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[Arthur Godfrey and Gene Hall on The Talent Scout Show]

[Arthur Godfrey and Gene Hall on The Talent Scout Show]

Date: 1957
Creator: unknown
Description: Photographs of Arthur Godfrey and Gene Hall sitting together during NBC's "The Talent Scout Show" that have been attached to a sheet of white paper. The first five photos features the two middle aged men in dark suits, with Godfrey sitting to the left of the bespectacled Hall. Curtains are visible behind the two. A desk microphone sits between them. On the second page, below the two photos of Hall and Godfrey, there is a photo composed of four pictures. The the top two feature Godfrey and Hall again, while the bottom two feature George Mosse playing a clarinet (left) and George Mosse, Gene Murray playing a trumpet, and Phil Elliot playing a trombone. These three men are wearing striped black and white shirts.
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Arthur Godfrey Show - 1957

Arthur Godfrey Show - 1957

Date: 1957
Creator: unknown
Description: Photographs of George Mosse (clarinet), Gene Murray (trumpet), and Phil Elliot (trombone) performing on the Arthur Godfrey Show while wearing striped shirts. The top left and bottom right photos show the three men playing together in front of a piano. The top right photo features Murray alone playing the clarinet. The photo on the bottom left contains four images. The top two images on this split photo show Arthur Godfrey (left) and Gene Hall (right) speaking together at a desk with a small microphone between them. The two photos underneath show two more images of Mosse, Murray, and Elliot performing together.
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Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts - 1957

Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts - 1957

Date: 1957
Creator: unknown
Description: Photographs of Arthur Godfrey and Gene Hall sitting together during NBC's "The Talent Scout Show" that have been attached to a sheet of white paper. The first five photos features the two middle aged men in dark suits, with Godfrey sitting to the left of the bespectacled Hall. Curtains are visible behind the two. A desk microphone sits between them.
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[Band Performing on Stage]

[Band Performing on Stage]

Date: 1954
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the North Texas State College Laboratory Dance Band performing on stage. They are wearing shirts and ties. From left to right are: a man playing a tuba; a man with his back to the camera playing a piano with its strings exposed; a clarinetist; a banjo player; and trumpeter; a trombonist; and a partially obscured drummer. Handwritten text beneath the photo says "Group simulating old style dixieland - opening number for concert in 1954-"
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[Beverly Watson at Perrin Field Air Force Base]

[Beverly Watson at Perrin Field Air Force Base]

Date: January 12, 1953
Creator: United States. Air Force.
Description: Photograph of Beverly Watson and the North Texas State College Laboratory Dance Band performing on stage at Perrin Air Force Base in Texas. She is wearing a white blouse and dark skirt and is singing into a microphone while musicians are playing a guitar and saxophone behind her. Handwritten text beneath the photo says "Beverly Watson - Perrin Field Air Base 1-12-53."
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[Buddy DeFranco on Stage]

[Buddy DeFranco on Stage]

Date: 1959
Creator: unknown
Description: Photographs of Buddy DeFranco performing with the Laboratory Dance Band. The top photograph features DeFranco standing and playing a clarinet to the right side. To the left, the suited men of the band sit behind music stands. The bottom photo features DeFranco standing in front of a microphone while holding a clarinet in his right hand. Three rows of the Laboratory Dance Band are seated behind him holding their instruments. Handwritten text beneath the images says "Buddy DeFranco - Guest Soloist - 1959"
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Dr. M. E. (Gene) Hall directs an early lab band

Dr. M. E. (Gene) Hall directs an early lab band

Date: 195u
Creator: unknown
Description: Photographs of Gene Hall standing to the left of three young men. The leftmost seated man is turned fully away from the camera. The second may is seated and playing a saxophone. The third stands to the right while playing a double bass.
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Five-Front Group on the Steve Allen Tonight Show

Five-Front Group on the Steve Allen Tonight Show

Date: April 1956
Creator: unknown
Description: Photographs of the Five Front jazz combo band on the Steve Allen Show. In the top photograph, nine men stand in a line. Gene Hall is the fifth man from the left, and he is wearing a dark suit and glasses. Steve Allen stands next to him on the right, wearing a gingham shirt, ribbon necktie, and slacks that have been tucked into cowboy boots. The bottom photograph shows the band members performing on a mat atop a dirt floor. Most of the suited young men are seated behind music stands. Onlookers can be seen milling about in the background behind a white fence.
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[Frank Todd, Gene Hall, Art Davis, Phil Manning, and Bill Harrison Performing Together]

