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Richard Himber (20 February 1900 - 11 December 1966) was a bandleader, composer, violinist, magician and practical joker. Jump to: navigation, search February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1900 is a common year starting on Monday. ... Jump to: navigation, search December 11 is the 345th day (346th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ...

He was born as Herbert Richard Himbler in Newark, New Jersey to the owner of a chain of meat stores. His parents gave him violin lessons, but when they found him performing in a seedy Newark dive, they took the instrument away from him and sent him to military school. In 1915, he stole away into New York City, where Sophie Tucker heard him play and hired him as a novelty act to play with her and the Five Kings of Syncopation where Himbler was the highlight of the cabaret act. Jump to: navigation, search Newark, nicknamed The Brick City, is the largest city in New Jersey and the county seat of urban Essex County. ... New York City, officially named the City of New York, is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ... Sophie Tucker, 1917 Sophie Tucker (13 January 1884 - 9 February 1966) was a singer and comedian, one of the most popular United States entertainers of the first third of the 20th century. ...

He worked his way through Vaudville and down Tin Pan Alley. In 1933 he composed the hit song It Isn't Fair. He managed Rudy Vallee's orchestra and finally formed his own orchestra and toured the U.S.A. with it. Vaudeville was a style of multi-act theater which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s. ... Jump to: navigation, search Tin Pan Alley was the name given to the collection of New York City-centered music publishers and songwriters who dominated the popular music of the United States of America in the late 19th century and the early 20th century. ... Jump to: navigation, search See also: 1932 in music, other events of 1933, 1934 in music and the list of years in music. // Events January 23 - Béla Bartóks is premiered in Frankfurt National Association for American Composers and Conductors is founded by Henry Hadley. ... Rudy Vallee (July 28, 1901 - July 3, 1986) was a popular United States singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer. ... ...

Himber was also a magic enthusiast, and invented many magic tricks including The Himber Wallet and the Himber Milk Pitcher.

Although he is now remembered primarily for his musical legacy, his contemporaries recall his incessant practical joking. The employees of Toot Shor's 51st Stret Chophouse in New York City, which he frequented, lived in fear of him, as he constanly engaged in the act of butter snapping (artfully placing a pat of butter in the center of a napkin, so that when thrown upward, it would adhere to the ceiling) and bread crumbing (rolling bread in to hard pellets and tossing them at female restaurant patrons, so that the bread would hit them at the neckline and then descend into their bosom). Famous celebrity victims of Himber's pranks included Ben Blue, the chanteuse Hildegarde and Charles Laughton. At home, Himbler would boast of his cooking skills, and when his wife asked for veal cutlets, he breaded the inner sole of a shoe. New York City, officially named the City of New York, is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ... Ben Blue (Benjamin Bernstein) (September 12, 1901 – March 7, 1975) was a Canadian actor and comedian. ... Hildegarde (February 1, 1906 - July 29, 2005) was a United States cabaret singer. ... Charles Laughton as photographed in 1940 by Carl Van Vechten Charles Laughton (July 1, 1899 - December 15, 1962) was a British-born American stage and film actor of partial Irish Catholic extraction. ...

Himber was the publisher of the R-H Log, a weekly survey of the most popular tunes on radio and television. To the annoyance of most music publisher, he refused to accept payola. He once ordered his secretary to phone every major publisher and tell them he had a stroke, to which many of them joyfully replied "It's about time." Bribery is the practice of offering a professional money or other favours in order to circumvent ethics in a variety of professions. ...

Other popular tunes that Himbler composed were After the Rain, Haunting Memories, Time Will Tell, Am I Asking Too Much, and I'm Getting Nowhere Fast With You.


  • To be a good practical joker, you need patience and plenty of it, because there's a time and place for everything, and you have to wait for the right moment and remember that vanity rules the world.


Zolotow, Maurice. It Takes All Kinds New York, Random House, 1952

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