b. 1918, USA, d. 26 August 1983, Houston, Texas, USA. Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in 1948, Paul Neighbors And His Orchestra took their first engagement at the Mapes Hotel in Reno, Nevada, shortly afterwards. From there the band, fronted by Neighbors’ own vocals and occasionally those of Ralph Anthony, toured many west coast locations. Their regular engagements included frequent visits to the Claremont in Berkeley. In the early 50s the group relocated to Houston, Texas, from where they toured the Midwest extensively, taking in such renowned nightspots as the Peabody, the Chase, Milwaukee’s Schroeder Hotel and the Dallas Shamrock Hilton. There were also excursions to the Roseland Ballroom and Pennsylvania Hotel in New York, while the group appeared regularly on a radio broadcast from New Orleans sponsored by Ford Motors. However, the group’s first home remained the Shamrock, where they returned between tours for regular six-month engagements. A recording contract with Capitol Records made songs such as ‘Love Thy Neighbor’, their theme tune, available to a wider public, but their last contract at the Shamrock ended in 1956. Neighbors continued to play low-key engagements around Texas until his death in 1983.
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