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Chuck Sagle was just riding the percussion album bandwagon, but he summed up space age pop fans for many jaded listeners with the title of his album, "Ping Pong Percussion." (There's a "Ping Pong Banjos" album Sagle can be blamed for, too.) Sagle studied music at the University of Illinois, then got to put his education to work when he joined the Navy and was put in charge of a fleet band in the south Pacific in World War II. After the war, he moved to Chicago and worked a variety of jobs in the music business until he joined the staff of the early television variety show, "Garroway At Large," arranging for bandleader Skitch Henderson.
He freelanced in New York City in the late 1950s, then moved to Los Angeles, where he became an artist-and-repertoire (A&R) man for Reprise Records. He apparently continued to do some freelancing, because he recorded a number album for Mercury as "Carl Stevens" ("who bears a striking resemblance to ace arranger-conductor Chuck Sagle") and even "Karl von Stevens" (a beer-hall band parody ala Fritz Guckenheimer.
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