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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.
Mrs. Olsen, two children and four grandchildren survive.
Olsen left show business in 1951 and opened George Olsen's Restaurant in New Jersey.
Funeral services will be held here at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church on Saturday.
[Source: Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas), dated March 19, 1971]
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