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The death of saxophonist Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar was reported
recently. Caesar, born September 8, 1922, in Yonkers, NY, began his
musical career at age 14 with Mike Cifichello's Swingtime Six band; he
played the "Borscht Belt" circuit of hotels in the Catskills region of
New York State. After high school, he failed to enter the musicians'
union, so he audited classes at the Julliard School of
Music and played with smaller bands in the NYC and Catskills areas. In
1939, Caesar joined the Coast Guard. There, he parlayed his musical
talent into an assignment with the Coast Guard's orchestra. He toured
with the military revue "Tars and Spars" during the Second World War
and, after the war ended, appeared in the revue's film version.
Times then turned tough for Caesar. A grainy film from 1954, in
which Caesar appears at the 6:30 mark, shows Caesar forcing his way
onstage during a performance of "Sing, Sing, Sing" by the Benny Goodman
band. His attempt to audition for the famed clarinetist was met with
good humor, but the lack of a job offer from Goodman resulted in Caesar
giving up his musical ambitions for the tawdry life of a sketch
comedian. He appeared in many low-budget shows and movies that forced
him to serve as producer, writer, and on-camera entertainer. In his
later years, Caesar supported himself with appearances at the
anniversary celebrations for some of these shows. He died on February
12, 2014, aged 91, after a brief illness. Alan, Deceased Hose, Eternity
Tours, Exuma, Jefferson Survives, Kathi, King Daevid, Loki, Meadow, Ray
Arthur, RH Draney, TGV, Walking Dead Dude, and WCGreen each get 2 points
for the hit.
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