[Dixielandjazz] Preacher Rollo
Mon, 23 Sep 2002 13:37:47 -0500
>>>I'm curious about your remark, "name-band sideman in the forties weren't
doing any better," It seems to me that Whiteman's musicians were paid very
well. $200 then would be what?...$1000 today. It is interesting that Henry
Busse got considerably more than everyone with the exception of Ferde
Considering the time period, they were paid extremely well. I guess
I didn't phrase it exactly I meant it. What I was getting at was that in
the forties, most were not doing as well, especially considering a war-time
and a post-war economy. Ferde Grofe was listed as 'arranger'.
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Sent: Monday, September 23, 2002 1:10 PM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Preacher Rollo
> In a message dated 9/23/02 1:03:01 PM Central Daylight Time,
> > .
> > I have a book about Big Bands and the swing era, showing a picture
> > Whiteman's band with Rollo in it.
> > There's also an interesting page from Whiteman's payroll book. It
> > for the week ending Jan 28, 1928 salaries as follows:
> > Bix Biederbecke $200, Henry Busse $350, Bing Crosby $150, Jimmy
> > $200, Ferde Grofe $375, Matty Malneck $150, Frankie Trambauer $200.
> > That was 1928, the boom era that preceded the big crash. Name-band
> > sidemen in the forties weren't doing any better. Lesser sidemen were
> > getting $90/week, and featured players up to about $200.
> > Pat Cooke
> I'm curious about your remark, "name-band sideman in the forties
> doing any better," It seems to me that Whiteman's musicians were paid
> well. $200 then would be what?...$1000 today. It is interesting that
> Busse got considerably more than everone with the execption of Ferde
> Jim Beebe