Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Brookses in:
 • Oakdale Cemetery
 • Sanford
 • York County
 • Maine
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Randolph E. "Randy" Brooks
Birth: Mar. 15, 1919
York County
Maine, USA
Death: Mar. 21, 1967
York County
Maine, USA

Musician, Band Leader. Known as "The Golden Trumpet." In 1947, Brooks' version of "Tenderly," became the most requested song in the country. Brooks got his start at the age of 8, playing in a cornet trio with his parents in the Sanford Salvation Army band. When he was 12, Brooks won a competition for young trumpet players, beating out over 2,000 other entrants. Two years later, at the age of 14, he gained national fame with his appearances on Rudy Vallee's national radio program, where he was asked to be a permanent member of the band. However, he was too young to sit in with the regular brass section, so each week he would perform a classical trumpet solo to rave reviews. After graduating from Sanford High in 1937, Brooks went to New York City to seek his fortune in the music business. After a few years of playing in other bandleader's orchestras such as Hal Kemp, Brooks started his own band in 1944. In 1946, his band began a successful run at New York's famed Roseland Ballroom. Brooks' band set the record for the longest run at the Roseland, and was named "best new orchestra" for 1946. Besides the gig at the Roseland, the Randy Brooks Band was selected to play the annual "Harvest Moon Festival" at New York's Madison Square Garden. In 1947, Brooks' band had been named "one of the best bands in the nation" by Downbeat Magazine, a music business publication. Brooks' recordings were gaining nationwide fame. Besides "Tenderly," which sold over a million copies, Brooks also recorded songs such as: "Don't Let Me Dream," "Moonmist," "Harlem Noctrum," and "Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)". In 1950, as he was at the height of his popularity, Brooks suffered a cerebral stroke which left him partially paralyzed and unable to perform. He briefly returned following rehabilitation, but suffered a second stroke in 1958, and retired in 1961. He died March 21, 1967 in a fire at his Springvale apartment at the age of 48. (bio by: Paul Auger) 
Family links: 
  Ina Ray Hutton (1916 - 1984)
Oakdale Cemetery
York County
Maine, USA
Plot: Back Row of Cemetery, right behind his parents, Guy & Abbie Brooks
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Paul Auger
Record added: Apr 17, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13987456
Randolph E. Randy Brooks
Added by: Valerie Owen
Randolph E. Randy Brooks
Added by: Valerie Owen
Randolph E. Randy Brooks
Added by: Valerie Owen
There are 4 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

Great trumpeter, Randy Brooks was. He was also Ina Ray Hutton's husband at some point too. Lucky guy.
- Roland J. Dillon Boulware
 Added: Feb. 8, 2014
Miss you Randy, your music was beautiful.
- Christina Salley
 Added: Oct. 12, 2013
I was with your Mom and Dad when you were working on a "comeback" at Palace Playland in OOB. That trumpet sang with Harlem Nocturne.
- Paul R.
 Added: Feb. 8, 2011
There are 23 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
This page is sponsored by: paul robie

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service