DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Paul Whiteman (aged 77)
-American jazz musician and radio personality
Paul Samuel Whiteman (March 28, 1890 – December 29, 1967) was an American bandleader, composer, orchestral director, and violinist.
As the leader of one of the most popular dance bands in the United States during the 1920s and early 1930s, Whiteman produced recordings that were immensely successful, and press notices often referred to him as the “King of Jazz”. Some of his most popular recordings included “Whispering”, “Valencia”, “Three O’Clock In The Morning”, “In A Little Spanish Town”, “Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers”, and “Wang Wang Blues”. Paul Whiteman led a usually large ensemble and explored many styles of music, such as blending symphonic music and jazz, as in his debut of Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin.
DEATH: Whiteman lived at Walking Horse Farm near the village of Rosemont in Delaware Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey from 1938 to 1959. After selling the farm to agriculturalist Lloyd Wescott, Whiteman moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania, for his remaining years. He died of a heart attack on December 29, 1967 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, aged 77.