Wednesday

JULY 20TH



BIRTHDAYS






1907
Art Jarrett
Arthur L. Jarrett, Jr. (July 20, 1907 in Brooklyn, New York – July 23, 1987 in Los Angeles) born to stage actor and playwright Arthur L. Jarrett, Sr. (1884–1960). Art Jr. was an American singer, actor, and bandleader in the 1930s and 1940s.

Early career

Near the end of the 1920s into the 1930s, Jarrett was a member of the dance orchestras of Earl Burtnett, Ted Weems, Jimmie Noone, and Red Nichols, playing banjo, guitar, and trombone as well as singing. He recorded for Victor and Brunswick. His high tenor voice made him popular in feature films and shorts. He had a record year in 1933, introducing such songs as "Everything I Have is Yours" from Dancing Lady, "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?" from Sitting Pretty, and "Let's Fall in Love" from the movie of the same name.

Bandleader

In 1936, he left Ted Weems to lead his own orchestra. In 1941, he took on the leadership of Hal Kemp's orchestra following Kemp's death in an auto accident. He also appeared in the B western Trigger Pals and on Broadway in Three After Three. In 1932, Jarrett was reportedly engaged to actress Gilda Gray but the marriage never took place. From 1933 to 1938, he was married to actress and swimmer Eleanor Holm.

Later career
In the 1950s, Jarret was a regular on a television musical show called Rhythm Rodeo, which aired on the DuMont Television Network. Eventually, he became a disc jockey and a salesman.


He died July 23, 1987 in Los Angeles, California in just three days after his 80th birthday.
Art Jarrett


1914
Teddy Kleindin
Clarinet/alto sax b. Berlin, Germany. [ Franz "Teddy" Kleindin Orch. ] Instruments: Sax and Clarinet. During the 1930s, Kleindin worked with many Berlin dance bands. In June 1941, he left Teddy Stauffer's Original Teddies orchestra and formed his own group for recording date with Telefunken.
Early on, his style was greatly influenced by Benny Goodman, changing only slightly in later years.
LISTEN: Swing from Berlin (14) - Franz "Teddy" Kleindin - Ich kann ...


1898
J. E. Mainer
early C&W (Hillbilly) violin/banjo/leader
b. Buncombe County, NC, USA, d. June 12, 1971.
né: Joseph Emmett Mainer.
Group: 'J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers'
Biography ~by James Manheim
Mainer's Mountaineers, with their leader J.E. Mainer on fiddle, were one of the most popular string bands of the 1930s. They formed an important link between old-time string music and bluegrass, and their musical life exemplified several important aspects of the musical culture of the mountain southeast: the importance of the brother duet, the early link between country music and radio advertising, and the prevalence of turn-of-the-century sentimental song in the repertories of 1930s musicians. Mainer was born in Buncombe County, NC, and was raised in the mountains. 
His first instrument was the banjo, which he played at local square dances. Mainer's music, like that of other southeastern performers, offered an alternative to working in North Carolina's hellish textile mills; Mainer left home for mill work in his mid-teens, landing first in Knoxville, TN, and then in Concord, NC, where he moved in 1922 and lived for the rest of his life. At one point, having turned his banjo over to his brother Wade temporarily, he sold some agricultural seed on commission and drew his pay in the form of a tin fiddle. After he mastered the showpiece "John Henry," he invested in a better instrument. Soon he and Wade had joined with other local musicians to form a band. Mainer's appetite for performing was whetted when he started winning top prizes at fiddle contests.

By the early '30s, the commercial potential of country music on radio had been amply demonstrated, and Charlotte's Crazy Water Crystals Company (a purveyor of bottled water containing mineral salts of dubious medical value) offered Mainer's Mountaineers a series of promotional appearances and a slot on Charlotte's powerful WBT radio station. The group, now featuring John Love and Zeke Morris on guitars, was re-christened the Crazy Mountaineers and remained on WBT for four years. The fame they attained interested record companies in turn, and the group recorded its first sides for the Bluebird label in Atlanta in 1935.


One of the 14 songs recorded at that session was "Maple on the Hill," a turn-of-the-century sentimental standard originally composed by the African-American Cincinnati janitor-composer Gussie Davis. The song had been introduced to country audiences by both Vernon Dalhart and the Carter Family, but the mournful warmth of J.E.'s fiddle and Wade's banjo made it a country standard. In 1936, Wade and Zeke Morris left to form the Sons of the Mountaineers, while J.E. and his new lineup, consisting of Snuffy Jenkins, George Morris, and Leonard Stokes, spent over a year playing on radio stations in Spartanburg and Columbia. In 1939, with new musicians once again, Mainer recorded once more for Bluebird with Clyde Moody and Jay Hugh Hall. 
After World War II, Mainer became one of the first artists signed to the independent Cincinnati label King and made recordings with a band featuring his sons Curly and Glenn. New musical trends were in the air by then, however, and Mainer returned home to Concord. For the next 15 years he made mostly local appearances.

