Friday, June 4, 2010

The Casa Loma Orchestra

By 1927, when The Orange Blossoms started an eight month stint as the house band at Toronto's "castle", Casa Loma, they had already been home to an impressive line-up of musicians over the years, including the Dorsey brothers and alcoholic trumpet genius Bix Beiderbecke. But it wasn't until after their time at the then-classy-hotel-and-nightspot, now-cheesy-tourist-trap, that they changed their name to The Casa Loma Orchestra and (according to my copy of Wikipedia) went on to become one of the most popular swing bands in North America thanks to hits like "No Name Jive", "Maniac's Ball" and "Casa Loma Stomp". There's a bunch more of their stuff on YouTube, here.

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