Archie Bleyer had already established himself as one of the foremost writers of stock arrangements by the time the big bands came into vogue. In 1934 he began leading his own dance band at Earl Carroll's Club in Hollywood. The orchestra recorded for Brunswick and once featured future Capitol Record co-founder Johnny Mercer as its vocalist. During the 1940s and 1950s Bleyer worked as musical director for Arthur Godfrey on his various radio and television programs.
In 1952 Bleyer founded Cadence Records in order to record Godfrey show singing star Julia LaRosa. He went on to add several other Godfrey stars to the label's roster as well as releasing music of his own. He had hits with ''Hernando's Hideaway'' in 1954, which reached number two on the charts, and with the Steve Allen song ''Rockin' Ghost'' in 1956. Bleyer also signed several other top artists to his label, including Andy Williams and the Everly Brothers, the latter for whom he served as producer. Cadence continued to have hits well into the early 1960s, but by 1964 it had seen its better days and Bleyer shut it down, selling the masters to Andy Williams.