Sammy Spear (Samuel Shapiro)

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Brooklyn, New York, USA
Conductor and trumpeter. As Sammy Shapiro, he was a trumpet sideman for NBC who always wanted to lead an orchestra, and his opportunity for that came on June 4, 1949 at the premiere of the new DuMont Television Network variety hour "Cavalcade of Stars". Later he would lead the orchestra on the series of Frank Fontaine albums that followed Fontaine's popularity as a songster from his appearances as a crooner on the Jackie Gleason programs. Read more...