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Eddie Duchin

Updated on June 18, 2009

Eddy Duchin was a popular American pianist and bandleader during the 1930s and 40s. He died of leukemia in 1951. Today, Eddy Duchin is a hot search topic, but I couldn't begin to tell you why. It's funny how sometimes things will just enter the collective conscious and take root.

So if Eddie Duchin is part of your collective conscious today too, let me tell you a little bit about him.

Eddie Duchin was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in either 1909 or 1910, no knows for sure. He started a career as a pharmacist but turned toward music instead and became quite famous for "sweet" big band music during the time of jazz. His musical pioneering paved the way for other band leaders such as Joe Reichman, Dick Gasparre, and Carmen Cavallaro.

Duchin caused a scandal in 1938 with the release f his song "Ol' Man Mose" which caused the record to hit #2 on the Billboard charts. The lyric "bucket" was heard as "f*ck it" which was considered unacceptable and down right vulgar at the time. Sales of the record skyrocketed, go figure.

During World War II Duchin served as a lieutenant in the Navy and died few short years after the war at the early age of 40 or 41, in 1951.

His son, Peter, carried on his father's legacy and became a pianist and popular bandleader too.

Eddy Duchin Orchestra - Lovely To Look At (1935)


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      dave S 7 years ago

      EDDIE SR:: lives on! a pianist...I've just introduced it into our ME Ski Resort and the "comment's are unbelieveable; not to say I used any other style, it's just beautiful and of course Carmen C. was known as the Poet of the Piano and Eddie with his sweet music...and Liberace copied both of them to carry on the legacy, that---I----now enjoy...its been a exciting life and not over yet....dave S .... although, I'm two years older than Pete parallel life, was a surprise when reading Pete's ....a Ghost of a chance, which is another favorite of mine....used at the SKiier's WEDDing last Thursday....

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      Mable 7 years ago

      I did have the longplay record of the Eddie Duchin Story but gave it away when moving. How I wish I had it now! The same with Harry James, Billy Vaughn, Burt Bacharat, all the wonderful bands of that era - you just don't hear music like that now, unfortunately. Wish the big band sound would come back!!!

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      Peter 7 years ago from Australia

      I do remember seeing the movie about Eddie Duchin and loved the story. :-)

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      Cheryl Hartzman 9 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I'm glad you enjoyed it and it's nice to know your connected to our collective conscious! :)

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      Audrey V. 9 years ago

      He's a great pianist, funny, I was thinking about him just the other day. =)

      Great Hub !