John Kirby and His Orchestra - Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm

They were affectionately called - The Biggest Little Band in America. John Kirby and His Orchestra were the first orchestra - big or small - black or white, to have there own sponsored radio program on CBS called "Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm" in 1941. They gained international fame when they recorded a swing version of the Scottish ballad, "Loch Lomond" in 1938 -it was a huge success. More

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ISBN: 9780964744110
About Alan Williams

My name is Alan Williams and I am Kirby's grandson and a biographer. I was born in Winchester, Va., and grew up on Fremont Street, a block from Kirby's home located on North Kent Street. I'm a 1973 graduate of John Handley High School and I earned my B.S. in Workforce, Education and Development from Southern Illinois University and my M.S. in Public Administration at Troy University. I'm a retired Navy Petty Officer and I'm enjoying my second career in law enforcement. As a self taught bassist, I have an intense interest in 1960s and 1970s progressive jazz. My mom, Yvonne Kirk Laws Williams (Kirby's only sibling), my grandma, Mary Moten Kirk, Kirby's cousin, June Gaskins, his schoolmate Mrs. Anna Bertha, jazz enthusiast and Winchester resident Russell Mason and Kirby's music teacher, Powell Gibson (all deceased) provided me a thorough education (through writings and personal interviews) about Kirby's upbringing and his career from 1908 thru 1946. Thanks.


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