Mary Earle Ogletree

Born: Hattiesburg, MS

Lived in Birmingham, AL

Vocalist in "The Alabama Cavaliers" while a student at The University of Alabama during the 1940s.  Has served as vocalist for the "Auburn Knights" reunion every July in Auburn, AL. for over 20 years.  Performed with Harry Connick, Sr., and his band in New Orleans on several occasions.  In 1979, became the vocalist for Joe Giattina's seventeen piece band, the "Bama Cardinals".  Inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1994.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

 

The Bama Cardinals were a big band created in 1925 by a then-teenaged Joe Giattina. The group played a weekly live show each Sunday evening at 9:00 on WBRC-AM from 1925 to 1931. Giattina relocated to Pensacola, Florida's Casino Club that year and the band dissolved.

The Bama Cardinals were re-formed in 1978 when a retired Giattina took over a volunteer Shriner band and began playing as Joe Giattina and his Bama Cardinals, which became the Joe Giattina Orchestra after he handed over the baton on New Year's Eve, 1992.

Source: Bama Cardinals - Bhamwiki

Photos of The Alabama Cavaliers: The Alabama Cavaliers

 

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