The Mountaineers were rediscovered during the folk revival in 1962 by Chris Strachwitz of the California-based Arhoolie label. At that time, Mainer's Mountaineers recorded The Legendary Family From the Blue Ridge Mountains, which introduced Mainer's music to a whole new generation. King reissued some of the Mountaineers recordings (such as Good Ole Mountain Music) in the early '60s, and over the course of that decade Mainer recorded several more albums and made appearances on the radio and at festivals. He continued to perform until his death in 1971.

J. E. Mainer - Wikipedia
JE Mainer's Mountaineers



1918
Cindy Walker
C&W songwriter
b (near) Mart, TX, USA.
Biography #1 ~by John Bush
The dean of Texas songwriting, Cindy Walker wrote over 100 country songs, including "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)," "Bubbles in My Beer," "Take Me in Your Arms (And Hold Me)," and "In the Misty Moonlight," covered by Lone Star institutions like Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Ernest Tubb, and Al Dexter, as well as Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow. Born in Mexia, TX, in 1925, Walker wrote more than two dozen songs for Wills, and released her own singer/songwriter album, Words and Music, in 1964. She is a member of the Country Music Association Hall of Fame. 
Biography #2 - Cindy Walker ~From Wikipedia
Born in Mart, Texas, Walker wrote a great many hit songs for a number of country music stars such as Bob Wills, Eddy Arnold, and Carl Smith. Walker wrote songs for Bing Crosby and the 1962 rock song "Dream Baby" for Roy Orbison. She also authored "Distant Drums" for Jim Reeves, a song that stayed at No.1 on the British charts for five weeks in 1966. Other popular songs she wrote include "You Don't Know Me" co-written with Eddy Arnold and subsequently recorded by Ray Charles, Jerry Vale, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, and Mickey Gilley; and "In The Misty Moonlight" that was a hit for both Jerry Wallace and Dean Martin, plus the Western song made popular by Gene Autry, "Blue Canadian Rockies".

The Los Angeles Times described her first sale: In late 1940, the 22-year-old Walker accompanied her parents on a business trip to Los Angeles. They were driving down Sunset Boulevard, when she spotted the Crosby Building and asked her father to stop the car. "I had decided that if I ever got to Hollywood, I was going to try to show Bing Crosby a song I had written for him called 'Lone Star Trail,' " she recalled in a 1988 interview with the Chicago Tribune. "My father said, 'You're crazy, girl,' but he stopped the car." 

Walker grabbed her song-filled briefcase and went inside. A few minutes later, she ran back to the car to get her mother to play the piano for her: Crosby's brother, Larry, had agreed to listen to the song. With her mother accompanying her, Walker sang "Lone Star Trail." Larry Crosby told her that Bing was looking for a Western song to record and might like it. The next day, she accompanied herself on the guitar and sang it for Bing at Paramount Studios, where he was making a movie. Bing Crosby, who called her "Sis," liked the song, and the unknown songwriter from Texas made her first sale.
She also wrote many hit songs for Bob Wills and they co-wrote "Sugar Moon" which, years after being a considerable success for him, was included by k.d. lang on her Shadowland album. All told, she wrote more than 500 recorded songs for an array of artists. In addition to her song writing, Walker also sang on stage and recorded a number of albums. Some of her best recording work was produced by Fred Foster at his Monument Records.
In 1970, she became a charter inductee to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1997 she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and in 1998 into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Her induction to the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997 by singer Barbara Mandrell featured Walker accepting the award in an old evening gown. She then read a poem she'd written for the show: "In the 1980's my mother bought me a dress...for a BMI affair... and she said, "When they put you in The Hall Of Fame...that's the dress...I want you to wear"...and, I said, "Oh, mama...The Hall Of Fame...Why, that will never be"...and the years went by...but my mother's words...remained in my memory...and I know...tonight...she'd be happy...Tho she's gone now...to her rest...but I think of all...that she did for me...and, tonight... I'm wearing that dress!.." The speech was followed by a thunderous standing ovation and Walker left the stage after softly blowing a kiss in tears.
Walker was ranked #32 in CMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country Music in 2002. In 2006 American music icon Willie Nelson released a CD album featuring 13 of Walker's well-known songs. The album title is You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker. Walker died in her hometown of Mexia, Texas, on March 23, 2006, of natural causes, just one week after the above mentioned album was released.

