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Robert Armbruster

Show Count: 107
Series Count: 5
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: October 9, 1897, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: June 20, 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA

Robert Armbruster (October 9, 1897 – June 20, 1994) was a Philadelphia-born American composer, conductor, pianist and songwriter. His pseudonyms for piano rolls included Henri Bergman,Edwin Gabriel, Robert Romayne, Robert Summers.

After studying with Constantin von Sternberg he became a concert pianist, then branched out into conducting and a composing for radio, then television and film. He debuted as a pianist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of eight. In his teenage years, he started recording piano rolls for the Aeolian Companies Duo-Art reproducing pianos and turned out hundreds of classical and salon-type performances for them. He attracted particular notice as orchestra leader of The Voice of Firestone, the songs "Cuddle Up" and "High Barbaree" and his compositions "Western Ballet" and "Variations in Miniature on Chopsticks".

During the 1940s, Armbruster was the conductor of the NBC Hollywood Orchestra for many charitable specials.

In 1948, Armbruster was musical director, conductor and solo pianist for the Kraft Music Hall program starring Nelson Eddy. A fine pianist, he was featured each week in classical piano solos. The program had an excellent orchestra of about 35. Regular arrangers included Billy May and Nelson Riddle. In the sixties, Armbruster was head of the music department at MGM Studios.


Source: Wikipedia


Blue Ribbon TownBlue Ribbon Town
Show Count: 5
Broadcast History: 27 March 1943 to 5 August 1944
Sponsor: Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer
Cast: Virginia O'Brien, Groucho Marx, Leo Gorcey, Fay McKenzie
Director: Dick Mack
Producer: Dick Mack
Host: Groucho Marx, Kenny Baker
Cavalcade Of America, TheCavalcade Of America, The
Show Count: 559
Broadcast History: 9 October 1935 to 29 May 1939 and 2 January 1940 to 31 March 1953
Cast: John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan, Agnes Moorehead, Kenny Delmar, Edwin Jerome, Ray Collins, Orson Welles, Karl Swenson, Ted Jewett, Jack Smart, Paul Stewart, Bill Johnstone, Frank Readick, Ray Sloane, Luis Van Rooten, Mickey Rooney, Cary Grant, Tyrone Power, Ronald Reagan
Director: Homer Fickett, Roger Pryor, Jack Zoller, Bill Sweets, Paul Stewart
Producer: Homer Fickett, Roger Pryor, Jack Zoller, Bill Sweets, Paul Stewart
Host: Walter Huston
Cavalcade of America is an anthology drama series that was sponsored by the DuPont Company, although it occasionally presented a musical, such as an adaptation of Show Boat, and condensed biographies of popular composers. It was initially broadcast on radio from 1935 to 1953, and later on television from 1952 to 1957. Originally on CBS, the series pioneered the use of anthology drama for company audio advertising.