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Larry La Prise

Larry LaPrise may be the man credited with composing perhaps America’s best-known novelty dance music ever, “The Hokey Pokey,” even though degree to which he actually invented the dance remains to be in dispute. He was created Roland Lawrence LaPrise on November 11, 1912, in Detroit, and offered in France …

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Bob Zurke

Among the legions of jazz music artists to have got lived hard and died little, the Detroit-born Zurke was most widely known for his stint seeing that pianist with vocalist Bob Crosby’s Bobcats. Zurke spent period with Oliver Naylor’s Orchestra in Philadelphia through the past due ’20s and early ’30s; …

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