, Gene Rodemich
April 13, 1890, St Louis, Missouri
February 27, 1934, age 43, New York
band leader, pianist
Henrietta Pauk Rodemich (1915-1934, his death)
Eugene Frederick (Gene) Rodemich (born April 13, 1890, St Louis, Missouri, died February 27, 1934, New York, age 43) was a pianist and orchestra leader, who composed the music for Frank Buck's first movie, Bring 'Em Back Alive (1932) .
1 Early life,
2 Later career,
Rodemich was born in St. Louis, son of a dentist, Dr. Henry Rodemich, and wife Rose Rodemich. Gene Rodemich began his musical career in and near his home town as a pianist, later becoming conductor of a dance orchestra. He was accompanist for Elsie Janis on several tours, including one in Europe. Before starting in radio in New York, 1929, he had for three years been director and master of ceremonies at the Metropolitan Theatre, Boston.
Rodemich was musical director of Van Beuren Studios, writing music for animated cartoons. He composed for many of the studio's other shorts (including six Charlie Chaplin comedies) and for Frank Buck's first feature-length film, Bring 'Em Back Alive (1932). He also conducted during numerous NBC programs and recorded for Brunswick Records.Singles
Rodemich became ill while making a recording with his orchestra, which had been accompanying a National Broadcasting Company program on Sunday nights. He insisted on continuing the recording although he had been stricken with a severe chill. He was taken to the Medical Arts Sanitarium, 57 West Fifty-Seventh Street, and died three days later of lobar pneumonia. He is buried in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York. A widow, a son, and a daughter survived him.