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1901
Frankie Trumbauer
Leader/C-Melody Sax b. May, 30, 1901, Carbondale, IL, USA

d. June 11, 1956, USA. Kansas City, MO
Influential Saxist throughout the 1920s. Served in US Army in WW1; began professional career in St. Louis; went to Chicago, IL in early 1920s; In 1925, hooked up with Bix Beidebecke at Chicago's Arcadia Ballroom; the two of them joined Jean Goldkette's orch; then he and Bix joined Paul Whiteman orch. and "Tram" worked in Paul Whiteman Orch through 1936. Worked as a test pilot during WW2 and afterwards worked for US Govt in the Civil Aeronautics Agency. A young Fredda Gibson (later: Georgia Gibbs) sang with the Trumbauer Orch.(including some 'baudy' songs as Cole Porter's "I'm The Laziest Girl In Town" and "Not On The FIrst Night".

Biography 

~by Jason Ankeny
The preeminent white saxophonist of the 1920s, Frankie Trumbauer was a major influence on jazz performers of all colors -- at his peak, his supreme standing on the alto was comparable to the kind of dominance later enjoyed by Charlie Parker. Born May 30, 1901, in Carbondale, IL, Trumbauer -- often called "Tram" by his contemporaries -- was playing with Chicago's Benson Orchestra when he was spotted by Bix Beiderbecke and quickly recruited to join the legendary cornetist in Jean Goldkette's orchestra.
Soon Tram had climbed to the position of Goldkette's musical director, earning notoriety for the impeccable technique of his light-toned solos; he cut some of the definitive records of the era with Beiderbecke, "Singin' the Blues" among them, and, by 1927, the two were reunited in Paul Whiteman's orchestra. Trumbauer remained with Whiteman until 1932, returning in 1933 for another four-year stint. 
When he exited in 1936, he took command of the Three T's, featuring the Teagarden brothers; in 1938, he moved on to co-lead a band with Manny Klein. With the onset of World War II, Trumbauer was assigned to the Civil Aeronautics Authority; still, he continued to pursue music in his off-hours, playing with Russ Case and cutting a number of New York studio dates during the latter half of the 1950s. However, with the arrival of the modern jazz era of the 1950s, Tram fell off the radar; he died June 11, 1956, in Kansas City, MO.
1912
Alcyone Bate Beasley
C&W ukulele/Vocals
Grand Ole Opry' performer, born Castallian Springs, TN, USA.
The daughter of a Vanderbilt graduate and medical doctor. Beasley had played on the Grand Ole Opry with her father, Dr. Humphrey Bate.
biography




1894
Ben Bernie, Leader/Violin
b. Bayonne, NJ
d. Oct. 20. 1943, Beverly Hills, CA.
Ben Bernie was born Benjamin Anzelwitz in New York City on May 30, 1891. He studied at the New York College of Music, CCNY and Columbia School of Mines. In his early career, Bernie performed in vaudeville sketches as a monologist and violinist before starting a dance band in 1922.

Bernie’s band featured pianist/arranger Al Goering, trumpeter Bill “Jazz” Moore and saxophonist Jack Pettis. Later lineups included the alto saxophonist Dick Stabile in the early '30s, and the more swinging arrangements of Gray Rains in the late '30s.
Bernie got his own radio series, and became known for his sense of humor and trademark expression, "Yowsah, Yowsah!" He named himself "the Old Maestro" and called his band Ben Bernie & All the Lads. During the 1930s, Bernie also had a long-running "feud" with columnist Walter Winchell, leading to the duo co-starring in the films Wake Up and Live (1937) and Love and Hisses (1938).

Bernie had acted in a Broadway production before this, 1928's Here's Howe. His band played at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933; appeared in the movies Shoot the Works (1934) and Stolen Harmony (1935); and recorded for the Brunswick, Columbia, and Vocalion labels, among others.


As a songwriter, Bernie’s greatest success came with
"Sweet Georgia Brown," a number one hit in 1926
(vocals by Arthur Fields).
Among his 44 top ten hits from 1923 through 1936 were the #1 hits “Sleepy Time Gal” (1926, vocal by Arthur Fields) and “Ain’t She Sweet?” (1927, vocal by Scrappy Lambert).

