Matty Malneck

Matty Malneck (December 9, 1903 – February 25, 1981) was an American jazz violinist, songwriter, and arranger.

Matty Malneck
Born(1903-12-09)December 9, 1903
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedFebruary 25, 1981(1981-02-25) (aged 77)
Hollywood, California
GenresJazz, swing
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Years active1920s–1940s
Associated actsPaul Whiteman


Born in 1903, Malneck's career as a violinist began when he was age 16. He was a member of the Paul Whiteman orchestra from 1926 to 1937 and during the same period recorded with Mildred Bailey, Annette Hanshaw, Frank Signorelli, and Frankie Trumbauer.[1][2] He led a big band that recorded for Brunswick, Columbia, and Decca.[1] His orchestra provided music for The Charlotte Greenwood Show on radio in the mid-1940s[3] and Campana Serenade in 1942-1943.[3]:133

A newspaper article published September 19, 1938, noted that having only one brass instrument in Malneck's eight-instrument group was "unique for swing" as were the $3,000 harp and a drummer who played on "an old piece of corrugated paper box".[4] The group played in the film St. Louis Blues (1939) and You're in the Army Now (1941).[5] Malneck announced he was changing the group's name to Matty Malneck and His St. Louis Blues Orchestra.[6]

Malneck's credits as a songwriter have overshadowed his contributions as a performer. He composed songs which became hits, such as "Eeny Meeny Miney Mo", "Goody Goody", "I'll Never Be the Same", and "I'm Through With Love".[1][2]


  1. Feather, Leonard; Gitler, Ira (2007). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford University Press. p. 429. ISBN 0-19-507418-1.
  2. Yanow, Scott (2001). Classic Jazz. San Francisco: Backbeat Books. p. 140. ISBN 0-87930-659-9.
  3. Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. pp. 133, 150. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  4. "Harrison in Hollywood". The Edwardsville Intelligencer. Illinois, Edwardsville. September 19, 1938. p. 9. Retrieved February 9, 2017 via
  5. "'St. Louis Blues' Fair-Plus Musical". Film Bulletin. February 11, 1939. p. 7. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  6. "Orchestra's Name Changed In Honor of New Picture". Santa Ana Register. California, Santa Ana. February 18, 1939. p. 8. Retrieved February 9, 2017 via
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