Husk O'Hare

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b. c.1890, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 19 April 1970, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Formed in Chicago, Illinois in the mid-20s, Husk O’Hare’s Orchestra included sidemen Jimmy McPartland, Bud Freeman, Jimmy Lannigan,…
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b. c.1890, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 19 April 1970, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Formed in Chicago, Illinois in the mid-20s, Husk O’Hare’s Orchestra included sidemen Jimmy McPartland, Bud Freeman, Jimmy Lannigan, Frank Teschemacher, Floyd O’Brien, Dave North, Arnold Sweatman, Harry O’Connor, Franklyn Marsh and, at one time, Bix Beiderbecke. Unlike other dance bands of the period, O’Hare rarely played engagements at hotels or ballrooms, preferring instead to exist as a studio band, recording for Gennett and Decca Records, and performing extensively on radio. His first band was a small combo entitled the Blue Friars. He renamed them O’Hare’s Red Dragons then Husk O’Hare’s Wolverines. Occasional dates were played in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Atlantic City, where O’Hare’s radio profile ensured strong box office trade. The orchestra remained a staple of radio schedules throughout the late 20s and 30s, before their leader retired in the early 40s to run a manufacturing business in Chicago.