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    Benjamin Franklin Hotel Orchestra-When Eyes Of Blue Are Foolin' You


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    This appears to be a pseudonym for Howard Lanin (1897-1991), who was the third most prominent brother in a family of bandleaders. He entered music professionally in 1909 as a drummer in the orchestra at the Crystal Palace movie theater. He organized his first dance band of his own at 17 and spent the next 72 years leading bands. Although he often performed in New York and other East Coast cities as far south as Florida, he remained based in Philadelphia for most of his career. Lanin was called, "The King of Society Music." He led the Howard Lanin Orchestra, a group that performed show tunes, waltzes and sweet jazz. He recorded with various groups of his own, including the Benjamin Franklin Hotel Orchestra and played dances, industrial shows, and conventions for decades. The orchestras of the Lanin brothers gave a start to Red Nichols, Artie Shaw, The Dorsey Brothers and other jazz musicians. This brilliant recording was made in 1925.