This weeks marks the birthday of the British jazz trumpeter Humphrey Lyttleton.

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May 26, 2015 by dontbringlulubook

Humph‘Humph’ as he was known performed a track called The Onions at the Conway Hall, London in 1951 and later in 1954 at the Royal Festival Hall.

This same track composed by Sidney Bechet was played at the funeral of Lulu co- author Ron Onions’ funeral  in Kingston, Surrey.

The song has been described as a curious typically French-Creole number with a suggestion of the can-can and a strange two-bar tacit break.

The track can be heard here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1Aa-Xqqr2w

Humph was born on May 23 1921 and was described by his hero trumpeter Louis Armstrong as “that cat in England who swings his ass off”.

He was educated at Eton and later became a radio star on the BBC.

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