Al Donahue

Genres: Big Band & Swing


1903, USA, d. 20 February 1983. Al Donahue And His Orchestra played their first professional engagement at the Weber Duck Inn in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, in 1925. Donahue had learnt his musical craft on steamships for the Eastern Steamship Line, and also played for campus groups while at college. The shows in Boston were well-received and brokered further engagements at the Hollywood Beach Hotel in Florida, where the band would play annually for five years. More lucrative still was a performance at the Bermudiana Hotel. So impressed by their performance were the hotel’s managers that they asked Donahue to arrange for the band to play for their whole chain, which included steamboats as well as hotels. Thus Al Donahue’s orchestras could be found almost everywhere in America during the 30s, with some 37 units performing the Donahue theme song, ‘Lowdown Rhythm In A Top Hat’. Some of the vocalists commissioned by the band included Lynne Stevens,...

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