b. 22 November 1886, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 12 May 1928, Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA. An accomplished trumpet player as well as band leader, Herb Wiedoeft formed his own dance band in the early 20s in Los Angeles, California, USA. The brother of renowned saxophonist Rudy Wiedoeft, who played in the band, his orchestra also included two other members of the family, Adolph (drums) and Gerhardt aka Gay (bass). The other musical sidemen were Jess Stafford, Joe Nemoli, Gene Secrest, Larry Abbott, Fred Bibesheimer, Vincent Rose, Jose Sucedo, Clyde Lucas, Dub Kirkpatrick, Gene Rose, Leon Lucas and Art Winters. The group established itself by means of an extended run at the Cinderella Roof in Los Angeles. A contract to record with Brunswick Records followed, with the label soon playing host to material including the group’s theme tune, ‘Cinderella Blues’, a song written in tribute to their first home. However, Rudy Wiedoeft left shortly before the band embarked on east coast dates to find significant solo fame in his own right. He never saw his brother again. Herb was driving between Medford and Klamath Falls in Oregon when he was involved in a car accident. He died from his injuries in 1928. His band continued, however, with trombone player Jess Stafford taking over its leadership. He relocated the orchestra to San Francisco, where they played a three year run at the Palace Hotel, before taking a series of dates in local theatres. When Stafford died of a heart attack in 1947 the orchestra finally disbanded.
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