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“Dave’s Boogie” by Dave Barbour

Dave Barbour was a famous guitarist from the 1930’s until the 1950’s. He was born in Long Island NY on May 28th 1912. His career started when he played the banjo at Carnegie Hall when he was 12 years old. In 1942 he decided to leave the band Red Norvo when Benny Goodman hired him to be in his orchestra. Barbour soon fell in love with the lead singer Peggy Lee and they both left the band. They got married on March 8, 1943 and moved to Los Angeles. They had a great career together but eventually got a divorce on May 16th, 1951. Shortly after the divorce his career ended and he landed a part in 2 movies. He then stayed under the radar for awhile until 1962 when he recorded a song with Benny Carter. Not too long after he passed away December 11, 1965.

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