Although they came to prominence as members of a Red McKenzie band at the Onyx Club in 1935, neither Eddie Farley (b. 16 July 1904, Newark, New Jersey, USA; trumpet) nor Mike Riley (b. 5 January 1904, Fall River, Massachusetts, USA, d. 2 September 1984; trombone) took jazz very seriously. Their on-stage antics drove away Eddie Condon, who was also a member of the McKenzie band, but the public loved them. Farley And Riley became especially popular when they performed and recorded a song written by Red Hodgson. ‘The Music Goes Round And Round’, attracting non-jazz audiences to 52nd Street. Farley and Riley later capitalized upon their popularity by forming bands of their own, but their success clearly depended less on intrinsic musical qualities than on the vagaries of public taste.
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