Kenny Ball (born Kenneth Daniel Ball; 22 May 1930) was best known as the lead trumpet player in Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen.
In 1961 their recording of Cole Porter’s ‘Samantha’ became a hit, and in March 1962, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen reached both No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the UK Singles chart, with “Midnight in Moscow” . The record sold over one million copies, earning gold disc status. Further hits ensued, including a version of’ “March of the Siamese Children” from ‘The King and I’, which topped the pop music magazine, New Musical Express chart in March that year, Essex jazz trumpeter Kenny Ball died in Basildon Hospital on the 7th March 2013 where he was being treated for pneumonia,