career playing trombone in the 30s. He played in a variety of settings, mostly linked to dance music, in his homeland and also in the Netherlands and Germany. At the end of World War II he played with the Ramblers, a Dutch band, and also the Skymasters. He worked in western and central Europe and in Scandinavia before forming his own polished big band, which evolved into the better-known radio studio orchestra. He led this orchestra on a more or less continuous basis throughout the ensuing decades.