Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Barney Liddell

Here is trombonist Barney Liddell, a veteran of the Welk orchestra from 1948, playing one of his popular solos from 1973's Salute To Irving Berlin show.

The native of Gary, Indiana attended Notre Dame University, and played with several bands before joining the Maestro's band when they played several dates at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. He was there when they moved out to Southern California and made the transistion to television in the 1950s.

In addition to playing trombone, Barney also was in charge of the band's instruments and luggage on the Welk band's concert tours...he was without a doubt one of the most valuable members of the musical family, but was alos one of the most kind-hearted fellows around according to Lawrence himself. Right up until his death in 2003, he continued to perform with several big band alumni bands and with the Music Makers as well.

Barney Liddell was without a doubt, a very fine trombonist from the big band era in the style of Tommy Dorsey.


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