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In the 1943 release of MGM’s I Dood It, starring Red Skelton and Eleanor Powell, Eberly and O’Connell introduced the jazz standard “Star Eyes.” And Eberly’s recording of “Besame Mucho” enjoyed great popularity in 1944. He also appeared in three films, culminating with The Fabulous Dorseys (1947).
During his eight years with Dorsey’s band Eberly was considered one of the top male vocalists of the day. His romantic baritone influenced many up-and-coming crooners.
After serving in the military, where he sang with Wayne King’s orchestra from 1943-1945, he was unable to revive his career. Except for regular appearances on TV’s Top Tunes and a season on television with O’Connell and the Ray Anthony band in 1953, he was relegated to singing in small clubs.
Bob’s brother, Ray Eberle (who kept the original spelling of the family name) was also a vocalist who sang with Glenn Miller before leading his own band.
- Sandra Burlingame
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Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Janet Blair, Paul Whiteman, William Lundigan
The Fabulous Dorseys [Region 2]
Fabulous Dorseys (1947)
Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Helen O'Connell
I Dood It
MGM (Video & DVD)
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