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Roy Bargy

Show Count: 19
Series Count: 2
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: July 31, 1894, Michigan, USA
Died: January 15, 1974, San Diego, California, USA

Roy Fredrick Bargy (July 31, 1894 – January 16, 1974) was an American composer and pianist.

Roy Bargy on the cover of 1922 sheet music

Born in Newaygo, Michigan, he grew up in Toledo, Ohio, where he was exposed to the music of pianists Johnny Walters and Luckey Roberts. In 1919 he began working with Charley Straight at the Imperial Piano Roll Company in Chicago, performing, arranging, and composing. He was the leader, pianist and arranger of the Benson Orchestra of Chicago from 1920 to 1922 (when he was replaced by Don Bestor), and later worked with the orchestras of Isham Jones and of Paul Whiteman and recorded piano solos for Victor Records.

In 1928 he was the first pianist to record George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F (in an arrangement by Ferde Grofé; with Paul Whitemanand his Concert Orchestra).

From 1943 until his retirement he was music director for Jimmy Durante.

Roy Bargy died in Vista, California at the age of 79.

Source: Wikipedia

Jimmy Durante Show, TheJimmy Durante Show, The
Show Count: 42
Broadcast History: 10 September 1933 to 30 June 1950
Sponsor: Texaco, Camel Cigarettes, Rexall
Cast: Elvia Allman, Hope Emerson, Jimmy Durante, Florence Halop, Arthur Treacher, Victor Moore, Alan Young, Don Ameche
Producer: Phil Cohan
Broadcast: May 24, 1951
Added: Jun 02 2013