Muzzy Marcellino (Maurice Marcellino)

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San Francisco, California, USA
Originally trained on violin and guitar, Marcellino started on the music scene as a teenager with the Lofner-Harris band, based at the Hotel St.Francis in San Francisco. When Ted Fio Rito became the hotel's resident bandleader in 1932, Marcellino joined him and eventually doubled up as guitarist and lead male vocalist. During his six years with the band, he featured in a number of motion pictures, including The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1933). In 1938, Marcellino launched his own dance orchestra, operating almost exclusively on the West Coast, with long residencies at the Hollywood Florentine Gardens. Read more...