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Pastor, Tony
Tony Pastor, 62, Dies; Led Band
New London, Conn. (AP) - Tony Pastor, whose band was a top attraction on the "big band" circuit in the 1940s, died Friday at Lawrence-Memorial Hospital. He was 62.
The Tony Pastor band played Roseland in New York City, toured the country, and appeared on radio and television.
Pastor, who was born Anthony Pestritto in Middletown, began his travels in 1923 when he left his home and joined Irving Aaronson's Commanders. At the time, he was 16.
[Source: Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas), dated November 1, 1969]






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