Remembering past bandleaders, musicians, arrangers and ballroom operators.


Archer, Thomas H.
Thomas H. Archer Rites Wednesday
Services for Thomas H. Archer, 68, former manager and owner of the Chermot Ballroom at Twenty-seventh and Farnam Streets, will be Wednesday in Des Moines, where he died Sunday after suffering a stroke Friday.
He was a past president of the National Ballroom Operators Association and operated ballrooms in Des Moines, Marion, Ia., and Sioux Falls, S.D.
In addition to the Chermot, which was gutted by fire in 1947, he at one time operated ballrooms in Sioux City, Ia., and St. Joseph, Mo.
[Source: Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated August 6, 1963]

Ayres, Mitchell
Ayres Dies In Nevada Accident
Las Vegas, Nev. (AP) – Bandleader-composer Mitchell Ayres was killed a female violinist injured when they were struck by a car while walking across the street in the plush gambling district.
Police said Ayres, 59, of Encino, Calif., was dead on arrival at Sunrise Hospital about midnight Friday. Betty Phillips, 37, of Oakland, Calif., who played in his band, was in poor condition at Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital.
Ayres, a nationally known bandleader in the 1940s was musical director for singer Connie Stevens, who started an engagement Friday at the Landmark Hotel in Las Vegas.
[Source: Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, North Carolina), dated September 7, 1969]

Mitchell Ayres, Composer, Killed
Las Vegas (AP) - Mitchell Ayres, bandleader and composer, was killed Friday night and a woman companion was seriously injured when they were struck by a car while crossing a street, police said yesterday.
Ayres, 59, of Encino, Calif., was dead on arrival at 11:23 p.m. Sunrise Hospital. His companion, Betty Phillips, 37, was in serious condition with chest injuries at Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital.
Police said the couple was struck by an auto driven by Tim E. Heaton, 22, Alhambra, Calif., as they crossed a street near the Riviera Hotel. No charges were filed against Heaton.
Ayres, a nationally known bandleader in the 1940s, has been a musical director for television shows and nightclub singers in recent years.
He worked for the Perry Como Show, and at the time of his death was musical director for singer Connie Stevens, now appearing at the Landmark Hotel in Las Vegas.
Ayres wrote several songs, including “I’m A Slave To You,” “He’s a Wolf,” “Scratchin’ the Surface,” and “Medeira.”
Funeral services were pending.
[Source: San Diego Union (San Diego, California), dated September 7, 1969]





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