By Roy Liebman
1000s of musical teams have seemed in not less than one movie from 1929 via 1970. this can be a reference publication dedicated to those teams. such a lot entries contain a quick description of the musical team, a listing of the most singers or performers and, whilst on hand, an inventory of the songs played in each one movie. One appendix lists well known British teams showing in a minimum of a unmarried movie; one other lists teams that, whereas neither singers nor instrumentalists, made major contributions to song in movie (e.g., dance duos, acrobats, skaters, synchronized swimmersâ€¦). Filmographies are integrated for every access.
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The standard “Summertime” was its theme song. Although Bob Crosby described himself as the “only guy in show business who made it without talent,” he did have a pleasant if not memorable singing voice. ) His personality, which resembled brother Bing’s but was said to be more genuine, was certainly easy to take and by all accounts he was genuinely well-liked. For a man “without talent” Crosby’s career was a long and varied one. He fronted bands from 1935 to 1942 and then again sporadically from 1951 into the 1980s.
Living Venus (1961) Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Bob Wills ( James or Jim Bob Wills, Kosse, Texas, 1905–1975) (ﬁddle/mandolin); Tommy Duncan (Hillsboro, Texas, 1911–1967) (lead singer); Alton Stricklin (piano); William McAuliffe (Houston, Texas, 1917–1988) (guitar); Johnny Lee Wills; June Whalin; Kermit Whalin; Everett Stover; O. W. Mayo (Mississippi, 1901–); Wayne Johnson; Harley Huggins; Joe Hilly; Jesse Ashlock; Luke Wills; Cotton Thompson; Eldon Shamblin (guitar) After performing in a medicine/minstrel show (in blackface), Bob Wills formed his own ﬁddle band in 1930 and appeared on radio, eventually becoming a part of the western ensemble the Light Crust Doughboys, named for the show’s sponsor the Burrus Light Crust Flour Company.
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