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.