b. 28 July 1937, New York City, New York, USA. The son of noted band leader Eddy Duchin, Peter Duchin formed his first dance band in New York City, New York, USA, in 1962. Rather than attempt to update the classic big band sound, Duchin stayed close to the music’s traditions, beginning with a residency at the St. Regis Hotel in New York. He quickly became a celebrated accompaniment to high society parties and gatherings, establishing a position within the capital’s upper social strata, which mirrored the achievements of his father. After three years at the St. Regis further engagements followed at the Fontainebleu Hotel in Miami and the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles. Such was his popularity that Duchin was then able to form several orchestras bearing his name, each of which was available for bookings throughout the country. These combos became regulars at White House functions and balls, including the inauguration of President Johnson in January 1965. A recording contract with Decca Records fostered several record releases, before a contract with the Universal Pictures Studio allowed him to take his band into the world of film. However, this deal collapsed before many of the contracted films were completed. Duchin concentrated instead on live performance, and continues to do so at financially lucrative venues throughout America.
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