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Bill Challis

As personnel arranger for Jean Goldkette (1926) and Paul Whiteman (1927-1930), Expenses Challis was largely in charge of majority of both big rings’ most jazz-oriented graphs, including “Weekend,” “My Pretty Young lady,” “Adjustments,” “Dardanella,” & most notably “San.” Challis also had written for Frankie Trumbauer’s small-group times with Bix Beiderbecke, …

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Bill Challis & His Orchestra

b. William H. Challis, 8 July 1904, Wilkes-Barre, Pa, USA, d. 4 Oct 1994, Wilkles-Barre, Pa, USA. A flexible musician, Challis performed piano and saxophone before learning to be a personnel arranger for music group service provider Jean Goldkette in 1926, when Goldkette’s music group included many enthusiastic youthful jazzmen, …

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