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Joshua Alexander Loss or Joe Loss LVO OBE (22 June 1909 in Spitalfields, London – 6 June 1990) was a British musician and founder of The Joe Loss Orchestra.



Loss was the youngest of four children. His parents, Israel and Ada Loss, were Russian Jews and first cousins. His father was a cabinet-maker who had an office furnishing business. Loss was educated at Jews' Free School, Trinity College of Music and the London College of Music. He started violin lessons at the age of seven and later played violin at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool and also with Oscar Rabin.

Loss's daughter Jennifer was the wife of British coachbuilder Robert Jankel.

Joe Loss Orchestra

The Joe Loss Orchestra was one of the most successful acts of the Big Band era in the 1940s with hits including "In the Mood". In 1961 they had a hit with "Wheels Cha Cha", a revival of the String-A-Longs' hit "Wheels". Other hits included David Rose's "The Stripper" in 1958 and "March of the Mods (The Finnjenka Dance)" of 1964.

The Joe Loss Orchestra carries on to this day under the musical direction of Todd Miller, who was a vocalist with the band for 19 years prior to Loss's death. In 1989 Joe Loss became too ill to travel and in 1990 he entrusted the leadership solely to Todd. The Orchestra has been in constant operation since 1930 and in 2010 it will celebrate its 80th Anniversary.

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