Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:24 am
Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:27 am
George Smith wrote:Is this of any interest:
"Pianist/ arranger/ composer Anselmo Sacasas (b 23 Nov. '12, Manzanillo, Oriente province, Cuba).
Anselmo Sacasas was a Cuban pianist who, in 1937 along with vocalist Miguelito Valdés, founded the Casino de la Playa Orchestra which became one of Cuba's most highly regarded bands.
Despite the band's success, Sacasas was unhappy during his three year association with it. The band was organized as a cooperative and Sacasas felt that he was poorly compensated for the amount of time and work he devoted to it. In 1940, he and Valdés left the band and came to the United States. Valdés accepted a position with the Xavier Cugat band and eventually went on to a very successful solo career.
Sacasas formed a new band which opened at the Colony Club in Chicago. He continued to lead Latin style bands throughout the '40s and '50s. In 1959 he became the music director at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami and, in 1963, the music director at the Club Tropicoro at the El San Juan Hotel & Casino in Puerto Rico. He retired from the music business in 1976."
It's maybe something of a long shot ...
drjohncarpenter wrote:George Smith wrote:Here's a pic of the gentleman.
Other websites indicate he took up the Miami job from 1953.
George, I am almost afraid to say you've cracked the mystery -- but you may just have done so!
Let's compare as best we can ->
The body type and hairline are a match!
Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:34 am
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TCB TED wrote:
Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:49 am
ColinB wrote:TCB TED wrote:
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JamesVRoy wrote:I just got off the phone with Del Puschert and that lead is pretty much dead. He has no recollection of anyone.
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Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:10 pm
General Sarnoff wrote:Looks like we may have some unexpected activity on this:
http://sinatrafamily.com/forum/showpost ... stcount=60
And apparently, Joe Comfort **was** one of the bass players!
Anyone want to contact this fellow?
Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:15 pm
Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:25 pm
General Sarnoff wrote:The name appears to be Stan Musick, but I'm attempting to verify that...
Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:24 am
Date: Apr 28, 2009, 06:35 AM
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Miami, Florida
Frank Sinatra Timex Show/Welcome Home Elvis (1960)
While doing a search for a bass player name Joe Comfort, Google took me to this site. It was a pleasant surprise and I have some info that may be pertinent to some of the members.
First of all, I was the fender bass player on the Frank Sinatra Timex Show and I noticed one message that was asking who the bass players were on that show.
First of all, Joe Comfort WAS the bass player with Nelson Riddle's Orchestra [I know that because I loaned him my upright bass to use for the show]. But there was another group that Elvis used and I was part of that smaller group of musicians.
Incidentally, I still have my checkstub for that TV show. The only checkstubs I ever saved was that one and also for a Jackie Gleason Show that I played on when his show originated in Miami. I would be happy to share any info with anyone who is interested.
Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:28 am
Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:54 am
General Sarnoff wrote:Ah-- I misunderstood what I read-- thanks for highlighting the relevant passage, Doc. (I guess it helps to read it the way the author intended!)
And now we've got a shot at finding out who Stan's on-screen partner was...!
Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:44 pm
Sat May 09, 2009 8:28 pm
Joe Comfort was the bass player with Nelson Riddle [I loaned him my upright bass for the session] but the photos shown were from the band that Scotty Moore hired for the session. I'm sorry to say that I don't remember the name of the upright bass player next to me in the photo. He is a white man and Joe Comfort was a black man. Perhaps Scotty Moore would know the name of the white upright bass player. Elvis stayed at a penthouse in the Fountainbleu Hotel and since I was a new addition he asked me to come up and say hello. I spent an hour or so with him and he turned out to be a gentleman and a really likable young man. Since he just got out of the service, he had a tendency to call every male, "sir" and I reminded him that he was no longer in the service and he laughed really hard. I have fond memories of that show and I would be happy to share any info with this forum.
Mon May 11, 2009 5:49 pm
It's so nice to hear from you. I would be happy to join your website, but I'm not sure if you realize that the Elvis Band was put together just for this show, so my experience with Elvis only pertains to this show. As I recall [and it's a long time ago], nobody on the band seemed to be familiar with the other musicians. Because I was playing for Elvis for the first time, he did invite me up to the Fountainebleau Hotel penthouse where he was staying to discuss his music and I had a wonderful time with him. When I told him that I played bass on a USO Tour in Germany and that we appeared at his Army Base where he was stationed, he actually remembered the show.
As a local musician, I played bass on many different occasions in the Fountainebleau Hotel. I remember playing in the La Ronde room with a large orchestra for Eddie Fischer when he was on top of his career. Also, I remember playing [at the Fountainebleau] with an orchestra from New York [can't remember the name] as a tribute to Eleanor Roosevelt [she was still alive at that time]. This is where I met Joe Comfort, the bass player with Nelson Riddle's orchestra. I believe it was the night before the Timex show and he came up to me and remarked how he liked the way my upright bass sounded. He then proceeded to tell me that he wasn't allowed to bring his upright bass [from California] and he had rented a plywood upright bass from Ace Music here in Miami. He wasn't happy with the plywood bass so I said he could use my upright bass for the Timex Show. That's how we became friends.
My last name is spelled Musick and it actually happens to be my real name. In 1972 I was musical director at the Playboy Plaza Hotel in Miami Beach and I remember having 32 musicians for Tony Bennett and my orchestra also played for Liza Minelli, Sammy Davis, Diahann Carroll, Mitzi Gaynor and others. I'm now 80 years old and am lucky enough to still be healthy.
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