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Salvatore Massaro
(October 25th 1902 - March 26th 1933)


This recording was produced in New York City on October 21st 1927 featuring Eddie Lang guitar,
accompanied by Frank Signorelli piano.

Salvatore Massaro was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in October 1902 to an Italian instrument maker.

A childhood friend of Joe Venuti he began to study on the violin when he was seven and soon added guitar
and banjo to his instrument arsenal.

During the early 1920's Salvatore played with a number of jazz bands leading up to his 1924 recording debut
as a member of Red McKenzie's "Mound City Blue Blowers".

By this time he was appearing under the adopted stage name "Eddie Lang" and went on to perform on record
and radio often paired with his old pal violinist Joe Venuti.

The duo worked with top bands including those led by Jean Goldkette, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Adrian Rollini,
Frankie Trumbauer, and Paul Whiteman.

In 1933 at the suggestion of his friend Bing Crosby, Eddie underwent a tonsillectomy to cure his chronically
hoarse voice so that he could have speaking roles in Crosby's films.

Unfortunately the operation did not go well and resulted in Eddie's untimely death at the age of thirty.

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