Monday, January 5, 2015

Jan Garber

November 5, 1897 - October 5, 1977
The Idol of the Air Lanes
Jan Garber had a long career from the 1920s into the 1960s. He was a talented violinist and played in Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. After his military service in World War I Jan formed the Garber-Davis Orchestra with pianist Milton Davis from 1921–1924. In the late 1920s he formed his own orchestra, featured semi-hot style. In the early 1930s Garber heard a band led by Freddie Large. He took over this band and thus was born Garber's famous sweet style. Garber and Large composed the bands theme My Dear. The band was very popular in the 1930s, was on radio and made numerous records. Garber was billed as the Idol of the Air Lanes. In 1942 Garber switched to a swing band. The band played swing about two years, but few records due to recording restrictions. In 1945 he reverted the band back to sweet style. Garber made records into the 1950s. 1960s he was less active. His band was in the movies Here Comes Elmer (1943) and Make Believe Ballroom (1949).  Jan Garber passed away on October 5, 1977 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Baby Face   1926

Theme song

1939 Film Clip

Puttin' On The Ritz   1930

Louisiana   1928

Positively - Absolutely   1927

Don't Bring LuLu    1925

I Feel Like A Feather In The Breeze   1935

Stardust   1937

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