"Sammy Kaye for "So You Want to Lead a Band""   Lot no. 2373

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

June 1950 (Estimated)
13.00" x 9.00"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of `Swing-and-Sway` orchestra leader Sammy Kaye for his CBS-TV audience participation variety show, `So You Want to Lead a Band`, which ran June-July 1950. The `Swing-and-Sway` conductor invited 6 members of the studio audience to try their hand at leading a band. Kaye would hand his baton to each of them and his band would exactly play the direction the neophyte`s baton indicated, often with hilarious results. The best bandleader was chosen by audience applause & awarded a prize. The series resurfaced 4 years later on ABC-TV & aired Aug 1954-Jan 1955. For the New York Journal-American.

On 20.00" x 15.00" illustration board, the image measuring to 13.00" x 9.00." Minor toning.

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From the dawn of TV, from 1937 to 1967, George Wachsteter (1911 - 2004) was a prominent in-demand American illustrator and caricaturist. Next to Al Hirschfeld, Wachsteter was one of the most visible American theatrical caricaturists at the time. He produced theatrical, radio, television and film related images for the 3 major radio and television networks, NBC, CBS and ABC. Wachsteter's humorous and elegant line drawings were seen displayed in almost every American living room through the syndicated TV View guide, and prominently placed in most major newspapers, including the Times, Herald Tribune, New York Journal American, and New York World-Telegram. A gradual loss of his vision ended his career prematurely in the late 1960s.