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Pete Pontrelli

b. USA. Trained being a barber, Pontrelli produced his first dance music group in LA, California, USA, in 1919. It began being a quintet but quickly extended to add sidemen such as for example Everett Hoagland, Bernie Snyder, Joe Pally, Ernie Lohrman, Expenses Cooper, Hal Harnett, Joe Norden, Cliff Barber, Claude Bowen, Dalton Rizutto, Steve Allen, Les Pinlar, George Pope, Leo Warez, ‘Breezy’ Thomas, Harry Green, John De Soto, Bobby Little, Ted Romero and Pat McCartney. At its maximum it had been a fully-fledged 15-piece orchestra, led by Pontrelli’s saxophone. The music group stayed almost specifically on the western coast, with regular remote control radio broadcasts on the KTM network furthering their recognition. In 1928 they started a four-year engagement in the Palace Ballroom in Sea Park, before moving towards the Rainbow Backyard. Their five-year stay in the Paris Inn in LA was also the main topic of frequent remote control broadcasts, this time around over CBS. This radio publicity eventually created an award through the Fox Theater string as the area’s greatest on atmosphere dance music group. The group also got its record label, Senate Information, founded by Pontrelli himself. The Figueroa Ballroom contracted the music group leader to business lead their house music group in 1944, where he set up the rudiments of his very own band and continued to be for 14 years. They continuing to appear frequently over the airwaves and in addition KHJ Television. In the 60s Pontrelli used in Myron’s Ballroom, though his music group’s size acquired today contracted to a seven-piece aggregation. Pontrelli was still energetic in his eighties, playing the fantastic sounds from the dance band period.

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