Paul Specht

Decades: 2000s


1895, USA, d. April 1954, New York City, New York, USA. The Paul Specht Orchestra was formed as a sextet in 1916 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Led by Specht himself on violin, the band soon enlarged to a 12-piece formation. A range of musicians would be employed by the band at various times, including Johnny O’Donnell, Russ Morgan, Harold Saiers, Don Lindley, Francis Smith, Frank Guarante, Chauncey Morehouse, Arthur Schutt, Harold Deppe, Joe Tarto, Hal Monquin, Arch Jones, Frank Quartell, Henry Wade, Roy Smeck, Charlie Spivak, Johnny Egan, Charlie Butterfield, Frank Kildert, Gil Detton, Billy Wolfe, Ted Noyes, Johnny Morris, Al Philburn, Ernie Warren, Foster Morehouse, Lou Calabrese, Jack Cressy, Bob Chester, Peter Van Steeder, Artie Shaw and Orville Knapp. Many of these sidemen would later become famous band leaders and musicians in their own right. Specht also employed a six-piece group, the Georgians, made up from the larger band’s ranks, to accompany him...

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