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Bandlear for top radio shows of 1930s


Ted Fio Rito was born in Newark, New Jersey on December 20, 1900. His notable career as a pianist and big bandleader originated in New York and for much of the 1930’s and 40’s Fio Rito toured throughout the US as a bandleader and composer.

Fio Rito collaborated with several celebrated lyricists including Gus Kahn, Ernie Erdman, Dan Russon, Albert Von Tilzer, Sam Lewis, Joe Young and Cecil Mack.

His catalog boasts such standards as “Toot, Toot Tootsie!”, “Charley, My Boy”, “Alone At Last”, “No, No Nora”, “When Lights Are Low”, “Sometime”, “I Never Knew”, “Drifting Apart”, “Laugh, Clown, Laugh”, “King For a Day”, “Then You’ve Never Been Blue”, “Now That You’re Gone”, “Three on a Match”, “Kalua Lullaby”, I Want Somebody to Cheer Me Up”, “I’m Sorry Sally”, “Nothing On My Mind”, “When the Moon hangs High”, “Roll Along, Prairie Moon”, “Alone at a Table for Two”, “Yours Truly”, “Lily of Laguna” and “Soft Green Seas”.

Ted Fio Rito died on July 22, 1971 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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NO, NO, NORA Ernie Erdman, Ted Fio Rito, Gus Kahn
Keyes Gilbert Music Co./EMI Feist Catalog, Inc.

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