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Ted Lewis (né Theodore Leopold Friedman) was kind of a special case among the dance band leaders. He had no voice, but led one of the best of the commercial Dixieland bands. In 1916, as part of his comedy vaudeville act, he formed his very first (5 piece) band; 'Ted Lewis & His Nut Band'. In October 1919, Columbia Records signed Lewis and released his first single, "Wond'ring". It was the start for a very successful recording career. In 1930 he announced his retirement, but by request of Columbia, the next year his was back. Lewis continued touring and recording. In 1967, after a long career lasting no less than 50 years, he played his last show. As for this record, it was made in 1922.