He first played professionally around New Orleans and then took to the road in the 1920s, playing with bands from coast to coast. His performance style was somewhat reminiscent of Louis Primahot and fast trumpet playing and vocals sung in a rough, gravelly voice. He played on a few early Benny Goodman recordings and his band had steady radio work in the 1930s. He also appeared in the film Rhythm on the River (1940), starring Bing Crosby and Mary Martin as musical ghostwriters. As a composer, Manone'stunes include Tar Paper Stomp," There'll Come a Time (Wait and See)" (with Miff Mole; the song was recently used on the soundtrack of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Downright Disgusted Blues" (with Bud Freeman), and Tailgate Ramble" (with Johnny Mercer). Manone played mostly in California and in Las Vegas from the 1950sonward, but he also continued to tour worldwide. He died in 1982.
Jazz violinist Joe Venuti,who was a notorious practical joker and good friend of Manone, used to send"Wingy" a single cufflink every year on his birthday.
Here is some rare footage of Wingy" Manone performing.