Gus Arnheim / Gus Arnheim & His Orchestra

Decades: 1990s 2000s


11 September 1897, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 19 January 1955, Los Angeles, California, USA. Remembered today mainly as the composer of such songs as ‘I Cried For You’, ‘I’m Gonna Get You’ and ‘Sweet And Lovely’, Arnheim was a kingpin on the west coast band scene during the 20s and 30s. His orchestra, at various times, included such musicians as Stan Kenton, Irving Fazola, Woody Herman and Fred MacMurray, the saxophonist who opted for a career in movies. Arnheim first worked with a group called the Syncopated Five, in which Abe Lyman was drummer. Later, he played piano with Lyman’s Los Angeles-based orchestra, and then formed his own band in 1927. During 1929 the Arnheim Orchestra toured the USA and Europe, appearing at London’s Savoy Hotel and the Ambassadeurs Club, Paris, and featuring in the early ‘talkie’, Street Girl. Arnheim’s vocalists included Russ Columbo, originally a violinist with the...

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