Ben Bernie died in Beverly Hills,
California on October 20, 1943.
1905
Sidney De Paris, Trumpet
b. Crawfordsville, IN, USA.
d. Sept. 13, 1967, USA. Biography ~by Scott Yanow 
A distinctive trumpeter who fit into both New Orleans jazz and swing settings, Sidney DeParis was particularly expert with mutes. He worked with Charlie Johnson's Paradise Ten (1926-1931), Don Redman (1932-1936 and 1939), Zutty Singleton (1939-1941), Benny Carter (1940-41), and Art Hodes (1941) and recorded on the famed Panassie sessions (1938) and with Jelly Roll Morton (1939) and Sidney Bechet (1940). DeParis recorded some highly enjoyable and freewheeling sessions as a leader in 1944 (for Commodore and Blue Note) and for Blue Note in 1951. He played with his brother Wilbur DeParis' New New Orleans Jazz Band throughout the 1950s before ill health forced his retirement in the 1960s.

1913
George "Pee Wee" Erwin, Trumpet
b. Falls City, NE, USA.
d. 1981, USA.
They say that Pee Wee was playing trumpet at just age four. His career started playing gigs with the local Nebraska area territory bands and then he hit the 'big time' in 1931-33 with Joe Haymes and then with Isham Jones in 1933-34. Starting in 1934 Pee Wee became a studio musician in New York City. While in NYC, he worked with Benny Goodman (1934-35). In 1935, he played with Ray Noble's American orchestra and in 1936, he succeeded Bunny Berigan in both the Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey (1937-39) orchestras.
Pee Wee Erwin on trumpet.
During 1941-2, he fronted his own unsuccessful big band. Pee Wee leading again 1946, and was equally unsuccessful. During the 1950s, this writer often heard him playing great Dixieland at a club called Nick's, in New York city's Greenwich Village area. Erwin did occasionally lead some sessions during this time. In the 1960s, he and fellow trumpeter Chris Griffin operated a trumpet school (Warren Vache was one of his students). During the 1980-81 period, he recorded six albums (three were for Qualtro and one for Jazzology - a great label, - I forget who the other two were) before dying in 1981.
Pee Wee Erwin - Wikipedia

1909
Benny Goodman clarinet/leader
b. Chicago, IL, USA. é: Benjamin David Goodman d. June 13, 1986, New York, NY, USA. Cardiac Arrest. Truly the "King of Swing" Biography
~by William Ruhlmann Benny Goodman was the first celebrated bandleader of the Swing Era, dubbed "The King of Swing," his popular emergence marking the beginning of the era. He was an accomplished clarinetist whose distinctive playing gave an identity both to his big band and to the smaller units he led simultaneously. The most popular figure of the first few years of the Swing Era, he continued to perform until his death 50 years later.
Goodman was the son of Russian immigrants David Goodman, a tailor, and Dora Rezinsky Goodman. He first began taking clarinet lessons at ten at a synagogue, after which he joined the band at Hull House, a settlement home. He made his professional debut at 12 and dropped out of high school at 14 to become a musician. At 16, in August 1925, he joined the Ben Pollack band, with which he made his first released band recordings in December 1926. 

His first recordings under his own name were made in January 1928.  At 20, in September 1929, he left Pollack to settle in New York and work as a freelance musician, working at recording sessions, radio dates, and in the pit bands of Broadway musicals. He also made recordings under his own name with pickup bands, first reaching the charts with "He's Not Worth Your Tears" (vocal by Scrappy Lambert) on Melotone Records in January 1931. He signed to Columbia Records in the fall of 1934 and reached the Top Ten in early 1934 with "Ain't Cha Glad?" (vocal by Jack Teagarden), "Riffin' the Scotch" (vocal by Billie Holiday), and "Ol' Pappy" (vocal by Mildred Bailey), and in the spring with "I Ain't Lazy, I'm Just Dreamin'" (vocal by Jack Teagarden).
These record successes and an offer to perform at Billy Rose's Music Hall inspired Goodman to organize a permanent performing orchestra, which gave its first performance on June 1, 1934. His instrumental recording of "Moon Glow" hit number one in July, and he scored two more Top Ten hits in the fall with the instrumentals "Take My Word" and "Bugle Call Rag."
After a four-and-a-half-month stay at the Music Hall, he was signed for the Saturday night Let's Dance program on NBC radio, playing the last hour of the three-hour show. During the six months he spent on the show, he scored another six Top Ten hits on Columbia, then switched to RCA Victor, for which he recorded five more Top Ten hits by the end of the year.
After leaving Let's Dance, Goodman undertook a national tour in the summer of 1935. It was not particularly successful until he reached the West Coast, where his segment of Let's Dance had been heard three hours earlier than on the East Coast. His performance at the Palomar Ballroom near Los Angeles on August 21, 1935, was a spectacular success, remembered as the date on which the Swing Era began. He moved on to a six-month residency at the Congress Hotel in Chicago, beginning in November. He scored 15 Top Ten hits in 1936, including the chart-toppers "It's Been So Long," "Goody-Goody," "The Glory of Love," "These Foolish Things Remind Me of You," and "You Turned the Tables on Me" (all vocals by Helen Ward). He became the host of the radio series The Camel Caravan, which ran until the end of 1939, and in October 1936, the orchestra made its film debut in The Big Broadcast of 1937. The same month, Goodman began a residency at the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York.

