Ernie Fields

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Birthday
28, 1904
Birthplace
Nacogdoches, TX
Death Date
May 11, 1997 (92)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
28, 1904
Birthplace
Nacogdoches, TX
Death Date
May 11, 1997 (92)

About

Popular bandleader of the 1940s and 1950s. He was one of the pioneers of the transition from big band to R&B.

Before Fame

He studied electrical engineering at the Tuskegee Institute and also played trombone for the school's marching band. He eventually moved to Tulsa where he played around in the city's nightclubs.

Trivia

He started his own band called The Entertainers and specialized in giving big band swing classics like Tuxedo Junction and Begin the Beguine a modern, rocking sound.

Family Life

He was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, and grew up in Taft, Oklahoma.

Associated With

His R&B version of Glenn Miller's In the Mood became a great success, reaching #4 on the Billboard chart and selling more than a million copies.