Leighton Noble

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b. Faye Leighton Jepsen, 25 December 1912, USA, d. 5 March 1994, Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, USA. Formed in New York City, New York, USA, in 1937, Leighton Noble And His Orchestra immediately…
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b. Faye Leighton Jepsen, 25 December 1912, USA, d. 5 March 1994, Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, USA. Formed in New York City, New York, USA, in 1937, Leighton Noble And His Orchestra immediately secured a prestigious engagement at Frank Dailey’s Meadowbrook venue. The reason may well have been Noble’s previous big band connections, which included affiliations with Hal Grayson, Orville Knapp and George Olsen. After the Meadowbrook the orchestra took a booking at Philadelphia’s Arcadia Ballroom as their next step on a tour of the major hotels and ballrooms of the day. Vocalists including Johnny McAfee, Edith Caldwell and Margie Lee helped to accompany Noble’s own singing, as the group earned recording contracts with Vocalion and Bluebird Records. In the 40s the band leader undertook a second career as a film actor in Hollywood, and for the rest of that decade he confined his band’s engagements to California to facilitate this. By the early 60s Noble was playing the Las Vegas entertainment circuit, before becoming leader of the Harrah’s Club house band in Lake Tahoe. He stayed there for eight years, before moving to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in the 70s. He did return to the USA for occasional nostalgia performances, however, including well-received engagements at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.