|Emile's Wikipedia page is completely wrong. Emile's mother married again so Dave
and George Sweetnam are Emile's half brothers.
Emile Ford born Michael Emile Telford Miller 1937 Castries St Lucia.
Educated at St Mary's College, St Lucia. Attended Paddington Technical College,
Father - Frederick Edward Miller a parliamentarian of distinction holding the Ministerial
Portfolios of Health and Social Services (Barbados)
Mother- Madge Murray of St Lucia - a Concert Soprano well known throughout the
Occupation - Sound Scientist, Musician, Singer, Guitarist
Instruments played - Guitar, Drums, Keyboard
Born into a family of serious musicians - his grandfather an Orchestral Conductor, his
grand uncle a Concert Violinist, his mother a Concert Soprano and he himself along
with his siblings were all students of the violin.
In 1959 The Checkmates - Emile Ford, George Sweetnam (Emile's brother) Ken Street
and John Cuffley won the Soho Fair competition which enabled Emilewith the
Checkmates to self produce their first 7" record "What Do You Want To Make Those
Eyes At Me For" which became a No.1 hit It stayed at No.1 for six weeks and was the
UK Christmas single of 1959. The single made the Checkmates Great Britain's first
million selling artists - selling 1 million copies in Great Britain alone. The record also
went to No.1 in Australia. I believe they were the first unsigned band to have a hit
record in Great Britain.
Later the band expanded to include Les Hart, George Sweetnam, Alan Hawkshaw and
Pete Carter with the Fordettes - the band's backing singers.
Emile Ford TV History
1958 The Music Shop Rainbow Room - interview with Meg Richardson Anglia TV -
Emile & George (with brother George later fellow Checkmate)
1958 "Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson Show" - as Emile & George
1958 Nov 1958 Jack Good's "Oh Boy" show - Solo
1958 Dec 1958 6.5 Special Hosts: Pete Murray Jo Douglas Freddie Mills Jim Dale -
appeared as Emile & George
1959 Sunday Serenade - Emile/Checkmates guested for six weeks
1960 Val Parnell's Sunday Night at The London Palladium - Emile Ford/Checkmates
appearing in 3 different shows in 1960
1960 Saturday Spectacular - The Emile Ford Show/Checkmates - guests included
Paul Robeson and Morecambe and Wise
1961 Saturday 18th Nov - Thank Your Lucky Stars Host: Brian Matthews - Billy Fury,
Emile Ford/Checkmates, Bob Wallis and his Storyville Jazzmen,Alan Fielding, Johnny
Crawford, The Kaye Sisters, guest DJ Sam Costa
1962 Receiving an award on "The Cats Whiskers" TV Show
Emile only recorded one show for "Thank Your Lucky Stars" He was often mixed up
with Clinton Ford