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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Bobby Sherwood born 30 May

Robert J. Sherwood, Jr. (May 30, 1914 in Indianapolis, Indiana – January 23, 1981 Auburn, Massachusetts), known professionally as Bobby Sherwood, was a trumpet player, bandleader, actor and composer, most active during the 1940s and '50s.

He was born in Indianapolis, IN, into a performing family; he made his own debut as a performer while still a child, as part of his parents' vaudeville act. He manifested a strong musical interest as a boy and gravitated to the guitar, and at age 22 was good enough to succeed Eddie Lang as the guitarist in Bing Crosby's act.

From 1933 until 1942, while working for Crosby, he resided in Hollywood and filled out the rest of his time as a studio musician in MGM's music department, as well as leading Eddie Cantor's band on the latter's radio show. He briefly played with Artie Shaw as well; additionally, he was part of the circle of musicians surrounding the young Judy Garland's early career, by virtue of his
being married at the time to Garland's sister, the former Dorothy Virginia Gumm (aka Jimmy), and ended up leading the band on some of Garland's Decca sessions.
Lightning struck for Sherwood early in 1942 when he formed his own band, which included in its ranks the likes of Dave Pell, Flip Phillips, and Fritz Becker, in Los Angeles, and which was among the first groups signed by the newly founded Capitol Records label. The group hit with their first release, "The Elk's Parade," which sold a million copies.

At the time, the group also had a singer, Kitty Kallen, who sang on their record of "Moonlight Becomes You," but Kallen was only with the group a short time before she left to embark on a solo career. Sherwood was able to tour the country on the strength of the hit, but the recording ban imposed by the American Federation of Musicians cut off his successful debut before he could follow it up, and it would be a year before he could issue another single.
Sherwood's performing work also extended to acting, but it was music that sustained him for most of the '40s, and as late as 1947 he was still leading a big band. His Capitol contract ended after the '40s, and in 1950 he cut some sides for Mercury that failed to chart. Sherwood's last recordings were credited to "Bobby Sherwood -- One Man Band" on the Coral label in 1954, but by that time acting was taking up an ever-increasing part of his work, including a starring role (as Ned Galvin) in Columbia Pictures' screen version of Pal Joey (1957).
Towards the end of the 50s he again tried his hand at band leading, forming a small group and later a big band to work in hotels and casinos in Las Vegas and other gambling resorts. He spent much of the remainder of his career working as a very popular radio DJ in the Los Angeles area.
Surprisingly Sherwood died in obscurity in Auburn, Massachusetts on January 23, 1981 after a long battle with cancer. (Info mainly from AllMusic)

Here's a clip from the 1948 movie "Campus Sleuth".
Saturday matinee B-movie mystery genre.

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

For Bobby Sherwood & His Orchestra – One Night Stand
Go here:

01 bobby-sherwood-i-ve-got-a-walkee-talkee.mp3
02 bobby-sherwood-stardust.mp3
03 bobby-sherwood-take-the-a-train.mp3
04 bobby-sherwood-come-rain-or-come-shine.mp3
05 bobby-sherwood-day-by-day.mp3
06 bobby-sherwood-snap-your-fingers.mp3
07 bobby-sherwood-begin-the-beguine.mp3
08 bobby-sherwood-all-too-soon.mp3
09 bobby-sherwood-cottontail.mp3
10 bobby-sherwood-new-world-jump.mp3
11 bobby-sherwood-sherwood-s-forest.mp3
12 bobby-sherwood-suddenly-it-s-swing.mp3
13 bobby-sherwood-caravan.mp3
14 bobby-sherwood-september-song.mp3
15 bobby-sherwood-the-elks-parade.mp3
16 bobby-sherwood-politely.mp3
17 bobby-sherwood-king-cotton.mp3
18 bobby-sherwood-after-a-while.mp3
19 bobby-sherwood-giant-panda.mp3
20 bobby-sherwood-i-don-t-want-to-do-it-alone.mp3
21 bobby-sherwood-tostados.mp3
22 bobby-sherwood-hodge-podge.mp3
23 bobby-sherwood-in-a-mellow-tone.mp3
24 bobby-sherwood-cape-horn.mp3
25 bobby-sherwood-song-of-the-wanderer.mp3
26 bobby-sherwood-nocturne.mp3