|Genres:||Big Band & Swing|
|Tags:||big band jazz swing american all dead philadelphia dixieland ragtime 30s lux moje standards library test|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||allmusic biography discogs VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
26 September 1901, Pitcairn, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 6 May 1963, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. After learning to play the violin when he was at high school, Weems switched to trombone while attending the University of Pennsylvania. That instrument was also favoured by his brother, Art, and in 1923 the brothers formed their own band, and soon afterwards Ted Weems decided to concentrate on simply being the leader. They became very popular during the latter part of the 20s, appealing to dancers mostly in and around Chicago with their sophisticated playing and featured singers. They were also in demand on radio for many years. Among those who sang successfully with the band were future movie star Marilyn Maxwell, Al Jarrett, Parker Gibbs, Country Washburn and Perry Como. Also popular were whistler Elmo Tanner and saxophonist-cum-novelty-vocalist Red Ingle. From 1922-47 the band had a number of big-selling records, among them Somebody Stole My Gal, Covered Wagon...