The following is a brief biography
of Charlie Spivak from the All Music Guide:
Despite coming up in the jazz
world and spending his life around jazz musicians, Charlie Spivak rarely improvised and was most notable for his pretty tone.
He moved to the U.S.
with his family as a small child and grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. Spivak began playing trumpet when he was ten, gigged locally as a teenager
and worked with Don Cavallaro's Orchestra.
During most of 1924-30 he was
with Paul Specht's Orchestra, primarily playing section parts where his tone was an asset. Spivak was cast in the same role
with Ben Pollack (1931-34), the Dorsey Brothers (1934-35) and Ray Noble. He worked in the studios during most of 1936-37 and
then had stints with the orchestras of Bob Crosby, Tommy Dorsey and Jack Teagarden.
Spivak formed his own band in
November 1939 (financed by Glenn Miller) and, although his first orchestra failed within a year, his second attempt shortly
after was more successful; in fact Charlie Spivak became a major attraction throughout the 1940's and he kept his band together
Spivak lived in later years in
Florida, Las Vegas and South
Carolina, putting together orchestras on a part-time basis, staying semi-active up until his death
at the age of 75. Among his better recordings were his theme "Let's Go Home," "Autumn Nocturne" and "Star Dreams." Charlie
Spivak, who recorded as late as 1981, was married to singer Irene Daye (who was formerly with Gene Krupa's Orchestra).
Copy of an email sent by Jim Bell
on how he acquired Charlie Spivak’s horn……..
I acquired the trumpet from a
friend of mine, sax player Richard Perez, who knew Spivak. He got the instrument
not too long before Spivak’s death, when Spivak visited Fort Smith. He was in very poor health and in bad shape financially.
Spivak had sat in some club in
the area and then pawned his horn before leaving town. Richard told the pawn
shop owner that if Spivak did not redeem the instrument, that he would buy it. Richard
then sold me the instrument some years ago as a favor after I helped him find a Mark 6 Tenor.
For a few years, I would take
the trumpet on my Big Band gigs and play it on Spivak’s theme song, which we had in the book.