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William C. (Bill) Rank

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Born: June 8, 1904 | Died: May 20, 1979    Primary Instrument: Trombone

Bill Rank is most famous for having participated on some classic recordings with Bix Beiderbecke and Frankie Trumbauer in the 1920's. He began his professional career in 1921, playing with Collins' Jazz Band in Florida and then in Indianapolis as part of Tade Dolan's Singing Orchestra. Rank joined Jean Goldkette's Orchestra in 1923 and was with Goldkette through the summer of 1927 including the Beiderbecke era. He was with Adrian Rollini's legendary (if short-lived) orchestra, recorded with Sam Lanin, Roger Wolfe Kahn and Nat Shilkret and then was with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra from Dec. 1927 up until 1938, appearing on many recordings...
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As bandleader: Bix's Gang Lives (Fat Cat's Jazz) With Bix Beiderbecke: At the Jazz Band Ball (Okeh Records) Goose Pimples (Okeh Records) Jazz Me Blues (Okeh Records) Louisiana (Okeh Records) Margie (Okeh Records) Ol' Man River (Okeh Records) Rhythm King (Okeh Records) Royal Garden Blues (Okeh Records) Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down (Okeh Records) Somebody Stole My Gal (Okeh Records) Sorry (Okeh Records) Thou Swell (Okeh Records) Wa-Da-Da (Everybody's Doin' It Now) (Okeh Records) Bill worked with (among others): Charles Strickfaden, Matty Malneck, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Bix Beiderbecke, Frankie Trumbauer, Joe Venuti, Jack Teagarden, Eddie Lang & Bing Crosby.

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