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He was born in Venice, Italy, and his father was the concertmaster of the La Scala orchestra under Arturo Toscanini. His family moved to England in 1912, where he studied at Trinity College. After graduation, he formed his own orchestra, which played in and around Birmingham. By the time World War II broke out, his orchestra was one of the most popular in England, both on the BBC and in live performances.
He was also musical director for a large number of musicals and other plays, including ones by Noel Coward. After the war, he concetrated on recording, and eventually gave up live performance altogether. He worked with arranger Ronnie Binge, and developed the cascading string sound that became his hallmark in such hits as "Charmaine."
He recorded for Decca until the mid-1950s, at which time he switched to London. He recorded over 50 albums on that label, many of which were top-40 hits.
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