Friday, March 6, 2015

Leighton Noble

December 25, 1912 - March 6, 1994

Leighton Noble was born on December 25, 1912 in Pasadena, California. In 1933 he went to work for the George Hamilton Orchestra at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. In 1934 Noble appeared in the movie entitled Gift of Gab as an orchestra leader. Noble's next big break came when he was hired as a featured vocalist with the Orville Knapp band. The band was rising fast when on July 16, 1936 Knapp died in a plane crash. Noble fronted the band for awhile but soon formed his own band, aided by pianist-arranger Chick Floyd. The band featured vocalist Edith Caldwell. This new Leighton Noble Orchestra was an immediate success. The band's theme song was I'll See You in My Dreams. Noble was in a few films, he appeared with Abbott and Costello in It Ain't Hay and with Olsen and Johnson in Crazy House. He was in White Christmas with Bing Crosby and a musical number in There's No Business Like Show Business. From 1947 to 1952, the band hosted a local television program in Los Angeles. In 1955 he hosted Bandstand Revue TV show. In 1957 Noble moved to Las Vegas, where his group served as the house orchestra for Harrah's Casino. In 1970 Noble retired and moved to British Columbia. Leighton Noble died on March 6, 1994 in Victoria, Canada.

Why doesn´t somebody tell me these things?   1938

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