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Ted Fio Rito

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Kept in mind as swank bandleader and author of remarkably infectious melodies, Ted Fio Rito started his career at age 16 playing piano inside a nickelodeon, and he worked like a song demonstrator for publisher Al Piantadosi. By enough time he was 18, Fio Rito was an associate of Ross Gorman’s music group. Fio Rito’s personal orchestra was called for Detroit’s Oriole Terrace, where he premiered the ensemble together with Dan Russo. As this music group roamed the midwest through the entire middle-’20s, it became referred to as the Russo-Fio Rito Orchestra. Then they held down a reliable gig playing sugary music for four years in the Edgewater Seaside Resort in Atlantic Town. Their theme track was known as “Rio Rita.” The building blocks for this achievement was Fio Rito’s achievement like a composer. In 1922 he previously attracted a whole lot of interest with just a little vamp known as the “Doo Dah Blues” as well as the famously frantic “Toot Toot Tootsie,” permanently to be connected with Al Jolson, who premiered it in Oct of 1921, revisiting the track relentlessly for many years. In 1923, Fio Rito released “When Lighting Are Low” (never to end up being baffled with Benny Carter’s melody of the same name) and “No, No, Nora,” popular for the Benson Orchestra after getting popularized by Ruth Etting. In 1924, Fio Rito supplied the planet with “Charley, My Boy.” This tune was to be strangely popular through the past due ’40s and early ’50s being a barrelhouse singalong amount which assumed alarming connotations when documented by an all-male glee membership. More important over time was “I WANT Some Pettin’,” immortalized in 1924 by Bix Beiderbecke as well as the Wolverine Orchestra. Fio Rito released a sunny small opus in 1925 entitled “I Under no circumstances Knew”; this became a typical jam automobile for jazz ensembles through the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s. That’s why is jazz therefore interesting: a safe ditty from 1925 turns into profound in 1944 when managed by Lester Little. As Fio Rito’s concentrate turned from composing to full-time music group leading, he appears to have just had time and energy to knock out a small number of memorable game titles. 1928 was the entire year of “Have a good laugh Clown Have a good laugh” (ultimately interpreted by everyone from Groucho Marx to Abbey Lincoln) and “Ruler for a Time,” the tune that provided Ted Lewis something to howl and gesticulate about for the others of his profession. Fio Rito released “After that You’ve Under no circumstances Been Blue” in 1929, but a go through the game titles of tracks he had written thereafter signifies a soapy emulsification peculiar to a lot of the pop music released through the ’30s. Probably Fio Rito didn’t have to compose great tracks after 1929. He became extremely busy and liked terrific achievement on radio and in the films, often working carefully with this epiglottal question, Dick Powell. Prior to she became a nationally marketed sex symbol, youthful Betty Grable made an appearance with Fio Rito’s music group in 1933. It appears oddly appropriate that relatively ossified orchestra was presented around the Frigidaire Display in 1936. The others of Fio Rito’s profession could be sketched in local installments: steadily well-known on the western Coast through the ’30s, he lingered in comparative ellipsis through the ’40s. He fronted the home music group at a cafe in Chicago through the past due ’50s, with his own golf club in Scottsdale, AZ through the entire ’60s. Fio Rito’s last stand was using a quartet in Sacramento in 1970. He passed away in Scottsdale, AZ on July 22, 1971.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ted Fio Rito
Died July 22, 1971, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Profession Actor, Composer
Education Barringer High School
Music Songs I Never Knew, Boogie Woogie Lullaby, Ya Ta Ta, Ya Ta Ta, Ya Ta Ta, I Don't Want to Love You, Hawaiian War Chant, I'll String Along With You, I Dug a Ditch, Cow Cow Boogie, Fair And Warmer, Now that you're gone, One More Waltz, Tomorrow Is Another Day, My Baby Just Cares For Me, You Saved My Life, My Baby Cares for You, Medley: Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition, White Cliffs of Dover, Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, Al Jolson Medley: Waiting for the Robert E. Lee / Carolina in the Morning / Pretty Baby / Toot Toot Toosie Goo’bye / I’m Sitting on Top of the World / I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover / Chinatown My Chinatown / Baby Face / California Here I Come / Avalon, My little grass shack in kealakekue Hawaii, We Went Hunting, Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition / White Cliffs of Dover / Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree With Anyone Else but Me, Oklahoma, Take the "A" Train, Liza, Danny Boy
Albums Spotlighting Ted Fio Rito, Music of Hawaii, Boogie Woogie Lullaby, Ted Fio Rito Maestro
Movies Rhythm Parade, Oh Mabel, Young and Beautiful, Broadway Gondolier, What Price Jazz?


