Frank Dailey

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b. 1901, USA, d. 27 February 1956, Montclair, New Jersey, USA. Frank Dailey formed his first dance band in the early 20s on the east coast of America. His sidemen included William Burger, Phil Baird,…
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b. 1901, USA, d. 27 February 1956, Montclair, New Jersey, USA. Frank Dailey formed his first dance band in the early 20s on the east coast of America. His sidemen included William Burger, Phil Baird, Louis Martin, William Wachsman, Henry Muller, Al Weber, Jack Margolin, Fred Eckert, Al Fish, Jack Shilkret, Michael Jay, Charles Amsterdam, Michael Treetino, Frank Hope, Harry Berman, Gene Hammond, Louis Alpert, George Odell, Birt Apikian, Curly Barron, Arnold Ross, and brother Cliff Dailey. With their theme song, ‘Gypsy Violin’, and singers Howard Dulaney, Ann Seton and Barbara Bush, Dailey’s group concentrated on touring engagements along the west coast. Songs were released on numerous labels including Embassy, Bluebird Records, Variety and Vocalion Records, but Dailey turned his back on band leading to become a ballroom owner. He purchased a hotel and renamed it Frank Dailey’s Meadowbrook in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. This was one of the most important venues for dance bands throughout the 30s and 40s, becoming so famous that it was celebrated in song (‘Pompton Turnpike’, after the road on which it was situated). Radio broadcasts were aired nightly from the venue, including a Saturday matinee. The same show, Matinee At Meadowbrook, was later adapted for television, although with limited success. However, in post-war years the dance band nightclub business suffered, and Dailey was forced to file for bankruptcy.