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Nolan Porterfield

SHAND, TERRY A. (1904–1977). Terry A. Shand, pianist, vocalist, composer, and bandleader, was born on October 1, 1904, in Uvalde, Texas, near San Antonio. His musical interests developed early; in his teens he played piano in silent movie theaters, and he was barely sixteen when he teamed with trombonist Jack Teagarden to play venues in San Antonio and Shreveport, Louisiana. The following year, 1921, he and Teagarden joined the jazz band of legendary Texas pianist Peck Kelley (Shand shifted to drums while with Peck’s Bad Boys). Kelley, based in Houston, rarely toured outside the state, and Shand had larger aspirations.

By the early 1930s, he had joined Freddy Martin and his Orchestra, which was fast becoming a fixture at prestigious hotels in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, and other large cities. With Martin’s group, Shand played piano, sang, and began writing songs, including Martin’s first theme, “Bye-Lo-Bye Lullaby.” He was successful and prolific as a composer (sometimes collaborating with Jimmy Eaton or Bob Merrill, although Shand often wrote both music and lyrics), with almost three dozen popular titles to his credit that were recorded in many genres by a wide variety of artists ranging from Louis Armstrong to Roy Rogers, the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Benny Goodman, the Be Bops, Hank Williams, and others. The best-known of these are probably “My Extraordinary Gal,” “Dance with a Dolly (with a Hole in Her Stockin’),” “You Don’t Have to be a Baby to Cry,” and “If You’re Ever Down in Texas, Look Me Up.”

In 1938 Shand formed his own band, playing mostly extended engagements in upscale hotels around the country and was active well into the 1940s. He died on November 11, 1977, in Houston.


All Music Guide (www.allmusic.com), accessed July 1, 2011. Roger D. Kinkle, The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz: 1900–1950 (4 vols., New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1974).

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Uploaded on May 6, 2015. Modified on November 1, 2015. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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