Don Voorhees & His Earl Carroll's 'Vanities' Orchestra-I Still Believe In You

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Donald Voorhees (1903-1989) was an American composer and conductor. Starting in 1926, Voorhees' orchestra recorded prolifically for Columbia, Edison, Pathe, Perfect, Cameo, and Hit of the Week through 1931, when (apparently) he disbanded. From 1935 to 1941, and from 1949 to 1953 (with Ardon Cornwell), Voorhees was the musical director and conductor for the radio and television show, Cavalcade of America. Voorhees also served as conductor of the Bell Telephone Hour orchestra for 26 years, from its first broadcasts on radio in 1942 until its final television episode in 1968. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1966 for "Individual Achievements in Music" for his work on the series. He was also the first conductor of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. Voorhees served as conductor and musical director of the orchestra from its inception in 1951 until 1983. This lovely record was made in 1927 and the vocal is by Harold Yates.

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So welcome, Lou.
Par kspm0220s il y a 2 ans
Patrick.thanks for informing me that Don Voohees was an Allentown native.Paul Specht was also from close by in the Reading Pa area.
Par Lou il y a 2 ans
He was, Lou: he was born on July 26, 1903 in Allentown, Pennsylvania and died on January 10, 1989 in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.
Par kspm0220s il y a 2 ans
Patrick,although I don't know,Voorhees must have been from Pennsylvania if he conducted the Allentown Symphony Orchestra which is 15 miles from here.I have to look it up.
Par Lou il y a 2 ans
Most welcome, Jack. This is one of Voorhees' earliest recordings but excellent indeed. Wonderful to know you still saw his programs long ago :-)
Par kspm0220s il y a 2 ans
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