George Hayden

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George Hayden (19**-19**). South African born musician, bandleader, producer and composer.


Born in Doornfontein, spent part of his life in the USA.

Contribution to South African Theatre, Film,Media and Performance

In the 1970-1980s he was the leader of the SADF Entertainment Corps's band, more familiarly referred to as George Hayden's Big Band, and became a familiar presence on radio. The Entertainment Corps existed to provide the military ... The main band, known as the George Hayden Big Band, which consisted of 30 musicians were mostly recruited from the South African permanent force members, and performed in the style of Glen Miller. He also accompanied and did arrangements for numerous local and isiting singers and cabaret artists.

He wrote and conducted the music for the musical Bo Jungle, to a libretto by the writer/producer Bertha Egnos, in 1959.

Awards, etc


Chatradari Devroop and Chris Walton. 2007. Unsung: South African Jazz Musicians Under Apartheid (African Sun Media): p. 68[1]

John Ferreira. 2010. "Bo Jungle - 1959 SA musical by Bertha Egnos", Soul Safari. Musical Treasures from Africa[2].

Percy Tucker, 1997; p. 124.

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