Lennie Hastings

Born 5 January 1927. Died 14 July 1978
Lennie Hastings
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1927-01-05
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Lennie Hastings

Lennie Hastings Biography (Wikipedia)

Leonard "Lennie" Hastings (born 5 January 1927 in Carshalton - died 14 July 1978 in London) was an English jazz drummer.

Hastings played in military bands during World War II, then played with Freddy Randall (1950–54) and Alex Welsh (1954-57). Following these engagements Hastings played in local combos and led an ensemble in Düsseldorf, then played with Nat Gonella briefly before rejoining Welsh. He was Welsh's drummer for well over a decade, during which time he also recorded with Earl Hines, Rex Stewart, Eddie Davis, Ben Webster, and Bill Coleman. He was particularly popular in TV appearances with the Alex Welsh band, and was known as "Herr" Lennie Hastings, in his trademark lederhosen, and noted for ending numbers with a shout of "Oolya Oolya".

In 1972 he left Welsh's group due to failing health and formed his own band. Personnel at the start was Nick Stevenson (tpt), Ron Brown (tmb), Malcolm Everson (clt/bari sax), Martin Taylor (guitar), Jamie Evans (pno) and Peter Skivington (bass) but the effort of running a band proved a little too much for him and, despite an encouraging reception from audiences, the band petered out after eight or nine months.

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Freddy Randall & His All Stars
Memphis Blues
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Memphis Blues
Alex Welsh
Stan's Dance
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Stan's Dance
Alex Welsh
Dapper Dan
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Dapper Dan
Fred Hunt
Tangerine
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Tangerine
Fred Hunt
Maple Leaf Rag
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Maple Leaf Rag
Fred Hunt
Hindustan
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Hindustan

Hindustan

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Alex Welsh
Norman Cave
At Sundown
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At Sundown
Roy Williams
Royal Garden Blues
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Royal Garden Blues
Alex Welsh
One Two Button Your Shoe
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One Two Button Your Shoe
Neville Skrimshire, Roy Crimmins, Alex Welsh, Archie Semple, Fred Hunt, Tom Page & Lennie Hastings
Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me
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Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me

Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me

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Neville Skrimshire, Roy Crimmins, Alex Welsh, Archie Semple, Fred Hunt, Tom Page & Lennie Hastings
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