Richard Himber

Decades: 2000s


20 February 1907, USA, d. December 1966. Himber formed his first dance band in the early 30s in New York City, New York, USA, having previously worked as a sideman with Rudy Vallee and as manager for Buddy Rogers’ Band. He had also been employed as a magician in vaudeville, and would use his magic skills to embellish the band’s live act, giving them a distinctive edge over the competition. Throughout the 30s and 40s the Himber orchestra proved popular at the smaller New York hotels such as Essex House, the Hotel Pierre and the Ritz-Carlton, with a style that borrowed from both the sweet and swing traditions. Himber’s sidemen included Jerry Colona, Johnny McGee, Ruby Weinstein, Sam Persoff, Dave Levy, Ernie Capozzi, Jack Kimmel, Nat Levine, Jimmy Rosellie, Pete Pumiglio, Jess Carneol, Sam Amorose, Jack Lacey, Lloyd Turner, Lyle Bowen, Paul Rici, Lou Raderman, Eddie Steinberg, Henry Patton, Charlie Margulis, Russ Case, Will Bradley, Sammy Weiss, George...

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