by Owen Miller
Whitey (Marlin E.) Kaufman was a resident of Lebanon , Pennsylvania, one of the southeastern Pennsylvania counties that is part of what is called the "Pennsylvania Dutch" area. While attending nearby Lebanon Valley College (in Annville) he formed a dance band that in the early 1920s went on to become Victor recording artists. Trading on this celebrity and well-earned reputation for musicianship and entertaining acts, the 11-piece band landed many bookings throughout the country. Newspaper clippings include ads and articles confirming appearances at a variety of settings including hotels, ballrooms, fraternity houses and nightclubs in New York, Miami, Chicago, and on the West Coast. Kaufman maintained the name Pennsylvania Serenaders and organization as an 11 piece outfit through the mid to late 1930s. Performances occasionally featured Gilda Gray, the Shimmy Girl. Some arrangements were written for the band by Seger Ellis (based upon a letter from Ellis To Kaufman).

(Information was obtained by a search of documents at the Lebanon County Historical Society)

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Charleston Cabin
(Song Melancholy)

Vocal refrain by Elliot Shaw

(Roy Reber)
3-21-1924 New York, New York Victor
19304-B
Come On, Red
(Fred Fisher / Sid Holden)
6-30-1924 New York, New York Victor
19384-A
Deep River Blues
(Eddie Green / Marie Handy)
2-1-1926 Camden, New Jersey Victor
20125-A
From One Till Two
(I Always Dream Of You)

Vocal refrain by Elliot Shaw

(Larry Bard / Joe Hoover)
3-21-1924 New York, New York Victor
19304-A
Henpecked Blues
(Jules Buffano)
7-2-1923 New York, New York Victor
19127
Hurry Back, Old Sweatheart Of Mine 3-31-1925 New York, New York Victor
19673
My Gal 3-31-1925 New York, New York Victor
19673
Paddlin' Madelin' Home
(Harry Woods)
10-21-1925 Camden, New Jersey Victor
19834-B
Sweatheart Of Sigma Chi
(Introducing Dream Girl of Pi.K.A.)

(Vernon / Shields)
7-2-1923 New York, New York Victor
19115
Tamiami Trail
(Cliff Friend / Joseph H. Santly)
2-1-1926 Camden, New Jersey Victor
19996
Tiny Town
(Herbert Fields / Frederick Hollaender)
2-1-1926 Camden, New Jersey Victor
20125-B
Unfortunate Blues
(Henry Winston / Fred Hamm)
7-1-1924 New York, New York Victor
19384-B
Who Takes Care Of The Caretakers Daughter?
(Chick Endor)
3-30-1925 New York, New York Victor
19638
You Tell Her - I Stutter
(Cliff Friend)
3-27-1923 New York, New York Victor
19049-A
Artist Instrument
Walter Ashley Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Americus Bono Trumpet
Marvin Burwell Trombone
Clarence Doty Banjo
Johnny Gibbs Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Reese Henry Trumpet
Mike Holder Trombone
Harry Johns Drums
Whitey Kaufman Banjo, Leader
Byron Kissinger Vocals
Dick Lesilie Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Vincent Pierce Piano
Jack Purvis Trumpet, Vocals
A.A. Rockwell Bass Brass
Elliot Shaw Vocals
Omer van Speybroeck Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bert Stock Piano
Charles "Ducky" Yontz Trumpet
unknown Cornet, Trombone, Clarinet, Violin, Alto Saxophone, Piano