Gene Rodemich

Gene Rodemich

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Gene Rodemich

Gene Rodemich
Born April 13, 1890
St Louis, Missouri
Died February 27, 1934, age 43
New York
Nationality US
Occupation band leader, pianist
Spouse(s) Henrietta Pauk Rodemich (1915-1934, his death)

Eugene Frederick (Gene) Rodemich (born April 13, 1890, St Louis, Missouri, died February 27, 1934, New York, age 43) was a pianist and orchestra leader, who composed the music for Frank Bucks first movie, Bring 'Em Back Alive (1932) .

Early life

Rodemich was born in St. Louis, son of a dentist, Dr. Henry Rodemich, and wife Rose Rodemich. Gene Rodemich began his musical career in and near his home town as a pianist, later becoming conductor of a dance orchestra. He was accompanist for Elsie Janis on several tours, including one in Europe. Before starting in radio in New York, 1929, he had for three years been director and master of ceremonies at the Metropolitan Theatre, Boston.[1]

Later career

Rodemich was musical director of Van Beuren Studios, writing music for animated cartoons. He composed for many of the studios other shorts (including six Charlie Chaplin comedies) and for Frank Bucks first feature-length film, Bring 'Em Back Alive (1932).[2] He also conducted during numerous NBC programs and recorded for Brunswick Records.[3] Singles

Year Single US
1920 "Margie" 7
1923 "Wolverine Blues" 7


Rodemich became ill while making a recording with his orchestra, which had been accompanying a National Broadcasting Company program on Sunday nights. He insisted on continuing the recording although he had been stricken with a severe chill. He was taken to the Medical Arts Sanitarium, 57 West Fifty-Seventh Street, and died three days later of lobar pneumonia. He is buried in Kensico Cemetery,[4] Valhalla, New York. A widow, a son, and a daughter survived him.[5]


  1. Dennis Owsley. City of Gabriels: the history of jazz in St. Louis, 1895-1973. Reedy Press 2006, p 25
  2. Bring 'Em Back Alive: The Best of Frank Buck. Texas Tech Univ Press 2006. [1]
  3. Ross Laird, Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company, Brunswick Radio Corporation. Brunswick records: a discography of recordings, 1916-1931. 2001 Page 117
  4. Kensico Cemetery Records
  5. Gene Rodemich, 42 [sic], musician, is dead. New York Times. March 1, 1934.
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