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Jive Bombers Navy Dance Band: 1943

Jive Bombers Navy Dance Band: 1943

These are the Jive Bombers, A Navy jazz band. In this instance they are playing at a dance for CASU Operations sailors on Dec. 13, 1943 at the Jungle Inn near Sand Point, WA. CASU is an acronym for Carrier Service Unit. One of many snaps that I have of this somewhat wild night attended by my Mom & Dad.

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Would appreciate any photos of the band which you would like to share!

Gory-Osky that's Peachy-Keen.

Tex was with Miller... was he not? He was with the Miller band after 1944 as well.

At least this music was hip...


was a sideman, and not with any name band, either. Just another gob. Artie wanted to be just another gob, signed up as Arthur Arshawsky and got billeted to a minesweeper. But the word got around...

Navy dance band

Notice how the leader is JUST out of the snap on the left! A Navy band early in the war would have likely been Artie Shaw, Al Donohue or maybe Tex Beneke. Shaw and Donohue led their own outfits, don't know if Tex did, or he was just a sideman. Thanks!


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