In 1922, Nick Lucas and his brother Frank recorded for Pathe Actuelle as the Lucas Novelty Quartet and the Lucas Ukulele Trio and that year Nick recorded for Pathe the first guitar solo record ever made, his compositions "Picking The Guitar" and "Teasing The Frets". His work as a guitar player would influence musicians for decades to come, including Gene Autry, Eddie Dean, Roy Clark, Glen Campbell, Merle Travis, Doc Watson, Joe Pass and Les Paul.
Nick also played guitar and banjo in a group called the Don Parker Trio, which recorded for Pathe Actuelle, and he then joined Sam Lanin's Orchestra which appeared at the Roseland Ballroom at 51st Street and Broadway in New York City. Among the co-workers with the Lanin group were Miff Mole, Red Nichols, Arthur Fields, Rube Bloom and Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.
Besides working with Lanin's group at night he recorded with him during the day for Gennett Records, the group being called Bailey's Lucky Seven.

In 1923 Nick left Sam Lanin to join Ted Fio Rito and Danny Russo's Oriole Orchestra at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago. It was there Nick Lucas made his radio debut over station WEBH and his popularity became so great that late in 1923 he was signed as a solo artist by
Brunswick Records.

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