Bobby Sherwood

Genres: Big Band & Swing
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s

Biography

30 May 1914, Indianapolis, USA. Self-taught on several instruments, Sherwood first appeared on stage as a child when he became a member of a vaudeville troupe. In the mid-30s he was hired by Bing Crosby as accompanist following the death of guitarist Eddie Lang. Through his association with Crosby, Sherwood readily secured work in Hollywood, mostly with MGM. In 1941, by this time mostly playing trumpet, he formed his own big band. Although he was also an accomplished arranger, again self taught, Sherwood lacked the qualities needed for band leadership; despite hiring outstanding young musicians such as Zoot Sims, his band was often under-rehearsed and, according to critic George T. Simon, ‘one of the most slovenly-looking crews’ he ever saw on a bandstand. Owing to the popularity of records such as ‘Sherwood’s Forest’ and ‘Elk’s Parade’, both of which he composed, he managed to keep the band afloat until the end of the 40s....

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