Jean gold chain

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Jean Goldkette, approx. June 1949.
Photograph by William P. Gottlieb .

Jean gold chain (* 18th March 1899 in Valenciennes , France ; † 24. March 1962 in Santa Barbara , California ) was a jazz - pianist and bandleader known.

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Goldkette grew up in Greece and went to school in Russia before emigrating to the USA in 1911 .

He led many jazz and dance bands, including his most famous band in Detroit from 1924 to 1929 . Between 1927 and 1929 he achieved thirteen hits in the Billboard Top 30 , starting with Irving Berlin's "(You Forgot to) Remember" . His last successful title was "Tip Toe Through the Tulips", a song from the movie Gold Diggers of Broadway . This band played - at different times - Bix Beiderbecke , Hoagy Carmichael , Jimmy Dorsey , Tommy Dorsey , Eddie Lang , Frankie Trumbauer , Joe Venuti , Pee Wee Hunt , Don Murray and many others.

In 1927 Paul Whiteman recruited most of Goldkette's best band members. In 1930 Jean Goldkette left jazz to work as an agent and classical pianist. Goldkette initially helped organize McKinney's Cotton Pickers and the Orange Blossoms, which became famous as the Casa Loma Orchestra . He became insolvent in the mid-1930s. In 1939 he was the manager of the American Symphony Orchestra . In 1945 and 1947 he led a band again. In 1955 he performed as a concert pianist. In 1960 he tried a comeback in jazz. In 1939 he married Lee McQuillen, with whom he lived in Detroit until 1961. He spent the last part of his life in California.

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