"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

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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. On 20" x 15" illustration board, for the New York Journal-American. 13" x 9" image. Minor toning.

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