Russ Morgan

Genres: Big Band & Swing Country & Bluegrass
Tags: russ morgan jazz pop big band vocal 40s male dead happy easy listening orchestra american 50s pennsylvania geohash:dr65w4s9grns scranton pianist all vaudeville spotify early 1900s epoche 1969-08-07 Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1940s 1950s
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29 April 1904, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 7 August 1969. A popular band leader, particularly during the 30s and 40s, who also wrote several durable songs, Morgan worked as a coalminer to finance his music lessons, becoming proficient on trombone and piano, as well as developing into a good arranger. After playing piano in local theatres, he switched to trombone, and in 1921 joined Billy Lustig’s Scranton Sirens. He moved to New York in the early 20s and arranged for Victor Herbert and John Philip Sousa, then toured Europe with the Paul Specht band. In 1926 he joined Jean Goldkette in Detroit as an arranger, and then served briefly as musical director for radio station WXYX in Detroit. He spent the late 20s and early 30s in New York, and arranged for top names, Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb, Louis Armstrong, the Dorsey Brothers and the Boswell Sisters, and wrote for Harlem’s Cotton Club revues.

In 1934 Morgan joined Freddy...

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