b. USA. Nagel formed his first dance band, a combo geared towards high society parties and plush ballrooms, in California, USA, in the mid-30s. With vocalists including Lorraine Benson, Bob Locken, Ken Jackson and Allen Overend, their style of goodtime dance music was branded ‘Sophisticated Swing’. As well as hotels they found premier engagements in amusement parks including Jantzen Beach (Portland) and Natatorium Park (Spokane, Washington). By the 40s the orchestra had switched approach from ‘sweet’ to ‘swing’, touring throughout the Midwest and playing both the Aragon and Trianon Ballrooms in Chicago. However, when the number of bookings went into decline, Nagel chose to drop the music business, taking up farming on a ranch in Susanville, California.
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