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 Claude Thornhill

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Claude Thornhill

Birth
Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, USA
Death 7 Jul 1965 (aged 57)
Caldwell, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 7520632 View Source
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Musician. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, he was a pianist arranger, composer, and bandleader, often credited as the progenitor of cool jazz. In the 1930s, he worked as studio musician and began to play with the big name bands of Benny Goodman, Hal Kemp, Ray Noble and Glen Miller. He was serving as musical arranger for the Bob Hope radio show when he formed his own orchestra in 1940. For the next few years, he toured all the resorts performing and his orchestra was a tremendous success with jazz fans. After serving in the US Navy during World War II, he reorganized his orchestra, but couldn't survive the downturn in the band business and only played occasionally until the group broke up in the early 1950s. He died of attack in Caldwell, New Jersey. In 1984, he was posthumously inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Laurie
  • Added: 31 May 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7520632
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7520632/claude-thornhill : accessed ), memorial page for Claude Thornhill (10 Apr 1908–7 Jul 1965), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7520632, citing Roselawn Memorial Park, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .