b. USA. Clarinet player Tommy Reynolds, who played the instrument in a style derived from that pioneered by Artie Shaw, was a student at Akron University prior to joining Isham Jones’ band in 1937. Two years later he decided to form his own band, with sidemen Louis Colombo, Joe Fandel, Tino Isgro, Harold Raymond, Dick Hathaway, Don Cavanagh, Chuck Hill, Marshall Hutchins, Pete Abramo, George Kohler, Parker Lee, Wilfred Dufresne, Julio Cancredi, Hank Maddalena, Cy Siok, Tom Bell, Dick Di Maio, Lenny Ross, Al Anthony, Floyd Smith, Nick Peters, George Robinson, Joe Cribari, Joe Kurtz, Eddie Spear, Rollie Michaels and Art Smith. Various vocalists joined the band, including Marion Page, Penny Porter, Sally Richards, Ralph Young and Mary Ann McCall. Recording contracts with Vocalion, OKeh and Columbia Records, produced original songs such as ‘Once Over Lightly’, ‘I’ll Tell It To The Breeze’ and their theme tune, ‘Pipe Dreams’. Strong radio exposure also helped to see their popularity climb, resulting in good hotel and ballroom bookings in Cleveland and the Midwest. The 40s saw the band undertake engagements at the Roseland Ballroom and New Yorker Hotel (New York), Frank Dailey’s Meadowbrook, the Bandbox (Chicago) and the Palladium (Hollywood). The band persevered until the mid-50s when the dearth of new bookings saw Reynolds switch to a career as musical director of radio and television station WOR in New York. While there he was the producer on the hugely popular Bandstand USA show.
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