Medley - Bunny Berigan 1936





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Uploaded on Feb 17, 2011

Medley Rich Fred 1936
In what appears to be a 1936 film recording of the Fred Rich Orchestra we see a feature performance in the second tune of this medley. Hardly seen but Bunny apparently was singing "Until Today" after which his trumpet solo followed. This is probably the only film clip with Bunney Berigan being featured
Fred Rich (1898-1956) was a bandleader who was active from the 1920s to the 1950s. Among the famous musicians in his band included the Dorsey Brothers, Joe Venuti, Bunny Berigan and Benny Goodman. In the early 1930s, Elmer Feldkamp was one of his vocalists.
Fred Rich was born in Warsaw, Poland. Rich was a pianist and he formed his own band in the 1920s. His theme songs were "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" and "So Beats My Heart For You." Between 1925-1928, he toured Europe. Rich enjoyed a long stay at the famous Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. After this, he began leading studio band that featured many famous musicians.
In the late 1930s, he would become a musical director for various radio stations and in 1942, he moved onto a staff position with United Artists Studios in Hollywood, where he was to remain for most of his career.
Bunny Berigan, along with trumpet virtuoso Manny Klein, quickly became one of the most sought-after studio musicians of the era, playing for, in addition to Kemp, Fred Rich, Freddy Martin and Ben Selvin. His first vocal, "At Your Command", was recorded with Rich. t
From late 1932 through 1933, Berigan was employed by Paul Whiteman and in 1934 by Abe Lyman.
He continued freelancing in the recording and radio studios, most notably with the Dorsey Brothers, and Glenn Miller . Berigan was also in Benny Goodman's band when it made the now-famous rags-to-riches tour that ended up with the success at the Palomar Ballroom.

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