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Farley & Riley

Although they found prominence as users of the Red McKenzie band in the Onyx Club in 1935, neither Eddie Farley (b. 16 July 1904, Newark, NJ, USA; trumpet) nor Mike Riley (b. 5 January 1904, Fall River, Massachusetts, USA, d. 2 Sept 1984; trombone) took jazz very significantly. Their on-stage antics drove aside Eddie Condon, who was simply also an associate from the McKenzie music group, but the general public adored them. Farley And Riley became specifically popular if they performed and documented a song compiled by Crimson Hodgson. ‘The Music Goes Circular And Circular’, bringing in non-jazz viewers to 52nd Road. Farley and Riley later on capitalized upon their recognition by forming rings of their personal, but their achievement clearly depended much less on intrinsic musical characteristics than around the vagaries of general public taste.

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