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Al Donahue

b. 1903, USA, d. 20 Feb 1983. Al Donahue And His Orchestra performed their initial professional engagement on the Weber Duck Inn in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, in 1925. Donahue acquired learnt his musical art on steamships for the Eastern Steamship Collection, and also performed for campus organizations while at university. The displays in Boston had been well-received and brokered additional engagements in the Hollywood Seaside Resort in Florida, where in fact the music group would play yearly for five years. More profitable still was a overall performance in the Bermudiana Resort. Therefore impressed by their overall performance were the resort’s managers that they asked Donahue to set up for the music group to play for his or her whole chain, including steamboats aswell as hotels. Therefore Al Donahue’s orchestras could possibly be found just about everywhere in America through the 30s, with some 37 models carrying out the Donahue theme track, ‘Lowdown Tempo In A HIGH Hat’. A number of the vocalists commissioned from the music group included Lynne Stevens, Paula Kelly (later on to become listed on Glenn Miller), Phil Brito, Snooky Lanson and Dee Keating, all big titles of that time period. Donahue himself could pick the cream from the bookings to individually appear at, like the Rainbow Area in New York’s Rockefeller Middle where he loaded set for Ray Noble (he’d return each year for another six years). With the 40s the orchestra’s audio and style acquired moved to golf swing from its even more self-consciously highbrow roots, and engagements at Frank Dailey’s Meadowbrook, the Hollywood Palladium and various other best concert halls and theatres had been by the bucket load. After relocating to California in the 40s he continuing to tour coastline to coastline, also appearing within a film, Special Genevieve. In the 50s Donahue and his orchestra had been component of an unsuccessful western world coast tv series, before their music group leader came back to musical path for the Furness Bermuda Collection. He also opened up a music shop in Bermuda with long-standing friend and music group supervisor Frank Walsh. When that was the main topic of a compulsory buy order from the Bermudan authorities, they utilized the finance from your sale to get Ponzi’s Home Of Music in Oceanside, California. It shut in the middle-70s.

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