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    Hi Eryn - I also checked out the site and l agree with what's been said already. You've done a very nice job with it. Have you heard the Coral sessions? I only have "Travelin' Mandolin" on vinyl but do have all three on CD. I also have the Yazoo recording but I think most of that is also on "The Man With The Mandolin".

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    delsbrother... Dave passed away in 1972. I haven't found much at all on his wife, Danzi Goodell, and nothing on his sons, Mike & Leo. Same for his band(s). I don't know any of their names. It'd be great to learn about/track down the people in Dave's life. From the articles I've read, it doesn't sound like Dave lived in San Francisco when he first arrived in America.

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    Hi, mandolirius! Thanks for stopping by the site. I've heard some songs from his Coral albums, and I love the sound that he was creating in the 1960s. I wish someone would re-release those recordings on CD. Maybe one day...

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    delsbrother... Turns out, I do know of one member of Dave's band.

    According to the May 1936 issue of B.M.G. Magazine, Dave's band included a Hawaiian guitarist by the name of Harold Aloma.
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    Another pic; an album cover.
    Different dress style; different mandolins.
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    Here is the larger pic of Apollon and Ed Wynn.
    I'll scan the back soon.
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    Default Re: Dave Apollon... daveapollon.com

    Evan, thanks for posting the photos!

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    Any archive of of the arraignments, music scores, etc. ,
    and that sort of info to share,
    with folks that seek to play the music?
    writing about music
    is like dancing,
    about architecture

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    Very nice Eryn! Thanks for doing this.

    I found 3 Apollons LPs on Ebay over the years. Keep your eyes open.
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    Hi Eryn,
    The website you have created (and also the facebook site) is a great source about Dave Apollon. Thanks for your great work!
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    Here's the Maurice Seymour photo

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    Well done!! Thanks.

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    mandroid... The only transcriptions I've seen of Dave's tunes are "Russian Rag," "St. Louis Blues," and "Stardust." I hope that there is more out there. I need to dig through my sheet music library and see if I have any Apollon tunes. If anyone here has some sheet music, please send it our way!

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    Pete, thanks for visiting the website! I've got Dave's albums on my wishlist, and I'll certainly be shopping around.

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    mandoisland... Thank you very much. I appreciate you telling your followers about Dave's sites. It's been good to meet you through Apollon's music.

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    danb... I love this photo of Dave! Thanks for sharing it.

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    LaVonne... Thank You!

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    Promo shot from my collection from the movie "Hot From Petrograd".
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    I see you have some of the pictures that I have posted here in the past in your gallery. I know three names from his bands. Sam Freeman, Joe Cafiero and Connie Caudillo who was a Filipino Boy band member. I can pick out Sam but not sure about the others. I have Sam's 29 fern that he bought from Dave.

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    Apollon is the alpha to a large crowd of us, it seems to me. His influence on Big Mon is not totally clear, other than a hero to show a young man that he could make a good living at mandolin (G). Jethro apparently met him later, and always admired his work.

    We tend to forget (at least I do) that all these guys lived in a very acoustic (meaning sound) age. It's almost hard to image that Big Mon wouldn't have heard of Apollon and seen his films for .5 or so (maybe in a double Saturday matinee, yes they used to run two movies for the price of one in the old days, they were still doing it when I was a kid in the 50s and 60s) in Kentucky at some point. Or maybe heard him on the radio, which penetrated almost everywhere back then. Likewise for Jethro, who was a working professional early in his life. Apollon being the Gibson "poster boy" for mandolin had to have some influence. I bet posters of him and his F5 were up in music stores selling instruments and sheet music in those days, even if kids like Monroe or Jethro only could window shop.

    A great player, really from what I can tell the first of the "modern era" in the US (meaning the 20th Century), and well worth serious study for any of us. (could there be someone else who predates him on mandolin doing serious work that survived? I know Grisman talked about a guy who used to dress up in a clown suit,like Opera, and play, but I think it was the same era as Dave and not earlier).

    Good for you for doing this Eryn. Best of luck on your playing!

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    The fellow in the clown suit was Bernardo de Pace; and there was a video of him playing at a recent Mandolin Symposium talk, I think it was shown last summer. He was an amazing player.
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    Hey, Jim. Thanks for posting this "Hot From Petrograd" promo shot!

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    uncle ken... Thanks for the info on some of Dave's band members. That '29 fern mandolin sounds like a prized possession. Nice!

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    alb... Thank you for your post! I agree... Apollon must have influenced many mandolin greats. As I compiled my research for the website, I grew in my amazement of all that he had accomplished. I think he was bigger than most people realize. If you're doing successful performances at the largest theatre in New York, starring in some of the first talking picture shows that were ever made, and having your show held over for months at England's renowned Palladium because you're such a hit; then I'd say you're a star.

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    Default Re: Dave Apollon... daveapollon.com

    Regarding Bernardo de Pace and his influence upon Dave, this is the information that I compiled in the biography...

    Possibly when Dave was in his pre-teen years (circa 1907-1910), a world renowned Italian mandolinist was touring Russia. It's said that this Italian virtuoso was either Bernardo de Pace or Leopoldo Francia. Dave sought this man out, and asked for help. This mandolinist showed him how to hold the pick, and a number of other “tricks.” By the time Dave was 14, he was playing well enough to organize his own ensemble to entertain in a Kiev movie theater.

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