Bobby Sherwood

Bobby Sherwood
TV: West side of the 1600 block of Vine Street
Actor | Arranger | Bandleader | Composer | Musician | Radio Host | Singer | TV Host
Born Robert J. Sherwood Jr. on May 30, 1914 in Indianapolis, IN
Died Jan. 23, 1981 of complications from throat cancer in Auburn, Mass.

Bobby Sherwood took on many roles in his long career: musician, arranger, composer, singer, bandleader, actor, disc jockey and emcee for radio and television. Sherwood once said he'd done "everything but deliver bird calls."

The son of vaudevillians Bob and Gayle Sherwood, Bobby at 7 took his banjo and joined their act in the Roaring '20s. By 1927, the self-taught 13-year-old musical whiz had switched to guitar and trumpet. And when vaudeville folded, Sherwood became Bing Crosby's accompanist, backing "Der Bingle" on his earliest Decca recordings.

In 1954, well before the development of multitrack recording equipment, Sherwood made a unique recording that featured him in four vocal parts, four trumpet parts, and on mellophone, vibes, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and drums.

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