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 Bobby Morris

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Bobby Morris

Birth
Poland
Death 1 May 2021 (aged 93)
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Burial Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Memorial ID 226399728 View Source

Entertainment industry agent/manager, author, show producer, entertainment director, and drummer. He was conductor of Elvis Presley's original orchestra, and for the Sweet Inspirations and Imperials at the International Hotel's opening season in July 1969. He was the drummer on Capitol Records recordings of Louis Prima and Keely Smith, creating his own signature drumbeat, known as "The Morris Shuffle." He played drums for Frank Sinatra, Eddie Fisher, Bobby Darin, and was chosen by Buddy Rich to perform with his band. He worked with dozens of stars on the Las Vegas Strip, including Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Robert Goulet, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Danny Thomas, and Ronald Reagan. With Louis and Keely he played the Kennedy inauguration, and appeared on various television shows, including Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, and Ed Sullivan. For his work during this era, he was recently named by Stick 'N' Skins Magazine as "One of the most influential drummers of the 20th century." He ran the Bobby Morris Agency, Inc. in Las Vegas since 1965 and was involved in management, booking, and entertainment direction of many major hotels on the Strip. In 2019, his autobiography, "Bobby Morris - My Las Vegas", was published. He was born Boruch Moische Stempelman in Wilno, Poland to David and Bertha Stempelman and immigrated to America in 1937 to escape the chaos in Europe from Nazi Germany.


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