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Short Info

Date Of BirthJuly 9, 1916
DiedJuly 17, 2005, Salisbury, United Kingdom
FactThough Heath died in 1969, his band continued on relatively intact (most of the original personnel now under the direction of Jack Parnell or Don Lusher), until their farewell concert in December 2000 at London's Royal Festival Hall.


Sir Edward Richard George “Ted” Heath, KG, MBE, PC, was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 to 1974 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1965 to 1975. He was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Bexley in 1950 and served as Minister of Labour in Harold Macmillan’s Conservative government from 1959 to 1960. In 1965, he was elected Leader of the Conservative Party after the retirement of Sir Winston Churchill. As Leader of the Opposition, Heath led the Conservative Party to victory in the 1970 general election.

Heath’s time as Prime Minister was marked by economic crisis and internal division. He faced a miners’ strike in 1972 and the 1973 oil crisis caused inflation to spiral out of control, leading to the imposition of wage and price controls. To combat the crisis, Heath pursued a policy of industrial relations reform and nationalisation of some industries. He also oversaw the UK’s entry into the European Economic Community in 1973.

Heath was defeated in the 1974 general election after calling a snap election in an attempt to gain a mandate for his policies. He resigned as Leader of the Conservative Party and was succeeded by Margaret Thatcher. Heath remained an MP until 2001, when he retired from frontline politics.

Heath was born in Broadstairs, Kent on 9 July 1916, the second son of William George Heath, a carpenter and builder, and Edith Anne (née Sargent), a hairdresser. He was educated at Chatham House Grammar School in Ramsgate, and then at Balliol College, Oxford. Heath became active in student politics while at Oxford, serving as President of the Oxford University Conservative Association. He also became a member of the Oxford Union debating society.

Heath’s career began in the Second World War, when he served in the Royal Artillery and then as an officer in the Intelligence Corps. He saw action in North Africa, Italy, and Greece, and was awarded the Military Cross for his service. After the war, Heath worked as a management consultant for British American Tobacco before being elected MP for Bexley in 1950.

Heath served as Minister of Labour in Harold Macmillan’s Conservative government from 1959 to 1960, and was responsible for introducing the Industrial Relations Act 1971. He also served as Lord Privy Seal from 1963 to 1964, and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1964 to 1965.

Heath was elected Leader of the Conservative Party after the retirement of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965. As Leader of the Opposition, Heath led the Conservative Party to victory in the 1970 general election.

Heath’s time as Prime Minister was marked by economic crisis and internal division. He faced a miners’ strike in 1972 and the 1973 oil crisis caused inflation to spiral out of control, leading to the imposition of wage and price controls. To combat the crisis, Heath pursued a policy of industrial relations reform and nationalisation of some industries. He also oversaw the UK’s entry into the European Economic Community in 1973.

Heath was defeated in the 1974 general election after calling a snap election in an attempt to gain a mandate for his policies. He resigned as Leader of the Conservative Party and was succeeded by Margaret Thatcher. Heath remained an MP until 2001, when he retired from frontline politics.

Heath died on 17 July 2005, aged 89.

General Info

Full NameEdward Heath
Date Of BirthJuly 9, 1916
DiedJuly 17, 2005, Salisbury, United Kingdom
Place Of BirthBroadstairs, United Kingdom
ProfessionPolitician, Journalist, Organist
EducationChatham House Grammar School, Balliol College, University of Oxford
NationalityBritish

Family

ParentsWilliam George Heath, Edith Anne Heath
SiblingsJohn Heath

Accomplishments

MoviesJazz Boat, It's a Wonderful World

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Facts

#Fact
1The Heath band performed at sellout concerts at the London Palladium, as well as making prolific recordings for Decca and regular radio broadcasts for the BBC. During the 1950's, Heath conducted the first successful tour made by a British band of the United States.
2Though Heath died in 1969, his band continued on relatively intact (most of the original personnel now under the direction of Jack Parnell or Don Lusher), until their farewell concert in December 2000 at London's Royal Festival Hall.
3English trombonist (from the age of fourteen) and band leader, who performed in the orchestras of Jack Hylton, Sydney Lipton, Bert Ambrose and Geraldo, before forming his own band on VJ Day in May 1945. Some of the financial backing was derived from the royalties of two songs Heath had co-written with his wife: "That Lovely Weekend" and "I'm Gonna Love That Guy".
4The Ted Heath Orchestra provided the backing for Britain's first big budget musical, London Town (1946).

Movies

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Undertaking Betty2002performer: "Begin The Beguine", "Woodchopper's Ball", "In The Mood"
Midsomer Murders2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
Entrapment1999performer: "I Want to Be Happy"
It's a Wonderful World1956music: "When You Came Along", "Girls, Girls, Girls" / performer: "Hawaiian War Chant" - uncredited
Dance Hall1950arranger: "POST HORN BOOGIE" - uncredited / music: "LOVELY WEEKEND", "SATURDAY NITE DRAG" - uncredited
The Red Shoes1948performer: "Bougainvillia" Dance Music

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jazz Boat1960Band Leader (as Ted Heath and His Music)
Hour of Glory1949Band Leader (uncredited)

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
London Town1946orchestra contractor - uncredited

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ready, Steady, Go!1963TV SeriesHimself
An Evening with Nat King Cole1963TV MovieHimself - and his Augmented Orchestra
Dan Farson Meets ...1962TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Thank Your Lucky Stars1961TV SeriesHimself
Big Night Out1961TV SeriesThemselves - Performers
Juke Box Jury1960TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
Showtime1959TV SeriesHimself - and his Music
This Is Your Life1959TV Series documentaryHimself
Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z1959TV SeriesHimself - and his Music
Six-Five Special1957-1958TV SeriesHimself - and His Music
Off the Record1955-1958TV SeriesHimself - and his Music
Say It with Music1957TV Mini-SeriesHimself - and His Music
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1955-1956TV SeriesHimself / Himself -and His Music
It's a Wonderful World1956Himself
The Bob Hope Show1956TV SeriesHimself - Orchestra Leader
Dance Hall1950Themselves (as Ted Heath and his Music)
Theatre Royal1943Himself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dancing Through the Blitz: Blackpool's Big Band Story2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - Band leader

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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