b. Oklahoma, USA. Pendarvis was educated at UCLA in California. His first introduction to the entertainment business came in small roles in Hollywood films. He also started a commercial business career, before forming a dance band in Kansas City in the early 30s. Led by Pendarvis himself on violin, the group enjoyed immediate radio exposure, with their theme, ‘My Sweetheart’, broadcast widely throughout Kansas and neighbouring states. This led to engagements at the Congress Hotel in Chicago and several other Midwest venues, as well as brief spells in New York. The band was relocated to Los Angeles in the late 30s for a series of west coast bookings, but Pendarvis disbanded the orchestra in the early 40s to concentrate on a new career as musical director of a Californian radio station. The group’s legacy thus amounted to only a handful of recordings issued by Columbia Records, though ‘My Sweetheart’ remains a favourite among fans of pre-war dance bands.
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