Warnow in 1946.
|Born||April 10, 1900, Ukraine, Russia|
|Died||October 17, 1949 (aged 49)|
|Occupation||Violinist, orchestra conductor|
Mark Warnow (April 10, 1900 – October 17, 1949) was a violinist and orchestra conductor, who performed on radio in the 1930s and 1940s.
Warnow was born in Ukraine (then part of the Russian Empire) to Jewish parents, and came with them to the United States when he was 9 (Another source says age 5). Warnow grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Public School 100 and Eastern District High School, where he was a soloist as a violinist in the school's orchestra.
Warnow enjoyed a lengthy and versatile career with the CBS Radio network. He was CBS music director in the early 1930s, and hired his younger brother Harry as a keyboardist in 1931.
On July 2, 1935, a CBS program debuted with singer Virginia Verrill starring and Warnow's orchestra accompanying her.
Warnow conducted the orchestra on the CBS radio program Your Hit Parade from 1939 to his death in 1949. A 1941 newspaper article described Warnow as "the busiest man in radio," noting that his conducting duties included not only Your Hit Parade, but Helen Hayes Theatre and We, the People.
Mark Warnow also conducted the orchestra for the "Sound Off" Radio show, 1946, New York City, sponsored by the U.S. Army to encourage post World War II recruitment. Emcee Arno Tanney, aka "The Chant" would sing/chant army recruiting commercials like a drill seargeant in his signature booming baritone to the rapid fire rhythm of the "Duckworth Chant" - "Join the Army, it's for you, better pay and college too, Sound Off!, 1, 2, Sound Off! 3, 4, - 1, 2, 3, 4, Sound Off...Sound Off!"
Warnow married twice. His second wife was the former Helen McGowan. They divorced in August 1948. He had five children, three from his first marriage and two from his marriage to McGowan.
Warnow died October 1, 1949, of a heart attack in Polyclinic Hospital in New York City, aged 49.
- IMDB entry
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- DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. P. 30.
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- IBDB entry
- IMDB entry
- "Mark Warnow, Group 'Sound Off' In New Album". Texas, Amarillo. Amarillo Daily News. January 21, 1949. p. 11. Retrieved December 3, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.