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Skinnay Ennis (Robert Ennis)

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Biography

Salisbury, North Carolina, USA
Skinnay Ennis joined Hal Kemp's band as a drummer while both attended the University of North Carolina. They stayed together after college when Kemp formed his own professional band. Ennis soon started singing as well as drumming, and by the mid-30s, his spotlight singing solos made him Kemp's biggest star.

Ennis formed his own orchestra in 1938 which soon became a regular personality on Bob Hope's radio show. This gave him enough fame so that his band was in demand in the summer off seasons.

After WWII he returned to Hope's program, where he remained until 1948. Read more...

Actor

Character: Skinnay - Orchestra Leader

College Swing 1938

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Character: Skinnay Ennis

Follow the Band 1943

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Character: Himself - Band Leader Skinnay Ennis

Strictly G.I. 1943

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Character: Himself - band leader

Skinnay Ennis and Orchestra 1949

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