Orchestra leader Geoff Love (b. 4 September 1917, Todmorden, Yorkshire, England, d. 8 July 1991, London, England) initially used the above name pseudonymously. The British-born son of a black American dancer, he took to music at an early age and by the late 50s/early 60s joined Joe Loss and Ted Heath as one of the countryâ€™s leading band leaders. Loveâ€™s Manuel appellation allowed him an artistic freedom to draw influence from South American music and, although early releases did not reveal its creatorâ€™s identity (Love was â€˜unmaskedâ€™ during a cameo appearance on BBC televisionâ€™s Juke Box Jury), such recordings later became the natural outlet for his talents. A prodigious output, notably for EMI Recordsâ€™ prestigious Studio 2 stereo series, ensured that the band remained one of Britainâ€™s most popular light orchestral attractions throughout the 60s and 70s.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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