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Stabile in New York in the 1940s
|Birth name||Richard Dominic Stabile|
May 29, 1909|
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
September 18, 1980 (aged 71)|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Genres||Jazz, big band|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, band leader, music director|
|Labels||Decca, Bluebird, Vocalion|
|Associated acts||Ben Bernie, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis|
Dick Stabile (May 29, 1909 – September 18, 1980) was an American jazz saxophonist and bandleader.
The son of a band leader and violinist, Stabile learned piano and violin at an early age. His father got a job with band leader Vincent Lopez on the condition that he learn saxophone. Seeing his father play, Stabile started playing saxophone, too, and was hired by Jules Ansel at the Brunswick Hotel in Newark. He then went on tour with band leader Ben Bernie, Ansel's cousin, and remained with Bernie from 1928–1935, appearing on Bernie's weekly radio show as lead alto saxophonist and soloist.
In 1935 Stabile started his own ensemble, the All-America "Swing" Band, which featured Bunny Berigan, Dave Barbour, Frank Signorelli, and Stan King. He recorded with vocalists such as Berigan, Paula Kelly, Burt Shaw, and Gracie Barrie, the last of which he would go on to marry. During this time, he recorded for the labels Decca, Bluebird, ARC, and Vocalion/Okeh. His band worked often in hotels in New York City and was chosen to play at the New York World's Fair in 1959–60.
During World War II Stabile led a band while serving in the Coast Guard; Gracie Barrie led his ensemble in his absence. After the war, he moved to Los Angeles and became music director for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
After spending the latter 1960s leading dance bands at Los Angeles ballrooms, Stabile took a job at the Hotel Roosevelt in New Orleans, where he worked from the middle of the 1970s until his death from a heart attack in 1980.
Stabile designed a line of saxophones and clarinets that carried his name.
Stabile was married to and divorced from Gracie Barrie.
- At the Statler (Tops, 1957)
- Let's Dance the Fox Trot (Tops, 1959)
- Dick Stabile Plays for You (Bethlehem)
- This Cat Really Blows! (Dot)
- Dancing on the Sunset Strip (King)
- Spotlight on Dick Stabile (Tiara)
- Many Faces (Montpellier, 2008)
- "Somebody Else Is Taking My Place"/"What Does a Soldier Dream of?" (Decca, 1942)
- The Fabulous Jimmy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey (1958)
- The Capitol Collector's Series, Dean Martin (1989)
- 1935–1936, Bob Howard (2000)
- Anthology, Marilyn Monroe (2003)
- The Young Benny Goodman 1928–1931, Benny Goodman (2005)
- A Rainbow at Midnight, Jimmy Wakely (2008)
- Ben Bernie & His Orchestra: 1923–1929, Ben Bernie (2008)
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