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In 1916, H. Busse Sr. (1894 in Magdeburg, Germany - 1955 in Memphis, Tennessee) played trumpet in a Hollywood movie pit band. In 1917, he performed with the 'Frisco "Jass" Band'. He was a founding member of Whiteman's band. He co-composed several of the band's early hit songs. While he was with Whiteman he played alongside the Dorsey Bros. Busse hit his peak in 1930-45, playing dance music before the war and swing during it. His band appeared in the film 'Starlit Days at the Lido'. His personal life wound up in gossip columns when he partied with a woman at the Hotsy Totsy Club and woke up married. After sobering up, it took 18 months to annul; he would marry twice later in his life. In 1928 he began Henry Busse and the Shuffle Rhythm Band, which enjoyed great success in the '30s and '40s. Busse & His Orchestra continued to record and perform up until his death in 1955. This brilliant record was made in 1929. The vocalist remained uncredited.