Label: RCA Victor - LPV-549 • Series: RCA Victor Vintage Series • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: US • Genre: Jazz • Style: Big Band
George Edward Olsen, Sr. March 18, - March 18,  was an American bandleader. Born in Portland, Oregon Olsen played the drums and attended the University of Michiganwhere he was drum major. There he formed his band, George Olsen and his Music, which continued in the Portland area. George Olsen and his Music were prolific Victor recording artists and their records are among the most numerous found by record collectors today, [ citation needed ] testifying to their original popularity.
He and his orchestra were in Eddie Nous Deux - Various - Mega 80 's Broadway hit Whoopee! They had two children, George, Jr. Olsen signed with Victor in and remained as one of Victor's Who? - George Olsen - George Olsen And His Music popular bands until when he signed with Columbia.
He stayed with Columbia through January, He recorded a single session in for Deccaand one final date for the rare Varsity label in Olsen's bands produced few stars. Singer-saxophonist Fred MacMurray passed through in on his way to eventual movie stardom, recording a vocal on I'm in the Market for You.
Olsen's long-time alto saxist and singer, Fran Freywith his distinctive, reedy bass-baritone, was perhaps the best known Olsenite until he left in for a career as a music director in radio. InOlsen became leader of Orville Knapp 's band after Knapp died in a plane crash.
Olsen was chosen to lead the band by Knapp's widow. A resident of Paramus, New JerseyOlsen ran a popular local restaurant there on Paramus Road for many years before he died there on March 18, Wilson noted that "Olsen is there every day greeting guests at lunch and dinner In the background, the original George Olsen records of the Twenties play softly. After his divorce from Shutta, Olsen married Claralee Pilcer. George Olsen and His Music Discography.
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