Rudy Wiedoeft - Marilyn (1927)





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Published on Oct 26, 2010

"Marilyn - Waltz"
Music composed by Rudy Wiedoeft
Performed by Rudy Wiedoeft
Saxophone Solo
Accompanied by Jack Shilkret, piano
Recorded December 2, 1927
Victor 21152

This music was composed and recorded by 1920s saxophone virtuoso, Rudy Wiedoeft, as a tribute to someone named "Marilyn." Marilyn Monroe was one-year old when this recording was made so it's unlikely that it was originally meant for her, but the music goes so well with her images.

Rudy Wiedoeft (1893 - 1940) was the first virtuoso on saxophone, widely known during the 1920s. He had a strong legitimate alto sax tone and considerable technique stressing rapid-tongue work. He served in the military during World War I and was involved with the military band. Led various-sized bands in New York during the early 1920s. Recorded with own groups, as soloist or as accompanist to singers. Helped modernize design of c-melody and alto sax. Active in teaching. Composed solos for sax; most-famous "Saxophobia," widely used by saxophonists. Other compositions included "Saxema," "Sax-O-Phun," "Saxerella'" "Valse Erica'". Became an inventor in Los Angeles in 1937.

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