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Eddy Duchin
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    (April 1, 1909-February 9, 1951)
    Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Pianist and bandleader
    Recorded the singles ‘Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?’ (1933), ‘Night and Day’ (1933), ‘Let’s Fall In Love’ (1934), ‘Lovely To Look At’ (1935), ‘You Are My Lucky Star’ (1935), ‘I’ll Sing You a Thousand Love Songs’ (1936), ‘Moon Over Miami’ (1936), ‘It’s De-Lovely’ (1937), ‘My Twilight Dream’ (1939), ‘Dream Valley’ (1940) and ‘You Walk By’ (1941)
    Died at age 41 from leukemia
    Portrayed by Tyrone Power in ‘The Eddy Duchin Story’ (1956)
    His band’s cover of Louis Armstrong’s ‘Ol’ Man Mose’ became a hit in America (and was banned in Britain) based on the rumor that vocalist Patricia Norman sang ‘fuck it’ instead of ‘bucket.’ (1938)
    One of his nicknames was ‘the Cocktail Casanova.’
    He had his fingers insured for $150,000.
    The soundtrack to ‘The Eddie Duchin Story’ hit #1 on Billboard’s album chart, but does not feature Duchin’s own music. Instead, pianist Carmen Cavallaro plays Duchin’s songs.
    He had perfect pitch.
    He played at FDR’s first inaugural ball (1933).
    His wife, Marjorie Oelrichs, died five days after giving birth to their son Peter (1937).
    He joined the US Navy during World War II, serving in the Mediterranean and the Pacific.
    His biopic was such a big hit, it got referenced in a Three Stooges short: when a spaceship carrying the trio is about to crash, Joe Besser pleads, ‘I can’t die! I haven’t seen ‘The Eddy Duchin Story’ yet!’

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