Goodman's next number one hit, in February 1937, featured Ella Fitzgerald on vocals and was the band's first hit with new trumpeter Harry James. It was also the first of six Top Ten hits during the year, including the chart-topping "This Year's Kisses" (vocal by Margaret McCrae). In December, the band appeared in another film, Hollywood Hotel. The peak of Goodman's renown in the 1930s came on January 16, 1938, when he performed a concert at Carnegie Hall, but he went on to score 14 Top Ten hits during the year, among them the number ones "Don't Be That Way" (an instrumental) and "I Let a Song Go out of My Heart" (vocal by Martha Tilton), as well as the thrilling instrumental "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)," which later was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
By 1939, Goodman had lost such major instrumentalists as Gene Krupa and Harry James, who left to found their own bands, and he faced significant competition from newly emerged bandleaders such as Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller. But he still managed to score eight Top Ten hits during the year, including the chart-topper "And the Angels Sing" (vocal by Martha Tilton), another inductee to the Grammy Hall of Fame. He returned to Columbia Records in the fall. In November, he appeared in the Broadway musical Swingin' the Dream, leading a sextet. The show was short-lived, but it provided him with the song "Darn That Dream" (vocal by Mildred Bailey), which hit number one for him in March 1940. It was the first of only three Top Ten hits he scored in 1940, his progress slowed by illness; in July he disbanded temporarily and underwent surgery for a slipped disk, not reorganizing until October. He scored two Top Ten hits in 1941, one of which was the chart-topper "There'll Be Some Changes Made" (vocal by Louise Tobin), and he returned to radio with his own show. Among his three Top Ten hits in 1942 were the number ones "Somebody Else Is Taking My Place" (vocal by Peggy Lee) and the instrumental "Jersey Bounce." He also appeared in the film Syncopation, released in May.

