Charles "Charlie" M. Price (1913 - 2010)
Devoted Husband, Father and Friend.
A Special and Rare Recording...
Listen to a tape recorded
phone conversation between contractor, Charlie Price and orchestra leader
and lifelong friend, David Rose...
Here is a rare moment with the two professionals as they plan a music
segment for a popular show. Always a lover of gadgets, Charlie put
his new "Sony Recorder" to good use by tapping the phone call!
here to listen in
In memory of my Dad...
By Debra L. Price
For those who knew my dad "Charlie", he was a most unforgettable character. He passed away on November 2nd and was in good spirits until his final moments.
He was 96, just 13 days before what would have been his 97th birthday. Charlie leaves with us a trove of wonderful memories and stories about the
entertainment industry. He will always occupy a very special place in my heart.
At seven his parents bought him a set of drums and at eight he was playing
in a 75-piece municipal band in his native town Topeka, Kansas. At 17 he
joined the Ted Fiorito orchestra and for the next 11 years he played at
the top hotel and supper clubs, stage, motion pictures and radio programs
throughout the country. That was just the start of his career and on
November 15, 1942 he
reported for duty at his Navy station and continued his career in the USMS Band.
A self-styled artist whose adroitness with everything from jazz cymbals to
kettle drums, xylophones to bird whistles gave his early listeners a
preview of what he would consistently bring to appreciative audiences.
Drummer Price played with Ted Fiorito from 1931
until 1938. Deciding to work only in Los Angeles, Charles went into radio
and proceeded to play under the batons of David Rose, Raymond Paige,
Meredith Wilson, Harry Sosnik, and Rudy Vallee among others.
Charlie then became the full time orchestra manager and contractor for David
Rose and put together first-call orchestras for David's weekly shows. The Red Skelton Show, Bonanza, High Chaparral, Little House on the
Prairie, Highway To Heaven are among only a few of the shows that gave many musicians their start in
the music business.
It was in the studios that Charlie met and married his love and long time
partner in life, Eunice Wennermark, a successful and accomplished violinist
in her own right.
He had a long and illustrious life; as a life time member of Local #47,
Charlie leaves a great music legacy for those who follow.
Dad will be missed by all.