Mar. 22, 1910 Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA
Aug. 26, 1988 Los Angeles Los Angeles County California, USA
Carl Frederick Tandberg (1910-1988) was a bass musician who recorded with Glen Campbell. (b. March 22, 1910, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA - d. August 26, 1988, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA) Social Security Number 105168545.
Parents: Carl was the son of Thorvald Martin Tandberg I (1874-1970) of Portland, Maine; and Alvilde Marie Naess (1875-1933) of Kristiania, Oslo, Norway. Thorvald was the son of Andreas Tandberg (1846-1910) of Hønefos, Norway; and Valborg Margrethe Fisher (1848-1915) of Kristiania, Oslo, Norway.
Birth: Carl was born on March 22, 1910 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
Siblings: Ethel Valborg Alfrida Tandberg (1898-1995) who was born in Norway and married Clifford Edward Milner (1892-1980); Thorvald Martin Tandberg II who may have died as an infant; Ralph Christian Andreas Tandberg (1901-1995) aka Thoralph Tandberg, who was a safety engineer, who married Sigrid Andreassen (1905-1940) and after her death married Esther Ruth Clyde (1895-1973) and after a divorce married JoAnn Losey; Yolanda Christina Tandberg (1902-2003) who married Joseph Nathaniel French, who was an architect; and Thordis Tandberg who died when she was 14 of spinal meningitis. All the other children were born in Kristiania, Oslo, Norway. There were two children stillborn.
Marriage: He married Alice Nazian Gonyer (1909-1992) of Orono, Maine around 1929 in New York. They had met at a dance in Orono. Her family was originally French Canadian and Catholic.
Queens, New York: In 1930 Carl and Alice were living at 88-08 171st Street in Queens, New York and paying $50 a month in rent. Carl was already working as a musician.
Children: He had two children: Carol Fredricka Tandberg (1933) and Eugene Ralph Tandberg (1939).
California: He was the first Tandberg in the family to move to California. His brother Ralph was the next to move to California after the birth of Pauline and they both lived together. He lived in Burbank and worked as a guard at the NBC studio and at KTTV which was channel 11. He also worked in Alhembra, California at Rickey's Lounge as a musician, and later he worked as a maître d'hôtel at the same restaurant. Fortnight: The Newsmagazine of California (1949): "Steaks are of course, an ever popular favorite. Besides the fine dinners, pianist Frank Ortega does a lively and varied performance, making those ivories really talk, ably assisted by Dave Powers on guitar and Carl Tandberg with his bass viol." Star-News of Pasadena, California on 1969 April 25: "Bass player marking 11th year at Rickey's. Bass player Carl F. Tandberg is an 11-year man at Dick White's Rickey's Restaurant in Alhambra and a 42-year man in the music business. Carl began his career in 1926 in Boston, Massachusetts. He played in many local ballrooms, restaurants and in radio stations WNAC and WEEI. In 1929, he moved to New York City. During a 16-year stay in the large metropolis, Tandberg played with the Jimmy Durante band, played vaudeville and toured the southern circuit with Al Wohlman & Company. He then played most of the 52nd street 'jazz joints' including a run at the 'Hickory House' with Riley and Farley the writers of 'The Music Goes Round And Round'. Next came a series of college dates with Bunny Berigan. In 1939 he did a vaudeville tour and cut a few records with the Andrew Sisters before recording 'Miserlou' with Jan August in 1945. In 1947 he met Frankie Ortega and aided in farming the famous 'Frankie Ortega Trio.' He stayed with the trio for 11 years playing at the Balboa Club in Palm Springs and Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe. Carl was thinking about retiring when he met Dick White, owner of Rickey's in Alhambra and decided to accept his offer of playing on weekends. Meanwhile Carl also joined the staff of the American Music Publishers. During this time he again became active in the recording business working with such stars as Lou Rawls, Frank Gorshin, and television's newest star, Glen Campbell. Carl is presently playing in Rickey's Sky Room with Noel Hylton and Sue Stevens. The restaurant is located at 323 West Valley Boulevard in Alhambra."
Security Guard: He worked at Bob Hope's house as the security at the gate after he retired from music.
Death: He died on August 26, 1988 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California at 78 years old. He was buried in Eternal Valley Memorial Park in the Garden of Prayer in grave 435E.
Bands: Shep Fields (1910-1981) and His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra; The Jerry Blaine (1910-1973) Orchestra; and The Frankie Ortega Trio.
Discography: Glen Campbell; The Legacy (1961-2002).
Memories about Carl Frederick Tandberg: Adelma Tandberg on May 12, 2006 said: He was a bass fiddle player for a band operated by a man called Shep Fields (1910-1981).
Memories about Carl Frederick Tandberg: June Tandberg on May 12, 2006 said: He was a bass fiddle player with the Frankie Ortega Trio in Hollywood, California.
Memories about Carl Frederick Tandberg: Pauline Dutton on May 24, 2006: He was guard at the Burbank studios and he knew Bob Hope. He painted pictures of farmhouses and his brother Ralph painted seascapes. Carl sold tiny paintings on tiny stands at the local drug store. His wife made memory books from old TV Guides to make a papier-mâché art work for people's weddings. The trailer that they lived in was damaged during the Sylmar earthquake of February 9, 1971. Carl played at a restaurant at Alhambra, and he had a tiny pinky ring with a sapphire in it. He took me for my first soda. His wife was ill in her last years but he died before her, maybe of a heart attack. Carl was the first to move to California and he lived in Burbank.
Memories about Carl Frederick Tandberg: Carol Tandberg (1933- ) wrote on May 29, 2006: He moved from New York to Califonia in 1945. He lived for a time in Long Beach and Los Angeles and then moved to Sun Valley. They ultimately moved to Sylmar where they both passed away. When Carl was a young man, he played the tuba in bands and traveled the Vaudeville Circuit on the east coast. Somewhere along the line he changed to the bass fiddle. He met Alice in Orono, Maine at a dance and they were eventually married in New York in 1929. He worked with many bands in New York before moving to California. There he worked with such bands as the Frankie Ortega Trio in Las Vegas and also [in] the Balboa Bay Club for 11 years. He worked at a music publishing company where he met Glen Campbell. They collaborated on many demo records and finally had an album of their own [that may have been] called "The Blue Grass Boys". Carl played at "Rickey's" in Alhambra and when the trio broke up, he became the maître d'hôtel of the restaurant, which was downstairs. He then took a position with a security company and was a set watcher at KTTV, channel 11 and [he was] also at the home of Bob Hope as a gate guard. He finally retired for good and became diabetic. He died of a heart attack.
Research: Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on May 6, 2006. Updated on April 9, 2014 with text from various articles.