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Bill Page (September 11, 1925 – April 26, 2017) was an American reed player, band leader, and entrepreneur who was best known for his work in the Lawrence Welk Band.[1]

Bill Page
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Background information
Born(1925-09-11)September 11, 1925
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedApril 26, 2017(2017-04-26) (aged 91)
Studio City, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresBig band, classical, jazz, orchestra
Occupation(s)Instrumentalist, band leader, entrepreneur
InstrumentsEnglish horn, bass clarinet, bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe, piccolo, saxophone
Associated actsBoyd Raeburn, Del Courtney, Lawrence Welk

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Early lifeEdit

Page is a World War II veteran of the European theater, serving in the US Army.[2] He attended Wright Junior College (now known as Wilbur Wright College).[3]

Early musical careerEdit

Page played with Del Courtney and Boyd Raeburn before joining the Lawrence Welk Show in 1951.[4]

Lawrence Welk ShowEdit

Bill Page played 14 reed instruments including five saxophones, four clarinets, flute, piccolo, oboe, English Horn and bassoon. He was often featured in numbers in which he played numerous instruments accompanied by Welk's orchestra.[5]

After the Lawrence Welk ShowEdit

Page left the Lawrence Welk Show in 1965 and went on to perform with Barry Manilow, Ted Mack, Frank Gorshin, Judy Garland, and on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Page would eventually settle permanently in Studio City, California. He is the father of musician and entrepreneur Scott Page of Pink Floyd, Supertramp, and Toto fame and host on syndicated radio show Business Rockstars, as well as Tanya Page, an executive at Sony.[7][8]

Page died on April 26, 2017 at the age of 91.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 50 Years on National Television: The Lawrence Welk Show
  2. ^ "Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada on November 2, 1973 · Page 48". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  3. ^ Lawrence Welk Music Makers Bios
  4. ^ Lawrence Welk Musician to Perform in High School
  5. ^ Lawrence Welk Music Makers Bios
  6. ^ The Welk Musical Family: Bill Page
  7. ^ Business Rockstars, Host Scott Page
  8. ^ Tonya Page, Sony Executive
  9. ^ Musical Family Bios 5

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