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Ted Weems


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.

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Full Name Ted Weems
Died May 6, 1963, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Profession Sailor, Bandleader
Education University of Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Music Songs Heartaches, You're The Cream In My Coffee, The Boulevard of Broken Dreams, She's Got It, I Still Get a Thrill, Piccolo Pete, Chick, Chick, Chick, Chick, Chicken, Look Who's Here, Good Morning, Good Evening, Good Night, A Girl Friend Of A Boy Friend Of Mine, There'll Be Some Changes Made, Washing Dishes, Don't Forget To Remeber, The Man from the South, What a Day, Remarkable Girl, Oh! If I Only Had You, Rose Of The Rockies, My Baby Just Cares for Me, Oh! Monah, I Don't Want Your Kisses, Simple And Sweet, My Troubles Are Over, Miss Annabelle Lee, Talk of the Town, Me and the Man in the Moon, Holiday in Venice, Peg O' My Heart, Blue-eyed Sally, May I Never Love Again, Miss Wonderful, Walkin' My Baby Back Home
Albums The Complete Ted Weems and His Orchestra Vol. 1 (1923-1926), Ted Weems and His Orchestra's Oh, Monah!, Blueberry Hill, The Ultimate Collection, You're the Cream in My Coffee (1927 - 1928), The Essential Ted Weems: 1923-1930, Class Will Tell, Mr. Meadowlark, Ted Weems and His Orchestra Selected Favorites, Marvellous!, Talk of the Town, Somebody Stole My Gal (1923 - 1926), From Saturday Night 'Till Monday Morning - The Original Recordings (feat. Parker, I Haven't Time to Be a Millionaire, Miss Annabelle Lee (Marvelous), Talk of the Town (1928 - 1930), Roaring 20's Revue Vol. 1, You're the Cream in My Coffee (Golden Classics), 50 Classic Tracks Vol 2
Movies The Martins and the Coys

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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.



Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
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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