Bandleader, violinist, and trombonist Ted Weems & His Orchestra were being among the most popular destinations over the Midwest music circuit through the entire period separating both Globe Wars, earning their greatest achievement using the novelty strike “Piccolo Pete.” Weems was created Sept 26, 1901, in Pitcairn, PA; he arranged his first music group in 1922 using his trumpeter sibling Art, and the next yr the group notched its first strike with “Someone Stole My Gal.” The orchestra shifted to Chicago in 1929, as well as the Windy Town remained its major base of procedures throughout its extended career. Even though Weems band regularly toured the vaudeville and ballroom circuits, it had been perhaps most widely known because of its regular radio looks on strike programs like the Jack Benny Display and Fibber McGee and Molly. Within the wake of “Piccolo Pete,” a significant strike in 1929 (it quickly spawned a sequel, “Harmonica Harry”), Ted Weems & His Orchestra liked new popularity; a variety of performers handed through their rates, the most known included in this including potential Hollywood celebrity Marilyn Maxwell, Crimson Ingle, and Artwork Jarrett. In 1935 the music group welcomed a then-unknown Perry Como, who continued to be their presented vocalist until 1941, when Weems dissolved the group after he and several of his music artists joined the Vendor Marines to battle in World Battle II. In 1947 the reconstituted orchestra liked an unlikely strike when its unique 1933 documenting of “Heartaches” became a popular on a NEW YORK station, using the ensuing promotional press eventually releasing the music to national achievement. By the center of the following 10 years Weems was operating as a disk jockey in Memphis; he passed away in Tulsa, Alright, on, may 6, 1963.
|1||Initially studied engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, eventually taking up violin and trombone and playing in campus bands. Weems formed his own band in 1923, eventually moved to Chicago and signed an exclusive contract with the Music Corporation of America, gaining him nationwide exposure. Most popular in the Midwest, he reached his peak in the 1930's with a million-selling record of "Heartaches" (for Decca).|
|2||Weems astutely recognised his shortcomings as a musician and eventually contented himself with fronting his band with a baton, instead of with an instrument.|
|3||A chief reason for his success lay in hiring good vocalists, including Perry Como, Mary Lee and Marvell Maxwell (who later became a Hollywood actress under the name Marilyn Maxwell).|
|4||Led a band in the merchant marines during World War II.|
|5||In the 1950's, Weems worked as a disc jockey, first in Memphis, then in Dallas.|
|6||He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1680 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.|
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|Boardwalk Empire||2012||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|Paint Cans||1994||performer: "Heartaches"|
|The Pope of Greenwich Village||1984||performer: "Heartaches"|
|Raging Bull||1980||performer: "Heartaches" 1931|
|New American Bandstand 1965||1967||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|Thrills of Music: Ted Weems and Orchestra||1948||Short performer: "Heartaches"|
|Make Mine Music||1946||lyrics: "The Martins and the Coys" 1936 / music: "The Martins and the Coys" 1936|
|Man from Oklahoma||1945||writer: "The Martins and the Coys" - uncredited|
|Hat Check Honey||1944||performer: "Drumola" - uncredited / writer: "Drumola" - uncredited|
|Swing, Sister, Swing||1938||performer: "Out of the Night" - uncredited|
|The Big Show||1936||lyrics: "The Martins and the Coys" 1936 - uncredited / music: "The Martins and the Coys" 1936 - uncredited|
|Richard Himber & His Orchestra||1934||Short writer: "Jig Time" - uncredited|
|Veiled Aristocrats||1932||writer: "Jig Time"|
|Shower of Stars||1958||TV Series||Ted|
|Hat Check Honey||1944||Ted Weems (as Ted Weems and His Orchestra)|
|Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall||1961||TV Series||Himself|
|Ted Weems and His Orchestra||1949||Short||Himself|
|Thrills of Music: Ted Weems and Orchestra||1948||Short||Himself - Orchestra Leader|
|The United States Merchant Marine Cadet Corps Band||1944||Short||Himself / Bandleader|
|Swing, Sister, Swing||1938||Himself (as Ted Weems and His Orchestra)|
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