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An architectural student, Frank Winegar organized a college dance band at the University of Pennsylvania in 1922. It was through Ted Weems that the opportunity came to play the Arcadia Ballroom in 1924 as the “Peppy Collegians.” In 1927, several jazz-oriented players were added to the band, replacing the student musicians, with a successful return to the Arcadia and other bookings to follow. After the band played at its peak in 1928, it was reorganized in 1929, due to irregular bookings, with many original members joining Jimmy Durante to play vaudeville, clubs and later, films. Frank Winegar continued to front a band into the 1930s and beyond, including a stint in the early 1930s for the CBS radio network. — by Dennis Pereyra

ddd discography

TitleRecording DateRecording LocationCompany
A Good Man is Hard to Find
(Eddie Green)
1-25-1928East Orange, New JerseyEdison 52221
Dream Mother
(Burke / Lewis / Sherman)
5-22-1929East Orange, New JerseyEdison 52596
I Call You Sugar
(Phil Baxter / George Bowles)
2-10-1928East Orange, New JerseyEdison 52224
I’m Just a Vagabond Lover
(Vallee / Zimmerman)
5-22-1929East Orange, New JerseyEdison 52596
Ida! Sweet As Apple Cider
(Eddie Leonard)
5-4-1928East Orange, New JerseyEdison 52321
(Irving Caesar / Joseph Meyer / Roger Wolfe Kahn)
8-21-1928New York, New YorkEdison 52381
My Gal Sal
(Paul Dresser)
5-4-1928East Orange, New JerseyEdison 52305
Ooh, Maybe It’s You
(Irving Berlin)
8-30-1927East Orange, New JerseyEdison 52099
Say So!
(Ira Gershwin / P.G. Woodhouse / George Gershwin)
3-14-1928East Orange, New JerseyEdison 52255
Shakin’ the Blues Away
Fox Trot from “Ziegfeld Follies of 1927”

(Irving Berlin)
8-30-1927East Orange, New JerseyEdison 52097
Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down
(Howdy Quicksell / Ray Lodwig)
2-10-1928East Orange, New JerseyEdison 52221
Stay Out of the South
(Harold Dixon)
2-10-1928East Orange, New JerseyEdison 52224
Tell Me, Little Daisy10-21-1927East Orange, New JerseyEdison
There’s Something About a Rose
(Irving Kahal / Francis Wheeler / Sammy Fain)
3-14-1928New York, New YorkEdison 52255

Bert DixonVocals
Bill DrewesTrombone
Herman DrewesTrumpet
Tony FranchiniPiano
Jimmy GranatoClarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bill HaidPiano, Arranger
Arthur HallVocals
Larry HartTenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Piccolo
Jack LindenAlto Saxophone, Clarinet
Don McCarterTrumpet
Norman MoranTrumpet
Don NyerDrums, Vocals
The RollickersVocal Group
Elliott RussellViolin
Frank SollecitoAlto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ernie WatsonArranger
Mike WidmerBanjo
Frank WinegarBanjo, Ukelele, Tenor Guitar, Leader
Billy WolfeTuba


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