Hunt, Pee Wee [Walter ]
- Barry Kernfeld
(b Mount Healthy, OH, May 10, 1907; d Plymouth, MA, June 22, 1979). American trombonist, singer, and bandleader. His father played violin and his mother played guitar. After completing his studies at Ohio State University and the Cincinnati Conservatory he played with Jean Goldkette’s band (late 1927 – early 1929). He was one of the original members in 1929 of the Casa Loma Orchestra, with which he remained until May 1943 (for illustration see ) and appeared in 1943 in the short film Smoke Rings. His playing may be heard to advantage on Casa Loma Stomp (1930, OK 41492); he also sang with the band in a humorous and languorous manner modeled after Jack Teagarden’s vocal style. Hunt worked for a year as a disc jockey in Hollywood, then in 1945 joined the merchant marine and produced shows and led a band on Catalina Island. In 1946...