Was Jack Purvis a member of Jack Pettis's orchestra in the 1930s?

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

September 6th, 2018, 2:38 pm #1

According to this piece in Variety of Feb 22, 1950

PurvisPettisBettyLouVariety22Feb1950.jpg Purvis was a member of Jack Pettis’ orchestra in the early 1930s. I did not find any independent verification of this claim. Neither could I find confirmation of the claim that Dolores Reade was a vocalist for Pettis band.
 
On the other hand I found some useful information about Jack Purvis and his daughter Betty Purvis.
 
First, I remind you of the huge number of postings about Jack Purvis in the Bixography Forum.

search.php?keywords=purvis&terms=all&au ... mit=Search

Next, a link to a comprehensive article “The Many Lives of Jack Purvis, Part One” - By George A. Borgman & Eric B. Borgman.

https://georgeborgman.blogspot.com/2018 ... t-one.html

Next the findagrave page for Jack Purvis.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/146 ... -f.-purvis

Bettelou Purvis is mentioned in the Variety piece. She was Betty Lou Purvis. Her findagrave page:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/188 ... -lou-marks
 
In 1930, she was living with her grandparents in Pittsburgh. From the US Census:
Elizabeth Purvis
United States Census, 1930
Name: Elizabeth Purvis
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: Pittsburgh (Districts 1-250), Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 22
Marital Status: Divorced
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Daughter
Birth Year (Estimated): 1908
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Sheet Letter: A
Sheet Number: 22
Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
Harry Hart
Head
Male
52
Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Hart
Wife
Female
49
Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Purvis
Daughter
Female
22
Pennsylvania
Betty Purvis
Granddaughter
Female
 2

I could not find a marriage certificate for Jack Purvis and Elizabeth Purvis, nee Hart. But evidently they must have been married around 1926 since their daughter was born on Oct 6, 1927. By 1930 they were divorced.

Sudhalter’s “Lost Chords” has quite a bit of information about Jack Purvis.
 
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September 6th, 2018, 5:25 pm #2

Golly! Just starting to look at the Borgman article. Someone has really don the homework to assemble a coherent biography of what must be one of the world's most incoherent lives.
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