An Announcement in Variety, Aug 18, 1926 About Ben Pollack.

by Albert Haim

Ben Pollack and His Californians renew their engagement at the Venetian room of the Southmoor Hotel in Chicago.
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The members of the orchestra are listed in the announcement.
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Nine musicians, almost half -four- doubling as arrangers!

Their first recording session in Chicago:
Ben Pollack And His Californians : Harry Greenberg, Al Harris (cnt) Glenn Miller (tb) Benny Goodman (cl) Gil Rodin (as) Fud Livingston (ts) Wayne Allen (p) John Kurzenknabe (bj) Harry Goodman (tu) Ben Pollack (d,vcl,ldr) Frank Sylvano (vcl)
Chicago, September 14, 1926

36237-1,2,3 I'd love to call you my sweetheart (fs vcl) (unissued) Vic
36238-1,2,3 Sunday (bp vcl) (unissued) Vic

The first issued recording in Chicago:
Harry Greenberg, Al Harris (tp) Earl Baker (cnt-1) Glenn Miller (tb,arr) Benny Goodman (cl) Gil Rodin (as) Fud Livingston (ts) Wayne Allen (p,celeste) Victor Young, Al Beller (vln) John Kurzenknabe (bj) Harry Goodman (tu) Ben Pollack (d,vcl) Joey Ray (vcl)
Chicago, December 9, 1926
37218-3 When I first met Mary (jr vcl) Vic 20394

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbP9-BQHMHA

A run of the mill sweet dance band record. What a waste of jazz musicians.

The other record waxed on Dec 1926. Beautiful tune with lots of solos. 'Deed I Do, composed by Fred Rose with lyrics by Walter Hirsch. The first Goodman issued recording. His solo (I think displaying the influence of Bix) shows that Benny was already a mature musician.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OAjFe6r4UU

Albert


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