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Tony Pastor

Tony Pastor

Tony Pastor (October 26, 1907 – October 31, 1969) was an Italian American novelty singer and tenor saxophonist.

Pastor began playing saxophone when he was sixteen. He played tenor sax with John Cavallaro (1927), Irving Aaronson (1928–30), and Austin Wylie (1930), then opened his own night club in Hartford, Connecticut and led the band there for three years. After that, he played with Smith Ballew (1934), Joe Venuti, Paul Fredricks, Vincent Lopez, and Artie Shaw's first (1936–37) and second (1937–39) orchestras.

In November 1939 when Shaw walked off the bandstand in the Cafe Rouge located inside the Hotel Pennsylvania (essentially quitting his own band), Pastor was soon coaxed into leading his own big band, which he did from 1939 to 1959.

Pastor died of a heart attack in Old Lyme, Connecticut, at the age of 62.

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Summit Ridge Drive
Frenesi
You're The One For Me
Five Salted Peanuts
Let's Do It
Bell Bottom Trousers
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Maria Elena
Blossoms
Dance With a Dolly

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