Casa Loma Orchestra

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Biography

Canadian tycoon Sir Henry Pellatt had delusions of grandeur similar to those exhibited by William Randolph Hearst. Pellatt’s equivalent to Hearst’s castle at San Simeon was Casa Loma, a house he built near Toronto. In 1929 a group of musicians, originally controlled by contractor Jean Goldkette and working as the Orange Blossoms, mainly in Canada, decided to strike out on their own. Forming a co-operative band under the nominal leadership of alto saxophonist Glen Gray, the musicians... Read more

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