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Shep Fields (Brooklyn1910 - september 12, Los Angeles23 February 1981) was an American jazzclarinetist andsaxophonist -and big band leader from theswingera.


Fields played in college bands and in 1931 in the Roseland Ballroom. In 1933 he led a dance band that played in Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel. In 1934, he replaced Jack Denny Orchestra with his band in the Pierre Hotel in New York. He stopped to work in a road show with the dance duo Veloz and Yolanda. In 1936 he played in Palmer House in Chicago, a performance that was broadcast over the radio.

Fields opened his shows always with the sound of bubbling water. He came here after his wife once with a straw in a glass of soda water had blown. In Chicago he held a contest, in which fans could come up with a name for his band in which this sound manifested itself in one way or another. The word rippling was raised more than once and Fields came then to Rippling Rhythm.

In 1936 he got a recording contract with Bluebird Records , then scored hits including "Cathedral in the Pines", "Did I Remember?" and "Thanks For the Memory".Fields got a radio show In 1937 as a replacement for Paul Whiteman's band. The show, The Rippling Rhythm Revue, became ever announced by Bob Hope. In 1938 entered Fields onW.C. Fieldsin the Bob Hope/-film "The Big Broadcast of 1938".

The band of Fields was an orchestra that played sweet music in ballrooms . In 1942 tried Fields something new: he threw the brass look like and went under the name Shep Fields and His New Music only continue with a woodwind section. The singer at the time, it was Ken Curtis, the actor who later Festus Hagen starred in the series Gunsmoke. This band had little success and returned to his old Fields Rippling Rhythm, which then under performed in Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle (see photo) and in 1948 at the Hotel New Yorker.

Fields stopped In 1953 with his band. He went to Houston, where he was disc jockey and later occasionally with a band in Shamrock Hotel occurred. In 1977 he made recordings for reader's Digest.


  • Uncollected Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm 1940, volume 1 and 2, Hindsight, 1992
  • Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm (radio recordings ca. 1947), collector's Choice Music, 2003
  • That Old Feeling (compilation), ASV/Living Era, 2004

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