Freddy D’Albert is a guitarist and teacher, formerly based in London and now living in the New Forest. As a teenager in the early ’60’s he had his own band – The Comanches, who released two singles and appeared on TV and radio, touring UK and Europe.
In 1966/67 he joined The Chessmen, an R & B and soul band, and TV appearances on Ready, Steady Go and Thank Your Lucky Stars led to another successful tour. The band recorded ‘Painting on Wood’ as The Magicians in 1968.
Freddy was a founder member of Sweetwater Canal who were signed to Ronnie Scott’s Management in 1969 on Vertigo record label and they toured UK and Europe for Stax records (later to become part of Atlantic records) supporting Sam & Dave, Joe Tex, Arthur Conley, Martha Reed & the Vandellas.
As guitarist for Marty Wilde, Joe Brown, Edwin Starr, The Marvelettes and The Fantastics Freddy made appearances in theatres, clubs and on TV then in the 80’s he worked extensively in the West End in function bands for the Ken Mackintosh, Don Shearman, Jack Hawkins and Herb Miller Orchestras and others.
Over the years Freddy has accompanied many artistes, include Marian Montgomery, Roy Castle, Roy Hudd, Anita Harris, Roger de Courcey, Davey Jones of The Monkees, Paul Melba, Russ Conway, Danny la Rue, Davey Kaye, Jim Bowen, Bob Monkhouse, Charlie Smithers, Stutz Bear Cats, Leslie Crowther, Lyndsay de Paul, Ernie Wise, Bernie Clifton, Norman Collier, Don McLean, Julie Rogers, The Bachelors, Vince Hill, Mike & Bernie Winters, Lennie Peters, Lena Zavaroni and Jane MacDonald.
Freddy was delighted to be asked to join The Drifters in 1986 and with them he toured extensively in the UK and Europe, including appearances at major festivals such as the Montreux Jazz, North Sea Jazz, and Cork Jazz Festivals. They performed at The White House for President Bill Clinton in June 1993, and later that year the President booked them again to appear for him in Florida. Back in the UK The Drifters performed at theatres all over the country and also at most of the Royal Palaces, including The Tower of London. Freddy was honoured to be invited to a Royal Garden Party to acknowledge the work The Drifters and their band did over the years for the Not Forgotten Association.
As well as many pantomimes, musicals Freddy has played include Grease, We Will Rock You, Little Shop of Horrors, Oklahoma, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Carmen, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Bugsy Malone, Peter Pan, Pirates of Penzance, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
Now Freddy is happy to be touring less, he is able to concentrate on enjoying playing jazz for fun and teaching the next generation of musicians.
Freddy D’Albert on UK Talk Radio