AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The Long Island home that served as the inspiration for the book “The Amityv [...]
Johann Strauss Junior saw little of his father
while growing up. Johann, the elder, had taken a mistress and fathered several
children with her, including another son named Johann. When in his twenties,
Strauss Junior formed his own dance orchestra and toured Europe, in direct
competition with his father's orchestra. When Johann Strauss Senior died in
1849, Johann junior merged the two orchestras and became the toast of Europe.