voices Baloo the Bear in "The Jungle Book"
becomes musical director of "The Jell-O Show Starring Jack Benny" (NBC, CBS)
first film role in Oscar-winning RKO short, "So This Is Harris!"
formed musical band
Noted primarily as a bandleader in the 1940s; also voiced Baloo, the bear in Disney's animated "The Jungle Book"
inducted into Indiana Hall of Fame, 1993
Palm Springs Walk of Stars induction, 6/19/1994
Hollywood Walk of Fame: radio (6651 Hollywood Blvd.)
Hollywood Walk of Fame: recording (6508 Hollywood Blvd.)