Clacton & North East Essex Arts & Literary Society
15th October 2012 The Diamond Jubilee Show with Tony Jacobs and Company
A Right Royal Occasion – Celebrating a musical journey from the Queen’s birth to her Coronation.
Tony Jacobs Biography
Tony Jacobs was born in Neasden, North London in 1952. Yes, we know he doesn’t look his age – he looks ten years older – and he says he owes it all to his love of real ale.
Whilst at school and his friends were listening to the sounds of people such as The Rolling Stones, The Cream , Eric Clapton and suchlike, he began to form his strong and unshakeable belief that the man who invented the electric guitar should have been drowned at birth.
Tony discovered his father’s collection of 78 rpm records and was captivated by the music of Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw and especially the band that remains his firm favourite – the Bob Crosby Orchestra and the Bobcats. He then heard Louis Armstrong’s ‘Potato Head Blues’ and still regards him, along with Bing Crosby, as the most influential musician/singer in 20th century popular music. website
Tony Jacobs has a Passion for Comedy
He studied (sort of) at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, where he indulged his passion for comedy (a passion which many say he carries over into his singing), writing, producing and acting in revues – yes, he did it all. Big head.
He then became a social worker, but entertainment and music beckoned and during his five year tenure fronting the tea-dance band at London’s Waldorf Hotel, he decided to go into music full -time. He was offered the job as male vocalist with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra in 1991 (he tried for the female vocalist position, but the beard gave him away) and there he remained for about ten years. During this time, he developed his own shows and met Ray Lowman who became his manager and friend. Ray encouraged Tony in his efforts and it is true to say that whatever success Tony achieved was due to Ray’s unstinting support. This included devising The Gershwin Years and The Sinatra Years and establishing very successful musical events in several venues. Sadly, Ray died in February 2004 but leaves a legacy of highly acclaimed shows.
Tony Jacobs Agent
Tony is now handled (if you’ll pardon the expression) by David Foster at All-Electric Productions.
He currently presents three jazz/cabaret/dance events during the year at Bracklesham Bay near Chichester and Pakefield near Lowesoft.
Tony lives in Fishguard with Mary and their three cats in their home which overlooks the sea and smells vaguely of beer.
Tony is now handled (if you’ll pardon the expression) by David Foster at All-Electric Productions