Shep Fields

Shep Fields

Shep Fields (September 12, 1910 – February 23, 1981) was an American bandleader who led the "Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm" orchestra during the Big Band era of the 1930s. He was the originator of the unique jazz band sound known as "Rippling Rhythm". During the course of a musical career which spanned over three decades he recorded over three hundred records and remained popular with audiences from the 1930s into the 1950s.

Fields began his musical career by playing clarinet and tenor saxophone in bands during college. His "Shep Fields Jazz Orchestra" made frequent appearances at his father's resort hotel the "Queen Mountain House" in the Catskill mountains which featured such noted singers as Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor. Following the death of his father, Fields was forced to become his family's principal provider. Consequently, he abandoned his studies at law school and reformed his orchestra. Appearances on cruise ships and resort hotels soon followed.

In 1931, Fields received his first big break when his orchestra was booked at the famed Roseland Ballroom in New York City.[11] By 1933 he also led a band that played at Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel. In 1934 he replaced the Jack Denny Orchestra at the landmark Hotel Pierre in New York City. He soon left the Hotel Pierre to join a roadshow with the dancers Veloz and Yolanda.  In 1936 he was booked at Chicago's Palmer House hotel, and the concert was broadcast live on the radio. His highly successful "Rippling Rhythm" society dance band was subsequently featured regularly on the hotel's big band remote concerts which were transmitted over the radio to audiences throughout the country.

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