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Skinnay Ennis was a national singer from Salisbury, N.C. Ennis graduated from UNC in Chapel Hill in 1925 and participated with Hal Kemp's local band, Saxie Dowell, for twelve years. Ennis later left the band and formed his own, which opened in 1938 in Beverly Hills, California. The highlight of his career was serving as maestro for Bob Hope's NBC PEPSODENT radio program.
Like John Scott Trotter and Kay Kyser, Skinnay Ennis is another Carolinian who has made good as the leader of a nationally known orchestra. Born in Salisbury in 1909, his band is featured on Bob Hope's radio program on NBC.