b. Mitchell Agress, 24 December 1910, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, d. 5 September 1969, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. As violinist with ‘Little’ Jack Little and his band, Ayres became a leader when some of the musicians left to form their own co-operative orchestra. Known as Mitchell Ayres And His Fashions In Music, it functioned mainly as a hotel band, despite the presence of several jazz/swing musicians such as Babe Russin, Deane Kincaide and Warren Covington. Dinah Shore sang with the band on occasion but the principal female singer was Meredith Blake. Fashions In Music recorded regularly for Vocalion Records and Bluebird Records in the late 30s and early 40s with moderate success but no big hits, and also appeared in the Universal ‘B’ pictures Swingtime Johnny andMoonlight And Cactus with the Andrews Sisters. When the band business began to fade in the mid-40s, Ayres became a producer/musical director for Columbia Records, and later conducted for Perry Como on stage, records, radio and television.
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