|Birth: ||May 9, 1914|
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 1972|
History of Lawrence Duchow and His Red Raven Orchestra
The present Red Ravens originally were known as Halís Bluebirds. That was way back in 1932 and that original band had only four members, namely, Lawrence Duchow, his brother Rueben and the two Siegrist Brothers, Donald and Ervin, now better known as Cecil. Their first real job was for a dance at Kleistís Hall, Potter. Since then, jobs have been numerous and the Red Ravens still pack Ďem in at Potter too. In those early days Cecil played the piano and on request he can still pound out hot licks on that particular instrument. Halís Bluebirds lasted for six months as a four piece unit and then the boys spread their wings and expanded to seven pieces. Red was one of the first to join the new band and heís still playing trumpet. In keeping with the new rhythm they dispensed the name of Halís Bluebirds to Red Ravens, a name suggested by Melvin Brock of Detroit who gets a lot a credit for giving the band a flying start. This larger unit was started in 1933 and for occasional changes which all orchestras experience has been kept intact. It wasnít long before Lawrence Duchow and his Red Ravens were heard on the air each Sunday noon over WHBY. Later on when WTAQ was started they switched to that station and have been heard from there ever since.
The popularity of the band is attested to by the fact that they received thousands of requests each year. This popularity can probably be attributed to the fact that they play music which is pleasing to both young and old. That and the fact that they emphasize good rhythm and close harmony. Each member is a good soloist in his own right, but the boys prefer to click together as one unit. Plans for the future contain no radical changes; instead you most likely will continue to hear the Red Ravens dish out the same pleasing melodies as they have in the past.
Lawrence Duchow The Sheboygan Press December 19, 1972
Funeral services were held Monday for Lawrence Duchow, 58, a well-known area orchestra leader, who died Saturday at Hemet Valley Hospital, Calif. His body was cremated at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, Calif.
Mr. Duchow led the Red Raven Orchestra and recorded on the RCA Victor label from 1932 to 1954. He managed the Red Raven Inn at Hilbert, and later operated the Raveno Ballroom at Neenah and the Orahula Ballroom in Fremont. The Red Raven Orchestra played weekly at the Trianon Ballroom, Chicago, and had a weekly broadcast on WGN Radio, Chicago. Among numbers the band made famous were the "Blue Skirt Waltz" and "Swiss Boy Waltz".
He was born May 9, 1914, at Potter, a son of the late Adolph and Ida Lerche Duchow.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Barbara) Keinast, Oshkosh; two grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Glasman, St. Pablo, Calif. A memorial fund has been established in Mr. Duchow's name for Peace United Church of Christ, Potter.
Adolph Albert Duchow (1892 - 1952)
Ida Lerche Duchow (1895 - 1954)
Margaret Lillian Duchow Glasman (1911 - 2007)*
Lawrence Duchow (1914 - 1972)
Reuben J Duchow (1916 - 1960)*
Leader of the famous Red Ravens
Free German Cemetery
Created by: Rose Mohnsam
Record added: Dec 12, 2009
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