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SOLD! <br>GLEN GRAY and the CASA LOMA ORCHESTRA!<br>Signed Card from Circa 1939/1940<br>Signed by Glen Gray, Denny Dennis, Kenny Sargent,<br>Pee Wee Hunt, Mel Jensen, and Billy Rauch

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This card is small (2.5 x 3.5") but packs a might punch for fans of Glen Gray's legendary Casa Loma Orchestra.

Formed in 1927, the Casa Loma Orchestra was one of the top drawing swing outfits of the 30s and 40s.

Signed in the 1930s, this card has the autographs of:

Glen Gray (alto sax, leader)
Stanley "Denny" Dennis (bass)
Pee Wee Hunt (Trombone, vocals)
Mel Jensen (violin)
Kenny Sargent (vocals)
Billy Rauch (trumpet)

All of the signatures are on the same side except for that of Billy Rauch, which appears on the back.

A brief bio of the Casa Loma Orchestra by Scott Yanow appears below with Scott's kind permission:

When originally formed by saxophonist Glen Gray, the Casa Loma Orchestra was a cooperative orchestra. They made their recording debut in 1929, and during the next six years would be one of the top swing-oriented big bands in jazz (even though the term "swing" would not come into general usage until 1935). Although their ensembles were later criticized as sounding mechanical (thanks in part to the complexity of Gene Gifford's arrangements), the band did swing and had several fine soloists, including clarinetist Clarence Hutchenrider, the high-note trumpeter Sonny Dunham (whose display on "Memories of You" is still impressive), and trombonist/singer Pee Wee Hunt; Kenny Sargent offered smooth ballad vocals. After Benny Goodman's success in 1935 resulted in many new big bands being formed, the Casa Loma Orchestra was never again a pacesetter, but it continued into the 1940s with such players as Red Nichols, Bobby Hackett, and Herb Ellis. Glen Gray had top billing from the late '30s on, and after he stopped touring (around 1950), he started a commercially successful, if very predictable, series of recordings for Capitol. Those records found the Casa Loma Orchestra (by then mostly studio players) constantly revisiting (and often recreating) the hits of the swing era. But the band's early original recordings of tunes such as "San Sue Strut," "Case Loma Stomp," "No Name Jive," and "Smoke Rings" are well worth acquiring. -- Scott Yanow

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