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Overview (4)

Born in Denver, Colorado, USA
Died in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NamePaul Samuel Whiteman
Nicknames The King of Jazz
Pops
The Jazz King

Mini Bio (1)

Paul Whiteman began his musical career as a viola player for the San Francisco Symphony. He enlisted in the Navy during World War I, and his musical abilities resulted in the Navy putting him in charge of his own band. After the war he moved to New York in 1920, where he recorded his first hit, Whispering/The Japanese Sandman. It sold more than two million copies, making Whiteman was an instant star. In 1924 he introduced the George Gershwin classic Rhapsody in Blue, which became the band's signature song. Whiteman had the foresight to hire some of the best jazz musicians of the era, including Red Nichols, Frankie Trumbauer, Tommy Dorsey and Bix Beiderbecke. Bing Crosby got his start with Whiteman in 1929, in a trio called the Rhythm Boys. Whiteman's band continued its run into the 1930s, but toward the end of the decade their popularity began to wane, and in the early 1940s Whiteman took a job as musical director for the American Broadcasting Co., a position he kept into the '60s. He would put together his band every so often during that period, and in the early 1960s they even managed to secure engagements in Las Vegas, after which Whiteman retired.

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Spouse (4)

Margaret Livingston (18 August 1931 - 29 December 1967) ( his death) ( 3 children)
Mildred Vanderhoff (4 November 1922 - 1931) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Jimmie Smith (11 May 1917 - 1922) ( divorced)
Nellie Stack (27 August 1908 - 19 January 1914) ( divorced)

Trivia (14)

Bandleader.
Co-founded Capitol Records in 1942, along with songwriter/film producer Buddy G. DeSylva, singer/songwriter Johnny Mercer, and record retailer Glen Wallichs.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, he always kept an open, and enthusiastic, mind about what was going on in the music world. In 1966, he admitted that The Beatles were "turning out some lovely stuff," and that "were I a young man getting started in the music business these days, I'd probably grow my hair long and form a rock 'n' roll band."
A legendary judge of talent, Whiteman's discoveries over the years included Bing Crosby, Dick Clark, and Bobby Rydell.
A close friend of George Gershwin. Whiteman, with Gershwin at the piano, introduced Rhapsody in Blue to the public in 1924 and recorded it later that same year. Whiteman appeared as himself in Gershwin's film biography Rhapsody in Blue (1945) and conducted numerous Gershwin tribute concerts over the years.
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1993.
Composer Richard Rodgers originally wrote The Carousel Waltz especially for Whiteman's orchestra. Whiteman never used it, so Rodgers inserted it into the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel.
Brother-in-law of Ivy Livingston.
His father, Dr. Wilburforce Whiteman, was a prominent musician and music teacher in the Denver, Colorado area. His students included future big-band legend Jimmie Lunceford. He was one of the founders of the Denver Symphony Orchestra now the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra.
He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6157 Hollywood Boulevard and for Radio at 1601 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
Father of Loyce Whiteman.
Ex-father-in-law of Harry Barris.
Grandfather of Marti Barris.
He was nominated for the 2014 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Arts and the Entertainment Category.

Personal Quotes (1)

Jazz is the folk music of the Industrial Age.

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