Hutch

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A&C Black, Jan 16, 2012 - Music - 384 pages
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Born in Grenada in 1900, Leslie Hutchinson went to America in 1916 to study medicine, but soon escaped to Harlem where he witnessed the birth of "stride" jazz piano. Moving to France in 1923, he became the protege and lover of Cole Porter before coming to London in 1926 where he was soon topping the bills in variety and on radio. Immaculate in white tie and tails, Hutch had enormous sex appeal, his velvet voice and superb piano improvisation attracting legions of fans among both the rich and the slump-struck poor. Despite his success however, Hutch was a profoundly insecure man with insatiable appetites for sex, drink, gambling and social status which precipitated his fall from fame to a squalid existence by the late 1960s. This book provides a detailed look at his interesting life.
 

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Contents

Chapter One A West Indian Upbringing 19001916
Chapter Three I Love Paris 19241927
Chapter Four London at Last 19271930
Chapter Five London After Dark 19271930
Chapter Six From Revue to Variety 19311938
Chapter Seven Touring and Climbing 19311938
Chapter Eight Reserved Occupation 19391945
Chapter Nine Out of Fashion 19461953
Chapter Twelve The Sweet Smell 19561959
Chapter Thirteen Clinging On Abroad 19601966
Chapter Fourteen The Darkness Deepens 19671969
Plate Section
Appendix
Notes
Discography
Illustrations

Chapter Ten Back in Mayfair 19541960
Chapter Eleven Indian Summer 19551960

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