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    Bert Lown & His Hotel Biltmore Orchestra-Your Happiness Is My Success

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    Although largely forgotten today, Bert Lown, who occasionally played violin, led a series of superior jazz-oriented dance band sides during 1929-33. He was one of the composers of the standard "Bye Bye Blues." As a violinist Lown worked for a time in the 1920's as a sideman, including in 1925 with cornetist Fred Hamm's band. During 1930-31, Lown's band was employed regularly at the Biltmore Hotel in New York, frequently broadcasting on the radio. During this period Lown also composed "You're The One I Care For" and "Tired." His orchestra only recorded two sessions apiece in 1932 and 1933 and by the mid-30's Lown was no longer leading a band, instead booking and managing orchestras before definitlvely leaving the music business. In later years, Lown held executive positions and was involved in CBS-TV from 1951 until his death in 1962. Recording was made in 1931. Exquisite vocal by Elmer Feldkamp.