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Sonny Dunham


Given birth to Elmer Lewis Dunham in New Britain, this brass specialist moved toward warmer climate as his career progressed with the decades, winding up in Florida like a bandleader within the ’60s. He previously a sister called Louise Dunham who was simply a specialist saxophonist, both siblings the merchandise of a family group that required music very significantly. The gamer who became referred to as Sonny Dunham was a valve trombonist at age seven, turned to slip trombone four years later on, and as a man started doubling on trumpet while an associate of the orchestra led by Eric Tremaine. Bandleader Ben Bernie experienced offered the brassman along with his 1st major professional work in the past due ’20s in NEW YORK, but Dunham have been gigging in organizations around his geographic area since he was 13. He remained with Tremaine for quite some time, took a brief stab at leading his personal band, and became a member of up with the Casa Loma Orchestra. In 1936 he proceeded to go with his personal ensemble once again, the venture enduring nearly a year this time around. Following a demise of his endeavor Dunham spent 90 days living in European countries, but by past due 1937 was back the ranks from the Casa Loma Orchestra. The brand new decade represented a fresh starting for him aswell, as he once more began up a edition of Sonny Dunham & His Orchestra that continuing with the ’40s. In the first ’50s he required a brief rest from bandleading and was noticed like a sideman with both Bernie Mann as well as the well-known Tommy Dorsey, both in instances demonstrating that he previously lost non-e of his flexibility under the stresses of leadership. For some time he was referred to as “the person from Mars” due to a number of the high records he blasted around the trumpet. His later on bandleading ventures had been concentrated nearly totally on Florida from the ’60s, and instrumentally Dunham was on trombone nearly exclusively at that time and was evidently regarded increasingly more as an earthling. Ultimately he retired totally, a quite appropriate decision in Florida. He produced his last recordings in 1974, and by that point had done some 158 documenting sessions. His music group, whose theme tune was “Recollections of You,” can be featured within a 1942 film entitled From the Beaten Monitor.

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Full Name Sonny Dunham
Died July 9, 1990
Nationality American
Music Songs The Wish I Wish Tonight, Half Past Jumpin' Time, I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City, You Gave Me The Run Around, Can't You Read Between The Lines, Night And Day, Clementine, Sheherazade, Easy Does It, Everytime, Prelude to a Kiss, What Makes The Sun Set, Moccasin Glide, Got A Penny Benny?, Disorder At The Border, While You're Away, Paper Doll, Mop Mop, Liza, 9-20 Special, Georgia on My Mind, Sleepy Lagoon, Begin The Beguine, Out of This World, Sentimental Journey, Three Men on a Riff, The Dunham Riff, Body and Soul
Albums Easy Does It, One Night Stand

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1 Led several short-lived orchestras (his first was 'Sonny Lee & His New York Yankees' in 1931; he fronted another group, 1936-37), before commercial success with a big band organised in 1940, which included among its personnel the trumpeter Pete Candoli, tenor saxophonist Corky Corcoran and Danish-born trombonist Kai Winding. Dunham's theme song was "Memories of You", a track he had made his own as a soloist with the Casa Loma Orchestra in 1937.
2 Ten of the fourteen musicians in Dunham's band doubled up on trumpet.
3 Played valve trombone from the age of seven, slide trombone from the age of eleven. Switched to trumpet during the 1920's, while performing with Paul Tremaine's Orchestra in New York.



Rhythm Masters 1949 Short Sonny Dunham
Sonny Dunham and His Orchestra in Jive Busters 1944 Short Orchestra Leader Sonny Dunham
Behind the Eight Ball 1942 Orchestra Leader (as Sonny Durham and His Orchestra)
Jivin' Jam Session 1942 Short as Sonny Dunham and His Orchestra

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Sonny Dunham and His Orchestra 1944 Short Himself

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