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Margery Skow, Little Rascals' Pianist
By Craig Brougher

Julian Dyer was mentioning that Alex Hassan played a medley of the Little
Rascals tunes and also made the roll QRS XP387C.  That would be fun to

It is so interesting that this would come up right now, because I am
presently restoring the piano that Margery Skow (her maiden name)
practiced on as a high school student.  Margery lived in Des Moines and
graduated from high school in 1935.  She was such a fine pianist that she
went with her sister to Hollywood the very next year, where she
eventually got jobs in the movies as accompanist to Kathryn Grayson, the
Little Rascals, and others.  She later did a lot of radio work and was in
constant demand.

One interesting story is that she hated Hollywood and was going to leave
immediately, but was so extremely good on the piano that she was given an
offer she couldn't refuse.  She also liked Kathryn Grayson's boyfriend.,
She finally got a date and ended up marrying him.  His name was Lester
Deckard and was connected in some way with the maritime business.

Her father was a top engineer with many patents who designed a color
printing press that was shown for the first time at the World's Fair in
Brussels.  He later got a job in Kansas City with Tension Envelope Co.
and had many patents in many fields, including water purification and
manufacturing processes.

Craig Brougher

(Message sent Fri 7 Nov 1997, 02:36:54 GMT, from time zone GMT.)

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