Fred Rich

Frederic Efrem Rich, born January 31, 1898 and died September 8, 1956. He was an American bandleader and composer from the 1920s through the 1950s. His band featured the Dorsey Brothers and Joe Venuti as well as Bunny Berigan, Bunny Berigan, Benny Goodman, and Bunny Berigan. Elmer Feldkamp, one of his vocalists, was a member of the band in the 1930s. Fred Rich was born in Warsaw (Poland). Rich was a pianist who formed his own band in 1920. He toured Europe between 1925 and 1928, singing his theme songs “I’m Always Chases Rainbows” u0026 “So Beats My Heart for You”. Rich spent a long time at the Waldorf-Astoria New York City. He then started leading a studio band with many well-known musicians. Okeh, Columbia and Paramount recorded him for Camden, Vocalion, Vocalion, and other labels. He also recorded under the names Fred Richards and the Astorites. Rich and his band were their house band during the 1920s. He would be a music director on various radio stations in the 1930s. In 1942, he became a staff member at United Artists Studios in Hollywood. This was where he would remain for the majority of his life. Rich’s recordings are typical of the era’s dance music, just like many other prolific leaders of bands or studio groups. There were a few outstanding jazz arrangements of popular tunes in the time period from November 1929 to March 1931. These included notable solos by Bunny Berryigan, Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey as well as Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang. These recordings are: A peach of a pair (October 29, 1930), I Got Rhythm, October 29, 1930), Cheerful Little Earful, November 19, 1930), I’m Tickled Pink with a Blue-Eyed Baby (November 19, 30), and I’m Tickled Pink with a Blue-Eyed Baby (November 19, 30, 1930). “Freddie Rich” recorded dozens popular-title piano rolls for the Aeolian Company in the 1920s. He was responsible for both its reproducing Duo-Art label and its 88-O-Dee Mel-O-Dee Mel-O-Dee 88-A-Dee Mel-O-Dee 88-O-Dee Mel-O-Dee-O-Dee Mel-O-Dee Mel-O-Dee-O-Dee Mel-O-Dee-O-Dee. Rich sustained serious injuries in 1945 after a fall. He suffered partial paralysis as a result. Rich still led studio bands through the 1950s, despite his paralysis. After a long battle with cancer, Fred Rich, 58, died in California on September 8, 1956. Fred Rich, a pianist, has many song credits, including “Blue Tahitian Moonlight,” Time Will Tell”, and “On The Riviera.” He also composed scores for many films. Wikipedia

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