b. Wasily Fomin, 1902, Kharkoff, Russia, d. 1983. Fomeen emigrated to the USA in 1922 settling in New York City. Before embarking on a career as a band leader, Fomeen, a talented composer with credits including ‘Manhattan Gypsy’, had played his accordion with both Joe Moss and Meyer Davis. His own orchestra was formed in 1933 in New York City, New York, USA, with an initial engagement at the Savoy Plaza. Groomed as a ‘society band’, the group stayed at the Savoy for two years, before transferring to the St. Moritz. Following two years there Fomeen moved to the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria for the first of several engagements. Following dates at the Carlton in Washington, D.C., the orchestra journeyed west to Ciro’s in Hollywood, shows which endeared them to the film industry personnel who congregated there. Later they became one of the few dance bands to tour internationally, visiting Europe, Africa, India and China under the USO banner. 1941 saw them visit the Copacabana Casino in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. However, after the end of World War II, despite a continuing itinerary of theatre and ballroom performances, Fomeen’s fame diminished and the members of his band dispersed.
Share this page