Lester Horwitz aKa cUrlY hOwArD
As a young
man, Curly loved to dance and
listen to music, and became a dancer.
He would go regularly to Triangle Ballroom
in Brooklyn. Curly also tried his hand at
the ukulele, singing along as he strummed.
Moe once said, "He was not a good student
but he was in demand socially, what with his beautiful singing voice." In 1928, Curly
landed a job as a comedy musical conductor
for the Orville Knapp Band, which, to that
date, was his only stage experience.
Moe recalls his
brother's performances usually overshadowed those of the band. "He was
billed as guest conductor and would come
out and lead the
band in a break away tuxedo. Sections would fall
by piece, while he stood swinging his baton." But
success virtually destroyed Curly. He started to drink
that his shaven head robbed him of his sex appeal. Larry Fine
that Curly wore a hat
in public to confirm an image of masculinity,
since he felt
like a little kid with his hair shaved off. Curly
was also unable to save a cent. When he received his check
to spend it on
life's pleasures: wine, women, a new house, new
or a new dog. Curly was no businessman! Moe handled
all of his affairs, helped him manage his money and even made
out his income tax returns. n'yuk-n'yuk!
to say that without a doubt,
had the single
most influence on my singin'
Without Curly I would of done sumpin' else.
Tanx Curly for everythang! Wooo-woo-wo!"
Your pal - Frankie Martini
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