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An architectural student, Frank Winegar organized a college dance band at the University of Pennsylvania in 1922. It was through Ted Weems that the opportunity came to play the Arcadia Ballroom in 1924 as the "Peppy Collegians." In 1927, several jazz-oriented players were added to the band, replacing the student musicians, with a successful return to the Arcadia and other bookings to follow. After the band played at its peak in 1928, it was reorganized in 1929, due to irregular bookings, with many original members joining Jimmy Durante to play vaudeville, clubs and later, films. Frank Winegar continued to front a band into the 1930s and beyond, including a stint in the early 1930s for the CBS radio network.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
A Good Man is Hard to Find
(Eddie Green)
1-25-1928 East Orange, New Jersey Edison 52221
Dream Mother
(Burke / Lewis / Sherman)
5-22-1929 East Orange, New Jersey Edison 52596
I Call You Sugar
(Phil Baxter / George Bowles)
2-10-1928 East Orange, New Jersey Edison 52224
I'm Just a Vagabond Lover
(Vallee / Zimmerman)
5-22-1929 East Orange, New Jersey Edison 52596
Ida! Sweet As Apple Cider
(Eddie Leonard)
5-4-1928 East Orange, New Jersey Edison 52321
Imagination
(Irving Caesar / Joseph Meyer / Roger Wolfe Kahn)
8-21-1928 New York, New York Edison 52381
My Gal Sal
(Paul Dresser)
5-4-1928 East Orange, New Jersey Edison 52305
Ooh, Maybe It's You
(Irving Berlin)
8-30-1927 East Orange, New Jersey Edison 52099
Say So!
(Ira Gershwin / P.G. Woodhouse / George Gershwin)
3-14-1928 East Orange, New Jersey Edison 52255
Shakin' the Blues Away
Fox Trot from "Ziegfeld Follies of 1927"

(Irving Berlin)
8-30-1927 East Orange, New Jersey Edison 52097
Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down
(Howdy Quicksell / Ray Lodwig)
2-10-1928 East Orange, New Jersey Edison 52221
Stay Out of the South
(Harold Dixon)
2-10-1928 East Orange, New Jersey Edison 52224
Tell Me, Little Daisy 10-21-1927 East Orange, New Jersey Edison
There's Something About a Rose
(Irving Kahal / Francis Wheeler / Sammy Fain)
3-14-1928 New York, New York Edison 52255
Artist Instrument
Bert Dixon Vocals
Bill Drewes Trombone
Herman Drewes Trumpet
Tony Franchini Piano
Jimmy Granato Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bill Haid Piano, Arranger
Arthur Hall Vocals
Larry Hart Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Piccolo
Jack Linden Alto Saxophone, Clarinet
Don McCarter Trumpet
Norman Moran Trumpet
Don Nyer Drums, Vocals
The Rollickers Vocal Group
Elliott Russell Violin
Frank Sollecito Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ernie Watson Arranger
Mike Widmer Banjo
Frank Winegar Banjo, Ukelele, Tenor Guitar, Leader
Billy Wolfe Tuba