b. Richard Carroll Gibbons, 4 January 1903, Clinton, Massachusetts, USA, d. 10 May 1954, London, England. Gibbons studied classical piano at the New England Conservatory in Boston and became interested in dance music while at college. In 1924 he went to London with singer Rudy Vallee and worked in the Berkeley Hotel’s resident group, the Boston Orchestra. He led his own band, the Sylvians, at the Savoy Hotel in 1926 and a year later took over the leadership of the celebrated Savoy Orpheans from Debroy Somers. After a German tour in 1928, the Orpheans disbanded and Gibbons went to HMV Records as director of light music. He assembled their house band, the New Mayfair Dance Orchestra, before leaving in 1929 to become musical director for British and Dominion Films. Back in the USA he worked for MGM films and, with Harry Warren and Richard Rodgers, provided music for Billy Rose’s 1930 Broadway revue Crazy Quilt, starring Fanny Brice.
From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.