Frederic Malcolm Waring, 9 June 1900, Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 29 July 1984, Danville, Pennsylvania, USA. Waring began playing banjo at the age of 16 and soon formed his own dance band. He graduated to violin and was still at school when, after being turned down for membership of the Glee Club, he augmented his band to give it greater vocal content. This unit he called the Pennsylvanians and, conceived though it may have been as an act of reprisal, it certainly outlived its original purpose. By the 30s Warings Pennsylvanians, by now boasting a fully-fledged choir, were a popular broadcasting group, had appeared on Broadway and made a film. In addition, the ensemble was in the cast of the 1930 musical The New Yorkers, which had a score by Cole Porter.
The band had a number of hit recordings, their popularity continuing through the 40s and into the early 50s. Although musical tastes had changed drastically and Warings music,...
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