The 1920's, an era full of so many contrasting vogues, created a surge in large “hotel” bands. At first, they entertained society sets in New York City, but by the later part of the decade the recording industry had made popular celebrities out of many of them including Paul Whiteman, Ted Lewis and Jan Garber. Radio increased their popularity with its nightly live broadcasts from the hotel ballrooms.
On the West Coast, Anson Weeks was the pioneer band leader. As early as 1924, Anson formed his first orchestra in Oakland, California. Its popularity grew rapidly and in 1931 gained national recognition with his weekly radio program on the Lucky Strike Magic Carpet Show.
Anson Weeks was a gifted composer as well as a fine musician, penning many song including: “I'm Sorry Dear”, “That Same Old Dream” and “We'll Get A Bang Out Of Life.” His career spanned more than forty years.
The material contained on these transcriptions are taken from rare radio broadcasts in 1932, representing Anson Weeks and His Orchestra at the height of their fame.