b. August 1920, d. 26 April 2004. Don Glasser formed his first dance band orchestra in Derry, Pennsylvania, USA, in 1938. Previously he had played alongside Jerry Grey, Ray Pearl and Art Kassel. With vocalists including Lois Costello (Glasser’s wife) and Roger Lopez, the band soon relocated to Chicago, which served as a base for their touring activities in the Midwest. Their longest engagement was one of 26 weeks at the Vogue Hotel in Chicago, by which time Glasser’s ‘Music Smooth As Glass’ had become an enormous local hit. Other recordings, issued on Stephanie and Cha Cha Records, included ‘Hey, Pretty Legs’, ‘I Saw Both Ends Of A Rainbow’ and the orchestra’s theme tune, ‘You Call It Madness, I Call It Love’. Engagements at the Roseland (New York) and Willowbrook (Chicago) spread their popularity, with a style of sweet big band music often compared to Jan Garber. Glasser remained active despite the big band decline and toured the one-nighter Midwest circuit into the late 70s. From 1997 Glasser suffered a series of strokes but during his incapacity his wife took over the leadership of the band and continued to do so after his death in 2004.
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