Tuesday 26 April 2011
Orrin Tucker, who died on 9 April in California at the age of 100, was a bandleader whose orchestra had the 1939 hit “Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!”, and he later owned the Stardust Ballroom in LosAngeles. Tucker, who was born in February 1911, formed a band in 1933 and recorded his version of the 1917 song with the singer Evelyn Nelson. He made more than 70 records in all, including several million-sellers.
After appearing in the 1975 television film Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, Tucker turned a leased skating rink into the real Stardust, offering ballroom dancing and renting out the space for other functions. He closed the ballroom in 1982 but continued to perform into the 1990s.
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