Tommy Tucker

Born Gerland L. Duppler in 1903 in Souris, North Dakota, He officially changed his name to his stage name, Tommy Tucker, in 1968. A music major at the University of North Dakota, Tucker organized his first band in the mid-1920s, and by 1933 the group was recording for Crown Records. The Tommy Tucker Orchestra toured the country, and became known for its “sweet sound.” The group eventually was hired as the house band at the Berkeley-Carteret Hotel in Asbury Park, and Tucker and his family moved to the West Allenhurst section of Ocean Township. The group was working at the Berkeley in 1941 when they recorded “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire,” which became a hit, earning them a gold record. In the late 1940s, Tucker and his big band had a radio show called “Sing for Your Supper, with Tommy Tucker.” Tucker owned a record and appliance store in Asbury Park, and when he retired from his career as a traveling musician, he taught briefly at Asbury Park High School, and then at Monmouth College, where he worked as a music professor for 20 years, before retiring in 1979.