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Joe Sodja

His name resembling a Slovenian beverage order, Joe Sodja is an extremely original participant of stringed instruments from the Cleveland music picture. Sodja’s history being a musician goes back to the middle-’20s and a family group band he worked well in alongside three of his brothers, the so-called “Arcadian Melody Pilots.” Certainly, the climax of his carrying out activity occurred in 1957 when he co-starred in The Parson as well as the Outlaw, a low-budget impartial western film having a soundtrack chock filled with Sodja’s interesting banjo noodling. Following that he enjoyed a little profile in comparable movies, going to take action in both Return from the Outlaw as well as the Killer and 21 Males — a fascinating place to reach in a profession that started on Slovenian radio applications broadcast on Cleveland channels such as for example WJAY. He continued to function in the NBC orchestra beneath the path of Fred Waring and became a favorite soloist in nightclubs with conventions nationally. Sodja was presented on television range applications hosted by Arthur Godfrey and Kate Smith, amongst others. He dabbled in jazz, carrying out with Art Make in 1928 and Nat Shilkret in 1933. In 1937 he do some recording like a innovator with a fantastic music group, Joe Sodja’s Swingtette — offering Joe Marsala on clarinet, Frank Froeba on piano and Artie Shapiro on bass. Edges slice by this ensemble add a good version of the typical “Limehouse Blues.” Sodja was inducted into his hometown’s musical hall of popularity in 1991, that he without doubt breathed a hearty “hvala!” (That’s “many thanks” in Slovenian.)

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