7 October 1911, Akron, Ohio, USA, d. 21 May 1973, Stuart, Florida, USA. Monroe was a Wisconsin State Trumpet Champion in 1926 with an ambition to become an opera singer. This eventually led him to join Austin Wylie And His Golden Pheasant Orchestra and Larry Funk And His Band Of A Thousand Melodies. He studied voice at the New England Conservatory Of Music, and in 1939 sang and played for the Jack Marshard Orchestra. Monroe then formed his own band in Boston in 1940, and immediately had a big hit with There I Go, quickly followed by My Devotion, When The Lights Go On Again, Lets Get Lost and his theme tune Racing With The Moon. His robust baritone, sometimes called The Voice With Hairs On Its Chest, sold the band to the public, although Monroe also had some leading sidemen such as future Glenn Miller trumpeter Bobby Nichols, guitarist Carmen Mastren, drummer Alvin Stoller and vocalist Marilyn...
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