Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wayne King "The Waltz King"

February 16, 1901 – July 16, 1985

Born Harold Wayne King in Savanna, Illinois, King was an impressive athlete in high school, and briefly played professional football with the Canton Bulldogs. He also attended Valparaiso University in Indiana for two years, at the same time worked with Benson Orchestra in Chicago's Morrison Hotel. In 1921-22 worked for Chicago insurance company and as a garage and railroad mechanic.  King from 1925-27 was with Del Lampe band mostly at Chicago's Trianon Ballroom. Lampe organized another band and made King the leader. His band became popular in the early 1930s. Theme song was The Waltz You Saved For Me. The orchestra disbanded during World War II, and King joined the army, advancing to the rank of major. King formed another band in 1945 and began a radio show in 1946. A TV show from 1949 to 1952. King's orchestra played its last engagement in March 1983 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida. Wayne was honored in his hometown of Savanna, with a sign acknowledging that he was a resident of the town.
King died in July 1985. He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6251 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Big Band Library


Three's A Crowd   1933

Goofus   1930

Stardust   1931

The Waltz You Saved For Me



Melody Of Love    1940

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