Lenny Herman

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Although largely uncelebrated during his career as a band leader, Lenny Herman made a significant contribution to the dance band music of New York, USA, from the early 50s onwards. Based in hotels such…
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Although largely uncelebrated during his career as a band leader, Lenny Herman made a significant contribution to the dance band music of New York, USA, from the early 50s onwards. Based in hotels such as the Astor, Edison, Roosevelt, Waldorf-Astoria and New Yorker, his compact band, often dubbed ‘The Mightiest Little Band In The Land’, etched a definite impression on the evening dancers of those establishments with songs such as ‘No Foolin’’. Led by Herman’s accordion playing, the band, which never numbered more than ten and frequently less than eight, also found engagements further afield in Philadelphia (the Warwick Hotel), Atlantic City (the Straymore Hotel), Virginia Beach (the Cavalier Hotel) and Dallas (the Baker Hotel). By the mid-60s the band had moved permanently to the Lake Tahoe area, where the now five or six strong ensemble earned its living playing to mixed audiences at the resort hotels.