The Rolls-Royce of orchestras

PUBLISHED: 08:41 11 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:49 24 May 2010

THE world famous Bert Kaempfert Orchestra will be making its debut at The Playhouse, Weston, soon. The late Bert Kaempfert's orchestra provided one of the most distinctive sounds of the 1960s, selling

THE world famous Bert Kaempfert Orchestra will be making its debut at The Playhouse, Weston, soon.The late Bert Kaempfert's orchestra provided one of the most distinctive sounds of the 1960s, selling millions of records.Now under the direction of trumpeter Tony Fisher, the 24-piece orchestra continues to play all the original hits including Wonderland by Night, Spanish Eyes and Strangers in the Night, which became Frank Sinatra's biggest seller.The evening programme at The Playhouse on September 22 will include other well-known hits such as Red Roses for a Blue Lady, Bye, Bye Blues, L.O.V.E., Two O'Clock Jump, Tuxedo Junction and Danke Schoen.The band's tight ensemble and strong soloists are well known and their combination of camaraderie, memorable music and fun has led the orchestra to be dubbed the Rolls-Royce of orchestras.Bert Kaempfert was a highly successful songwriter and bandleader. After joining Polydor Records, he produced records with The Beatles and wrote Wooden Heart for Elvis Presley.Later, with Decca Records, he penned Wonderland by Night which went to number one in many countries and earned Bert his first of many gold records.The hits kept coming and so did the awards, and Bert soon found himself writing hits for Frank Sinatra (Strangers in the Night), Al Martino (Spanish Eyes) and Nat 'King' Cole (L.O.V.E.) among others.Bert's daughter Marion has joined forces with Bert's lead trumpet player and close friend Tony Fisher to bring the Bert Kaempfert Orchestra sound to life in the UK. For tickets for The Playhouse performance, priced from £16.50, call 01934 645544.

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