American entry into World War II and the onset of the recording ban called by the American Federation of Musicians in August 1942 made things difficult for all performers. Goodman managed to score a couple of Top Ten hits, including the number one "Taking a Chance on Love" (vocal by Helen Forrest), in 1943, drawn from material recorded before the start of the ban. And he used his free time to work in films, appearing in three during the year: The Powers Girl (January), Stage Door Canteen (July), and The Gang's All Here (December).
Goodman disbanded in March 1944. He appeared in the film Sweet and Low-Down in September and played with a quintet in the Broadway revue Seven Lively Arts, which opened December 7 and ran 182 performances. Meanwhile, the musicians union strike was settled, freeing him to go back into the recording studio. In April 1945, his compilation album Hot Jazz reached the Top Ten on the newly instituted album charts. He reorganized his big band and scored three Top Ten hits during the year, among them "Gotta Be This or That" (vocal by Benny Goodman), which just missed hitting number one. "Symphony" (vocal by Liza Morrow) also came close to hitting number one in early 1946, and Benny Goodman Sextet Session did hit number one on the album charts in May 1946. Goodman hosted a radio series with Victor Borge in 1946-1947, and he continued to record, switching to Capitol Records. He appeared in the film A Song Is Born in October 1948 and meanwhile experimented with bebop in his big band. But in December 1949, he disbanded, though he continued to organize groups on a temporary basis for tours and recording sessions.
If popular music had largely passed Goodman by as of 1950, his audience was not tired of listening to his vintage music. He discovered a recording that had been made of his 1938 Carnegie Hall concert and Columbia Records released it on LP in November 1950 as Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert, Vol. 1 & 2. It spent a year in the charts, becoming the best-selling jazz album ever up to that time, and was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. A follow-up album of airchecks, Benny Goodman 1937-1938: Jazz Concert No. 2, hit number one in December 1952. The rise of the high fidelity 12" LP led Goodman to re-record his hits for the Capitol album B.G. in Hi-Fi, which reached the Top Ten in March 1955. A year later, he had another Top Ten album of re-recordings with the soundtrack album for his film biography, The Benny Goodman Story, in which he was portrayed by Steve Allen but dubbed in his own playing.
After a tour of the Far East in 1956-1957, Goodman increasingly performed overseas. His 1962 tour of the U.S.S.R. resulted in the chart album Benny Goodman in Moscow. In 1963, RCA Victor staged a studio reunion of the Benny Goodman Quartet of the 1930s, featuring Goodman, Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson, and Lionel Hampton. The result was the 1964 chart album Together Again! Goodman recorded less frequently in his later years, though he reached the charts in 1971 with Benny Goodman Today, recorded live in Stockholm. His last album to be released before his death from a heart attack at 77 was Let's Dance, a television soundtrack, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band.
Goodman's lengthy career and his popular success especially in the 1930s and '40s has resulted in an enormous catalog. His major recordings are on Columbia and RCA Victor, but Music Masters has put out a series of archival discs from his personal collection, and many small labels have issued airchecks. The recordings continue to demonstrate Goodman's remarkable talents as an instrumentalist and as a bandleader.
Benny Goodman




1903
Alex Kramer
songwriter
b. Montreal, Canada
Alex J. Kramer (May 30, 1903-February 10, 1998) was a Canadian songwriter. (Note that he is sometimes referred to as Alex C. Kramer.)
He was born in Montreal, Canada. His parents were Adolph and Freda Kramer. At age 17 he was hired as a pianist in a silent movie theater in Montreal. He traveled first to Palm Beach, Florida, joining the Meyer Davis orchestra, and then to Paris and Cannes, before returning to New York City, where he became a radio bandleader. He also worked as an accompanist in nightclubs and in vaudeville.
One of his other musical activities was coaching vocalists in singing techniques, and one of his students was Joan Whitney, who eventually became both his wife and his songwriting partner. Their first hit as a songwriting team was "High on a Windy Hill," which became a #1 hit in 1941 for the Jimmy Dorsey orchestra.
In 1948 he and his wife started a publishing firm, just in time for the end of the big band era, which led to a collapse in the song publishing business. He eventually became associated with the Bourne Music Publishing Company. He also continued to lead an orchestra, conduct on the radio, and serve as an accompanist in night clubs and what remained of the vaudeville business.
In 1973 he moved to Westport, Connecticut, where he died a few months short of his 95th birthday.




1899
Jack Little aka "Little Jack Little"
Jack Little (born John Leonard; May 30, 1899 – April 9, 1956), sometimes credited Little Jack Little, was a British-born American composer, singer, pianist, actor and songwriter whose songs were featured in several movies. He is not to be confused with the burlesque comedian also known as "Little" Jack Little, who stood 4'5".
He was born in London, but moved to the United States as a child, growing up in Waterloo, Iowa. Little was educated in pre-med classes at the University of Iowa, where he played in and organized the university band. He toured the country with an orchestra, appearing in hotels, night clubs, and on radio. He collaborated musically with Tommie Malie, Dick Finch, John Siras, and Joe Young.



Vaudeville's Little Jack Little performing on a much larger stage: Station WOC in Davenport.

