Glasgow & West Scotland

Jack Alexander of The Alexander Brothers dies aged 77

Alexander Brothers
Image caption Tom played the accordion and Jack was an accomplished piano player

Jack Alexander of the enduring musical act The Alexander brothers has died.

A statement from Ayrshire Hospice said the 77 year old died peacefully at 13:40 with his family around him.

Jack and his 79-year-old brother Tom started their professional career at Webster Theatre in Arbroath in 1958.

The pair, from Cambusnethan in North Lanarkshire, toured all over the world during a career spanning more than 50 years and were awarded MBEs for services to entertainment.

The family have asked for privacy at this time.

The brothers were both classically trained and played from a young age, with Jack on the piano and Tom on the accordion.

They developed their Scottish style after comedian Roland Smith suggested they follow the style of popular acts like Andy Stewart and the Joe Gordon Folk Four.

Robbie Shepherd, BBC Radio Scotland presenter of Take the Floor, said: "It is so sad to hear that Jack has died. As a pair they were the tops in Scottish variety theatre."

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