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#Fact
1 Another singer with his band was June Haver. She met her first husband, Jimmy Zito, while singing with the band.
2 Jerry Lewis first wife, Patti Lewis, was a singer with Ted Fio Rito and his Orchestra. She left Rito's orchestra some time in late 1944 and joined Jimmy Dorsey's Orchestra. Patti Palmer was her stage name; her birth name was Esther Calonico.
3 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bessie 2015 TV Movie writer: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - as Ted Fiorito
Leatherheads 2008 writer: "Toot Toot Tootsie Good-Bye" - as Ted Fiorito
City of Ghosts 2002 music: "Do You Believe in Love at Sight" 1931 - as Ted Fiorito
The Cat's Meow 2001 writer: "Toot Toot Tootsie! Good-Bye" 1922
Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces 2000 TV Movie documentary music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh!" 1928
Primary Colors 1998 writer: "TOOT TOOT TOOTSIE! GOODBYE" - as Ted Fiorito
The Remains of the Day 1993 writer: "Roll Along Prairie Moon"
Daffy Duck's Quackbusters 1988 music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited
Pennies from Heaven 1978 TV Mini-Series writer - 4 episodes
Train Ride to Hollywood 1975 writer: "Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye"
Magical Mystery Tour 1967 TV Movie writer: "Toot, Toot, Tootsie! Goodbye" - uncredited
Raw! Raw! Rooster! 1956 Short music: "Sometime" - uncredited
Pete Kelly's Blues 1955 music: "I Never Knew" - uncredited
The Prize Pest 1951 Short music: "King for a Day" - uncredited
I'll See You in My Dreams 1951 music: "I Never Knew" - uncredited / writer: "No, No, Nora" - uncredited
Two's a Crowd 1950 Short music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh"
Tokyo Joe 1949 music: "I Never Knew" - uncredited
Daffy Dilly 1948 Short music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited
Hot Cross Bunny 1948 Short music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited
Hop, Look and Listen 1948 Short music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited
What Makes Daffy Duck 1948 Short music: "King for a Day"
A Pest in the House 1947 Short music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited
Johnny O'Clock 1947 music: "I Never Knew That Roses Grew" - uncredited
Acrobatty Bunny 1946 Short music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited
Universal Merrily We Sing Series No. 1: Sing and Be Happy 1946 Short writer: "I Never Knew"
Duck Soup to Nuts 1944 Short music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited
Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears 1944 Short music: "King For a Day"
Here Comes Elmer 1943 writer: "Egga Dagga"
Wagon Wheels West 1943 Short music: "Underneath a Western Sky" - uncredited
Yankee Doodle Daffy 1943 Short music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited
King of the Cowboys 1943 writer: "Roll Along Prairie Moon"
Reveille with Beverly 1943 music: "Thumbs Up and V for Victory"
Lights Fantastic 1942 Short music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited
Dog Tired 1942 Short music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited
Porky's Pooch 1941 Short music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited
Skyline Serenade 1941 Short performer: "Tonight We Love" from Tschaikowsky's Piano Concerto in B Flat Minor
A Wild Hare 1940 Short music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" 1928 - uncredited
The Cowboy Quarterback 1939 music: "Underneath a Western Sky" 1936 - uncredited
I Love to Singa 1936 Short music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited
Song of the Saddle 1936 music: "Underneath a Western Sky" 1936 - uncredited
Here Comes the Band 1935 lyrics: "Roll Along Prairie Moon" 1935 - as Ted Fiorito / music: "Roll Along Prairie Moon" 1935 - as Ted Fiorito
Every Night at Eight 1935 music: "Then You've Never Been Blue"
Broadway Gondolier 1935 "Outside of You" 1935, uncredited
Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove 1934 Short performer: "King Kamehameha" - uncredited / writer: "King Kamehameha" - uncredited
The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble 1933 writer: "Do You Believe in Love at First Sight" - as Ted Fiorito
Three on a Match 1932 music: "Three on a Match" 1932 - uncredited
Blondie of the Follies 1932 music: "Three on a Match" 1932 - uncredited
Mata Hari 1931 music: "Now That You're Gone" - uncredited
Words & Music 1931 Short music: "Now That You're Gone" - uncredited
A Holy Terror 1931 music: "Do You Believe in Love at Sight?" - uncredited
Circus Capers 1930 Short music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited
Double Cross Roads 1930 music: "Do You Believe in Love at Sight?"
The Musicale 1930 Short music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited
Jack White with the Montrealers 1929 Short music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited
The Singing Fool 1928 music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited
The Jazz Singer 1927 writer: "Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goo' Bye!" 1922 - uncredited
His Pastimes 1926 Short music: "I Never Knew" - uncredited
Oh Mabel 1924 Short music: "Oh, Mabel!" - as Ted Fiorito

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Out of This World 1945 Ted Fio Riro
Melody Parade 1943 Orchestra Leader
Silver Skates 1943 Orchestra Leader
Rhythm Parade 1942 Orchestra Leader
Chasing the Blues 1942 Short Leader of the Ted Fio Rito Orchestra
Skyline Serenade 1941 Short Leader Ted Fio Rito Orchestra
Sea Melody 1938 Short Band Leader
Every Night at Eight 1935 Ted - Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Broadway Gondolier 1935 Ted Fio Roto - Orchestra Leader (as himself)
This Band Age 1935 Short Ted Fio Rito (as Ted Fio Rito and His Orchestra)
The Dancing Millionaire 1934 Short Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Young and Beautiful 1934 Ted Fio Rito
What Price Jazz 1934 Short Orchestra Leader
Twenty Million Sweethearts 1934 Band Leader
Air Tonic 1933 Short Ted Fio Rito - Band Leader
The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi 1933 Ted Fio Rito, Orchestra Leader (as Ted Fio Rito and His Orchestra)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dancing Millionaire 1934 Short musician - as Ted Fio Rito and His Orchestra
What Price Jazz 1934 Short composer: additional music

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1953 TV Series Herself - Keyboarder
Ted Fio Rito and His Orchestra 1949 Short Himself
Synco-Smooth Swing 1945 Short Himself - Orchestra Leader
Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove 1934 Short Himself - Orchestra Leader

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