Dating rexcraft bugles
Rosalie Soladar was his companion and personal manager.
Materials in this collection span most of Grey's career after their partnership.
Due to a manpower shortage and discrimination during World War II, however, African Americans were recruited as musicians.
These bands gained fame as “Ambassadors of Goodwill,” in that they helped to break down racial barriers. The professional papers of Al Grey span the years 1977 to 2009 with a few papers from 1967-1968.
Al Grey worked with the orchestras of Benny Carter (1945-1946), Jimmie Lunceford (1946-1947), Lucky Millinder, Lionel Hampton (on and off between 19), and Dizzy Gillespie (1956-1957). The bulk of the materials cover the years 1989 to 2000, during which time Rosalie Soladar was his personal manager.
As a boy Al Grey played the baritone horn at the Goodwill Boys Band of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, led by his father.
Al Grey joined the Navy in 1942 at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.
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Consult Head of Special Collections and Archives on permissions for use. This series also contains Al Grey's biographies, obituaries, memorial service and programs of tribute, and letters of sympathy to Ms. Jonas, Sophia and Robert Phillipson, Herman Leonard, Delia and Bill Gottlieb, Edie and Don Frye, cards from Al Grey's brother Richard Grey Jr., cards exchanged between Rosalie and Al Grey.