Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 2000.
June 26, 1950, he leads his orchestra for the American version of the French songs "La Vie en Rose" and "C'est si bon". "La Vie en Rose" was written by Louiguy (music) and Édith Piaf (lyrics) in 1946 and "C'est si bon" was written by Henri Betti (music) and André Hornez (lyrics) in 1947. The English lyrics of "La Vie en Rose" were written by Mack David and the English lyrics of "C'est si bon" were written by Jerry Seelen. The recording took place in New York and the songs were sung by Louis Armstrong.
In 1954 he was hired as Musical Director for the newly formed Bell Records.