Society: Striking the Right Notes

For bandleaders, society can be a cruel mistress. At debutante parties they receive compliments but not calling cards, at charity balls they take their breaks with their players instead of their patrons, and at cocktail parties they are not to be seen at all. Even hair dressers fare better — no doubt because they know more secrets. But with Band leader Peter Duchin, 28-year-old son of famed Piano Stylist Eddy Duchin, life is considerably sweeter.

Last month, at the White House par ty for Princess Margaret, Duchin sat at Lynda Bird's table until he had finished off his praline...

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