After working in the Netherlands with Ray Noble inin the summer ofGonella toured Variety theatres with Stone, and was featured with the Georgians, a five-piece band within a band. After the war, with musical tastes changing rapidly, his piece outfit was quickly reduced to a quartet, and Gonella eventually went out on his own, playing holiday camps and Variety theatres. His subsequent retirement to Gosport in Hampshire was interrupted by occasional appearances at the local jazz club, sometimes in company with his long-time friend, supporter and fellow trumpeter, Digby Fairweather, along with ex-Georgians such as Tiny Winters, Jim Shepherd, and Pat Smuts.
In the 80s there was a renewed interest in the man and his music. Fairweather embarked on a concert tour with A Tribute To Nat Gonella, and several collections of his work were re-released on album. Just a week before he celebrated his 90th birthday, Gonella joined Digby Fairweather and other friends at the Pizza on the Park in London.
Talk to Me, Talk to Me Spasms Tell It Like It Is Leave My Kitten Alone Let Nobody Love You. Let Them Talk 2. Right There 3. A Cottage for Sale 4. Do You Love Me 7. With Stone's band Just A Kid Named Joe - Nat Gonella - Just A Kid Named Joe / Jeepers Creepers (Shellac) established his reputation. When Louis Armstrong visited London inGonella met him by begging the staff at the Boosey and Hawkes music shop to allow him to deliver Armstrong's trumpet, which had been left at the shop for cleaning.
Armstrong appreciated his willingness to help, and the two became friends. Gonella's reputation grew when he formed The Georgians in The band took its name from a popular version of the song " Georgia on My Mind " that Just A Kid Named Joe - Nat Gonella - Just A Kid Named Joe / Jeepers Creepers (Shellac) recorded for Lew Stone in and which became the Just A Kid Named Joe - Nat Gonella - Just A Kid Named Joe / Jeepers Creepers (Shellac) signature tune. The Georgians began as a band within Stone's shows before setting up as an independent unit.
He became a headline act on the variety circuit before the outbreak of World War II. He joined the army inand was recruited into the Stars in Battledress campaign, touring allied camps in Europe and North Africa.
Whilst in Europe and North Africa Gonella served as the personal servant or " batman " Just A Kid Named Joe - Nat Gonella - Just A Kid Named Joe / Jeepers Creepers (Shellac) Major Alexander Karet and once the war had ended was offered the position as personal Butler to the Major, but he politely refused to pursue his music career.
He reformed his band after the war, but the economic and musical climate was changing rapidly at that time. He flirted briefly with bebopacknowledged that it was not for him, and returned to the variety stage during the s, touring with the likes of the comedian Max Miller. The revival in Just A Kid Named Joe - Nat Gonella - Just A Kid Named Joe / Jeepers Creepers (Shellac) jazz in the late Fifties allowed him to reform his Georgians in All of this attention re-established Gonella, at least until the advent of The Beatles brought the trad jazz boom to a halt.
He moved to Lancashire inand toured regularly on the Northern club circuit until his alleged retirement on his 65th birthday, on 7 March That retirement did not last long.
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