Elmer Fain

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Elmer Fain was a less of a musician than a music organizer in Los Angeles during the 1930s and 1940s. In the late '30s, he got one credited film appearance in the Gene Autry B-Western Round-Up Time in…
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Elmer Fain was a less of a musician than a music organizer in Los Angeles during the 1930s and 1940s. In the late '30s, he got one credited film appearance in the Gene Autry B-Western Round-Up Time in Texas, which was actually partly set in South Africa. At one time, during the era of segregated bands, Fain was the business agent for the Black Musicians Union local in the city, and he later became a top talent agent, running an agency in tandem with saxman and xylophonist-turned-bandleader Les Hite. Fain served as a bandleader himself, and made radio broadcasts in addition to appearances fronting Elmer Fain & His Orchestra. Highlights of their book included "Stampede in G Minor," "Bolero at the Savoy," and "Pick a Rib," all in superb, bracing arrangements showing off the virtuosity of a band that, otherwise, is unidentified and unrecorded but for the Big Band Jazz: The Jubilee Sessions 1943-1946 archival box.