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Dal Richards
Richards in March 2009
Richards in March 2009
Background information
Birth nameDal Murray Richards
Born (1918-01-05) 5 January 1918 (age 103)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupationsconductor, clarinetist, saxophonist, baus
Years active1940–present

Dal Murray Richards, CM, OBC (born in Vancouver, British Columbia, 5 January 1918) is a Canadian big band leader known as the King of Swing.

He graduated from Magee Secondary School in 1937.

His saxophone and clarinet were first heard in the Sandy DeSantis and Stan Paton bands. On 1 May 1940, Richards, his 11-piece band and a then-unknown 13-year-old Juliette were booked to replace Mart Kenney and His Western Gentlemen, Canada's leading dance band at the time. This initial six-week contract was extended to 25 years of regular performances and broadcasts at "The Roof".

When musical tastes changed in the mid-1960s and work dried up, Richards went into hotel management. Gradually the interest in swing and big band music picked up. In 1982-1983, Richards and his band recorded a pair of well-received revival albums. Mayor Mike Harcourt of Vancouver declared 3 February 1984 "Dal Richards' Day".

Richards and his band continue to perform. They play in the Lower Mainland, from the PNE band stand to the annual New Year celebration at the Bayshore Hotel.

Richards led his band for many years in a weekly CBC Radio show broadcast nationally from the Panorama Roof Ballroom of the Hotel Vancouver.[1] As of February 2012, Richards also hosts a weekly one-hour show on radio station CISL.[2]

Richards is the lyricist of "Roar You Lions Roar", the fight song of the BC Lions football club set to the music of "I Love the Sunshine of Your Smile".[3]

Awards and recognition

  • 1994: Order of Canada, Member[4]


  1. Davis, Chuck, ed. (1997). Greater Vancouver Book. Linkman Press. ISBN 978-1-896846-00-2.
  2. "Dal Richards". CISL. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  3. Corbett, Neil (3 June 2010). "Dal Richards: 92 and still swinging". Mission City Record. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  4. "Dal Murray Richards, C.M., O.B.C.". Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 31 October 2010.

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