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Lud Gluskin (1898-1989, described by many as one of the finest pit drummers ever) led the only American band that most of its existence worked in France (from 1927 through 1934), where the orchestra was very successful and played with the greatest artists. While their recorded output was basically of the commercial dance band variety, nearly all of the members were primarily "hot" men and could - and did - play excellent jazz. The large majority of Americans in the group were from Detroit, and the Goldkette influence is evident. According to local laws, at least one-fourth of the orchestra was required to be French, and the very best of these musicians were always used by Gluskin. The first recording session was on December 30, 1927, and the records were labeled as by "Lud Gluskin and His Versatile Juniors". The first quarter of 1929 was a busy one for the Gluskin Orchestra. (His orchestra was then known as 'Lud Gluskin and his Ambassadonians'). In addition to playing at 'The Ambassadors' in Berlin for the tea dances, and dancing and floor shows at night, the band made several short subjects and signed "exclusive" contracts with five different record companies. Record collectors often refer to January, February and March, 1928, as a "marathon" recording session for the Paul Whiteman band which recorded over 20 titles. During the same period in 1929, Gluskin recorded over 110 tunes. This excellent record was made in 1928.