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Al Goering's Dance Orchestra - Once Over Lightly

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This appears to be a pseudonym for Jack Pettis & His Band. Jack Pettis was an early preswing jazz pioneer, became a mystery when he dropped out of the music world by 1940 and was not heard from again. His inevitable death went unnoticed and nothing is known about his later life despite extensive research by many curious jazz fans. Pettis was a solid if not overly distinctive player throughout his truncated career. He was self-taught on the C-melody saxophone as a teenager. He worked in Chicago with Elmer Schoebel and Paul Mares, becoming a member of the highly influential New Orleans Rhythm Kings with whom he recorded during 1922-23. Pettis joined Ben Bernie's Orchestra in 1924 and the following year took an impressive solo on a short sound movie of Bernie's band playing "Sweet Georgia Brown", having the distinction of being one of the first jazz soloists on film. Pettis began making recordings as a leader in 1926 and during the next two years recorded extensively with his own groups, and with Bernie, the Whoopee Makers and Irving Mills' Hotsy Totsy Gang. Among Pettis' sidemen on various selections were Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Dick McDonough, Spencer Clark, Tommy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman. He also wrote or co-wrote several catchy tunes including "St. Louis Shuffle" (later recorded by Fletcher Henderson), "Freshman Hop," "Sweetest Melody" and "A Bag O' Blues." But after 1930, Jack Pettis only made one more appearance on record (a 1937 date he headed that resulted in "Hawaiian Heat Wave" and "Swing Session In Siberia") and by the 1940's he had completely disappeared, apparently lost forever. As for Albert Michael "Al" Goering, he was a musician and songwriter during the 1920's through 1940"s. He wrote music and/or performed with Ben Bernie, Irving Mills, Jack Fulton, and Caesar Petrillo. He was the piano player in Ben Bernie's Orchestra and in a group named after him - Albert Goering's Collegians. This outstanding record was made in 1927.