- George Paxton
George Paxton was an American
big bandleader, saxophonist, composer, publisher, and arrangerof swing jazz musicfrom the 1930sto the late 1940s; as well as presidentand producer of Coed Records, primarily a doo-woplabel, from the late 1950sto the mid 1960s.
He was born in
Jacksonville, Florida, and grew up in Kearny, New Jersey, where he learned to play the saxophoneat a young age and was influenced by the music of Isham Jones. In 1933, while still in high school, Paxton formed a six-man band with schoolmates Tony Mottolaand Herbie Haymer. The three later moved to New York City, where Paxton was hired to write arrangements for band leader and Meadowbrook Innowner Frank Dailey. [http://www.parabrisas.com/d_paxtong.php Solid! - George Paxton ] ] In the late 1930s, Paxton got a job with George Hall's Orchestraas an arranger and tenor sax player. Paxton was able to convince Hall to hire his high school friend and skilled guitar player Tony Mottolafor the group. In Hall's group, Paxton got to work with other talented young musicians like Johnny Guarnerion piano and Nick Fatoolon drums. At this time, Paxton was also writing arrangements for Dolly Dawn & Her Dawn Patrol. In the early 1940s, Paxton arranged music for Bunny Berigan, Bea Wain, Charlie Spivak(along with Sonny Burkeand Nelson Riddle), Ina Ray Hutton, Vaughn Monroe, and Sammy Kaye.
George Paxton and His Orchestra
After years of playing, arranging, and directing different groups around
New York City, Paxton formed his own orchestra in 1944. The group became popular in New York City, and a ten week engagement at the Roseland Ballroomturned into a one year run. Some of these performances were broadcast live on the radio, which helped gain the band some popularity. George Paxton and His Orchestra toured the East Coast of the United States and gained some acclaim by 1945. Vocalists included Alan Dale, Liza Morrow, Dick Merrick, and Gene Williams. Standout musicians were trumpeter Guy Key(sometimes "Kee") and saxophonist Boomie Richman(sometimes "Richmond"), as well as Andrew Ackers (piano), Romeo Penque (sax), Max Herman (trumpet), Vern Whitney (trombone), Doc Goldberg(bass), Nick Fatool(drums), and others. The orchestra's primary label was Majestic, however their songs were also released on the Guild, Hit, and MGM labels. Some of George Paxton's compositions and arrangements include: Paxonia, All of Me, Streamliner, This Can't Be Love, I'm Coming Virginia, Jug Night, and I'm Gonna See My Baby, among others.
George Paxton, Inc.
In 1949, Paxton was offered the job directing the house orchestra at
The Capitol Theaterin New York City. [http://www.nfo.net/usa/p1.html#GPaxton nfo.net] ] While there, he started a music publishing company; George Paxton, Inc. One of his first publications was " There's No Tomorrow", which became a big hit for Tony Martin.
George Paxton and
Marvin Caneformed Coed Records, Inc. in New York City in 1958, and had offices at 1619 Broadway in the Brill Building. Paxton produced many of the songs on this label, most of which were of the East Coast Doo-wopgroup style, and some of these became hit songs of the day. Between 1958 and 1964, Coed's biggest acts included the Crests, the Rivieras, the Duprees, the Harptones, and Adam Wade, among others. Paxton's big-band background came in particularly handy with the Duprees, who combined group vocals with deliberately nostalgic swing orchestra backing on hits like "You Belong to Me" and "Why Don't You Believe Me." [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:fifwxqtdldde allmusic ((( The Best of Coed Records > Overview ))) ] ] Other highlights include the Crests' "Sixteen Candles" and three songs from the group's so-called "angel series," "The Angels Listened In," "Pretty Little Angel," and "Trouble in Paradise". Coed Records went out of business by 1964.
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