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- Posted on Mar 7th 2013 9:45AM by Cameron Matthews
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The famed trumpeter succumbed to a bout with pneumonia, according to his manager (via The BBC). The jazz man was surrounded by family when he died.
Ball was the leader of Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen, a prominent group throughout the 1950s and '60s. The mustachioed musician often appeared on television alongside comedy duo Morecambe and Wise.
Ball's group was even a chart topper, hitting No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962 with their version of "Midnight in Moscow."
"Every night with Kenny was different. He was a good lad, with a good sense of humour and a lot of fun to be with," Ball's clarinetist Acker Bilk told the BBC. "If he could have been on stage tomorrow, he would have been," manager Les Squire adds.
Ball's last concert was just 15 days before his death on March 7. The trumpeter's son Keith will continue to front his father's band.