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Paul Whiteman

American jazz musician and radio personality

Paul Whiteman

American jazz musician and radio personality
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birthday
28th
March, 1890
Death
29th
December, 1967
Birth Place
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Birth Sign
aries
Biography

Paul Samuel ‘Pops’ Whiteman (March 28, 1890 – December 29, 1967) was an American bandleader, composer, orchestral director, and violist.
As the leader of one of the most popular dance bands in the United States during the 1920s and early 1930s, Whiteman produced recordings that were immensely successful, and press notices often referred to him as the “King of Jazz”. His most popular recordings include “Whispering”, “Valencia”, “Three O’Clock in the Morning”, “In a Little Spanish Town”, and “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers”. Whiteman led a usually large ensemble and explored many styles of music, such as blending symphonic music and jazz, as in his debut of Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin.
Whiteman recorded many jazz and pop standards during his career, including “Wang Wang Blues”, “Mississippi Mud”, “Rhapsody in Blue”, “Wonderful One”, “Hot Lips (He’s Got Hot Lips When He Plays Jazz)”, “Mississippi Suite”, “Grand Canyon Suite”, and “Trav’lin’ Light”. He co-wrote the 1925 jazz classic “Flamin’ Mamie”. His popularity faded in the swing music era of the mid-1930s, and by the 1940s he was semi-retired from music. He experienced a revival and had a comeback in the 1950s with his own network television series, Paul Whiteman’s Goodyear Revue, which ran for three seasons on ABC. He also hosted the 1954 ABC talent contest show On the Boardwalk with Paul Whiteman.
Whiteman’s place in the history of early jazz is somewhat controversial. Detractors suggest that his ornately orchestrated music was jazz in name only, lacking the genre’s improvisational and emotional depth, and co-opted the innovations of black musicians. Defenders note that Whiteman’s fondness for jazz was genuine. He worked with black musicians as much as was feasible during an era of racial segregation. His bands included many of the era’s most esteemed white musicians, and his groups handled jazz admirably as part of a larger repertoire.
Critic Scott Yanow declares that Whiteman’s orchestra “did play very good jazz…His superior dance band used some of the most technically skilled musicians of the era in a versatile show that included everything from pop tunes and waltzes to semi-classical works and jazz. […] Many of his recordings (particularly those with Beiderbecke) have been reissued numerous times and are more rewarding than his detractors would lead one to believe.”
In his autobiography, Duke Ellington declared, “Paul Whiteman was known as the King of Jazz, and no one as yet has come near carrying that title with more certainty and dignity.”

instruments played
viola
violin
Associated Acts

Bix Beiderbecke, Frankie Trumbauer, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Bing Crosby, The Rhythm Boys, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey

Birth Name

Paul Samuel Whiteman

Genres

Jazz, classical, pop

Occupations

Bandleader, composer

Years Active

1907 1960s

Name

Paul Whiteman

Nationality

United States of America

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