Wayne King

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16 February 1901, Savannah, Illinois, USA, d. 16 July 1985. Dubbed ‘the Waltz King’, before establishing his first dance band King had served as featured saxophonist in the Del Lampe Orchestra operating out of the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago, Illinois, USA. However, he soon dropped the primarily jazz influenced sound of this combo in favour of a smooth, highly stylised sound when his own orchestra made their debut at the nearby Aragon Ballroom in 1927. His large band comprised sidemen Tony Hillis, Lee Keller, Burke Bibens, Louis Henderson, Andy Hansen, Ernie Birchill, Bill Heller, Paul Mack, Bill Egner, Johnny Kozel, Roger Wilson, Harry Waidley, Dick Harry, Sugar Harold, G. Belogh, Wayne Barclay, Oscar Kobelk, Herbert Miska, Wayne Alexander, Art Ellefsen, Bay Bluett, Louis Kastler, Emil Vanda, George Bay, Earl Schwaller, Kenneth La Bohn, Ray Johnson, Bill Kleeb and Jerry Vaughan. The featured vocalists included Elmo Tanner, Charles Farrell, Buddy Clark,...

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