The Great Picturing is almost over. Most of the artists who have pictures available for them have had their image added. A few are still to go as we continue to update things, and more will be to come as we sometimes discover pictures hitherto unknown of more obscure artists while doing research in old magazines or newspapers.
Such was the case of Del Casino. Casino has always been an “also mention” in the history books. Somewhere, in every volume about big bands, there’s always a list of “also mentions,” and Del Casino’s name is always on it. His band never recorded, and it never made it big, so popular historians ignore him.
Casino was a radio vocalist before he led a band, but he never quite made it big on the airwaves either, so radio historians have ignored him as well. All that, combined with failed movie deals and a relegation to the minor labels post-war, has meant that Casino, a star in his day worthy of mention by Walter Winchell and Dorothy Kilgallen, has largely been forgotten today, except for his name.
Casino, though, had an interesting story, which you can read about on Solid! A search for an image of Del Casino led to uncovering his career through newspapers and magazines, and his entry on our site has gone from three lines to being one of the longest articles we have. Learning about forgotten artists is one of the things I love about working on Solid! The big band era was not only about Glenn Miller, the Dorseys, Paul Whiteman, or any of the others whose life stories are well-known and oft-told; it’s also about people like Del Casino, and that’s what Solid! hopes to bring to its readers.