The Birmingham Music Archive was sad to hear of the death of Andy HAmilton in the early hours of 3rd June. Andy was 94 and was surrounded by family and friends.

Andy was an immense figure in the history of Birmingham music. He started his first band in Jamaica at the age of 8 and would go on to be a band leader for the next 86 years, culminating in him playing at his recent 94th birthday at his home from home, The Bearwood Corks!

Andy was the house band for Errol Flynn and often played for him on his yacht Zaka where hi composed the tune Silvershine for him. This would become the title of Andy’s debut album at the young age of 73!

Andy was also a tireless activist in LAdywood, site of the Hamilton family home. Working and teaching young people how to express themselves through music and was awarded an MBE in 2008.

The BMA extends its condolences to Andy’s wife and family.

There can be no greater tribute to Andy’s work than this performance at the 2008 Meltdown Festival where the curator, the Jazz maestro ┬áDavid Murray specifically asked for Andy to play. Which he did, with David and the majestic hip-hop group The Roots.

The Birmingham Music Archive was sad to hear of the death of Andy HAmilton in the early hours of 3rd June. Andy was 94 and was surrounded by family and friends.

Andy was an immense figure in the history of Birmingham music. He started his first band in Jamaica at the age of 8 and would go on to be a band leader for the next 86 years, culminating in him playing at his recent 94th birthday at his home from home, The Bearwood Corks!

Andy was the house band for Errol Flynn and often played for him on his yacht Zaka where hi composed the tune Silvershine for him. This would become the title of Andy’s debut album at the young age of 73!

Andy was also a tireless activist in LAdywood, site of the Hamilton family home. Working and teaching young people how to express themselves through music and was awarded an MBE in 2008.

The BMA extends its condolences to Andy’s wife and family.

There can be no greater tribute to Andy’s work than this performance at the 2008 Meltdown Festival where the curator, the Jazz maestro David Murray specifically asked for Andy to play. Which he did, with David and the majestic hip-hop group The Roots.