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Jimmy Dorsey

(1904—1957)

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Abbott and Costello

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

Teaming up in 1931, Abbott And Costello were in vaudeville before gaining success in radio, films and television. Bud Abbott (b. William A. Abbott, 2 October 1895, Asbury Park, New ...

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Alex Kramer

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. 30 May 1903, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, d. 10 February 1998, Westport, Connecticut, USA. A songwriter with a small, but important catalogue, Kramer studied at the McGill Conservatory of...

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Artie Bernstein

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. Arthur Bernstein, 4 February 1909, New York, USA, d. 4 January 1964, Los Angeles, California, USA. Before taking up the bass Bernstein played cello, working in dance bands. After ...

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Babe Russin

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. Irving Russin, 18 June 1911, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 4 August 1984. Russin began playing tenor saxophone and other reed instruments while still a young man, sometimes in...

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Bob Crosby

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(1913–1993).

Film and television musician and performer. While never as famous as his brother Bing Crosby, the Dixieland bandleader had a successful career on the big and little...

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Bob Eberly

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. Robert Eberle, 24 July 1916, Mechanicsville, New York, USA, d. 17 November 1981, Glen Burnie, Maryland, USA. One of the most popular dance band vocalists of the 40s, Eberly’s ...

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Bob Russell

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B. Sydney Keith Russell, 25 April 1914, Passaic, New Jersey, USA, d. February 1970. A lyricist who provided the words for several all-time standards during the 40s and 50s, Russell ...

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Bob Wills

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B. James Robert Wills, 6 March 1905, on a farm near Kosse, Limestone County, Texas, USA, d. 13 May 1975, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The eldest of the 10 children ...

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Bobby Byrne

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. 10 October 1918, Columbus, Ohio, USA. Byrne took up the trombone as a child and by the age of 16 he was sufficiently proficient to be hired for the ...

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Brad Gowans

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. Arthur Bradford Gowans, 3 December 1903, Billerica, Massachusetts, USA, d. 8 September 1954, Los Angeles, California, USA. A child prodigy on a wide range of brass and reed instruments...

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Buddy Morrow

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. Muni Zudecoff, 8 February 1919, New Haven, USA. Morrow, after graduating from the Juilliard School of Music, began his prolific career as a sideman with the hotel bands of ...

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California Ramblers

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

Between 1921 and 1937 entrepreneur and sometime singer Ed Kirkeby regularly formed a band for a series of recording sessions, usually to accompany his own undistinguished singing. Kirkeby’s...

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Charlie Teagarden

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. 19 July 1913, Vernon, Texas, USA, d. 10 December 1984, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. A trumpet-playing member of the prodigious Teagarden family, Charlie played in several territory bands...

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Chick Bullock

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. 16 September 1908, Butte, Montana, USA, d. 15 September 1981, California, USA. Bullock’s English parents had wanted him to become a doctor, but he was attracted to vaudeville and ...

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Chris Griffin

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. Gordon Griffin, 31 October 1915, Binghamton, New York, USA, d. 18 June 2005, Danbury, Connecticut, USA. Playing professionally from his early teens, Griffin joined Charlie Barnet’s big...

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Chuck Gentry

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. Charles T. Gentry, 14 December 1911, Belgrade, Nebraska, USA, d. 1988. Starting out on clarinet, Gentry later mastered most of the saxophone family, specializing on the baritone. He...

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Cliff Edwards

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

B. 14 June 1895, Hannibal, Missouri, USA, d. 18 July 1972, Los Angeles, California, USA. This diminutive, soft-voiced singer became universally known as ‘Ukelele Ike’, and popularized that...

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Connee Boswell

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. 3 December 1907, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 11 October 1976, New York City, New York, USA. An outstanding singer with enormous but often uncredited influence, Boswell claimed to ...

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Danny Bank

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B. Daniel Bernard Bank, 17 July 1922, New York City, New York, USA. Playing music from early childhood, Bank became an accomplished player on several members of the saxophone family ...

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Dave Matthews

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. 6 June 1911, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA, d. 1997. As a young man Matthews studied music in Oklahoma and Chicago. He became proficient on alto and tenor saxophones and ...

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