Bernard "Bunny" Berigan (1908-1842)
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member frankhj
N 43° 33.518 W 088° 54.424
16T E 345972 N 4824619
Quick Description: Bernard "Bunny" Berigan Marker in Fox Lake.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 8/28/2007 9:22:53 PM
Waymark Code: WM23E8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member onfire4jesus
Views: 27

Long Description:
This was the home town of famed jazz trumpeter and band leader, Bunny Berigan. As a child he played in the Fox Lake Juvenile Band directed by his grandfather, John C. Schlitzberg.

In his early teens, he began his professional career with the Merrill Owen dance band at Beaver Dam. A few years later in Madison, he was in demand for campus dances.

Beginning in 1930, he became the featured soloist for such band leaders as Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, and the Dorsey Brothers. Singers Bing Crosby and the Boswell Sisters were among those who recorded with him. With his own orchestra in 1937, he recorded his most popular hit and theme song "I can't Get Started With You".

Jazz great Louis Armstrong predicted Berigan would be the trumpeter most likely to succeed him in the affection of music lovers, but Berigan's life and music came to an untimely end at the age of 33 in New York City. He is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery south of Fox Lake.
County: Dodge

Location: Park

MarkerID: 220

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