Gus Arnheim Influenced Many Stars

In a recent piece about actress/singer Shirley Ross I mentioned that she often sang with Gus Arnheim's orchestra, as did Fred McMurray (before he became a movie star). In fact, Arnheim was a tremendously influential figure in the early jazz age, a talented pianist and composer who also had a hand in helping build the … Continue reading Gus Arnheim Influenced Many Stars

Shirley Ross Was Bob Hope’s Good Luck Charm

Although Bob Hope has been gone for a decade now (he was 100 when he died in 2003) he is still well-remembered, and most of us might also recall his signature song, "Thanks For The Memory." But what you might not know is that his breakout moment occurred when the then little-known comic actor performed … Continue reading Shirley Ross Was Bob Hope’s Good Luck Charm