Horace Heidt & His Musical Knights - Golden Gate

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Horace Heidt (1901–1986) was an American pianist, big band leader, and radio and television personality. His band, Horace Heidt and His Musical Knights, toured vaudeville and performed on radio and television through the 1930s and 1940s. From 1932 to 1953, he was one of the more popular radio bandleaders. He began on the NBC Blue Network in 1932 with Shell Oil's Ship of Joy and Answers by the Dancers. During the late 1930s on CBS he did Captain Dobbsie's Ship of Joy and Horace Heidt's Alemite Brigadeers before returning to NBC for 1937–39 broadcasts. Heidt's 1939–41 radio show was adapted for this 1941 film. Singer Matt Dennis got his start with Heidt's band, and Art Carney was the band's singing comedian. The Heidt band's recordings were highly successful, with "Gone with the Wind" going to No. 1 in 1937 and "Ti-Pi-Tin" to No. 1 in 1938. In 1939, "The Man with the Mandolin" ranked No. 2 on the charts. His NBC Pot o' Gold radio show (1939–41) was the basis for a 1941 film of the same title. Produced by James Roosevelt (son of the U.S. president) and directed by George Marshall, the film starred James Stewart and Paulette Goddard, and it featured Heidt portraying himself with his band. Carney can be glimpsed in some of the film's musical numbers. The movie gives a fairly accurate depiction of Heidt's radio show. From 1940 to 1944 he did Tums Treasure Chest, followed by 1943–45 shows on the Blue Network. Lucky Strike sponsored The American Way on CBS in 1953. On December 7, 1947, NBC launched The Horace Heidt Youth Opportunity Program and accordionist Dick Contino, the first winner of the $5,000 prize, soon had his own show. Heidt's talent search catapulted such performers as Art Carney, Frankie Carle, Gordon MacRae, the King Sisters, Alvino Rey, Frank DeVol and Al Hirt. When the program expanded from radio to television in 1950, it was one of the first talent shows on TV. Other winners included the Philharmonics, vocalist Ralph Sigwald, and blind marimbist Pierce Knox. With fame, Heidt moved into the then-new Brentwood neighborhood of West Los Angeles at 1525 San Vicente Boulevard. He bought the mansion from the widow of a retired dentist, which offered stunning views of Santa Monica Canyon, overlooking the Riviera Country Club and Catalina Island on a clear day. The expansive chateau-style residence, featured in 1927 on the cover of the rotogravure magazine Pictorial California, has long since been razed and the property subdivided. For his contribution to radio, Heidt has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1631 Vine Street; and a second star for his contribution to television at 6628 Hollywood Boulevard. In 2001, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him. This hot recording was made early in his career, in 1928. The refrain is by a vocal trio consisting of Lewis, Bradshaw and Bowne. Unfortunately this record was very worn but I decided to share it since the song is rarely heard.

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B, how great it must have been to see him performing live! For me, all this was far away back in history and I never actually saw these musicians when they were still artistically active. But Heidt's incredible dynamism is obvious even from his oldest recordings.
Par kspm0220s l'année dernière
What great memories. I watched Horace Heidt and His Musical Knights on KLEE TV in Houston in the early 1950s. I remember him as being one of the most animated humans I had ever seen. LOL!
Par Somerset45 l'année dernière
Thank you, Jack! This is very peppy indeed and I agree, Heidt's career was quite amazing.
Par kspm0220s l'année dernière
Thank you Ginny for recommenting but both comments did appear :-) I'm delighted you loved this hot performance!
Par kspm0220s l'année dernière
Nice catchy 20s arrangement. I can remember HH on early 50s TV appearances. A good, long, if not spectacular career.
Par Boston Blackie il y a 2 ans
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