British jazz musician Terry Lightfoot has lost his battle with prostate cancer at the age of 77.

He passed away at the Milton Keynes General Hospital in England on Friday (15Mar13), less than two weeks after the death of his former bandmate, trumpeter Kenny Ball.

Born in Potters Bar, the star taught himself to play the clarinet and formed his own band, Terry Lightfoot's New Orleans Jazzmen, in 1955. The group went on to find minor chart success with the release of True Love, King Kong and Tavern in the Town.

Over the course of his career, Lightfoot made regular appearances on U.K. programme The Morecambe & Wise Show and toured with Louis Armstrong, The Who and The Beatles before both bands were famous.

He also played with the Kenny Ball Band, the Acker Bilk Paramount Jazz Band and the Kenny Baker/Don Lusher All Stars. In addition, he launched the Rockin' in Rhythm show, which detailed the history of jazz and played throughout Europe.