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Fred Rich & His Hotel Astor Orchestra on 78 rpm

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Published on Jan 2, 2011

My first upload this year. Hope you like it!

Fred Rich and His Hotel Astor Orchestra - Columbia 4392
According to Wikipedia Frederic Efrem "Fred" Rich (January 31, 1898 -- September 8, 1956) was a Polish-born American bandleader and composer 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. He recorded for Okeh, Columbia, Paramount, Camden and Vocalion and several others, often recording under the names Fred Richards, the Astorites, the Hotel Astor Band (considering that Rich and his band played at the Astor Hotel for a time in the 1920s) and many others. 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.
Although like many leaders of bands and studio groups, many of Rich's records are typical ordinary dance fare of the era. However, the period between November 1929 and March 1931, there was a scattering of outstanding hot jazz versions of popular tunes, with notable solos by Bunny Berigan, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, and others...

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