BOB CHESTER - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 284999
BOB CHESTER B/w photo of saxophonist and bandleader Bob Chester in suite and tie Inscribed photograph signed "To Shirley Jeane/Sincerely/Bob Chester". B/w, 8x10. Captioned at lower margin- "BOB CHESTER/And His Orchestra".
Sale Price $234.00
B/w photo of saxophonist and bandleader Bob Chester in suite and tie
Inscribed photograph signed "To Shirley Jeane/Sincerely/Bob Chester". B/w, 8x10. Captioned at lower margin- "BOB CHESTER/And His Orchestra". Chester (1908-1977, born in Detroit, Michigan) came from a wealthy car family; his step-father was head of General Motors' Fisher Body Works. But Chester chose a music career instead. He started out as a saxophonist for such bandleaders as Irving Aaronston, Ben Bernie and Ben Pollack before starting his first band in 1939. This band had an unoriginal Glenn Miller sound, though, and quickly folded. He founded another one that same year, with direction by Tommy Dorsey and arrangements by David Rose. It wasn't the most famous outfit of its kind, but Chester's band developed a reputation for its quality music and sidemen, like trumpeters Alec Fila and Conrad Gozzo, saxophonists Herbie Steward and Peanuts Hucko, trombonist Bill Harris and singers Bob Haymes, Gene Howard, Betty Bradley and Dolores O'Neill. The market moved away from the big band sound in the mid-1940s, though, forcing Chester's band out of business. He later got a job as a disc jockey in Detroit and leading a few other bands, including a Dixieland band, before quitting the music business altogether and entering the auto industry. Lightly toned and stained. Tack holes at corners (previous mounting). Corners creased and worn. Otherwise in fine condition.
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