b. 14 July 1912, Los Angeles, California, USA. Moreno began his musical apprenticeship in 1933 as a very young singer with the Griff Williams band, based in San Francisco. He also contributed guitar to that band. His next destination was the orchestra led by Dick Jurgens. He recorded widely with Jurgens, appearing on many of his releases for OKeh Records in the early 40s as featured vocalist. By 1943 he had joined Harry James’ band, again recording widely and also featuring in their MGM film appearances and radio shows. With such significant experience behind him, he felt ready to launch his own dance band in 1947, in Chicago. His vocalists included his wife, Perri Mitchell (d. 1997), while Frank Hudec would occasionally partner him as male lead. A 12-piece orchestra comprising five reeds, four brass and three rhythm musicians, they worked heavily in the Midwest region of America. The band played its first New York dates in 1948 at the Paramount Theater. Other venues included the Muehlebach, the Peabody, the Roosevelt and the Chase in St. Louis where he was director of their house band for several years. He also appeared regularly on his own local television spot, The Buddy Moreno Show. By the late 60s he had all but abandoned band leading to become a major radio personality on the WIL station, later becoming programme director at competing station WEW. In 1996 Moreno came out of retirement to host a weekly big band programme on WSIE.
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