His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand was born in Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA), but he received his school education in Switzerland. There (still being a Prince) he received his first musical education. He started to play the clarinet when he was ten years old. Living in Europe in the forties of the Twentieth Century, when jazz was very popular everywhere, he also developed a liking for this music, and it should not be considered surprising that his first compositions were strongly influenced by jazz music.
His first composition, the Candle Light Blues, is written completely according to the blues sequence of chords. Also some other early compositions are typically blues sequences.
Writing about the jazz days of HM, it should also be mentioned that he had (or maybe still has?) a jazz band of his own and that he has played with many jazz greats like Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, Stan Getz and others. Apart from the songs, influenced by jazz, he also wrote some Marches for the Royal Forces of Thailand as well as some "Alma Maters" for Thai Universities. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

H.M.K. Bhumibol Adulyadej Music Catalog

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