American swing trombonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader. Born 1 March 1904 in Clarinda, Iowa. Started orchestra in 1938. Best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading best known and beloved swing band. Worked as sideman early in career. Wrote and/or arranged popular swing songs. Disbanded orchestra in 1942 to leave for Army. Too old to be drafted, created a band. Transferred to Army Air Force and raised morale for hundreds of thousands of troops before mysteriously disappearing never to be seen again. Mourned internationally as war hero. Last seen 15 December 1944.
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