Ben Bernie

Ben Bernie


Ben Bernie
Radio: South side of the 6200 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Bandleader | Composer | Musician | Radio Personality
Born Benjamin Anzelevitz on May 30, 1891 in Bayonne, N.J.
Died Oct. 23, 1943 of pulmonary infection in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Ben Bernie, the bandleader, composer, and radio and movie star, is best known for the bouncy "Sweet Georgia Brown," which he co-composed with Maceo Pinkard in 1925 (Kenneth Casey wrote the lyrics).

Known as "The Old Maestro", Bernie started in vaudeville. He was a successful bandleader, and his radio variety show in the '30s was a Top 10 hit.

His trademark "Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah!" even became a catchphrase.

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