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Ted Lewis "BUGLE CALL RAG" (1926)

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"Bugle Call Rag"Composed by John Pettis, Billy Meyers and Elmer SchobelPerformed by Ted Lewis and His BandRecorded November 23, 1926Personnel:
Ted Lewis - clarinet, alto sax, vocal, director
Walter Kahn, Dave Klein - cornet
George Brunies - trombone
Sol Klein - violin
Dick Reynolds - piano
Tony Gehardi - banjo, guitar
John Lucas - drums
Harry Barth - tuba


Ted Lewis was born June 6, 1892 in Circleville Ohio. With his brotherEdgar, he played in a local boys' band. Ted organized his own band in 1910. In 1916 he went to New York, worked at the College Arms Cabaret before joining Earl Fuller's Band. During this time he also toured in vaudeville. In 1917 he formed his first professional band. In the mid 1920s he had his ownnight club and appeared there often. His career spanned more than 60 years. He worked mostly as a band leader, featured on clarinet and vocals, sang in a lazy, half-talking style that earned the title "The High-Hat Tragedian of Song." His famed trademark was the battered top hat and catch-phrase "Is Everybody happy?" During his career he employed many famous jazz musicians including: George Brunis, Don Murray, Muggsie Spanier, and Jimmy Dorsey. His recordings in the 1930s often featured outstanding personnel such as Benny Goodman and Fats Waller. In the 1930s and 1940s, he led larger sweet-styled bands, and toured with his own show in the 1950s. His last major engagement was at New York's Latin Quarter in 1965. He appeared on TV several times in his later years. Ted died in New York on August 25, 1971.

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