|Birth name||Robert Orrin Tucker|
February 17, 1911|
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||April 9, 2011
South Pasadena, California, U.S.
Robert Orrin Tucker (17 February 1911 in St. Louis, Missouri – 9 April 2011 in South Pasadena, California) was an American bandleader born in St. Louis, Missouri, whose theme song was Drifting and Dreaming. His biggest hit was Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh! (1939), sung by vocalist "Wee" Bonnie Baker. He founded his first band while a college student at North Central College near Chicago, Illinois.
Orrin Tucker's big band, which he formed in 1933, specialized in a more relaxed style of swing, which was somewhat less complex than the music of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and other famous contemporary bandleaders of the day. Tucker's orchestra produced more than 70 recordings, several of them selling more than a million copies. Tucker's most successful hit was the 1939 recording of the 1917 song “Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!,” featuring the singer Wee Bonnie Baker. Orrin Tucker applied for active duty in the Medical Corps in the Navy; he left the Orchestra June 7, 1942 and by July 15, 1942 expected the call for duty.
Tucker and his orchestra remained active until the 1990s, when health problems forced him to retire. In 2003, Tucker was interviewed about his passion for music and his long career as a bandleader by the NAMM oral history program . He died on April 9, 2011, aged 100.
- Orrin Tucker at the Internet Movie Database
- Biography from Yahoo Music
- Biography from Solid!
- Photos of Orrin Tucker from the George Sontag collection
- Orrin Tucker's NAMM Oral History Interview
- New York Times Obituary