CHARLIE SPIVAK - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/13/1941 - HFSID 223642
CHARLES SPIVAK Big band leader signed this typed letter on his orchestra's personalized letterhead in 1941, thanking a Wisconsin fan for his "enthusiastic letter of praise for the band and myself". Typed letter signed "Charlie Spivak".
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Big band leader signed this typed letter on his orchestra's personalized letterhead in 1941, thanking a Wisconsin fan for his "enthusiastic letter of praise for the band and myself".
Typed letter signed "Charlie Spivak". 1 page, 8¼x10¾, on the Charlie Spivak Orchestra's personalized letterhead from the Glen Island Casino and Okeh Records. June 13, 1941. Addressed to Mr. Harry Blair, Jr., La Crosse, Wisconsin. In full: "Dear Mr. Blair:- Thank you for your enthusiastic letter of praise for the band and myself. We are glad you like the broadcasts. Note you listen on C.B.S. We also have air time on Mutual now. I have autographed the picture you sent me [not included], and it is going out to you today under separate cover. However, I am herewith enclosing the six-three cent stamps [not included]. It is my pleasure to send the picture. Again, thank your response to our broad-casts. Sincerely, CHARLES SPIVAK ORCH. By Charlie Spivak cs:veh enc:stamps". Spivak (1905 or 1907-1982) was an American trumpeter and band leader of the big band era. He did his apprenticeship playing in the orchestras of the Doresy brothers, Ben Pollack, Jack Teagarden and others during the 1920s and 1930s, as well as a radio and studio musician with Glenn Miller and other band leaders. After a false start in 1939, Spivak took over the Bill Downer's band in 1940, and it remained successful until 1959. He helmed a straight dance band, despite his jazz roots. Spivak's main influence is from the number of influential musicians that he had as sidemen, including drummer Davey Rough, bassist Jimmy Middleton, trumpeter les Elgart, trombonist Nelson Riddle and singers Garry Stevens, June Hutton, Tommy Mercer, Jimmy Saunders and Irene Dave. Spivak continued to lead bands in Florida from 1959 to 1963, when illness forced a temporary retirement, and then another band based in Las Vegas, Nevada and Greenville, South Carolina from 1967 until his death. Lightly toned and creased. Paper clip at top left corner. Folded once horizontally and twice vertically. Otherwise in fine condition.
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