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The Pied Pipers

Pied Pipers

Mixed Vintage Quartet from Hollywood, CA

Originally consisting of eight members, The Pied Pipers had their greatest success after nearly half of the members left the group. The remaining Pipers (Billy Wilson, Chuck Lowry, Jo Stafford, and her then-husband John Huddleston) joined the Tommy Dorsey Band in 1939, backing Sinatra on many classic recordings. In 1942 The Pied Pipers broke away from Dorsey, and Huddleston joined the army, to be replaced by Hal Hopper, one of the original eight members. The group backed Johnny Mercer on several tracks during the early 40s, including "Candy" and "Blues in the Night." Their first single ("Deacon Jones"/"Pistol Packin' Mama") was released in 1943. Stafford had become quite busy with her solo career and left the group in 1944, to be replaced by June Hutton. Throughout the rest of the decade The Pied Pipers charted frequently, yet their popularity waned in the '50s.

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The Pied Pipers in their 1951 formation (left to right: Chuck Lowry, Louanne Hogan, Clark Yocum and Hal Hopper) in a short music film produced in 1951 by Louis D. Snader for Studio Telescriptions. They were accompanied by the Ernie Felice Quartet: Ernie Felice (Accordion), Dick Anderson (Clarinet), Rolly Bundock (Bass), and Dick Fisher (Guitar).


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