Rowland Bernard "Bunny" Berigan - American jazz trumpeter; born November 2, 1908 in Hilbert, Wisconsin and raised in Fox Lake, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin, teaching trumpet and playing in dance bands after school hours. He rose to fame during the swing era with his virtuoso jazz trumpeting for big bands like the Hal Kemp orchestra, Tommy Dorsey and the Benny Goodman Band. Berigan started a band of his own in 1937 and chose "I Can't Get Started" (lyrics by Ira Gershwin and music by Vernon Duke) as his theme song. Berrigan's career was shortened by a losing battle with alcoholism that ended with his early death at age 33 from cirrhosis in 1942. His 1937 classic jazz recording "I Can't Get Started" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1975.
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Rowland Bernard "Bunny" Berigan
Bunny Berigan's 1937 recording of "I Can't Get Started" was used in the film Save the Tiger (1973), the Roman Polanski film Chinatown (1974), and a Martin Scorsese short film, The Big Shave (1967).
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