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Benny Lee & the Whistle Stop 5

About Benny Lee & the Whistle Stop 5

Authentic Jump Jive, swing and party band playing the tunes you know and want to dance to.  Louis Prima meets Frank Sinatra meets T-Rex meets Destiny’s Child.  How does this work?! – Unique arrangements meets Top Pro musicians meets high energy and showmanship – that’s how…

Wowing audiences right across the UK, Benny and the band never fail to get people on their feet and singing along with classic tunes from the 1920’s through to the 2010’s!

This class act entertains thousands of people every year at festivals, weddings, concerts, dances, conferences, and has a reputation for delivering the right tune at the right time. 

Get on the floor and enjoy Benny Lee & The Whistle Stop 5!

From £1,800.00

Benny Lee & the Whistle Stop 5 Testimonials

Dear Benny & The Whistle Stop 5!

Just a quick note to say a huge thank you to you and your band for making our wedding night go with a swing!! Sorry our timings were so awry. We were so grateful that you managed to work around this and gave us the full set. We thought you were absolutely fantastic and I don’t think either of us sat down once you started! Even those who couldn’t dance (!) enjoyed listening. Looking forward to seeing you around Nottingham again soon, thanks again. Best wishes.

Matthew & Rebecca Brown Goosedale Banqueting, Nottingham, Sept 2009

Dear Benny & The Whistle Stop 5!

Just had to write to tell you how much we enjoyed your music on Saturday at the after-wedding celebration in the centre of London. A fantastic wedding in St Paul’s Cathedral was followed by a really swinging party set alight by you and the Whistle Stop Five ! Wow, talk about getting people going! Your range and choice of music was fantastic; each and everyone of your group was superb (clearly brilliant musicians in their own right), the vocals and arrangements were excellent and everyone got into the real "swing". You really knew what to play and what was wanted; the ‘floor’ was full throughout all your sets, a sure sign that your playing was hitting the mark. A huge compliment that you knew what volume to play at; lively and spirited but not drowning everyone out or bursting our ear drums (which less professional groups all seem determined to do!). Other people at the party were keen to book you for their events and, after Saturday, they know they won’t be disappointed with your performance for them. A fabulous evening!
Brian & Angela.

Sarah & Simon’s Wedding Corney & Barrow, Paternoster Square, London. August 2009

Dear Benny & The Whistle Stop 5!

Sorry it’s took me so long to send this email, been a bit of a whirlwind since the wedding. Just wanted to say cheers for the performance, everyone had a great time, it made the night for us. Loads of people have been asking about the band so maybe you may get a few bookings in the future. Hopefully we are going to come down to Nottingham for one of your shows before Christmas.

Ricki & Nicola Reckless, Barnsley Hospital Club, August 2009

Dear Benny & The Whistle Stop 5!

Thank you all so much for making our after wedding party go with a bang last Saturday. Our guests just haven't stopped talking about you. Hannah's vocals were outstanding and you all kept the dancefloor full with your choice of songs and fantastic showmanship. Cheers again - you were awesome.

Shaun & Avril, Park Plaza Hotel, Nottingham, November 2009

Dear Benny & The Whistle Stop 5!

What can we say?! You were fantastic! As I was standing outside church greeting our guests I could hear you playing – it sounded fab! You sang beautifully during the signing of the registers and we’ll never forget our recessional music! It was unique to us and it meant so much that it was you!

