Pee Wee Erwin

Decades: 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


30 May 1913, Falls City, Nebraska, USA, d. 20 June 1981, Teaneck, New Jersey, USA. A child prodigy, Erwin first attracted attention playing trumpet on the radio with the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks when he was only eight years old. After playing trumpet in local bands, including John Whetstine, with whom he toured when he was just 15, Roland Evans, Eddie Kuhn and Erwin joined the nationally popular Joe Haymes band in 1931. He followed this with a spell in the Isham Jones orchestra, the outstanding dance band of the day, was briefly with Freddy Martin, and then joined Benny Goodman at the end of 1934. After a short stay with Ray Noble (in a band formed by Glenn Miller which previewed the Miller ‘sound’) Erwin returned to Goodman for most of 1936 and then flitted through various bands, including Noble’s again, Tommy Dorsey’s, Raymond Scott’s and then took temporary control of the Bunny Berigan band.

From the mid-40s Erwin...

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