Sam Lanin (4 september 1891 - Hollywood5 may 1977) was an American big bandand arranger from the early years of jazz. He was one of the most popular band leaders and made an estimated 1800 more than 170 recordings, released under different names.


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Lanin came from a sizeable Russian-Jewish immigrant family. Of the ten children were also his brothers Howard and Lester successful band leaders. Sam played clarinetand violin as a child and was from 1912 member of Victor Herbert's Orchestra, where he played clarinet in the first world war .

After the war, he moved to New York City where he played in the Roseland Ballroom, which would become the most famous danshal of the country. He founded there theRoseland Orchestra , with which he in the beginning of the 1920s dance plates made for Columbia Gramophone Company (the forerunner of Columbia) and Gennett Records. The plates appeared under different names, of which Lanin's Roseland OrchestraLanin's Famous PlayersLanin's Southern Serenaders and Bailey's Lucky Seven there but a few are. The occupation of are always changed, but some musicians are regularly on Lanin's plates, such as Phil NapoleonMiff Mole and Red Nichols. On some plates plays drums and Lanin on "Shake It Break It" he sang the chorus.

In addition to these recordings played Lanin with its Roseland Orchestra from 1923 to 1925 every week on radio Monday for WHN in New York. In 1925 had Lanin a new Orchestra, sponsored by Ipana toothpaste and so called The Ipana Troubadours . At this time took Lanin for different sublabels of Columbia plates on: he was in that respect one of the most active musicians in those years. According to estimates, Lanin in his career under more than 170 names plates made. Musicians with whom he worked included Glenn Millerthe Dorsey BrothersJack TeagardenJimmy McPartlandEddie LangBix Beiderbecke and Benny Goodman. At the end of december 1928 took Lanin on with a young Bing Crosby, another session in January the following year. In 1931 had Lanin a radio show for WABC in New York and he still took on for Columbia, but also for the economic crisis had a major impact: he hit in 1932 its Lanin radio performances and his contract with the producer of Ipana was discontinued. After this he worked for a record company until 1937, 1977 then pulled back.


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Some band names including record of Lanin came on the market or in which he was involved:

  • Lanin's Roseland Orchestra
  • Lanin's Famous Players
  • Lanin's Southern Serenaders
  • Lanin's Jazz Band
  • Lanin's Red Heads
  • Lanin's Arcadians
  • Sam Lanin's Troubadours
  • Ipana Troubadours
  • Sam Lanin and His Orchestra
  • Sam Lanin's Dance Ensemble
  • Bailey's Lucky Seven
  • The Arkansaw Travelers
  • The Broadway Bell-Hops
  • The Broadway Broadcasters
  • Lynn Cowan & His Boulevard Theatre Orchestra
  • Chic Nelson's Collegians
  • The Benjamin Franklin Hotel Dance Orchestra
  • Billy James Dance Orchestra
  • Imperial Dance Orchestra
  • Ladd's Black Aces
  • Earl Randolph's Orchestra


  • Complete Ladd's Black Aces 1921-1924, Timeless, 2003
  • Sam Lanin and His Many bands 1923-1931, Vintage Music Productions, 2005
  • Shake It and Break It (recordings for Gennett, 1921), Frog, 2006
  • Turn On the Heat: Hot Dance Band Sides 1925-1931, Rivermont Records, 2007

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