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Born: May 26, 1915, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: January 31, 1986, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
An American Corporal, composer and band manager. As a performer, he was a member of [a=Crew Chiefs, The] vocal group and [a=Glenn Miller Orchestra, The].
Around 1937-38, after graduating from high school, Kane and Kanner recruited a female vocalist and performed under the names of "The Manhattanites" and "Two Bees and A Honey". The group was later joined by [a=Daisy Brennier], and they performed with [a=Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians] on the Chesterfield radio tour.
During World War II, Kane was a member of [a=Glenn Miller And The Army Air Force Band], performing with them overseas for the duration of the war.
Kane's military career originally saw him as a Private First Class officer in the US Army. In 1943, Kane formed [a=Crew Chiefs, The] with Sergeant [a=Steve Steck], Corporal [a=Artie Malvin], and Privates [a=Lynn Allison] and [a=Gene Steck] Around the same time, his rank was changed to that of Corporal. His despondency at this move led him to compose "Have Ya Got Any Gum, Chum?", quoting a popular phrase used between children and soldiers. Kane left the group in 1945.
After leaving [a=Crew Chiefs, The], Kane became a talent scout in New York City. He managed and composed for the [a=DeMarco Sisters] and secured them as a permanent fixture on [a=Fred Allen]'s radio show.
In 1950, Kane became the vocal arranger for [a=McGuire Sisters, The], after hearing them perform on [a=Kate Smith]'s radio show. Kane's compositions and arrangements helped the group secure an audition (and contract) at [l=Decca] Records. Kane subsequently became their personal manager, and helped arrange their breakthrough performance on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. The group retired in 1968. Through his work with [a=McGuire Sisters, The], Kane also worked with The Kane Triplets, who later performed on The Jack Benny Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Mike Douglas Show, The Perry Como Show and The Tonight Show. In 1984, Kane restarted [a=McGuire Sisters, The]' career with a song entitled "The Second Time Around".