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The Lightfoot family confirmed that on Friday 15th March, Terry Lightfoot passed away, he had been suffering from Prostate Cancer, he was aged 77.

The care and dignity afforded to Terry by Milton Keynes General Hospital, and in particular his Nurse, Chloe, was outstanding and the family extend their deepest gratitude.

Terry toured until the summer of 2012.

Through his time at the forefront of British Jazz, Terry had many notable experiences, from touring with Louis Armstrong, meeting world leaders, being supported by the unheard of bands The Who and The Beatles, and having the accolade as being Britain’s youngest Bandleader. He also toured extensively with his youngest daughter, Jazz Singer Melinda Lightfoot and in 2011 leading his family as ‘Three Generations on One Stage’ at the prestigious Laine Dankworth Centre, The Stables Theatre, Wavendon, when Terry was Joined by daughter Melinda, grandson drummer ‘Ollie James’ Needham and youngest grandson, singer guitarist ‘Joe Miles’ Needham. As one journey has ended it appears another one is beginning, as the Lightfoot family legacy passes onto a third generation of talented artists. The, as yet unsigned Joe Miles, started gigging along with his brother ‘Ollie James’ Needham in his own right in 2012.


The family are considering a Tribute Concert later this year, featuring Terry’s Jazzmen, Melinda and Terry’s Grandsons, details of which will appear here. Terry is survived by his wife Iris and daughters Michele and Melinda

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