Mal Hallett

Photo of Mal Hallett
  • Born

    1893
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Died

    November 20, 1952
    Boston, Massachusetts

Swing pi­o­neer Mal Hallett grad­u­ated from the Boston Conservatory of Music. During WWI, he en­ter­tain troops in France as a mem­ber of Al Moore’s or­ches­tra, and dur­ing the 1920s he led his own jazz band. In the 1930s, Hallett formed a very pro­gres­sive dance band that spent most of its ex­is­tence tour­ing the New England area.

During its hey­day, Hallett’s or­ches­tra fea­tured many young mu­si­cians who would go on to be­come big stars in their own right, such as Gene Krupa, Jack Teagarden, Frankie Carle, Jack Jenney, and Toots Mondello. Vocalists over the years in­cluded Irene Daye, Jerry Perkins, Judy Darling, Buddy Wellcome, Teddy Grace, and Kay Marie Baird. Though the group had many fol­low­ers the band’s hard hit­ting style kept them from ever achiev­ing any big suc­cess. Hallett was also older than most of the other swing lead­ers, and he had trou­ble con­nect­ing with the younger fans. Mal Hallett passed away in 1952.

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  • Be Careful, It's My Heart
    Mal Hallet (Jerry Perkins), Hit (1942)
  • I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen
    Mal Hallet (Jerry Perkins), Hit (1942)
  • Jingle Jangle Jingle
    Mal Hallet (Buddy Wellcome), Hit (1942)
  • He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings
    Mal Hallet (Judy Darling), Hit (1942)

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