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Robert Sherwood Haggart, 13 March 1914, New York City, New York, USA, d. 2 December 1998, Venice, Florida, USA. After formal tuition on guitar and informal playing of trumpet and piano, Haggart switched to bass, on which he was self-taught. After playing with various small-time dance bands, he came to national prominence when he joined the former members of the Ben Pollack unit who were planning their own co-operative band. This new outfit, under the nominal leadership of Bob Crosby, became one of the great successes of the swing era, combining as it did the currently popular dance band music with an exhilarating two-beat dixieland style. Haggarts contribution to the bands success extended far beyond his pivotal role as a member of the sprightly rhythm section. He arranged several of the bands most popular numbers, including South Rampart Street Parade and Dogtown Blues. Haggart was co-creator, with drummer Ray Bauduc, of a...