Sheila studied Piano, Violin and Trombone at the Royal Academy of Music before joining Ivy Bensons All Girls Band.

She then formed a vocal/trombone duo - the Tracy Sisters, appearing in variety, on radio and television, as well as in cabaret all over the world.

When the act broke up,Sheila joined BBC Television as an announcer and worked mostly in television until the mid 70's when she devised and presented the "Truckers Hour" and has introduced "Big Band Special" since it's inception in 1979. In 1992 she presented the Band on it's concert tour of America. She was also a regular contributor to Radio 4's "Breakaway".

"Bands, Booze and Broads", a collection of her interviews with the American sidemen who played with the top bands in the 30's, 40's and 50's, was published in 1995 and is now available in paperback. Her follow up on British bands of the same era, "Talking Swing", was published in 1997, the year in which she was made a Freeman of the City of London and an A.R.A.M. She is a former President of the British Trombone Society.

Sheila Tracy currently presents "Swingtime" for Primetime Digital Radio on Sundays 3pm-5pm (Skydigital 882) Her "Swingtime" can also be heard on Saga 105.7fm in the West Midlands, Sundays 8-10pm and on Saga 106.6fm in the East Midlands, Saturdays 10pm-midnight.

Reprinted with kind permission of Sheila Tracy


Sheila Tracy
played Trombone,
1956 to 1958.