Rube Bloom / Bill Challis & Grofe

by vince giordano

I got to talk with both Mannie Klein and Joe Venuti back in the late 70s and they both told me Rube was a wonderful pianist and composer, but he couldn't read music !...this really knocked me out.

re: Challis being influenced by Ferde...

Bill told me a few times that in his early years of writing for bands [while still in college] he bought and listened to the Whiteman records of those years and studied what Grofe was writing for the Whiteman band.

Posted on Oct 17, 2009, 10:42 PM

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