LEE CASTLE - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 279877
Sale Price $180.00
B/w James De Kriegsmann publicity photo of trumpeter and bandleader Lee Castle, signed as "Mr. Trumpet"
Inscribed photograph signed "To Frank/a swell guy & thanks a lot for your services [sic]/Mr. Trumpet/Lee Castle". B/w, 8x10 overall, 7¼x8½ image, one surface.Photo by James De Kriegsmann of New York and General Amusement Corp. Castle (1915-1990, born Lee Castaldo in New York City) was a trumpeter who began playing professional at age 18 with the likes of Joe Haymes, Artie Shaw, Dick Stabile and Red Norvo, Tommy Dorsey, Glen Miller and Jack Teagarden. He tried forming three bands of his own without success in the 1940s including a Dixieland jazz band in 1949. Castle didn't find success as a bandleader until joining the Dorsey Brothers' orchestra in 1953, taking over as bandleader when Jimmy Dorsey took ill and finally died, a role he had until the 1970s. Lightly toned, creased and bowed, otherwise in fine condition.
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