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Death of former Elgin singer

By Alistair Whitfield

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The original vocalist with the Alex Sutherland Sextet in Elgin has died in Perth, Western Australia, at the age of 79.


Glasgow-born Jeanie Lambe sang with the band at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom in 1960 before being invited to London to join the famous Kenny Ball Jazz Band.

She went on to gain an international reputation as a jazz singer and made many recordings and appeared on many TV programmes as well as appearing in films.

Jeanie also worked with both Chris Barber's and Acker Bilk's bands and shared the stage with many jazz greats, including the phenomenal pianist Oscar Peterson and the guitarist Joe Pass.

From the 1970s until 2007 she and her husband, noted tenor jazz saxophonist Danny Moss, played at most of the world’s great jazz festivals.

During a UK tour in 1990 she paid her last visit to Elgin but was disappointed to learn that Albert Bonici, who ran the Two Red Shoes Ballroom, had died not long beforehand.

The couple settled in Western Australia in 1989 and Danny, who was made an MBE in 1990, died in 2014.


Alex Sutherland, who was a Northern Scot photographer before becoming a full-time musician, was resident bandleader at the Two Red Show from 1960 to 1965 when he was appointed musical director for Grampian Television. He died in 2005 aged 73.

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