Musician. A Jazz trumpeter, he is best known as leader and founder of the "Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen" band. During the 50s, after played in the bands of Charlie Galbraith, Sid Phillips, Eric Delaney and Terry Lightfoot, he founded the Dixieland and Ragtime band, contributing to the revival of jazz in England. In 1961, Ball reached the fame winning the Gold Disc for having sold worldwide over a million copies of the Midnight in Moscow album. In 1963, he took part to the most important Jazz Music event in England where became the first British jazzman to be honored with honorary citizenship of New Orleans. During a long career that spanned six decades, he was acclaimed by critics and audiences for hits such as "Samantha", "The Big Ones Kenny Ball Style" and for a successful European tour with the legendary Louis Armstrong. Ball died in hospital because of complications from pneumonia.