Uploaded on Nov 18, 2007
Ted Weems & His Orch., voc. Art. Jarrett - I Still Get A ThrillI (Thinking Of You)
(Lyrics Benny Davis, Music J. Fred Coots), Victor 1930
From info at: redhotjazz.com
TED WEEMS was a popular bandleader who started his band in 1923 while attending the University of Pennsylvania. Around 1925 he moved to Chicago where he played in hotels and ballrooms around the city while also touring the mid-west. In 1932 The Weems Orchestra started appearing regularly on a sponsored nationwide radio program with Jack Benny. It was through radio that Weems made a name for himself and he continued to be associated with popular radio programs throughout the 1930s and 1940s.
ART JARRETT- bandleader and vocalist, son of actor-turned-writer Arthur L. Jarrett. A high tenor, the younger Jarrett appeared with several orchestras in the late 1920s and early 1930s, including Earl Burtnett, Red Nichols, Jimmie Noone, and Frankie Trumbauer. Aside from singing, Jarrett also played guitar, banjo and trombone. In the early 1930s he settled in with the Ted Weems Orchestra, where he remained until 1936 when he left to form his own band. During the 1930s Jarrett was married to Olympic gold medal swimmer Eleanor Holm, who also sang in his orchestra. Holm left Jarrett in 1938 and married producer Billy Rose.
Jarrett appeared in several films during the 1930s, including several B Westerns. His band never achieved a high level of popularity, and he disbanded it in 1940 to take over leadership of the Hal Kemp Orchestra after Kemp's tragic death. The attempt to keep the Kemp band going fizzled, however, and the group broke up after only a few months. Jarrett continued to lead orchestras throughout the 1940s. He later worked as a disc jockey and then a salesman. Art Jarrett died from pneumonia in 1987.
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