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Michael Edward Slowitzky
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Birth: Sep. 29, 1893
Hazleton
Luzerne County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 26, 1962
New York, USA

-Known as Michael Edwards

-was a musician, composer, arranger, and music editor for Mills Music, Inc. His song titled "Once In A While," written with Bud Green, held the number one position for seven weeks in 1937.

-Veteran of World War I, serving as a Private First Class for the United States Army


Michael Edward Slowitzky was born in Hazelton Pennsylvania to Adam and Louisa(nee:Boczkowski) Slowitzky. He was an accomplished Composer, musician, classical Violinist, organist, music editor, and music arranger. His most successful composition was "Once In Awhile" (lyrics by Bud Green), made famous in 1937 by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra. It held the number one position on the charts for 7 weeks in 1937(a total of 14 weeks).

The song also made the charts with:

"Horace Heidt and His Orchestra (1937, #2 for one week of 7, featured the electric guitar of Alvino Rey)

Louis Armstrong (1938, two weeks peaking at #15)

Patti Page (1952, 11 weeks, peaking at #9, one of the early multi-track vocals)

The Chimes (1961 #11, doo-wop version, as "Once In Awhile")" *See source below

Today the song is considered a Jazz Standard.

In 1974, Michael Slowitzky's (Edwards) widow, Mrs. Marie Edwards Schreiber donated his personal papers to Stony Brook University. The Michael Edwards Collection is housed at the University's library, and is comprised of "correspondence with musicians and publishers; scores and instrumental, band, orchestral and choral arrangements; music, lesson and songbooks; music catalogs; personal and historical scrapbooks; and autographed sheet music and photos. Correspondents include Leroy Anderson, Robert Burns, Tommy Dorsey, Richard Franko Goldman, and Leonard B. Smith." **See source below


Sources:
*
http://www.jazzstandards.com/compositions-2/onceinawhile.htm

** http://www.stonybrook.edu/libspecial/collections/manuscripts/edwards.shtml#photo

 
 
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 Parents:
  Adam Slowitzky (1852 - 1928)
  Louisa Boczkowski Slowitzky (1881 - 1914)
 
Burial:
Long Island National Cemetery
Farmingdale
Suffolk County
New York, USA
Plot: 2L, 6283
 
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Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 03, 2000
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- GRP
 Added: Jun. 1, 2012
 
 
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