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Charlie Gall

Biography

CHARLES 'CHARLIE' GALL (trumpet, cornet) was born January 7, 1935 in Glasgow, Scotland. Along with fellow Scot Jim McHarg, Charlie Gall was a co-founder of Glasgow's Clyde Valley Stompers which was Scotland's most popular band of its day. In London, England he led a band called "The Charlie Gall Jazzmen" which did a series of Radio shows as back-up band for a singer and variety artist named "Clinton Ford".

Charlie Gall played the kind of jazz commonly known as "Chicago" or "Dixieland", and was strongly influenced as a player by Louis Armstrong, Muggsy Spanier, Wild Bill Davison, Scotland’s Alex Welsh, and Humphrey Lyttleton from England.

On coming to Canada in 1965, he teamed up again with Jim McHarg and founded The Metro Stompers, later led by Jim Galloway. While still with Jim McHarg, they recorded an album on Columbia with the great Lonnie Johnson. On leaving the Stompers Gall founded a successful band called Dr. McJazz which was then resident on weekends at Toronto's Chelsea Inn. The band also performed regularly on the Peter Appleyard Presents television show. Toward the end of his playing career, he was with a member of The Hot Five Jazzmakers.

Along with playing on the "Traditional" jazz scene, Charlie Gall worked for thirty years as an “unofficial copyright expert” with the Performing Rights Society (SOCAN) which was called BMI Canada at the time.