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Wayne King
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Birth: Feb. 16, 1901
Savanna
Carroll County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jul. 16, 1985
Paradise Valley
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

Band Leader. He became famous when his band was asked to inaugurate the newly build Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, the largest in the world and then began appearing regularly for eight years. It was here that the band attached itself to the waltz and the slow, dreamy music became their mainstay. In the era of the big bands, the young had Glenn Miller, the swingers Count Basie; the squares Sammy Kaye but the over sixty-five crowd embraced the "Waltz King." He was born and education in Savanna, Illinois, the fourth son of Harvey and Ida King. He was very active athletically in High School excelling in football, baseball and track. Pondering a sports career, Wayne signed with the Canton, Ohio Bulldogs a fledgling attempt at professional football. However, the draw toward music was very strong. King learned to play the clarinet at an early age and by the age of eleven was a member of the Savanna township band. An attempt at a college education at Valparaiso University found him leading a band, then playing with orchestras on riverboats. His professional career began with the Del Lampe Orchestra then featured at the Chicago Trianon Ballroom. He formed his own band and with debuted at the Aragon Ballroom featuring the Theme Song, "The Waltz You Save For Me." The band was on its way becoming a household name throughout America. It was featured on radio shows: 'The Lady Eshter Serenade and the Elgin-American Watch Company Show." Early Television followed: The Standard Oil sponsered Wayne King Show was telecast to eleven midwestern NBC affiliates from 1949 to 1951. He recorded mainly for RCA Victor records. With the end of the Big Band era in the early 1950's, most orchestras disbanded but Wayne bucked the trend and kept performing well into the 1980's. While living in semi-retirement in Scottsdale, Arizona, he was invited back to play one last time at the Aragon Ballroom as it closed its doors forever.  (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 
 
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Wayne King
Added by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)
 
 
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Thank you for your service to America, Major King. Your beautiful wife has now joined you. I wish you both a continue life of love.
- grainne
 Added: Mar. 12, 2010

- Larry Linehan
 Added: Mar. 12, 2010

- CJS
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