After graduating from the University Of Missouri, Charlie Fisk formed his first dance band in the early 40s in America’s Midwest. Led by his own trumpet playing, located in the classic Harry James mould, the band was also lent a distinctive edge by the vocals of his wife, Ginny Coon (the daughter of Carleton Coon of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks). With their professional engagements overseen by the MCA organisation, they found regular bookings at the Tunetown Ballroom (St. Louis), the Pla-Mor (Kansas City), the Riverview Park (Des Moines), the Pleasure Pier (Port Arthur, Texas), the New Casino (Fort Worth), the Indiana Roof (Indianapolis) and the Nu-Elm Ballroom (Youngstown, Ohio). Despite strong reviews in Billboard magazine and enthusiastic Midwest audiences, Fisk was never able to translate local popularity into national celebrity. Despite this, and a dearth of recording opportunities, his band continued touring well into the 50s.
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