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    Dennis, Matt (11th February 1914-21st June 2002)

    He was a singer-songwriter, bandleader and arranger born in Seattle, Washington.  His father was a singer, his mother a violinist, and the family appeared in Vaudeville.  In 1933 be was employed as a singer and pianist at Horace Heidt's Orchestra but he later formed his own band with Dick Haymes as his vocalist.  He also coached and worked with Martha Tilton and the Stafford Sisters at the same time.  He joined Tommy Dorsey after being promoted to him by Jo Stafford, after she went to work for him, and he became a songwriter for him, with fourteen of his songs recorded in one year.  He often collaborated with Tom Adair and several of their songs were hits for artists such as Frank Sinatra and included "Let's Get Away From It All" and "Violets For Your Furs".  He served three and a half years in the US Air Force in WWII and returned to writing on his completion of service.


    Frank Sinatra Recordings

    Let's Get Away From It All (Tom Adair/Matt Dennis)



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