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Music and Dance Politicians in Illinois

  Ernani Bernardi (1911-2006) — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Standard, Putnam County, Ill., October 11, 1911. Big band era musician; saxophone and clarinet player; candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., 1993. Died January 4, 2006 (age 94 years, 85 days). Burial location unknown.
  Sol Bloom (1870-1949) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Pekin, Tazewell County, Ill., March 9, 1870. Democrat. Play producer; entertainment manager; songwriter; furniture business; real estate business; U.S. Representative from New York, 1923-49 (19th District 1923-45, 20th District 1945-49); died in office 1949; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1944. Jewish. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Moose; Redmen. Died, from a heart attack, in the U.S. Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., March 7, 1949 (age 78 years, 363 days). Interment at Mt. Eden Cemetery, Westchester Hills, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Garrison Bloom and Sara Bloom; married 1897 to Evelyn Hechheimer.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Lou Breese (1900-1969) — also known as Luigi G. Calabrese — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Milford, Worcester County, Mass., February 10, 1900. Musician and bandleader; performed, Republican National Convention, 1952. Italian ancestry. While conducting his band for an audience of 1,500 at a jewelers convention, he suffered a fatal heart attack, in the Conrad Hilton Hotel, Chicago, Cook County, Ill., January 11, 1969 (age 68 years, 336 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Internet Movie Database profile
  John Wheaton Casto (1879-1950) — also known as John W. Casto — of East Moline, Rock Island County, Ill.; Rock Island, Rock Island County, Ill. Born in Danville, Vermilion County, Ill., August 1, 1879. Democrat. School teacher and principal; music composer; candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 14th District, 1926. Member, Rotary. Died in San Joaquin County, Calif., May 7, 1950 (age 70 years, 279 days). Burial location unknown.
  Arthur Radcliffe Getty (1861-1919) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; Washington, D.C. Born in London, England, 1861. Naturalized U.S. citizen; musician; lyricist; poet; Vice-Consul for Great Britain in Chicago, Ill., 1896-1901. English and Irish ancestry. Died in Washington, D.C., August 6, 1919 (age about 58 years). Cremated.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Gibson Getty and Emily (Crossley) Getty; married, July 26, 1919, to Marie Reid.
  Spencer Pettis Gracey (1865-1933) — also known as Spencer P. Gracey — of Atlanta, Logan County, Ill.; Berkeley, Alameda County, Calif.; Hankow (now part of Wuhan), China. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., December 18, 1865. Opera singer; U.S. Vice Consul in Foochow, as of 1898; U.S. Consular Marshal in Foochow, as of 1898; worked for Standard Oil company in Japan and China; foreign exchange broker. Died, from peritonitis and heart failure, in International Hospital, Hankow (now part of Wuhan), China, January 15, 1933 (age 67 years, 28 days). Cremated.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Levis Gracey and Leonora (Thompson) Gracey; brother of Wilbur Tirrell Gracey; married to Pearl Miller.
  Political family: Gracey family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  John James O'Grady (1889-1971) — also known as Jack J. O'Grady — of Indiana. Born in Kewanee, Henry County, Ill., July 6, 1889. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; band and orchestra leader; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1927, 1939-41; member of Indiana state senate, 1943-53; candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 6th District, 1948. Member, Elks; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Moose; Eagles; Lions. Died in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Ind., June 4, 1971 (age 81 years, 333 days). Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Terre Haute, Ind.
  Danny O'Neil (1920-2002) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; Oak Park, Cook County, Ill.; Haines City, Polk County, Fla. Born in Georgia, December 12, 1920. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; singer; honored guest, Democratic National Convention, 1944 ; game show host. Died, from heart failure, in a rehab center at Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., May 20, 2002 (age 81 years, 159 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Brothrton Petree and Nancy Louise (Ruelle) Petree; married to Patricia Geraghty and Geraldine Mae Healy.
  See also Internet Movie Database profile
  Charlotte Thompson Reid (1913-2007) — also known as Charlotte T. Reid; Charlotte Leota Thompson; Annette King — of Aurora, Kane County, Ill. Born in Kankakee, Kankakee County, Ill., September 27, 1913. Republican. Professional singer; U.S. Representative from Illinois 15th District, 1963-71; member, Federal Communications Commission, 1971-76. Female. Died in Aurora, Kane County, Ill., January 25, 2007 (age 93 years, 120 days). Interment at Spring Lake Cemetery, Aurora, Ill.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Louis C. Sudler (1903-1992) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., 1903. Republican. Real estate business; singer; performed, Republican National Convention, 1952, 1956, 1960; philanthropist; helped make the Chicago Symphony world-famous. Died, from Alzheimer's disease, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., August 25, 1992 (age about 89 years). Interment at Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.
  Relatives: Married 1929 to Mary Ludington Barnes.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Mona Vann — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Democrat. Opera singer; performed, Democratic National Convention, 1944. Female. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  William Caesar Warfield (1920-2002) — also known as William Warfield — Born in West Helena (now part of Helena-West Helena), Phillips County, Ark., January 22, 1920. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; professional singer; actor; performed, Republican National Convention, 1952 ; university professor. Baptist. African ancestry. Broke his neck in an accidental fall, and died a few weeks later, in Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Cook County, Ill., August 25, 2002 (age 82 years, 215 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married, August 31, 1952, to Leontyne Price.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
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