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Hour of Charm was a 22 piece all girl orchestra and choir,
considered to be a novelty act. However, while the gimmick
got listeners to tune in initially, the music quality kept
the audience tuning in week after week. Spitalny formed the
group after being moved by a concert featuring Julliard
School of Music graduate Evelyn Kaye’s violin performance.
He recruited her to help him interview and hire the other
female performers. All the women agreed to strict rules
concerning their rehearsals and personal lives, including
hair style (long and flowing), who they could date (a
committee would quiz the member on her suitor’s background),
no marriage for at least two years after joining the
ensemble, 6-8 hour daily rehearsals, and memorizing every
note and bar of the music (Spitalny didn’t allow the
orchestra to use music stands during performances).
Phil Spitalny (November 7, 1890, Tetiev, Ukraine (territory
of Russian Empire) – October 11, 1970, Miami Beach, Florida)
was a musician, music critic, composer and bandleader heard
often on radio during the 1930s and 1940s. He rose to fame
after he brought together an orchestra with only female
musicians, a novelty at the time.
On radio, Spitalny was introduced as Phil Spitalny and His
All-Girl Orchestra featuring Evelyn and her Magic Violin.
The magic violinist was Evelyn Kaye Klein, who used the
professional name, Evelyn Silverstone. She helped Spitalny
find the women he needed to assemble his all-female
orchestra. Together, they auditioned more than 1000
musicians in New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and
Spitalny's 22-piece band was known as the Hour of Charm
Orchestra during the time it appeared on the radio program,
The Hour of Charm, hosted by Arlene Francis. The program
aired in various timeslots on CBS and NBC from 1934 to 1948.
Evelyn Kaye Klein and Spitalny married in June 1946.
Spitalny appeared in at least ten musical shorts and two
features, When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1942) and Here
Come the Co-Eds (1945). Between 1951 and 1953, he made three
appearances on Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town.
Spitalny wrote music with Gus Kahn, jazz musician Lee
"Stubby" Gordon and others.
In retirement in Miami Beach, Spitalny was a music critic
for a local Miami newspaper. He died of cancer in Miami
Beach in 1970 and is buried in the Tetiever section of Ridge
Road Cemetery #2 in a western suburb of Cleveland, Ohio with
other members of his family.
Spitalny's radio fame earned him a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame.
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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 25 December, 2011.