[Frank Todd, Gene Hall, Art Davis, Phil Manning, and Bill Harrison Performing Together]

Date: 1954
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Frank Todd, Gene Hall, Art Davis, Phil Manning, and Bill Harrison performing together on stage. Frank Todd stands behind two microphones to the far left. He's wearing black-rimmed glasses and plucking a double bass. Gene Hall stands next to Todd, wearing spectacles and a lighter colored suit while playing a clarinet. Art Davis plays a trumpet while standing in front of an unattended drum set and a piano player. Phil Manning and Bill Harrison stand close to each other on the right side of the photo, will Manning wearing glasses and playing a saxophone while Harrison plays a trombone.
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Guest artists joining in at a class

Guest artists joining in at a class

Date: 1952
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Gene Hall, Claude Lakey, Curly Broyles, Phil Manning, and Bill Harrison playing wind instruments around a microphone with other performers in the background.
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[Jazz Ensemble on Stage]

[Jazz Ensemble on Stage]

Date: 195u
Creator: Don Brink Studios
Description: Photograph of (from left to right): Frank Todd on string bass; Gene Hall on clarinet; Paul Guerrero on drums; Art Davis on trumpet; Phil Manning on tenor saxophone; and Bill Harrison holding a trombone.
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[Jimmy Giuffra Performing with Band]

[Jimmy Giuffra Performing with Band]

Date: 1956
Creator: unknown
Description: Photographs of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band on stage with Jimmy Giuffra. In the top photo, Giuffra plays a clarinet on the far left of the photo. Gene Hall holds sheet music and stands to the right with his back to Giuffra. The band is sitting behind these two men and playing various instruments. Handwritten text beneath the photos says "Jimmy Giuffra - Guest Soloist - 1956."
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Lab Band - 1952-53

Lab Band - 1952-53

Date: April 1, 1953
Creator: North Texas State College. News Service.
Description: Photograph of the 1952-1953 North Texas State College Laboratory Dance Band. Their director, Gene Hall, stands on the left side of the photo and addresses the young men who are arranged around music stands and playing a variety of instruments. A wide curtain serves as a background. "1953" is handwritten on the bottom of the photograph. Further handwriting appears on the back of the picture notes that this is a photograph of the Lab Band taken on April 1, 1953, and then lists the people as they appear from left to right.
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Lab Band Competing in the A. F. of M. Best Dance Bands in the USA in 1959

Lab Band Competing in the A. F. of M. Best Dance Bands in the USA in 1959

Date: 1959
Creator: unknown
Description: Photographs of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band performing on a stage that has a background painted with an beach theme. Hall stands to the left looking downward and snapping the fingers of his right hand. A row of saxophonists stand playing their instruments to the right. The second and fourth desk that the band is standing behind are emblazoned with the the name "Danny Burke." Other band members are sitting behind this front row on an inclined platform while playing their various instruments.
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Lab Band in Best Dance Band Contest

Lab Band in Best Dance Band Contest

Date: 1959
Creator: unknown
Description: Photographs of the Laboratory Dance Band performing on a curtained stage in front of an audience. The band is arranged across four inclined platforms. Most are sitting behind music desks and are playing a variety of (mostly brass) instruments. A strip of white paper taped to the bottom of the photo has the following typed upon it: "Lab Band in Best Dance Band Contest."
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[Leon Breeden and the Laboratory Dance Band Performing]

[Leon Breeden and the Laboratory Dance Band Performing]

Date: 1953
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the North Texas State College Laboratory Dance Band performing on stage. Three rows of male performers are arranged on stage, with many of the men sitting and playing their brass instruments. A drummer and a standing bassist are visible in the background to the left. Leon Breeden stands downstage playing a clarinet. Behind the men stands a metallic eagle statue, as well as a curtain that has been festooned with glittering letters that spell out "Jazz Frolic." In front of them are two microphone stands.
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[Pat McCracken Playing Jazz Harp]

[Pat McCracken Playing Jazz Harp]

