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Dick Jurgens held residencies at the Casino Ballroom on Catalina Island, the Elitch Gardens in Denver, the Aragon Ballroom and the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago and other popular swing venues. He recorded for Vocalion Records in 1938 and for Okeh Records starting in 1940.
His first side to reach Your Hit Parade was "It's a Hundred to One You're in Love with Me" in 1939; the following year, "In an Old Dutch Garden" proved to be a big hit. Dick Jurgens often found that Glenn Miller's versions of his hits performed better on the charts than his own, such as the song "Careless". Jurgens scored hits with "A Million Dreams Ago" and the instrumental "Elmer's Tune", which Miller would take a vocal version to number one. Later hits included "The Bells of San Raquel" and "Happy in Love" released on Columbia Records.
His biggest hit was 1942's "One Dozen Roses", with Buddy Moreno on vocals; the song hit #1 in the summer of that year.
Buddy Moreno is now celebrating his 100th birthday and is ALSO a part of this special!
Later in 1942, Jurgens disbanded his group due in no small part to the 1942 recording ban from 1942 to 1945, directing theater shows for the troops.
In 1946 he re-formed his band, recording for Columbia and Mercury into the 1950s.
In chronological order, BOTH of these great bands will be covered along with Lisa Jurgens, daughter of the great Mr. Dick Jurgens.
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