Carl Ravazza

Biography by

b. 1910, Alameda, California, USA, d. 29 July 1968, Reno, Nevada, USA. Carl Ravazza And His Orchestra formed in the mid-30s in San Francisco, California, USA. Previously their leader had worked as violinist…
Read Full Biography

Artist Biography by

b. 1910, Alameda, California, USA, d. 29 July 1968, Reno, Nevada, USA. Carl Ravazza And His Orchestra formed in the mid-30s in San Francisco, California, USA. Previously their leader had worked as violinist and vocalist with Tom Coakley, eventually taking over that band when Coakley became a lawyer. His own band included sidemen Paul Durand, Bobby Blair, Bud Crossman, Bill Hammett, George Porter, Paul Faria, Lester Randolph, Joe Coastes, Russell Dozaras, Neil Bondshu, Ted Bering, George Hewett and Marshall Cram. Several female vocalists accompanied Ravazza’s own, distinctive male lead, including Dawn Meredith. Their first major engagement came at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, before tours of the south, Midwest and New York. They stuck close to the hotel circuit, with stays at the Peabody (Memphis), the Muehlbach (Kansas City), the Nicollet (Minneapolis), the Lexington (New York) and the Adolphus (Dallas). Their most frequent port of call, however, was the St. Francis in San Francisco. Recordings issued by Bluebird and Decca Records, notably their theme tune, ‘Vieni Su’, helped push Ravazza to the forefront as the group’s singer. The inevitable result was that he broke the band up to launch a solo career. He pursued this occupation with moderate success in nightclubs for several years, before relocating to Reno. There he purchased a ranch and formed his own talent agency.