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        b. 18 March 1893, USA, d. 18 March 1971, Paramus, New Jersey, USA. Olsen started his first dance band in Portland, Oregon, USA, in 1917. A six-piece group, this early combo included Wilbur Johnson, who at that time travelled under the billing GÇÿthe worldGÇÖs only mellophone soloistGÇÖ, violinist Herman Kanin, later president of the American Federation of Musicians, and Olsen himself as drummer. Afterwards Olsen relocated to California to play theatre and ballroom dates. At that... Read more

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