Gray, Glen

Gray, Glen (b. Glen Gray Knoblaugh) (“Spike”)

(1906–63) bandleader; born in Roanoke, Ill. He played saxophone in the Orange Blossom Band in Toronto in 1928. In New York City in 1929 the band became the Casa Loma Orchestra with Gray as leader. The band's singer Kenny Sargent was a top romantic vocalist of the 1930s and 1940s and guitarist-arranger Gene Gifford's arrangements helped usher in the swing era. In 1956 Gray initiated a series of all-star albums, recreating the sounds of big bands.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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Kirsty Haining, Jack Harkness and Daniel Pool won in the triples but Jamie Kerr and Declan Farrow suffered their first defeat in the pairs and Blair Gray, Glen Walker, David Broatch and Robert Carruthers lost in the fours.
GENEROUS GESTURE: Gemma Bagley, above, with the map of Africa made out of money, and left, Skye Lowe, Calub Gray, Glen Bowman and Gemma Bagley.