Michael Andrew "Peanuts" Hucko was born in 1918 in Syracuse, NY and moved to New York City in
1939. From 1939 to 1940, He played tenor saxophone with Will Bradley and Joe Marsala. After a brief
time with Charlie Spivak, he joined the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band in which he served in Europe
during World War II. During this time, Peanuts (the nickname comes from a childhood love of them)
began to concentrate on the clarinet "because we did a lot of marching in sand, which was awkward
with the tenor." With Miller's Uptown Hall Gang, he was featured in a hard-driving version of Stealin'
During the post-war period, Peanuts played in the bands of Benny Goodman, Ray McKinley, Eddie
Condon, and Jack Teagarden