Little Brother Crosby Makes His Mark

Bob Crosby

Bob Crosby

In January of 1935, The Dorsey Brothers recorded at the Muzak studios with vocalist Bob Crosby.  Bob was the younger brother of Bing, who was making his own waves in the music industry.  Bob caught the ear of Muzak executive producer Ben Selvin.  Later that same year, Bob formed his own band and Ben booked him for a session on February 26, 1936.  Rooted in Dixieland music, The Bob Crosby Orchestra was filled with legendary musicians, including Yank Lawson, Billy Butterfield, Muggsy Spanier, Matty Matlock, Irving Fazola, Ward Silloway, Warren Smith, Eddie Miller, Bob Zurke, Jess Stacy, Nappy Lamare, Bob Haggart, Walt Yoder, Jack Sperling, and Ray Bauduc.

Did you know that baby brother Bob Crosby has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one each for television and recording?  Bing has a few of his own.

What a band!  Give a listen to one of the 15 recordings The Bob Crosby Orchestra laid down that winter afternoon in Manhattan.  One take is all they needed.  Now, after 75 years we get to listen in.

Contributed by Bruce McKagan, Muzak Archives Director

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Tagged as: 30s music, Archives, Bob Crosby, Bruce McKagan, Muzak Archives, Old Music

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  1. In the spring of ‘35, Bob was approached by Gil Rodin of the Ben Pollack band. Pollack had decided to “abandon” his orchestra in order to promote his wife, vocalist Doris Robbins (she, of course, never had a successful solo career outside of the band), and the rest of the group decided to stay together as a “co-op” unit. Rodin offered Bob the opportunity to “front” the band, and this was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. He gave the Dorseys his notice, and the “new” Bob Crosby band began recording for Decca that June.

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