Feb. 12, 1914 Fort Worth Tarrant County Texas, USA
May 30, 2000 Santa Ana Orange County California, USA
Big Band Singer, Musician, Actor. A saxophone player and singer, he preformed in the Ben Young Orchestra from 1935 to 1937 before joining the legendary Glenn Miller band in 1938. His vocal work includes "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo," "Chattanooga Choo Choo," and "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree." Tex started his own band called 'Tex Beneke and His Orchestra.' In 1946, Glenn Miller's widow made a request that Tex take over leadership of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He starred in the television series "Cavalcade of Bands" (1949) and "Sweet Serenade" (1950).