b. c.1890, England, d. unknown date. Batten played violin in a number of dance bands in London’s clubland in the 10s and 20s. Among these bands was one led by Bert Ralton, an American saxophonist who had travelled to London by way of Cuba after having first established his reputation in Art Hickman’s band. In the spring of 1922, Bert Ralton And His Havana Band became resident at London’s Savoy Hotel, appropriately amending its name to the Savoy Havana Band. Throughout the summer of 1922 the band broadcast regularly from the Savoy, the first dance band to have a regular weekly radio broadcast in England. Apart from Batten, the band also featured Rudy Vallee and Billy Mayerl. When Ralton left at end of year, Batten took over as leader. He continued to lead and play in dance bands for a number of years.
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