b. USA. Formed in Connecticut, USA, in the early 20s, Barney Rapp’s orchestra (aka Barney Rapp And His New Englanders) was a popular Midwest attraction in the early days of the dance band boom. Their centre of operations soon became Cincinnati, where Rapp owned his own night club. From there several remote radio broadcasts helped spread the group’s popularity. Their singers included Eddie Ryan, Bunny Welcome, Ruby Wright and soon-to-be film star Doris Day, with recordings issued by Bluebird and Victor Records. Rapp himself appeared in at least one Hollywood film, but his band soon became known almost exclusively for having given Day her start in the entertainment industry. This was to the detriment of a smooth, technically skilled troupe of musicians who fully deserved their strong local reputation.
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