Archives Photograph Collection

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title:

Herbie Kay Orchestra in front of The Book Nook

image number:

P0022432

description:

When Hoagy Carmichael graduated from Indiana University in 1926 his band "Carmichael's Collegians" became "Bud Dant's Collegians". Later some members of that band, including Dant folded into the Herbie Kay Orchestra.

This image appears on page 213 of the 1933 Arbutus yearbook.

date taken:

fall 1932 or early 1933

personal name:

Porter, Kenny

personal name:

Wolfe, Ed

personal name:

Dant, Charles Gustave "Bud"

personal name:

Kaumeyer, Herbert "Herbie Kay"

personal name:

Spangler, Ronnie

personal name:

van Sickle, Andy

personal name:

McCormick, "Mac"

personal name:

Lamer, Slim

personal name:

Chase, Sam

personal name:

Cowles, "Fuzzy"

personal name:

Johnston, Jim

personal name:

Murry, Fred "Yah"

personal name:

Lamour, Dorothy

personal name:

Allen, Howard Warren "Wad"

location of individuals:

(Front Row, L to R) Kenny Porter, Ed Wolfe, Charles Gustave "Bud" Dant, Herbie Kay, Ronnie Spangler (this person may not be Spangler. It looks like Wad Allen), and Andy van Sickle.

(Back Row, L to R) "Mac" McCormick, Slim Lamer, Sam Chase, "Fuzzy" Cowles, and Jim Johnston.

(Seated on hood of bus, L to R) Fred "Yah" Murry who was a cousin of Hoagy Carmichael, and Dorothy Lamour.

NOTE: Various biographical information regarding both Herbie Kay and Dorothy Lamour put the date of Dorothy Lamour touring with the Herbie Kay Orchestra at 1935 (one puts the date at 1934). The fact that this photograph appears in the 1933 Arbutus yearbook proves that she was touring with the group as early as the fall of 1932 or early 1933.

A search of The Indiana Daily Student to try and pinpoint the date, names of band members, and event, etc. has not yet been conducted.

Also, the woman on the hood of the bus does appear to be Dorothy Lamour and not Ellen Conner or Wynne Fair who also toured with the band.

NOTE: In April 2015 Donna Matsook, Dorothy Lamour’s assistant for nearly twenty years, confirmed that the woman in
this image is Dorothy Lamour.

building name:

Book Nook, The

corporate name:

Herbie Kay Orchestra

corporate name:

Book Nook, The

topic:

Jazz musicians

topic:

Bands

topic:

Women

topic:

Buses

topic:

Alumni (Famous)

city:

Bloomington

state:

Indiana

other place name:

Indiana Avenue (114 South)

series:

Individuals

subseries:

Dant, Charles Gustave "Bud"