Joe Henderson Biography (Wikipedia)
Joe "Mr Piano" Henderson (2 May 1920 – 4 May 1980) was a British pianist, most noteworthy during the 1950s.
Henderson was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He was taught to play the piano by his mother and became a professional at age fifteen, playing in dance bands. After World War II, he began working for the Peter Maurice publishing company. It was there that he met the singer Petula Clark in 1947. In 1949, Henderson introduced Clark to Alan A. Freeman, who, together with her father Leslie, formed the Polygon record label, for which she recorded her earliest hits.
In 1955, Clark suggested Henderson be allowed to record his own music, and he enjoyed two chart hits on Polygon, "Sing It With Joe" and "Sing It Again With Joe", both medleys of popular songs.
It was around this time that the two became involved romantically. Their relationship lasted a couple of years, professionally culminating in a BBC Radio series in which they performed together. Speculation that the couple planned to marry became rife. However, with the increasing glare of being in the public spotlight, and Clark's growing fame—her career in France was just beginning—Henderson, reportedly not wanting to end up as "Mr. Petula Clark", decided to call the whole thing off. They remained on friendly terms, and, in 1962, he penned a ballad about their break-up, called "There's Nothing More To Say", for Clark's LP In Other Words.
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