|Melody Maker Readers Poll (1944)...|
For 74 years the "Melody Maker" was the weekly 'trade paper' for the dance band and jazz musician as well as all those interested in the modern music scene. One of it's continuing features and talking points were the annual Readers Polls where readers voted under different categories for individual musicians, singers, big bands and a host of other categories.
The annual jazz polls were a major event in the jazz world but were also an important historical record of the state of British jazz through the years and preserve some of the historical perspective on British Jazz.
This page carries abridged results of the 1944 poll.
|Favourite Dance Bands :||1 RAF No 1 Dance Orchestra||2 Geraldo and his Orchestra||3 Carl Barriteau and his Orchestra|
|Trombone :||1 George Chisholm||2 Don Macaffer||3 Ted Heath|
|Miscellaneous Instruments :||1 Stephane Grappelly||2 Roy Marsh||3 Jack Simpson|
|Favourite Soloist :||1 George Chisholm||2 Carl Barriteau||3 Harry Parry|
|Female Vocalist :||1 Anne Shelton||2 Doreen Villiers||3 Beryl Davis|
|Piano :||1 George Shearing||2 Yorke De Sousa||3 Pat Dodd|
|Drums :||1 Jack Parnell||2 Jock Cummings||3 Maurice Burman|
|Alto-Sax :||1 Harry Hayes||2 Derek Neville||3 Douggie Robinson|
|Small Combination :||1 Buddy Featherstonhaugh Sextet||2 Stephane Grappelly Sextette||3 Arthur Mouncey's RAF Quintet|
|Tenor-Sax :||1 Aubrey Frank||2 George Evans||3 Buddy Featherstonhaugh|
|Trumpet :||1 Leslie 'Jiver' Hutchinson||2 Kenny Baker||3 Dave Wilkins|
|Male Vocalist :||1 Benny Lee||2 Johnny Green||3 Denny Dennis|
|Clarinet :||1 Carl Barriteau||2 Harry Parry||3 Nat Temple|
|Guitar :||1 Ivor Mairants||2 Joe Deniz||3 Vic Lewis|
|Bass :||1 Tommy Bromley||2 Charlie Short||3 Joe Nussbaum|