Charles G. “Bud” Dant, band leader and composer who worked with Jack Benny, Bob Hope and Lawrence Welk, died Oct. 31 of natural causes at Kona Community Hospital in Hawaii. He was 92.Dant began his music career playing with Hoagy Carmichael in the 1920s and went on to arrange and conduct music for radio and TV programs. As a producer for Decca Records, he promoted jazz figure Pete Fountain and produced albums for Hawaiian performers such as Alfred Apaka and Melveen Leed. For a brief time, Dant served as a producer for “Hawaii Calls,” a Hawaiian music radio show. He founded the Hulihee Palace Band as well. Dant is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter and two grandchildren.
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