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Art Landry & His Orch. - Don't Wait Too Long, 1925

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Published on Nov 5, 2009

Art Landry & His Orchestra - Don't Wait Too Long (I.Berlin) Foxtrot from The Music Box Revue, Victor 1925

NOTE: Toward the close of 1919, the prominent theatrical producer Sam H. Harris made a proposition to his friend Irving Berlin: if the popular songwriter would devise a musical revue, Harris would find a theatre for it. Berlin responded with The Music Box Revue and in 1920 the Music Box Theatre was built to house the show (239 West 45th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue ). Designed by architect Charles Howard Crane in collaboration with E. George Kiehler, it was built in the neo-Georgian style, more in the manner of a dignified manor or country home than in the typical theatrical style of most other Broadway playhouses. The Music Box Revue opened the theatre glamorously in September 1921, and for each of the next four years, Berlin created an entirely new edition of the show. The first production at the Music Box was, appropriately, Berlin's Music Box Revue of 1921. The Revues ran through 1924 years, and featured artists such as Grace Moore, Fanny Brice and Robert Benchley, who made his stage debut in the 1923 Revue. In the '30s, the Music Box played host to an astounding string of hits with George S Kaufman in the credits, shows that still exemplify Broadway. In December 1987The Music Box was designated a New York City landmark. Today, operated by The Shubert Organization, it is owned half by the Shubert's and half by Irving Berlin's estate.

ART LANDRY an American bandleader and clarinetist, started his first band in the early Twenties. His orchestra subsequently toured America from coast to coast. One of his sidemen was Ted Mack, who later hosted the Major Bowes Amateur Hour radio program. Art's orchestra originally recorded for the midwestern Gennett label, later he signed up with the Victor company, recording in NYC and in the West Coast. Landry's career ended before the big band era got started. In the late 70 through 80s he was still very active and visited mobile home parks and condominium associations where he showed slides and charmingly talked about his hey days in the Roaring Twenties. He passed away in 1990, at an age 100.

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