In March 2009, I put a record up on Retro Dundee by Andy Lothian. This was a traditional Scottish tune that featured his violin skills.
Andy, however, was equally known for his big band sound, his orchestra being the resident band at the Palais for over 3 decades. In fact, he ended up owning the venue!
We are talking ballroom dancing music styles here, the orchestra supplying the tempo for the dancefloor with a mixture of latin, jazz and pop.
In 1946, his band was heard all around the UK when his orchestra was broadcast live from the Palais on BBC radio a few times.
Andy kept the big band going in the Palais up to around 1970, then bowed out to make way for the start of the disco era.
Below is a rare recording live at the Palais itself, from the mid 60's and showcasing the full orchestra sound - no lead violin.
The line-up includes - J. Couper - D. Gold - J. Croft - R. Bronson - G. Cully - B. Cooper - C. Fotheringham and C. Coats.
So go grab your partner and swirl around the room to this track below - Duke's classic..."The A Train".
Many thanks to Carolyn.