Edgar Clyde "Skinnay" Ennis, Jr. (August 13,
1907 - June 3, 1963) was an American jazz
and pop music bandleader and singer.
Ennis was born in Salisbury, North Carolina
and met Hal Kemp while attending the
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He
joined Kemp's orchestra as a drummer and
vocalist in the late 1920s, playing with him
through 1937 including one tour of Europe in
1930. Following this Ennis put together his
own band, which became a popular
ensemble in Hollywood films. "Got a Date
With an Angel" was his theme song. During
this time Gil Evans was one of his arrangers.
He also began performing comedy routines,
and in 1938 he landed a job on Bob Hope's
radio program, appearing as a regular until
he entered the Army in 1943, where he
conducted his own service band during
World War II. He returned to Hollywood
bandleading at the war's end and joined the
Abbott and Costello radio program during
the 1946-47 season.
Toward the end of the 1950s Ennis's career
had faded, and he worked mostly in hotels in
the Los Angeles area. He choked to death
on a bone while eating dinner at a restaurant
in Beverly Hills in 1963.
Wikipedia Artist Biography - Skinnay Ennis
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