Nikki & Rick, Nottingham December 2008

Sample Set List

I’m Beginning To See The Light (Ella Fitzgerald)
Choo Choo Cha Boogie (Louis Jordan)
Let There Be Love (Nat King Cole)
Sunnyside/Exactly Like You (Louis Prima)
Embraceable You/I Got It Bad (Louis Prima/Keely Smith)
Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t (Louis Jordan)
I’m In The Mood For Love (Prima)
When You’re Smilin’/Sheik Of Araby (Prima)
Nothin’s Too Good For My Baby (Prima/Smith)
Banana Split (Prima)
Under My Skin (Smith)
Under My Skin (Frank Sinatra)
I Could’ve Danced All Night (Jamie Cullum)
Tomorrow/Yesterday (“Annie”/The Beatles)
Summerwind/You Make Me Feel So Young (Sinatra)
Fly Me To The Moon/Sweetest Feeling (Sinatra/Jackie Wilson)
Music Goes Round And Round (Prima)
Buona Sera (Prima)
Let The Good Times Roll (Jordan)
Sing, Sing, Sing (Prima)
Sing, Sing, Sing – Clarinet (Benny Goodman)
Angelina/Robin Hood/Oh Babe (Prima)
I Wanna Be Like You (Prima)
Them There Eyes/Honeysuckle Rose (Prima)
Pennies From Heaven (Prima)
Basin Street/When It’s Sleepy Time Down South (Prima)
What Is This Thing Called Love? (Sinatra)
There Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens (Jordan)
Opener
Whistle Stop (Prima)
The Lip (Smith/Prima)
Witchcraft (Sinatra)
I’ve Got The World On A String (Prima)
5 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days (Prima)
Oh Marie (Prima)
Moondance/Billie Jean (Van Morrison/Michael Jackson)
Just A Gigolo (Prima)
That Old Black Magic (Prima/Smith)
Jump, Jive & Wail (Prima)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love/Rehab (Queen/Amy Winehouse)
Mamma Mia/Waterloo (ABBA)
Sweet About Me (Gabriella Cilme)
Valerie (Mark Ronson)
Survivor (Destiny’s Child)
Sway (Michael Buble)
Girl From Ipanema (Stan Getz)
Dance Me To The End Of Love (Madeleine Peyroux)
Bad Bad Leroy Brown (Sinatra)
Lazy River (Prima)
Cheek To Cheek (Ella Fitzgerald)
Our Love Is Here To Stay (Ella Fitzgerald)
The Very Thought Of You (Natalie Cole)
Theme From The Godfather
Moon River
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go/Like A Bat Out Of Hell/Jump (Wham!/Meatloaf/Van Halen)
Minnie The Moocher (Cab Calloway)
Georgia On My Mind (Louis Armstrong)
La Vie En Rose (Sam Butera)
Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)
Get It On (T-Rex)
Mrs Robinson/Disco 2000 (Simon & Garfunkel/Pulp)
Livin’ La Vida Loca/The Promise/La Bamba (Ricky Martin/Girls Aloud/Los Lobos)
Let Me Entertain You/Singin’ In The Rain/Umbrella (Robbie Williams/Gene Kelly/Rhianna)
On The Street Where You Live (Butera)
I Love Paris (Butera)
Black Or White (Michael Jackson)
Deeply Dippy (Right Said Fred)
Nobody Does It Better (Carly Simon)
Cheek To Cheek (Eva Cassidy)
Bare Necessities (Harry Connick Jnr)
Dinga Won’t Ding (Prima/Gia Maione)
In For The Kill (La Roux)
Mama Do (Pixie Lott)
The Look Of Love (Dusty Springfield)
Oh! What A Beautiful Morning (Oklahoma)
Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
The Way You Look Tonight (Michael Buble)
Bewitched (Frank Sinatra)
Me & My Shadow (The Rat Pack)
Right Now (Mel Torme)
Stuck In The Middle With You (Steeler’s Wheel)
Bring Me Sunshine (Morecambe & Wise)
Three Coins In A Fountain (Tony Bennett)
Brazil (Sinatra)
Beyond The Sea (Bobby Darin)
Love Cats (The Cure)
Big Bad Handsome Man (Imelda May)
Why Don’t You Do Right (Marilyn Monroe)
Hit The Road Jack (Ray Charles)
My Baby Just Cares For Me (Nina Simone)
I Got A Feeling (Black Eyed Peas)
I’m So Excited (The Pointer Sisters)
Perfect (Fairground Attraction)
Sweet Child O’Mine (Guns n Roses)
Sex On Fire (Kings Of Lyon)
Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers)
Don’t Cha (Pussy Cat Dolls)
Rehab (Amy Winehouse)
Creep (Radiohead)
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (Doris Day
Que Sera Sera (Doris Day)
O Sole Mio (Mario Lanza)
Tea For Two (Ella Fitzgerald)
Everybody’s Changing (Keane)
Let’s Face The Music (Nat King Cole)
All I Want Is You (Barry Louis Polisar)
All I Do Is Dream Of You (Louis Prima/Keeley Smith)
Tequila (Mongo Santamaria)
Pencil Full Of Lead (Paolo Nutini)
Chapel Of Love (Dixie Cups)
Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt)
Jingle Bells (Bing Crosby)
On Days Like These (Matt Monro)
L.O.V.E (Nat King Cole)
Mack The Knife (Sinatra)
Bad Bad Leroy Brown (Sinatra)
Don’t Want To Miss A Thing (Aerosmith)
Dream A Little Dream (Mama Cass)

