Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music

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JURGENS, Dick

(b 8 Jan. '10, Sacramento CA; d there 5 Oct. '95) Trumpet, composer, bandleader. Formed first band '28; played highly regarded dance music in hotels and on the radio. Introduced with 'Here's That Band Again!', the band played with rhythmic ease and a rich ensemble sound, far less slurpy than other so-called 'sweet' bands, featuring vocalists Eddy Howard, Ronnie Kemper on novelties. Jurgens co-wrote his theme 'Day Dreams Come True At Night', hits 'Careless' '39, 'Elmer's Tune' (Glenn Miller had no. 1 version '41; Jurgens's own was no. 8), 'One Dozen Roses' '42. Pop Memories credits the band with 25 hits '39--47, twelve in top ten. He entertained troops during WWII, formed another band post-war, worked into '70s. LPs on Hindsight incl. '37--9 material.