Friday, February 28, 2014


Chuck Vedder
Tenor Sax and Band


Chuck Vedder, Dandelion Music, BMI
A Fabor Robison Production
Radio 123-45
Malibu, Calif.

Charles Nicholas Vedder was born on Apr. 3, 1904 in Sweet Springs, Saline County, Missouri.  He probably played music in Kansas City before moving to California and may had been first a classical musician as I've found that he wrote a "Concerto in G minor" in 1945 (he was then a Ventura, Calif. resident). 

The Radio 45 is perhaps the only one issued under his own name, but The Chuck Vedder Band is credited on most of the releases issued by singer Ronnie Summers between 1959 and 1963 on various California labels. 

With his wife, pianist Iola Maria Vedder (born in 1909), he played supper venues in the sixties  (THE CHUCK VEDDER TRIO "West's Most Enjoyable Trio" at the THE WHEEL SEAFOOD BUFFET Served fresh every Friday night).

Yvette Vickers, their daughter (b. 1928), released a jazz CD in the 1990s called "Tribute to Charlie and Maria" that showcased some of her parents' songs.  She is probably best remembered for her role as Honey Parker in the cult classic ""Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" (1958).  She died at home in 2010. Her mummified body was discovered only one year later, on April 27, 2011.

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