Topic: Nostalgia Radio
Dick Jurgens, a composer and big-band leader, died on Thursday, 7 October 1995, at age 85. During World War II, he had three tunes simultaneously on the "Lucky Strike Hit Parade." He was a co-writer of "Elmer's Tune," "One Dozen Roses" and "Careless." Jurgens became an accomplished trumpeter by age 14. Dick and his brother Will formed their first band to play in the summer camps at Lake Tahoe. They worked as garbage collectors during the times when the band was inactive, but within 3 years, the band had it's first residency in one of the local hotels, remaining until booked by San Francisco's prestigious St. Francis Hotel in 1934. MORE. Jurgens served in the Marines during World War II, organizing and leading a band that performed in the Pacific islands.
LISTEN to Dick Jurgens radio remote from Willowbrook: