Garwood Van

Garwood Van

Birth
Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Death 25 Apr 1999 (aged 88)
Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Burial Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Memorial ID 100192614 · View Source
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Early American Big Band Leader and Musician
Van gave comedian Redd Foxx his first job in Las Vegas and opened the city's first rock 'n' roll club.
He was established as a "society bandleader," playing mostly ballroom dances, when he took a job at the old El Rancho Vegas in June 1942. He remained to become one of Las Vegas' best-known musical figures.As leader of the house band at The Last Frontier, he was the bandleader for Reagan when the future president headlined the hotel showroom in February 1954.In 1964, Van signed Foxx as an opening act for Dinah Washington.Van is survived by his wife,Joan,and a son,of Las Vegas.In 1959 the Vans opened Garwood Van's Musicland, and quickly built it into one of Nevada's largest music stores.

He was resident for 47 years, a member of the board of directors of the Las Vegas Rotary Club, Las Vegas Country Club and Civilian Military Council member MBC of C, life member of Musicians Union locals 47 and 369, former member of the Las Vegas Variety Club Tent 39, past vice president of the Desert Inn Country Club and past president Merchants Bureau Greater Las Vegas.
Pub: Las Vegas Sun:Thursday April 29,1999


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  • Created by: crissy y
  • Added: 5 Nov 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 100192614
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Garwood Van (1 Sep 1910–25 Apr 1999), Find a Grave Memorial no. 100192614, citing Palm Memorial Park, Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA ; Maintained by crissy y (contributor 47026263) .