Francis Charles Chacksfield was born in Battle, East Sussex. During his childhood he learned to play piano and organ eventually becoming deputy church organist at Salehurst. After working for a short period in a solicitor's office he decided on a career in music. By the late 1930s, Chacksfield led a small band at Tonbridge in Kent. At the beginning of World War II, he joined the Royal Corps of Signals.
After the war, he worked on BBC Radio as an arranger and conductor. He began recording under his own name in 1951 as "Frank Chacksfield's Tunesmiths".
He signed a recording contract with Decca Records in 1953, and formed a 40-piece orchestra with a large string section, the "Singing Strings". His first record release for Decca, Charlie Chaplin's theme for his film Limelight, won him a gold disc in the United States, and in the United Kingdom, where it reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart, and won him the NME award as 'Record of the Year.' His next 78 single, "Ebb Tide", became the first British instrumental recording also becoming very popular in America. In 1953, he was voted the most promising new orchestra of the year in the U.S. He became one of Britain's best known orchestra leaders internationally, and is estimated to have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.
His material was "mood music" which included ballads, waltzes, and film themes. In 1954, he began presenting a series on BBC TV, which continued occasionally until the early 1960s. He continued to write music, release singles and albums through the 1950s and 1960s, and appeared regularly on BBC radio. His recordings from the 1970s on through the early 1990s were primarily on the Decca Phase 4 label. Chacksfield’s last album was Thanks for the Memories (Academy Award Winners 1934–55), released in 1991. Chacksfield died in Kent in 1995, after having suffered for several years from Parkinson's disease.
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|1. Rodgers/Hammerstein II: Hello Young Lovers||2:25|
|2. Loewe/ Lerner: On the Street Where You Live||2:38|
|3. Porter: So in Love||2:36|
|4. Carmichael/Parish: Stardust||1:54|
|5. Rodgers/Hammerstein II: No Other Love||2:40|
|6. Berlin: I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm||2:25|
|7. Edens/Freed: Our Love Affair||2:42|
|8. Mancini/Mercer: Days of Wine & Roses||3:19|
|9. Arlen/Kohler: I’ve Got the World on a String||2:43|
|10. Mancini/Stillman: How Soon||2:49|
|11. Keller/Shayne: Almost There||3:04|
|12. Forrest/Wright: Baubles, Bangles & Beads||3:04|
|13. Adler/Ross: Hey There||3:41|
|14. Chaplin/ Parsons: Smile||2:59|
|15. Schertzinger/Grey: Dream Lover||2:42|
|16. Parish/DeRose: Deep Purple||2:40|
|17. Gershwin, G. & I.: The Man I Love||2:58|
|18. Richards/Leigh: Young at Heart||2:17|
|19. Kern/Rock: They Didn’t Believe Me||2:38|
|20. Strachey/Marvel: These Foolish Things||3:03|
|21. Mancini/Mercer: Moon River||3:20|
Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra
Emporio EMPRCD 849
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