Monday, May 17, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF PAUL SPECHT - Sinking Spring Cemetery, Sinking Spring, Berks County, Pennsylvania

According to Wikipedia, "Paul Specht was an American dance bandleader popular in the 1920's." He was born in Sinking Spring, trained as a violinist and first led his own band in 1916, when he toured the Western United States. He signed a record contract with Columbia Records in 1922, where he made records playing with a large dance ensemble and with a smaller Jazz group known as "The Georgians." He toured England several times and set up a Jazz School for Musicians there in 1924. Notable among his career highlights was that his orchestra was the very first to broadcast for the RCA Company and the first to be in films after the silent era ended. Specht spent his later years in New York City, having remained popular in the 1930's and 1940's. Towards the end of his life he arranged for radio and TV and died in New York in 1954. His stone has a nice musical quote above his name. No doubt this was from one of his songs.

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