Dal Richards and author Jim Taylor recount the life story of the legendary bandleader in this book. These are Dal's memories of the stars and the wannabes, the hustlers and bootleggers and hat-check chicks, all of whom paraded through his life in the days when Vancouver's night-club scene rivalled San Francisco's and Hollywood's big-name performers made it a regular tour stop. This story takes a loving look back at the gigs, laughter and musical misadventures of a time when the songs came from records and radio instead of CDs and iPods. It was a time when the music business was rich with characters like Two-for, who ran the spotlight at the Cave and frequently took it off the performer to turn it on his girlfriend lest she was cavorting with a new beau, and the one-hit wonder singer and piano player who had to hide between performances because a Mafia hit man was looking to turn out his lights. At 91, Dal is still going strong: on his 90th birthday he sold out the Orpheum Theatre and in 2008 his band had 154 gigs.
This year, he is releasing another CD and the Dal Richards Orchestra is still launching into "In the Mood" or "T D's Boogie Woogie," setting the grateful dancers swinging as their parents, and even grandparents, have through seven decades of keeping the music alive.
Dal Richards is a legendary musician and bandleader, having been an integral player in the development of the swinging sounds of Big Band dance music. Known affectionately as "Doctor Swing", he is the recipient of numerous honours and accolades including the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada. He hosts a weekly radio show, Dal's Place, on AM 650 Radio. Jim Taylor has produced some 7,500 sports columns, three times as many radio shows and fifteen books. His passion has earned him membership in the CFL and BC Sports Halls of Fame and a lifetime achievement award from Sports Media Canada. He is the co-author of Goin Deep: The Life and Times of a CFL Quarterback with Matt Dunigan and Hello, Sweetheart? Gimmie Rewrite!: My Life in the Wonderful World of Sports. He lives in Shawnigan Lake, BC.