Orrin Tucker

Orrin Tucker’s Orchestra recorded one of the greatest successes of the big band era, “Oh Johnny Oh.” This novelty number featured the shy voice of Wee Bonnie Baker and has come to symbolize the musical era and the social climate of America during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Orrin enjoyed a full career as a bandleader and player in ballrooms and supper clubs up to the 1990s. His personality and charm led to a number of acting roles in his later years. Orrin’s NAMM Oral History interview was completed on April 25, 2003.   When Orrin passed away in April 2011 at the age of 100, he was thought to be one of the last bandleaders from that golden era of the big bands.

Interview Date:
May 27, 1999
Date of Birth:
February 17, 1911
Deceased Date:
April 9, 2011
Job Title:
Band Leader, Songwriter

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