Henry King

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b. 1906, USA, d. August 1974. King initially chose classical music as his profession, being the son of a renowned concert pianist. However, early in the 30s he found the allure of popular big band dance…
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b. 1906, USA, d. August 1974. King initially chose classical music as his profession, being the son of a renowned concert pianist. However, early in the 30s he found the allure of popular big band dance music irresistible, and formed his own group in New York City, New York, USA. His musicians included Jack Diamond, George Tudor, Joseph Sudy, Leo Arends, John Porpora, Neil De Luca, Jules Losch, Sidney Sudy, William Weems, Al Wallack, Phil Hart, Tubby Mertz, Vince Raff, Tom Enos, Eddie Bergman, Bobby Yacoubian, Johnny Paliso, Russ Michaels, Henry Jaworski, Charlie Enright, Harold Dohrman and Bill Jabionski. At various times the group featured vocalists such as Dick Robertson, Ray Hunkel, Don Reid, Sidney Study, Sonny Schuyler, Carmina Calhoun, Don Raymond, Bob Carroll, Phil Hanna and Eugenie Marvin. The firm orientation for this group was evening society dances and ballroom functions, with smooth tempos originated from Henry’s piano, and an accent on violins rather than brass. They travelled to venues including the Mark Hopkins Hotel (San Francisco), the Cosmopolitan (Denver), the Claridge and Peabody (Memphis), the Roosevelt (New Orleans) and the Shamrock (Houston). Their longest engagement came at the Biltmore in Los Angeles, but most of their popularity could be ascribed to radio. King claimed to have recorded over 5, 000 remote broadcasts for numerous networks during the group’s career, lending enormous popularity to their theme, ‘A Blues Serenade’. By the late 50s King had retired to Houston, though he did make occasional appearances on demand.