1919
Gloria Wood, vocals.
Sang with Horace Heidt and Kay Kyser Orchs.
Later appeared in TV using the name K. T. Stevens.




Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:



1940.
Billboard magazine published its first Top 10 best-selling singles list.
Tommy Dorsey's Orch., with Frank Sinatra's vocal on "I'll Never Smile Again" topped the list.


1946.
"Tricky" Sam Nanton, trombone
died in San Francisco, CA, USA.
Age: 42.
Best recalled for his work with Ellington.



1992.
Jud Phillips, Label owner (Sun)
died in Memphis, TN, USA.
Age: 71.



Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:



1922



Ted Lewis and his Band - Hot Lips


1923




Benson Orchestra of Chicago - No No Nora


1924


The Wolverine Orchestra in 1924.
Standing: Dick Voynow. Seated: Vic Moore, George Johnson, Jimmy Hartwell,
Bix Beiderbecke, Al Grande, Min Leibrook, Bob Gillette.
The Wolverine Orchestra

1926



Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders - I Can't Get Over A Girl Like You (Loving A Boy Like Me)


The California Ramblers - Me Too
1927



Hightower's Night Hawks
  • Boar Hog Blues


University Six
  • Pastafazoola
  • Roam On My Little Gypsy Sweetheart
  • Swanee Shore


1928



Clarence Williams
1929



Sunny Clapp and his Band O' Sunshine


1933



Lucille Bogan - New Muscle Shoals Blues
Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra

LYRICS:

ROYAL GARDEN BLUES
~(Clarence & Spencer Williams)

A Section:

No use of talkin' no use of talkin'
You'll start in dog-walkin' no matter where.
There's jazz-copation blues modulation,
Just like a Haitian you'll rip and tear.
Most everybody likes the blues
Here's why I'm ravin', here's why I'm ravin'
If it's blues you are cravin' just come on down.
You'll hear 'em playin', you'll hear 'em playin'
Soon you'll be sayin', "Hon jazz me 'round"
Because your feet they can't refuse.
B Section:
What's that familiar strain that true blue note refrain
It's drivin' me insane;
Can't keep still, Tho it's against my will;
I'm on my P's and Q's I just can't refuse.
There goes that melody, it sounds so good to me,
And I am up a tree;
It's a shame, you don't know the name;
It's a brand new blues, The Royal Garden Blues.
Interlude: Everybody Grab somebody And start jazzing 'round
C Section: 
Hon don't you hear that trombone moan?, Just listen to that saxophone.
Gee, hear that clarinet and flute, Cornet jazzin' with a mute,
Makes me just throw myself away, When I hear 'em play.
That weepin' melancholy strain, Say, but it's soothing to the brain;
Just wanna get right up and dance, Don't care I'll take most any chance;
No other blues I'd care to choose, But Royal Garden Blues.


No, No, Nora
Lyrics and Music Gus Kahn, Ted Fiorito & Ernie Erdman.
Copyright in 1921 or 1923.
Cover features a photo of Ruth Etting and art by JVR & Deco.


In the apartment above me
There is the lovingest pair;
I don't know what she has to be jealous of?
He has a face that just a mother could love!
And still I know she's always worried
Some girl will steal her prize away;
She's always asking, "Is there somebody else?",
I guess it's just to hear hom say;

No, no, Nora,

Nobody but you, dear!
You know, Nora,
Yours truly is true dear!
When you accuse me of flirting,
I wouldn't,
I couldn't,
I love you so!

I haqve chances, too many to mention,

Never give 'em a bit of attention!
And would I trade you foe Venus?
No, no, Nora, no no!

She has a lot of detectives

Who check 'im up every day!
She's read about those men who lead double lives,
She's making sure she won't be one of those wives!

She thinks he looks like Douglas Fairbanks,

Although he has Ben Turpin's eyes!
A hundred times a day she calls on the phone,
And every time she does he sighs;

No, no, Nora,

Nobody but you, dear!
You know, Nora,
That I stick like glue, dear!
And when you're speaking of sheiking,
I wouldn't,
I couldn't,
I love you so!

I see eyes that are full of perfection,

But I look in another direction!
And do I care for The Follies?
No, no, Nora, no no!

I see eyes that are full of perfection,

But I look in another direction!
And would I fall for Peggy Hopkins?
No, no, Nora, no no!

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