Mike Pingitore

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Michael (Mike) Pingitore
Background information
Years active1919–1948

Michael (Mike) Pingitore (or Pingatore) (1888–1952) was a member of Paul Whiteman's Orchestra.[1] Whiteman discovered him playing tenor banjo and he became part of the rhythm section for his newly-formed band for the Alexandria Hotel in Los Angeles (later known as the original Whiteman band),[2] playing there for its entire existence (1919–1948) except for a brief period in 1923 due to illness.[2] Pingitore played banjo on Art Mooney's "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover", which was a number one hit on the Billboard magazine pop chart in 1948.[3] He was inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame in 2005.[4]

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  1. ^ Berrett, Joshua (2004). Louis Armstrong & Paul Whiteman: Two Kings of Jazz. Yale University Press. p. 17. ISBN 0-300-10384-0.
  2. ^ a b Delong, Thomas (1983). Pops: Paul Whiteman, King of Jazz. New Century. p. 34, 35, 55. ISBN 0-8329-0264-0.
  3. ^ Adams, Greg (September 13, 2014). ""Radio's first filibuster" gave Art Mooney an unlikely hit in 1948". Music Weird. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame Members". americanbanjomuseum.com. January 24, 2019.