Leo (F.) Reisman
(October 11, 1897 - December 18, 1961) was a violinist and bandleader in the 1920s and 1930s. Born and reared in Boston
, Reisman studied violin as a young man, and formed his own band in 1919. He became famous for having over 80 hits on the popular charts during his career. Jerome Kern
called Reisman's orchestra "The String Quartet of Dance Bands".
Mr. Reisman's first recording was on a 10" in. 78rpm record for Columbia Records, recorded on January 10th, 1921 - the two titles being "Love Bird", with a catalog issue of Columbia A-3366, mx.79634 and the other title being "Bright Eyes", with a catalog issue of Columbia A-3366, mx.79635.
Reisman recorded for Columbia
exclusively from July 1923 through March 11, 1929, when he signed with Victor
and stayed until October 1933. He then signed with Brunswick
and stayed until 1937 when he re-signed with Victor. During his 1929-1933 Victor period, Reisman recorded many lesser-known period Broadway songs, some of which were recorded by no other band.
Reisman also had the habit of featuring composers and Broadway
performers as band vocalists, including Harold Arlen
, Fred Astaire
, Clifton Webb
, and Arthur Schwartz
. He also featured Lee Wiley
in 1931-32 for her first 3 recordings. More often than not, his vocalists were Frank Luther
, Dick Robertson
and later Sally Singer
and George Beuler
. A notable recording from this era was "Happy Days Are Here Again
" in November 1929,... Read More