Date: 1953
Creator: Don Brink Studios
Description: Photograph of the Laboratory Dance Band on stage with a young woman named Pat McCracken. McCracken stands to the left side of the photo. She is wearing a light hued dress and is standing in front of a pianist with her hands behind her back. To the right, a tall harp stands in front of a microphone. Further to the right, the elder Gene Hall stands wearing a grey suit and applauding. The rest of the band is seated in the background on a series of three increasingly elevated platforms. They are holding a variety of brass instruments and, in the case of one man at the left end of the topmost row, sitting at a drum set. A handwritten note under the image says "Pat McCracken - Jazz Harp - 1953."
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Phil "Cyclops" Manning

Phil "Cyclops" Manning

Date: 1953
Creator: Loveless, Marvin
Description: Photograph of Phil Manning playing a saxophone while standing between a curtain and a microphone. He is wearing a dark suit, neck tie, and dark rimmed glasses. A shadowy pianist is visible to the right behind the curtain.
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[Photograph of Buddy DeFranco Performing with the Laboratory Dance Band]

[Photograph of Buddy DeFranco Performing with the Laboratory Dance Band]

Date: 1959
Creator: Porter, Bob
Description: Photograph of Buddy DeFranco performing with the Laboratory Dance Band. He is wearing a dark suit and black rimmed glasses. DeFranco is playing a clarinet from behind a music stand with a microphone to the right. Behind him, seated band members sit behind desks while playing a variety of brass instruments.
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[Photograph of Dan Alexander Singing Alongside the Laboratory Dance Band]

[Photograph of Dan Alexander Singing Alongside the Laboratory Dance Band]

Date: 1953
Creator: Don Brink Studios
Description: Photograph of the 1953 North Texas State College Laboratory Dance Band performing on stage. The band of young men are arranged in three raked rows, sitting behind music desks with their instruments. Dan Alexander stands in front of a microphone on the left side of the photo. Behind him sits a man playing a piano. Gene Hall stands to the far right of the photo. A curtain hangs over a wall to the right, while four border curtains loom above the performers.
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[Photograph of Frank Todd, Phil Manning, Leon Breeden, Curly Broyles, and Bill Harrison Performing]

[Photograph of Frank Todd, Phil Manning, Leon Breeden, Curly Broyles, and Bill Harrison Performing]

Date: 1953
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Frank Todd, Phil Manning, Leon Breeden, Curly Broyles, and Bill Harrison playing instruments around a microphone with other performers in the background. A curtain festooned with glittering letters that spell out "Ja[zz] Frolic" stands behind the group of men. Other musicians sit at their music desks behind the foreground performers.
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[Photograph of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band on the Teenage Downbeat Program]

[Photograph of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band on the Teenage Downbeat Program]

Date: 195u
Creator: Pollard, Earnest F.
Description: Photograph of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band performing on the Teenage Downbeat program. In the far left, a man sits at a piano. To the right, the bespectacled and middle aged Gene Hall stands at a microphone. The next person to the right is a man in dark glasses playing a double bass. To his right is a smiling and bespectacled drummer. The rest of the band members are arranged in three inclined rows of desks and playing a variety of brass instruments. Two large records hang on the wall in the background. The lower record partially covers the other and bears the words "Teenage Downbeat." College pennants hang on either side of the set.
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[Photograph of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band Performing on Stage]

[Photograph of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band Performing on Stage]

Date: 1952
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band performing on a stage. The band is playing a variety of instruments on an inclined platform. Behind them rises a metallic statue of an eagle and a curtain bearing sparkly letters. The one clearly visible word on the curtain is "frolic."
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[Photograph of Gene Hall Interview with WFAA-TV Channel 8]

[Photograph of Gene Hall Interview with WFAA-TV Channel 8]

Date: 195u
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Gene Hall being interviewed by a younger man while a WFAA-TV Channel 8 camera is focused on them. Hall stands in front of a stool to the left while facing the camera. He is wearing a dark suit and glasses. His hands are folded in front of him. A younger man in a lighter suit faces Hall from the middle of the photo with his arms crossed over his chest. To the lower right stands a boxy film camera with the words "WFAA-TV" and "channel 8" stenciled on its side in white lettering.
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