by Uncle Dave Lewis
Al Gandee played with the Woverines when it was stationed for a three-month stint at Doyle's Dance Studio here in Cincinnati. He also participated on the Wolverines' first recording date, which produced Gennett 5408 ("Fidgety Feet"/"Jazz Me Blues"). When the Wolverines 'escaped' from Doyle's, Gandee elected not to go with them to Bloomington, preferring to stay in Cincinnati. Ironically, in the short-term this was not a bad decision, as when the boys got to Bloomington they found out they didn't have a gig! Gandee was justly proud of his stint in the Wolverines, and after Bix died led a "New Wolverine Orchestra" in the Cincinnati area up until his death in 1946 in an auto accident.