Actor, composer, guitarist, orchestra leader, pianist,
trumpeter, and trombonist who is best remembered
for his million-selling hit "The Elks Parade". He went on tour to support the
single but an industry-wide recording ban prevented him for following it up
with anything for another year.
In 1946, he was bitten by the acting bug in the short-lived Broadway
run of Hear That Trumpet. A year later, he was back in L.A.
for a three-month stint at Casion Gardens. None of his subsequent records
approached the success of "The Elks Parade", however. Bobby Sherwood and His Orchestra
(a.k.a. Babe Russin, Hymie
Shertzer, Bobby Sherwood, and Kai Winding)
released a pair of singles in 1950 on the Mercury label. Bobby shed his "orchestra"
and recorded four tracks in 1954 as "Bobby Sherwood - The One
Man Band". Three years
later, he attempted acting again as Ned Galvin in Pal Joey. (His wife
Phyllis Dorne had appeared in the Broadway play.) Bobby made regular appearances on The Milton Berle
Show and The Red Buttons Show
in the '50s. He also
composed the soundtrack for 1948's Campus Sleuth. He
and Phyllis had a successful Las Vegas lounge act in the 1970s. They later divorced and he married
Vivian Coleman, but their marriage was short-lived. He died of cancer on 23rd
January 1981 in Auburn, Massachusetts.
Sherwood and His Orchestra recordings
Phyllis Dorne - Vocals