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Signed b/w photo of Ernie Rudisill sitting behind a snare drum with a phone, a felt cap and a ginormous bottle of whiskey, taken when the drummer and bandleader was with Sammy Kaye's orchestra
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To 'Frank'/Thanks for the/swell food./Sincerely/Erny [sic] Rudisill Yo Pal". B/w, 8x10 overall, image 7¼x8½ (one surface). Captioned: "Ernie 'Cecil' Rudisill/Featured With/Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra". Ernie Rudisill (1912-1997), also known as Ernie Rudy, joined Sammy Kaye's orchestra in its infancy in the 1930s and was featured as Cecil the Daffy Drummer in its comedy routines. Kaye was getting less and less gigs in the early 1950s, so Rudisill and ten other Kaye sidemen left suddenly in 1952 and formed the Ernie Rudy Band. Rudisill's band got some plum bookings for a few years and even released a record through MGM's Lion label and singles on Derby. The band dissolved in a few years, but Rudisill retained the Ernie Rudy Band name and soldiered on for almost ten years before disbanding the band. After leaving music, he moved in auto sales until his retirement. Lightly toned, stained, creased and bowed. Errors on negative were reproduced in photo. Lower right corner is rounded. Lightly scratches (not visible head-on) and chips on image. Otherwise, fine condition.

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