This weekend sees the return of legendary American swing and jazz singer Buddy Greco to The Sands Venue on Blackpool Central Promenade.
Performing on Friday night as the guest artist on the regular Swing Spectacular hosted by the Sands resident swing band and on Saturday in his own show featuring his wife Lezlie Anders.
Buddy commented: “I can’t wait to get back on stage at The Sands in Blackpool. It reminds me of the way things used to be in Vegas with Sinatra and the rest of those guys.”
Hailed as one of the classiest entertainers in showbusiness Buddy enjoyed an outstanding career alongside his Rat Pack contemporaries – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr – on stage at the celebrated Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.
Buddy Greco was based at the famous Sands in Las Vegas in the 1960s and is the sole survivor of that generation of cool swinging greats. He has sold millions of records and received Grammys and Emmys for such classics as The Lady Is A Tramp, Around the World, From Atlanta to Goodbye, Movin’ On and Girl Talk. He is credited as a major influence on the careers of Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Junior… and many more.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of a music critic the young Buddy studied to become a pianist.
At 18 he formed his own trio and recorded a hit version Oooh! Look-A-There, Ain’t She Pretty? He was heard by Benny Goodman and offered a job with his band, later becoming pianist, vocalist and arranger for the band leader and for the next few years toured the world including a season at the London Palladium in 1949.
He left Goodman in 1951 and had a hit single I Ran All the Way Home, soon establishing himself as one of the biggest attractions on the American night club and casino circuit. His biggest hit came in 1960 with the Lady Is A Tramp which eventually sold over three million copies. Much of the ‘60s was spent in Vegas playing alongside the Rat Pack, and Frank Sinatra personally offered Buddy the rare distinction to record for his own record label, Reprise.
He visited the UK on many occasions during the 60s and 70s including an appearance at the Royal Variety Show in 1964, and in April two years ago he performed a live concert for BBC Radio 2 with the 42-piece BBC Concert orchestra as a salute to Frank Sinatra.
Tickets for Friday night are £34.99 and Saturday £39.99.
Each includes a three course meal. Book on (01253) 625262.