Remembering past bandleaders, musicians, arrangers and ballroom operators.
‘Genial Gentleman of the Air’ Dies
Chicago (AP) – Husk O’Hare, a Chicago bandleader known as “the genial gentleman of the air,” died Wednesday at the age of 75.
[Source: Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated April 24, 1970]
Olds, Perry James
(Mar 24, 1939 – Apr 11, 2018) Preceded in death by his parents; brother, Sam. Survived by Sam Olds' family; special friend, Fran Zimmerman; numerous family and friends. Visitation: Tuesday, April 17, 6-8pm at Kremer Funeral Home. Funeral Service: Wednesday, April 18, at 10am at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2941 N. 80th St. Interment to follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Kremer Funeral Home, 6302 Maple St.
[Source: Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated April 16, 2018]
President Omaha Musicians Dies
Omaha – Rangval Oleson, 70, for six consecutive terms president of Omaha Musicians Association No. 70, died Monday after an illness of more than a year. He was a charter member of the local, a member of the first Omaha Symphony and twice a member of the American Federation of Musicians executive board. For 25 terms he had been a delegate to the national AFM convention. Survivors include his widow, two daughters and two sons, all of Omaha. Funeral services will be Wednesday.
[Source: Lincoln Star (Lincoln, Nebraska), dated March 9, 1948]
George Olsen, Bandleader, Dies
New York (AP) - George Olsen, a famous bandleader of the 1920s and 1940s, died on his 78th birthday Thursday in Paramus, N.J. Comedian Jack Benny first appeared on coast-to-coast radio on Olsen's show in 1932 and former Sen. George Murphy, R-Calif., danced with the Olsen band. The Olsen band played for the Ziegfeld Follies and for other Broadway shows. During its radio heyday in the 30s, its singer was Ethel Shutta, Olsen's wife. Olsen left show business in 1951 and opened George Olsen's Restaurant in New Jersey.
Mrs. Olsen, two children and four grandchildren survive. Funeral services will be held here at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church on Saturday.
[Source: Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas), dated March 19, 1971]
Jazz Arranger Dies
New York – Jazz composer-arranger-bandleader Sy Oliver, one of the big band era’s most influential and imitated arrangers, died Friday of lung cancer. He was 77. Oliver gained fame as trumpeter, vocalist and arranger with the Jimmie Lunceford Band.
[Source: Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, Nebraska), dated May 28, 1988]
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