Bunny Berigan Photos
And Play Dates - 1941-1942



The information on this page came from the diary and photos of Gene Kutch
who was pianist for the Bunny Berigan band during this period. I came upon
this material quite a few years ago and thought I might share it. There
are 30 pages of play dates in Gene's handwriting which start on July 1, 1941
and end on September 30, 1942 which is when Vido Musso, who took over
leading the band after Bunny's death, broke up the band. There are also over
two dozen photographs which you will have to take at face value as I know little
about them but they are interesting to see.

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PHOTOS
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Photo Info
Somebody in the band does not look happy.
Bunny giving downbeat.
Richmond, Virginia College
Bunny signing autographs.
Richmond, Virginia College
Band bus with spectators inside.
Saxophone section.
Nice picture of band.
Band and bus after accident.
Don Palmer, manager, in bus driver's seat.
Clowning in old jailhouse.
Dressing room, Hotel Roosevelt,
Jacksonville, Fla. What is that thing?
Bunny with brass section.
Hotel Roosevelt, Jacksonville, Fla.
Hotel Aragon, Jacksonville, Fla.
This caption doesn't seem right.
Clarinet solo.
Bunny looks like he is zonked out.
Broadcasting program.
Bunny blowing with band.
Bunny with sax section.
Payday.
Bunny reading Downbeat.
Bunny clowning in front of bus.
Bunny with band boy in front of bus.
Vocalist I guess. From 8x10 picture.
Bunny blowing. From 8x10 picture.
Pearl Harbor Day.
Note newspapers. From 8x10 picture.
Pearl Harbor Day again.
Note newspaper. From 8x10 picture.
Group shot in front of bus. From 8x10 picture.
Bunny clowning for camera after broadcast.
Richmond, Virginia College. From 8x10 picture.
Payday. From 8x10 picture.
Bunny blowing during broadcast from University
Of North Carolina. From 8x10 picture.
Bunny blowing during broadcast.
Cropped from previous picture.
Vido Musso took over the band after Bunny died.
Publicity photo. From 8x10 picture.


PLAY DATES
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Page Dates
Jul 31 1941 - Sep 4 1941
Sep 6 1941 - Oct 11 1941
Oct 17 1941 - Oct 25 1941
Oct 31 1941 - Nov 14 1941
Nov 15 1941 - Nov 28 1941
Nov 29 1941 - Dec 7 1941
Pearl Harbor Day
Dec 12 1941 - Dec 20 1941
Dec 25 1941 - Dec 29 1941
Dec 30 1941 - Jan 18 1942
Jan 24 1942 - Feb 10 1942
Feb 11 1942 - Feb 14 1942
Feb 17 1942 - Mar 1 1942
Mar 6 1942 - Mar 11 1942
Recording in New York City
Mar 13 1942 - Mar 16 1942
Mar 20 1942 - Mar 24 1942
Mar 27 1942 - Apr 1 1942
Apr 4 1942 - Apr 8 1942
Apr 10 1942 - Apr 13 1942
Apr 14 1942 - Apr 18 1942
Apr 19 1942 - May 13 1942
May 14 1942 - May 27 1942
May 28 1942 - May 31 1942
Jun 2 1942 - Jun 5 1942
Bunny died Jun 2 at 3:30 AM
Jun 6 1942 - Jun 23 1942
Vido Musso takes over leadership of band
Jun 25 1942 - Jul 18 1942
Jul 24 1942 - Aug 2 1942
Aug 4 1942 - Aug 19 1942
Aug 20 1942 - Aug 27 1942
Aug 28 1942 - Sep 5 1942
Sep 6 1942 - Sep 30 1942
Vido Musso breaks up band
Gene Kutch went on to work with the Joe Marsala
Band for 11 weeks and then with The Nick Jerret
Orchestra thru Jan 25, 1943. Diary then stops.


There are two excellent biographies of Bunny Berigan available.

"Bunny Berigan - Elusive Legend Of Jazz"
by Robert Dupuis - Louisiana State University Press
Three of the above pictures are in this book.

"Mr. Trumpet - The Trials, Tribulations, And Trimph Of Bunny Berigan"
by Michael P. Zirpolo - The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
Two of the above pictures are in this book.



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