|Genres:||Big Band & Swing|
|Tags:||1920s swing big band under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
5 November 1897, Morristown, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 5 October 1977, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. Known as The Idol of the Air Lanes, Garber led both sweet and swing bands, although he is generally remembered as a creator of saccharine sounds. He attended the University of North Carolina and later became a violinist with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. After military service in World War I he formed a band with pianist Milt Davis and during the early 20s founded his own band which performed much of the then popular hot jazz style. When Guy Lombardos Royal Canadians began making the headlines in the late 20s, Garber took over Freddie Larges Orchestra, yet another Canadian sweet band, and headed down the Lombardo path to success, offering syrupy saxophones, muted brass and a few comedy routines in an effort to win friends and influence radio stations. The band became a popular attraction, gaining a coveted spot on the Burns And...