Roger Wolfe Kahn & His Hotel Biltmore Orchestra - Hot Hot Hottentot


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Roger Wolfe (né Wolff) Kahn (Wolff being his middle name's original spelling) was born in Morristown, New Jersey into a wealthy German Jewish banking family. His parents were Adelaide Wolff and Otto Hermann Kahn, a famous banker and patron of the arts. His maternal grandfather was banker Abraham Wolff. Otto and Roger Kahn were the first father and son to appear separately on the cover of Time magazine: Otto in November 1925 and Roger in September 1927, aged 19. Kahn is said to have learned to play 18 musical instruments before starting to lead his own orchestra in 1923, aged only 16. In 1925, Kahn appeared in a short film made in Lee De Forest's Phonofilm sound-on-film process. Kahn hired famous jazz musicians of the day to play in his band, especially during recording sessions, for example Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Artie Shaw, Jack Teagarden, Red Nichols, and Gene Krupa. Kahn always had fun leading and conducting his orchestra. Reportedly, when the band was playing especially well he used to throw himself onto the floor and wave his legs in the air. However, in the mid-1930s, he lost interest in his orchestra and disbanded it. Instead, he preoccupied himself with aviation and eventually, in 1941, became a test pilot for the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, a well-known aircraft manufacturer. In 1931, Kahn made headlines on the New York society pages when he married musical comedy actress Hannah Williams January 16, 1931. The wedding was kept secret from the public for two weeks, until the Broadway show Williams was appearing in, Sweet and Low, had had its final performances. The couple made headlines again when they divorced two years later and when, after only a few weeks, Williams married boxing champion Jack Dempsey. Two days after the divorce, on April 7, 1933, Roger Wolfe Kahn married Edith May Nelson, a Maine politician's daughter. That marriage lasted until Kahn's death of a heart attack in New York City on July 12, 1962. This is one of Wolfe Kahn's most popular titles, recorded in 1925.

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Wishing you a splendid 2013, Olivier :-) This is my personal favorite version of this tune as well...the band was brilliant indeed.
Par kspm0220s il y a 2 ans
Indeed Jack; he was a celebrity, a darling of the media but above all an outstanding musician.
Par kspm0220s il y a 2 ans
This hot tune is one of my favorites by this wonderful band. I consider this version as the best ever waxed. Merry Christmas, Patrick.
Par Olivier Delpech il y a 2 ans
RWK was one of the first celebrities of the modern era. Time magazine is still around, even in the age of the Internet and declining print media.
Par Boston Blackie il y a 2 ans
Thank you Ginny! I consider this to be one of Wolfe Kahn's very best. So glad you found the information interesting.
Par kspm0220s il y a 2 ans
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