Carl Frederick Tandberg

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Carl Frederick Tandberg
Carl Frederick Tandberg (1910-1988) circa 1940-1950 with his bass guitar.jpg
Tandberg circa 1950-1960
Background information
Born (1910-03-22)March 22, 1910
Boston, Massachusetts
Died August 26, 1988(1988-08-26) (aged 78)
Los Angeles, California
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 Dorchester, Boston where his father, Thorvald Martin Tandberg I (1874–1970), managed a restaurant.[1][2] Thorvald was born in Portland, Maine. Carl's mother was Alvilde Marie Naess (1875–1933) of Oslo, Norway. His maternal uncle was Alfred Næss, the Norwegian speedskater.

His music career began in Boston in 1926 where he played in local ballrooms, restaurants and in radio stations WNAC and WEEI.[3] Carl married Alice Nazian Gonyer (1909–1992) of Orono, Maine in 1929.[4] 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.[3] He worked with Shep Fields (1910–1981) and His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra; and The Jerry Blaine (1910–1973) Orchestra in 1937.[5] 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.[3] 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.[6] 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.[3][7][8] 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.[3] 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, California on August 26, 1988 of a heart attack, and was buried in Eternal Valley Memorial Park.[2]



  1. ^ California Death Index
  2. ^ a b "Carl Tandberg". The Signal. August 30, 1988.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Bass Player Marking 11th Year at Ricky's". Pasadena Star-News. April 25, 1969. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
  4. ^ "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. ...
  5. ^ Brian Arthur Lovell Rust (1975). The American Dance Band Discography 1917-1942. ISBN 0-87000-248-1.
  6. ^ a b "The Piano Styling of Frankie Ortega". Classic Jazz Guitar. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  7. ^ "Ricky's Lounge". Pasadena Star-News. May 27, 1970.
  8. ^ "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. ...
  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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