Goodman Pianist & Vocalist Buddy Greco Passes

Buddy Greco, the Philadelphia-born pianist and vocalist that at one time performed with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, has died at his Las Vegas home. He was 90. Greco, who initially made his mark with a hit recording of “The Lady Is a Tramp,” toured and recorded with famed bandleader Benny Goodman, performed on dozens of … Continue reading Goodman Pianist & Vocalist Buddy Greco Passes

Big Band Leader Bobby Hales Passes

Big Band legend and former Musician’s Union President Bobby Hales recently passed away at his home in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 82 from natural causes. Hales might very well be one of the last true “big band” leaders of the original Big Band era. Hales was known for his ability to pull together … Continue reading Big Band Leader Bobby Hales Passes

Glenn Miller Orchestra Vocalist Passes

One of the better known voices of the Glenn Miller Orchestra was heard by millions- and yet never seen. Helen Patricia Friday (born 1921, died June 21, 2016) also known as Pat Friday, was born in Idaho and whose singing career highlight was working as a “ghost singer” for the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra … Continue reading Glenn Miller Orchestra Vocalist Passes

Godfrey Star Julius La Rosa Dies

(05/15/16) Julius La Rosa, a pop singer best-known for hits which included “Eh, Cumpari,”, and whose firing live on the air by Arthur Godfrey in 1953 overshadowed his successes that followed, has died. He was 86. His death was confirmed Saturday by his daughter, Maria La Rosa Smith, of Ridgefield, Conneticuit, and Joe Charapata of … Continue reading Godfrey Star Julius La Rosa Dies