Canadian Musician James Dale, Musical Director For Smothers Brothers, Dies

A Canadian musician with a noteworthy international pedigree you may or may not know by name, James Edwin Dale who was born in London, England in 1935. Jim moved to Canada with his family at the age of 11, in 1947… attended the Royal Conservatory of Music, played in Peter Appleyard’s band then went on to work as a musical director on many of CBC’s prime time and late night shows in the 1960s. Moving to Los Angeles in 1969, he continued as musical director on the Smothers Brothers, Andy Williams and Sonny and Cher shows. He returned to Toronto in 1972, joined his old friends Rob McConnell and Guido Basso as the pianist in Rob’s band, The Boss Brass and continued as a force in the Canadian jazz and TV scenes. A Juno award winner for his work with the Boss Brass, Jim was also nominated for Emmy and Grammy awards. His passing a week ago just published the last couple of days… Jim Dale was 81.

Note: For the last 20 years of his life, he made his home in Naples, Florida, where he kept a recording studio. In keeping with Jim’s request, the boys will scatter his ashes in the Gulf of Mexico. A celebration of Jim’s life will be planned for the Toronto area in the near future. “Without music,” the famous philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote, “life would be a mistake.” Jimmy Dale would agree.

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