b. USA. Although the Austin Wylie Orchestra essentially played at only one location, the Golden Pheasant in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, the orchestra was notable for the number of key personnel to pass through its ranks. Claude Thornhill, Spud Murphy, Tony Pastor, Artie Shaw, Clarence Hutchenrider, Joe Bishop, Billy Butterfield, Bill Stegmeyer, Vaughn Monroe and many others were among Wylie’s personnel at one stage or another. Their sound, fashioned so as to make the best possible appeal to the hotel’s supper dance clientele, was emblazoned with the vocals of Helen O’Connell and Vaughn Monroe. Their best moments were captured on labels including Beltoba and Vocalion Records. They were gainfully employed at the Golden Pheasant for over 10 years from the early 20s onwards, before Wylie gave up band leading to take over management duties for Artie Shaw’s group in the 40s. He briefly returned to the baton but these ventures proved unsuccessful. He eventually entered Chicago’s business community instead.
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