Russ Morgan

Composers

Biography

Born: April 29, 1904; Scranton, PA   Died: July 8, 1969; Las Vegas, NV  
Russ Morgan was a major arranger and composer in the pre-rock era. He played in New York groups during the early '20s and did arrangements for Victor Herbert and John Philip Sousa. He was a music director on radio in Detroit in 1926, doing arrangements for Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb, Louis Armstrong, the Boswell Sisters, and the Dorsey brothers. Later, Morgan wrote Cotton Club reviews, conducted an orchestra on Broadway, and served as music Read more director for Brunswick. He played with Freddy Martin in 1934 and formed his own band in 1936. During the late '30s,'40s, and '50s, he led an extremely successful orchestra. The songs were simple, coy, and often embarrassingly contrived, but radio audiences loved them. Morgan introduced The Ames Brothers singing group in 1949. The coming of rock & roll ended Morgan's reign, but he kept doing concerts and shows in Las Vegas during the '50s and '60s. His son Jack kept the band going into the mid-'80s. Read less
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    The Essential Collection - George Gershwin
    Label: West End Records   Catalog: 872 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Al Jolson,  Sue Allen,  Hazel Scott,  Ike Hatch  ... 
    Conductor:  Carmen Dragon,  Billy Butterfield,  Toots Camarata,  Eddie Condon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Billy Butterfield Orchestra,  Eddie Condon Orchestra  ... 
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