NB. This list is not exhaustive, and with reasonable notice we can play our own version of practically any tune!!!

Prices

Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.


7 piece for up to 150 guests


£2,100.00

7 piece for over 150 guests

£2,520.00

6 piece for up to 150 guests


£1,920.00

6 piece for over 150 guests

£2,340.00

5 piece for up to 150 guests


£1,800.00

5 piece for over 150 guests

£2,220.00

West Midlands

Staffordshire£2,300.00Birmingham£2,200.00Warwickshire£2,300.00Worcestershire£2,300.00Shropshire£2,300.00Herefordshire£2,300.00Gloucestershire£2,200.00

East

Cambridgeshire£2,600.00Norfolk£2,600.00Suffolk£2,600.00Norwich£2,600.00

East Midlands

Nottinghamshire£2,400.00Derbyshire£2,400.00Leicestershire£2,400.00Lincolnshire£2,400.00Northamptonshire£2,400.00Rutland£2,400.00

North East

Tyne and Wear£2,200.00East Yorkshire£2,200.00North Yorkshire£2,200.00Durham£2,300.00Northumberland£2,200.00Leeds£2,200.00South Yorkshire£2,200.00West Yorkshire£2,200.00

North West

Cumbria£2,200.00Cheshire£2,100.00Manchester£2,100.00Lancashire£2,200.00Liverpool£2,100.00Merseyside£2,100.00

Scotland

Sutherland£2,900.00Stirlingshire£2,800.00West Lothian£2,800.00Aberdeen£2,800.00Perth£2,800.00East Lothian£2,800.00Dumfriesshire£2,800.00Ayrshire£2,800.00Fife£2,800.00Edinburgh£2,600.00Glasgow£2,600.00Lanarkshire£2,800.00Midlothian£2,800.00Inverness£2,800.00

South East

Oxfordshire£2,400.00Surrey£2,500.00West Sussex£2,500.00Kent£2,600.00Sussex£2,400.00Isle of Wight£3,200.00Buckinghamshire£2,400.00Berkshire£2,400.00Bedfordshire£2,400.00East Sussex£2,500.00Essex£2,500.00Hertfordshire£2,400.00Hampshire£2,400.00London£2,600.00Middlesex£2,400.00

South West

Wiltshire£2,600.00Bristol£2,400.00Bath£2,400.00Cornwall£2,600.00Devon£2,600.00Somerset£2,600.00Dorset£2,600.00

Wales

Wrexham£2,700.00Pembroke£2,800.00Cardigan£2,600.00Brecon£2,600.00Cardiff£2,500.00Anglesey£2,600.00Caernarfonshire£2,600.00Carmarthen£2,700.00Glamorgan£2,600.00Flint£2,600.00Denbigh£2,600.00Monmouth£2,600.00

FAQs

Q: Does the band come in different sizes?

A: Yes! The band can perform as a 5 / 6 or 7 piece band.

Q: Can we get something played if it isn't on your repertoire list?

A: Of course! We take requests no problems given we have enough time in advance to learn it for an extra cost of £50. Please stipulate when booking of you have any requests.

Q: Can you play with a venue that has a sound limiter?

A: Absolutely.

Q: What does the price include?

A: These prices include PA and basic lighting to play for up to 2 x 60 min sets including at least one break of 15 mins, plus disco/background music on ipod throughout evening up until Midnight.


Q: Do you bring your own PA system?

A: Yes we provide our own PA however we are happy to use in-house PA or other provided PA companies. This doesn’t affect the basic cost, but negates the increase in cost for over 150 guests.

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