FRIENDS OF LEO: FROM THE McCONVILLE ARCHIVES (Part Four)

Because trumpeter Leo McConville was a valued member of top radio orchestras, he had friends who came from that world as well as jazz musicians.  Here are four examples — and for those who might suffer momentary hot-music withdrawal pangs, two band pictures and one familiar face at the end of this post. 

Here are three child stars who appeared on the same program — hosted by Milton Cross, and called COAST-TO-COAST ON A BUS, THE CHILDREN’S HOUR, and THE WHITE RABBIT LINE (which “jumps anywhere, anytime!”).  Singer Audrey Egan is the least known of the three, and I don’t know whether she continued in show business as an adult:

Jackie Kelk (1923-2002) appeared with Audrey on the same radio program, but he is much more famous because he played “Jimmy Olsen” for seven years on the radio version of SUPERMAN before moving into television:

I had a vague recognition of Kelk, but a clearer awareness of “Walter C. Tetley,” also known without the C.  He is the most famous of the three, playing “Leroy” on the radio series THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVE — someone who retained his childlike voice into adulthood (he can be heard on recordings by Stan Freberg):

The attractive Olga “Gypsy” Markoff (born 1917) revealed herself after a few minutes of online searching — as an accordionist who played the classics for FDR and other heads of state:

For the sake of comparison, here is the Getty Images photograph of the same woman:

Finally (as promised) here are two bands.  I know nothing of the first, except that the drummer’s set has initials — his or the leader’s? — and that the set itself is a beauty:

And Leo himself is visible in the second photograph, although I don’t recognize his colleagues:

And a familiar face and colleague:

Three child stars, one lovely accordionist, two bands, one hot cornetist — the Archives continue to surprise!

11 responses to “FRIENDS OF LEO: FROM THE McCONVILLE ARCHIVES (Part Four)

  1. The second photo is of the Georgians in late 1924. I recognize Leo McConville (t), Arthur Schutt (p) and Roy Smeck (bj). Going by discographies, the others would be Charlie Butterfiedl (tb), Frank Kilduff (as, bar), Henry Wade (cl, ss, ts), and Ted Noyes (d).

  2. Can the cornet/trumpet experts identify the horn Red Nichols is holding? Thanks in advance.

  3. Marvin Mintz

    Jackie Kelk was best known as the guy who played Homer, Henry Aldrich’s best friend on the popular radio show.

  4. mike palmere

    great pics & info…enjoy listenin” to them cats swingin” back then

  5. Bill Pritchard

    Hey Mike,

    Is this the sweet-sounding trumpeter who got his start with Bill Bevans and the Starlight Serenaders and graduated to Gene Franklin’s
    Pier Six dixieland band before he left town? I called your dad a number of years ago and he said you were playing in Lake Tahoe. Are you still playing and where are you now?

    A ghost from the past,

    Drummer Bill

  6. If you’re referring to Leo McConville, Sr., none of the names sound familiar: he was gone by 1968 . . . so do you have the right Leo?

  7. hey bill pricthard..this is the same mike..how can ah get in touch …mike

  8. Carolee Moore

    My mother’s best friend growing up was Audrey Egan who did continue to sing as an adult. The only bit of information I know is that she traveled to Havana, Cuba as a singer in the 40s (?). She seems to have retired from singing when she married in the 1950s and had children. She died in 1966. I would love to know more about her. She was my godmother.

  9. Deirdre Schrader

    Hi Carolee – if you can read this, then please reply to my email – deirdres@nycap.rr.com. My mother was Audrey Egan and I stumbled across this site while doing research on her. I was 6 when she passed away. I would LOVE to get in touch with you – please email me any time. My maiden name was Deirdre DiPeri – as my mother married Ross DiPeri. Thank you so much, Deirdre Schrader

  10. The Georgians pic seems to be a small group out of the Specht Carolina Club band featured in an earlier post on McConville. I once again recognize Hal Kemp, here playing clarinet. Others, especially the tenorman nearest Hal, look like the same men.

  11. how to get in touch bill p.

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