Carl Frederick Tandberg

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Carl Frederick Tandberg
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Tandberg circa 1950-1960
Background information
Born (1910-03-22)March 22, 1910
Died August 26, 1988(1988-08-26) (aged 78)
Los Angeles
Genres Jazz, Big band, Country music
Instruments Bass fiddle
Years active 1926-1970s
Associated acts Shep Fields, Jerry Blaine, Frankie Ortega, Glen Campbell, Al Viola, Jimmy Durante, Jan August, The Andrews Sisters, Bunny Berigan
Tandberg in front of his father in 1918

Carl Frederick Tandberg (March 22, 1910 – August 26, 1988), was a bassist who recorded with Glen Campbell and Frankie Ortega.


He was born on March 22, 1910 in Boston where his father, Thorvald Martin Tandberg I (1874–1970), managed a restaurant.[1] Thorvald was born in Portland, Maine. Carl's mother was Alvilde Marie Naess (1875–1933) of Oslo, Norway. His music career began in Boston in 1926 where he played in local ballrooms, restaurants and in radio stations WNAC and WEEI.[2] Carl married Alice Nazian Gonyer (1909–1992) of Orono, Maine in 1929.[3] They moved to Queens, New York where he played with the Jimmy Durante band, played vaudeville and toured the southern circuit with Al Wohlman & Company. He played 52nd street "jazz joints" and worked with Mike Riley and Ed Farley, the writers of The Music Goes Round and Round.[2] He worked with Shep Fields (1910–1981) and His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra; and The Jerry Blaine (1910–1973) Orchestra in 1937.[4] He played some college concerts with Bunny Berigan, and in 1939 he did a vaudeville tour and recorded with The Andrews Sisters. In 1947 he recorded Miserlou with Jan August.[2] Around 1948 he moved to California and worked with the Frankie Ortega Trio in Las Vegas and at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach for 11 years.[5] He moved to Burbank, California and, starting in 1957-1958, worked as a musician in Alhambra, California at Dick White's Rickey's Lounge with the Paul Peters Trio. The trio was himself, Paul Peters, and Stan Seltzer.[2][6][7] He later became the maître d' at Rickey's Lounge restaurant. While working at American Music Publishers he met Glen Campbell and collaborated on several recordings.[2] After he retired from music he worked for a private security company at KTTV studios. He later worked as the gate security guard at the home of Bob Hope. He died in Los Angeles in 1988 of a heart attack, and was buried in Eternal Valley Memorial Park. His maternal uncle was Alfred Næss, the Norwegian speedskater.[8]



  1. ^ California Death Index
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bass Player Marking 11th Year at Ricky's". Pasadena Star-News. April 25, 1969. Retrieved 2008-10-01. Bass player Carl F. Tandberg is an 11-year man at Dick White's Rickey's Restaurant in Alhambra and a 42-year man in the music business. Carl began his career in 1926 in Boston, Massachusetts. He played in many local ballrooms, restaurants and in radio stations WNAC and WEEI. In 1929, he moved to New York City. During a 16-year stay in the large metropolis, Tandberg played with the Jimmy Durante band, played vaudeville and toured the southern circuit with Al Wohlman & Company. He then played most of the 52nd street "jazz joints" including a run at the "Hickory House" with Riley and Farley the writers of "The Music Goes Round And Round". Next came a series of college dates with Bunny Berigan. In 1939 he did a vaudeville tour and cut a few records with the Andrew Sisters before recording "Miserlou" with Jan August in 1945 [sic]. In 1947 he met Frankie Ortega and aided in forming the famous "Frankie Ortega Trio." ... 
  3. ^ "Marriages". Los Angeles Times. December 26, 1950. Retrieved 2009-11-22. Carol Tandberg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl F. Tandberg of Sun Valley, Cal., to Cpl. Robert H. Lancaster, USMC, son of Mr. and Mrs. ... 
  4. ^ Brian Arthur Lovell Rust (1975). The American Dance Band Discography 1917-1942. ISBN 0-87000-248-1. 
  5. ^ a b "The Piano Styling of Frankie Ortega". Classic Jazz Guitar. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  6. ^ "Ricky's Lounge". Pasadena Star-News. May 27, 1970. Ricky's in Alhambra rolls out the red carpet for diners and the restaurant is famed for thick juicy cuts of prime ribs of beef au jus and a wide selection of other delectable entrees. The first floor includes an intimate cocktail lounge and elegant dining rooms and upstairs is the Sky Room. The glamorous nightclub atmosphere of the Sky Room is tastefully appointed ... general manager of Dick White's spacious Ricky's in Alhambra, ... He also doubles on drums with Carl Tandberg on bass and Stan Seltzer on piano. Tandberg and Seltzer are equally talented in their field and the blending of ... 
  7. ^ "Anniversary Time". Pasadena Star-News. July 12, 1970. Retrieved 2007-12-21. The Paul Peters Trio ... Pictured from left Carl Tandberg, Paul Peters and Stan Seltzer. Tandberg marks his 13th year at club this week. ... 
  8. ^ "Carl Frederick Tandberg". Los Angeles Times. August 28, 1988. 
  9. ^ "Carl Tandberg". MSN Music. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  10. ^ "Court of Records". Los Angeles Times. June 7, 1959. Ortega is joined by Carl Tandberg, bass; Al Viola, guitar; Walter Sage, drums; and Tito Rivera, conga drums - a group that doesn't have to strain for good ... 

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