Charley Straight

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Birthday
16, 1891
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
Sep 21, 1940 (49)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
16, 1891
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
Sep 21, 1940 (49)

About

Popular musician and bandleader of the Chicago jazz scene of the 1920s.

Before Fame

He began in vaudeville in 1909 where he accompanied singer Gene Greene. He was hired to record piano rolls in 1916 by Chicago's Imperial Piano Roll Company.

Trivia

His Charley Straight Orchestra was enormously popular in Chicago throughout the 1920s, especially at the Rendezvous Café.

Family Life

He grew up in Chicago. His untimely death in 1940 came while he was working his shift as sanitary inspector for Chicago and was hit by a car as he climbed out of a manhole.

Associated With

He was among the pianists of his time who were working to popularize ragtime as personified by George Gershwin.