Irving Aaronson


Irving Aaronson

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Irving A. Aaronson
Birth name February 7, 1895
Born New York, U.S.
Died March 10, 1963 (aged 68)
Hollywood, California, U.S., buried: Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery[1]
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, bandleader
Instruments Piano

Irving A. Aaronson (February 7, 1895 – March 10, 1963) was an American jazz pianist and big band leader.

Born in New York, Aaronson learned piano from Alfred Sendry at the David Mannes School for music. From age 11 he played accompaniment in silent movie theaters (called nickelodeons).[2]

He co-wrote a hit song, “Boo-Hoo-Hoo”, in 1921[2] and thereafter formed his own band. During the 1920s and the 1930s, he led two big bands and recorded with different record companies. The first group formed under his name was the Versatile Sextette in the early 1920s, later renamed the Crusaders Dance Band. In 1925, it was with this band that his first compositions were recorded.[citation needed]

The band signed with the Victor label where the band name was changed to Irving Aaronson and his Commanders. Signed to the label from 1926 to 1929, the band had a notable success with “Let’s Misbehave” in 1927. The band appeared in Cole Porter‘s Broadway musical Paris, in 1928[2] and broadcast on KFWB, Hollywood, California, circa 1929.[3]

In 1935, Aaronson starred in the Irving Aaronson Orchestra radio program on NBC. The band toured movie theatres and ballrooms across the U.S. before calling it quits in the mid-1930s, at which time Aaronson went to work as a musical director for MGM studios. He remained there in that capacity and as assistant to producer Joe Pasternak until his death from a heart attack in 1963.[4]

Aaronson’s band included at various times musicians such as Phil Saxe, Joe Gillespie and later band leaders in their own right Artie Shaw, Gene Krupa and Tony Pastor. Western movie actor Fuzzy Knight was a drummer with Aaronson’s band in the late 1920s.[5]

Aaronson’s most popular song, “The Loveliest Night of the Year“, was not recorded with his band but was adapted by Aaronson in 1950 for the Mario Lanza film The Great Caruso.[4]

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