Canadian Jazz Musician, Peter Appleyard Dies at 84: 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know

Published:2:18 pm EDT, July 18, 2013| Updated:10:30 am EDT, September 20, 2013|
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Peter Appleyward, Canadian jazz legend, has passed away at the age of 84.

Peter Appleyward, Canadian jazz legend, has passed away at the age of 84.

Canadian jazz legend Peter Appleyard has passes away at the age of 85, reports the Toronto Star.

1. Appleyard Died From Natural Causes

Peter Appleyard promotional photo (Courtesy of peterappleyardvibes.com)

Peter Appleyard promotional photo (Courtesy of peterappleyardvibes.com)

The 84-year-old jazz legend passed away of natural causes, according to his friend and manager John Cripton.


2. Appleyard Loved Horses

Peter Appleyard promotional photo (Courtesy of peterappleyardvibes.com)

Peter Appleyard promotional photo (Courtesy of peterappleyardvibes.com)

Appleyard was An avid equestrian. In his late years, he lived on a farm east of Guelph. He regularly performing in the small community's hall.


3. He Began Playing Drums In World War Two

Peter Appleyard album cover (image courtesy of Twitter)

Peter Appleyard album cover (image courtesy of Twitter)

Became a drummer during WWII, when American Big Band music was growing in popularity in his native home of England. He got his start playing in the Boys Brigade.


4. Appleyard Shared Stages With Some Famous Music Legends

Peter Appleyard performed with many famous musicians, including Frank Sinatra (Getty Images)

Peter Appleyard performed with many famous musicians, including Frank Sinatra (Getty Images)

Appleyard shared the stage with a ton of famous musicians. This list includes Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Mel Torm, and Ella Fitzgerald, to name a few.


5. He Released 22 Albums In His Music Career

A poster for Peter Appleyard's last album, "Sophisticated Ladies." (Image courtesy of peterappleyardvibes.com)

A poster for Peter Appleyard's last album, "Sophisticated Ladies." (Image courtesy of peterappleyardvibes.com)

He released 22 albums in his life. The latest, titled "Sophisticated Ladies," was released last June. It featured collaborations with young Canadian female singers Jill Barber, Emilie-Claire Barlow and Elizabeth Shepherd.


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