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John Chilton, British Musician and Author, Dies at 83

Wrote popular “Who’s Who of Jazz,” accompanied George Melly

John Chilton

John Chilton, a British musician, author and composer, died Feb. 25 after a brief illness. No place of death was disclosed. Chilton was 83.

Chilton, a trumpeter, was known as leader of the the Feetwarmers, which performed every Christmas for more than 30 years at London’s Ronnie Scott’s jazz club. The group also had its own prime-time BBC series, Good Time George. During the 1960s Chilton played on English pop hits by the Swinging Blue Jeans, the Escorts and others.

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