[cross-posted to MLA-L and ARSCLIST]
On behalf of a friend who's doing some musical genealogy (if you will), I'm passing along a reference query to the collective wisdom:
"Here’s what I know about my mother’s dance band, and if you can point me in the right direction for finding out anything more (including recordings), it would be wonderful.
I thought the band was called “Sylvia’s Orchestra” because the one set of photos of the band, on an NBC sound stage, shows the name “Sylvia” in big block letters on the front of the music stands. The band leader (a violinist) was named Esther Mueller (who lived in San Francisco). Other members included my mother, Beth Rutledge, on trombone, and the drummer Dorothy “Dot” Erickson. However, I have also some correspondence about Mom playing in something called Kay Barclay’s All-Girl Orchestra, or Kay Barclay and her California All-Girl Band (I have a local newspaper review of them while on a 1937 tour out West…which says they “really swing out”!)" Obviously, searches in standard reference sources have not been fruitful, and she's been looking for years. If you can point us in the right direction, or better, have any information of merit, please respond to me privately. Thanks!Casey
Casey A. Mullin
New York Public Library
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