| Richards in March 2009 |
Richards in March 2009
|Birth name||Dal Murray Richards|
|Born||5 January 1918|
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Occupations||conductor, clarinetist, saxophonist, baus|
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 led his band for many years in a weekly CBC Radio show broadcast nationally from the Panorama Roof Ballroom of the Hotel Vancouver. As of February 2012[update], Richards also hosts a weekly one-hour show on radio station CISL.
Awards and recognitionEdit
- 1994: Order of Canada, Member
- ↑ Davis, Chuck, ed. (1997). Greater Vancouver Book. Linkman Press. ISBN 978-1-896846-00-2.
- ↑ "Dal Richards". CISL. http://www.am650radio.com/DalRichards.aspx. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
- ↑ Corbett, Neil (3 June 2010). "Dal Richards: 92 and still swinging". Mission City Record. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:PWpHj-A6W5sJ:www.bclocalnews.com/fraser_valley/missioncityrecord/community/95532024.html. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
- ↑ "Dal Murray Richards, C.M., O.B.C.". Governor General of Canada. http://www.gg.ca/honour.aspx?id=3389&t=12. Retrieved 31 October 2010.