Matty Malneck

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Matty Malneck
Born(1903-12-09)December 9, 1903
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedFebruary 25, 1981(1981-02-25) (aged 77)
Hollywood, California
GenresJazz, swing
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Years active1920s–1940s
Associated actsPaul Whiteman

Matty Malneck (December 9, 1903 – February 25, 1981) was an American jazz violinist, songwriter, and arranger.


Born in 1903, Malneck's career as a violinist began when he was age 16. He was a member of the Paul Whiteman orchestra from 1926 to 1937 and during the same period recorded with Mildred Bailey, Annette Hanshaw, Frank Signorelli, and Frankie Trumbauer.[1][2] He led a big band that recorded for Brunswick, Columbia, and Decca.[1] His orchestra provided music for The Charlotte Greenwood Show on radio in the mid-1940s[3] and Campana Serenade in 1942-1943.[3]:133

A newspaper article published September 19, 1938, noted that having only one brass instrument in Malneck's eight-instrument group was "unique for swing" as were the $3,000 harp and a drummer who played on "an old piece of corrugated paper box".[4] The group played in the film St. Louis Blues (1939) and You're in the Army Now (1941).[5] Malneck announced he was changing the group's name to Matty Malneck and His St. Louis Blues Orchestra.[6]

Malneck's credits as a songwriter have overshadowed his contributions as a performer. He composed songs which became hits, such as "Eeny Meeny Miney Mo", "Goody Goody", "I'll Never Be the Same", and "I'm Through With Love".[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c Feather, Leonard; Gitler, Ira (2007). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford University Press. p. 429. ISBN 0-19-507418-1.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott (2001). Classic Jazz. San Francisco: Backbeat Books. p. 140. ISBN 0-87930-659-9.
  3. ^ a b Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 133, 150. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  4. ^ "Harrison in Hollywood". The Edwardsville Intelligencer. Illinois, Edwardsville. September 19, 1938. p. 9. Retrieved February 9, 2017 – via open access
  5. ^ "'St. Louis Blues' Fair-Plus Musical". Film Bulletin. February 11, 1939. p. 7. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "Orchestra's Name Changed In Honor of New Picture". Santa Ana Register. California, Santa Ana. February 18, 1939. p. 8. Retrieved February 9, 2017 – via access