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Milt Larkin

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Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: October 10, 1910    

Milt Larkin - trumpet, vocal, bandleader (1910 - 1996)

Milton Larkin was born in Navasota, Texas, on October 10, 1910, and was the leader of one of the greatest of all territory bands that, tragically, never recorded. After hearing Bunk Johnson, Larkin taught himself to play the trumpet. Larkin first freelanced in Texas with such bands as Chester Boone and Giles Mitchell's Birmingham Blue Blowers. During 1936-42 he led his own band touring the Southwest and even played briefly in Kansas City, Chicago and at New York's famed Apollo Theatre.

Larkin's band became the premiere Swing aggregation in Houston, Texas, which after being in operation for 4 years, went to Chicago, where they enjoyed a great 9-month stay at Chicago's Rumboogie club. During that time, other bandleaders such as Lionel Hampton and Cootie Williams often came in and picked off sidemen to join their own groups. Reportedly the Larkin unit, which has been called “probably the last of the great Texas bands,” could stand comparison with such name orchestras as those of Jimmie Lunceford and Cab Calloway....
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