One Hundred

Jack Daniels turned 100 on 8th January 2011. A wonderful 100th birthday party was put together by his son and daughter-in-law Philip & Maureen Daniels. Friends and family came to pay tribute to this remarkable achievement, and to also revel in a fantastic music career spanning almost a century.

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Jack’s brother Max, gave a glowing tribute to Jack, their late brother Benny (a key member of Jack Hylton’s band in the 30s) and some more information about the Daniels family during the 1900s.

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Soon after my grandpa’s 100th birthday his health took a significant turn for the worst. I like to think he summoned up the energy one last time for his 100th birthday (see photos above). Jack Daniels died on 24th March 2011 as a centurion in so many ways.

The comments left by former pupils, family and others indirectly touched by his 84 years in music testify to his legacy. He is sorely missed.

Jonathan Daniels

8 Responses to One Hundred

  1. Suran Kularatna says:

    What a wonderful site, dedicated to a remarkable man. I am proud to have been one of his many students.

  2. Vasena Kularatna says:

    Dear Philip & Maureen Daniels, Andrew, Jonathan and the Daniels family,

    Please allow me to take this moment to express how thrilled I am to have come across this website dedicated to Mr Daniels and to be voyaged back to the wonderful times of the legend himself, who I am proud to call my piano teacher, educator and overall inspiration I have known for the last 15 years of my life.

    I have been a keen pupil since the age of 10 at Crowborough Road in Tooting. For thousands of Saturdays, weekdays, family gatherings and important occasions, Mr Daniels has brought splendid tunes, a wealth of knowledge, talent and music at our home. Mr Daniels has taught me piano grades 1 – 8, the last of which I am yet to complete without his guidance. He has embedded invaluable memories for me during my childhood learning to play piano. Through his teachings Mr Daniels has also shaped my passion for music and piano playing, built confidence, developed my ear and helped to appreciate various forms and genres of music. My family and I have had the pleasure of listening to his jazz playing at our home in and outside of lessons. He is undoubtedly an adopted member of the Kularatna family.

    The last time I saw Mr Daniels was on my wedding day in May 2010. Since coming across this website today I am ever so pleased to know he is well. I would be very grateful, therefore, if you could kindly provide me with an address so that I can pay him a visit.

    I have provided you with my professional e-mail address in addition to my personal one, after which I would be more than happy to provide you with my mobile number.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Wishes,

    Vasena Kularatna
    Tooting sw17

    • Hi Vasena,

      I only came across your comment recently so can only apologise for not replying sooner. I’ve posted a few more photos of him from the 1930s. Hope you enjoy them?

      Kind regards

      Jon

  3. Alex McKenna says:

    Very interesting indeed. I have one or two of the Alex Freer records I think, on Decca. Great stuff.

  4. Katie says:

    Hi there,

    I am so happy to have discovered this tribute to this remarkable man and teacher. Mr Daniels taught me piano and a bit of guitar for 13 years from the age of 5. Sadly I had to stop lessons as I was heading to uni and learned that he as well had to stop teaching. I often thought about him and it felt strange that I didn’t have contact with him or knew how he was getting on.

    I am so sorry to hear that he is no longer with us. What a life and what a talent. I hadn’t fully realised the extent of his musical achievements; to me his love for music is what really came through. I am extremely grateful that he taught and inspired so many people, including myself, my brother and friends. I will treasure my memories of him.

    • Hi Katie,
      Not check the website for a while and only just come across your comment and memories. So glad you found the website and had a chance to find out more about his life. It came as a surprise to me too about his earlier years and glad we could put it online.

      All the best

      Jon Daniels

  5. eloracnnaws says:

    I’ll be jiggered. Lovely old Mr Daniels. He was my piano teacher from age 10 to 15 in the 80s. He never said anything about his amazing career and I now realise how privileged I was to have had him as my teacher, as well as the fact that he was just lovely – always staying a lot longer than the hour’s lesson, always positive, cheerful and encouraging (even though I was not always very focused!) and always genuinely caring and wanting me to do well.

    I have thought about Mr Daniels with great fondness over the years and always thought of trying to get in touch to say thank you to him which I never had the chance to unfortunately. I should have.

    Thank you very much for making this website.

    • Hi,
      Many thanks for posting your memories. I am his grandson and he used to come over every Sunday (his 1/2 day off) and we always wondered about his pupils as he called them. He also taught me the piano and attempted to teach me the guitar, but I was hopelessly lazy and didn’t practice enough. I also only found out about his earlier life shortly before he passed away. I think of him often too and the website was partially designed so others like you can get in touch.

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