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Peter Appleyard

Although he became one of the world’s leading vibraphone players, Peter Appleyard started out playing drums.

During the 1940s, he was a member of a number of British dance bands. After taking holidays in Canada, he decided to move there. He switched to ‘vibes’, formed his own band and hosted his own television programme.

In the early 1970s, he won much praise for his performances with Benny Goodman’s jazz sextet. He also accompanied Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

Born in Cleethorpes, he never forgot his roots and adopted The Lincolnshire Poacher as his signature tune. He won seven Grammys.

Peter Appleyard, who was born on August 26, 1928, died on July 18, aged 84.

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