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Bobby Sherwood

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Robert J Sherwood, Jr May 30, 1914 in Indianapolis, Indiana – January 23, 1981 Auburn, Massachusetts, known professionally as Bobby Sherwood, was a trumpet player, bandleader, actor and composer He appeared in three films including Pal Joey in 1957


  • 1 Early years
  • 2 Career
    • 21 Radio
    • 22 Television
  • 3 Composing
  • 4 Recognition
  • 5 Personal life
  • 6 Death
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Early yearsedit

Sherwood's parents were Bob and Gail Sherwood When they lived in Kokomo, Indiana, Bob Sherwood operated a movie theater and Gail Sherwood "organized an orchestra which was among the first ones to play popular syncopated music"2 Bobby Sherwood began playing banjo with that group when he was 12 years old3



Beginning October 2, 1940, Sherwood was the bandleader on Eddie Cantor's program on NBC4 That same year, he was a regular on the Hillman Hour program on KFWB in Los Angeles, California5 In the mid-1940s, he had his own program, Bobby Sherwood Orchestra on the Mutual Broadcasting System6

In 1953, he had a daily early morning program on WJZ, in New York City,7 and at one time he had a disc jockey show on WNEW also in New York City8


Sherwood was a regular performer on The Red Buttons Show on TV in the 1950s He hosted the DuMont Television Network variety show Stars on Parade 1953–54, was the announcer for DuMont's The Morey Amsterdam Show, and the host for the ABC game show Quick as a Flash March to May 19539

In the mid-1950s, he was host of Step This Way, a dance-oriented program broadcast on Saturday evenings on WABC-TV in New York City10


Sherwood composed the music for at least one film, Campus Sleuth 1948 He is most closely identified with the songs "Sherwood Forest" and "Elks' Parade", which he composed and which were recorded by his band


Sherwood has a star at 1825 Vine Street, in the Television section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame11

Personal lifeedit

Sherwood was brother-in-law to Judy Garland12 His sons Billy and Michael are both musicians, and his nephew is trumpeter Carl Saunders


Sherwood died of cancer January 23, 1981, at his home in Auburn, Massachusetts3


  1. ^ "Services Set Today for Bobby Sherwood" Ocala Star-Banner January 26, 1981 Retrieved 3 February 2016 
  2. ^ "Orchestra Leader Son of One-Time Kokomo Residents" Indiana, Kokomo The Kokomo Tribune December 28, 1940 p 2 Retrieved February 3, 2016 – via Newspaperscom 
  3. ^ a b "Bobby Sherwood" Daytona Beach Morning Journal January 26, 1981 Retrieved 3 February 2016 
  4. ^ "untitled brief" Illinois, Belvidere Belvidere Daily Republican September 14, 1940 p 4 
  5. ^ "Radio Advertisers" PDF Broadcasting January 15, 1940 p 67 Retrieved 4 February 2016 
  6. ^ "New MBS Affiliate" PDF Broadcasting March 27, 1944 p 69 Retrieved 4 February 2016 
  7. ^ "Coffee & Doughnuts" PDF Broadcasting January 5, 1953 p 32 Retrieved 4 February 2016 
  8. ^ "'Bobby' Sherwood, band leader, dead" Illinois, Bloomington The Pantagraph January 26, 1981 p 14 Retrieved February 3, 2016 – via Newspaperscom 
  9. ^ "Business Briefly" PDF March 2, 1953 p 9 Retrieved 4 February 2016 
  10. ^ "Step This Way" TV Radio Mirror 44 6: 26 November 1955 Retrieved 4 February 2016 
  11. ^ "Bobby Sherwood" Hollywood Walk of Fame Retrieved 3 February 2016 
  12. ^ Frank, Gerold "Judy Garland: How it was on the way to Oz" Chicago Tribune p 33 Retrieved 3 February 2016 

External linksedit

  • Bobby Sherwood on Internet Movie Database
  • Bobby Sherwood at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Hoosiers in Hollywood at WhenMoviesWereMoviescom

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