In 1928 he joined ASCAP. From 1933-'37, he recorded prolifically, starting on Bluebird, Columbia, and finally ARC, playing in a light society dance band style. He often worked with musical director Mitchell Ayres. His compositions include Jealous, I Promise You, A Shanty in Old Shanty Town and You're a Heavenly Thing.
Personal life
He was married to Thea Hellman, who died in 1940; they had two children. Suffering from hepatitis, he committed suicide in 1956. This was just two months after he was mentioned in "Young At Heart," an episode of the TV show The Honeymooners.
Little Jack Little


1911
Bobby Sherwood, Leader/guitar b. Indianapolis, IN, USA
d. Jan. 23, 1981, Auburn, MA, USA. Also led a studio orchestra on comedian on comed;ian Milton Berle's radio show.
Bobby Sherwood - Wikipedia
1902
"Stepin' Fetchit"
vocals/comedy actor b. Key West, FL, USA. Stepin Fetchit (May 30, 1902–November 19, 1985) was the stage name of American comedian and film actor Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry. Perry parlayed the Fetchit persona into a successful film career, eventually becoming a millionaire, the first black actor in history to do so. Perry's typical film persona and stage name have long been controversial, and seen as synonymous with negative stereotypes of African-Americans. However, a newer interpretation of his film persona contends Perry was ultimately subversive of the status quo.
Family Background
Lincoln Perry was born in Key West, Florida, to West Indian immigrants. He was the second child of Joseph Perry, a cigar maker fromJamaica (although some sources indicate the Bahamas) and his mother, the former Dora Monroe, a seamstress from Nassau. Both of his parents came to the United States in the 1890s where they married. By 1910, the family had moved north to Tampa, Florida.
Career
Perry began entertaining in his teens as a comic character actor. His stage name was a contraction of "step and fetch it", or perhaps, "step in (and) fetch it." He played comic relief roles in a number of films, all based on his character known as "The Laziest Man in the World." In his personal life, Perry was highly literate and had a concurrent career writing for the Chicago Defender.
Perry starred in Hearts in Dixie (1929), one of the first studio productions to boast a predominately African-American cast. For his role as Joe in the 1929 part-talkie film version of Show Boat, Perry's singing voice was supplied by Jules Bledsoe, who had originated the role in the stage musical. Fetchit did not "sing" "Ol' Man River", but instead a new song used in the film, "The Lonesome Road". Bledsoe was actually seen singing "Ol' Man River" in the sound prologue shown preceding the film.
Perry did not invent the stereotype to which his stage name became synonymous, but Stepin Fetchit's image was used to popularize it. Many black film characters were based on Stepin Fetchit, including Matthew Beard's "Stymie" in the Our Gang comedies. (As it happens, Perry repaid the reference: he guest-starred in an Our Gang short, A Tough Winter, intended as the pilot film for a Fetchit short subjectseries producer Hal Roach had planned but which never materialized.)
In due course, the Stepin Fetchit image came to be seen as degrading enough that Perry's films rarely get a screening now. Nor have they seen widespread video release. On the rare occasions the films are shown, most of his segments are deleted.Later life

While Perry was the first black actor to become a millionaire, he was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1947. Perry spawned imitators, most notably, Willie Best (Sleep 'n Eat) and Mantan Moreland, the scared, wide-eyed manservant of Charlie Chan.
Perry converted to Islam in the 1960s and became a friend of heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali. Perry also found himself in conflict during his career with civil rights leaders who criticized him personally for the film roles he portrayed. However, Perry had something of the last laugh: in 1976, the Hollywood chapter of the NAACP awarded him a Special NAACP Image Award. Two years after that, Perry was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.
His stage name was parodied once by the late 1960s/early 1970s counterculture comedy duo The Congress of Wonders, portraying a young Russian lad named Stepney Fetchnik on their September 1970 comedy album Revolting.
He appeared in 54 films between 1925 and 1976, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category "Motion pictures". A strokein 1976 ended Perry's acting career, and he died November 19, 1985 from pneumonia at the age of 83.



Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


1962.
Benny Goodman, "The King of Swing",
also led the first American Jazz band to play
in the Soviet Union, during Stalin's day. 


1956.
Valaida Snow, trumpet
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 56.
Tag: "Queen of the Trumpet" b: ca. June 2, 1903/'05/'09, Chattanooga, TN, USA.
Valaida Snow Bio on YouTube
Valaida Snow - Wikipedia



1966
Thelma Terry, American Bassist and Bandleader, died.
Thelma Terry, née Thelma Combes (September 30, 1901 – May 30, 1966) was an American bandleader and bassist during the 1920s and 1930s. She fronted Thelma Terry and Her Playboys and was the first American woman to lead a notable jazz orchestra as an instrumentalist.
Thelma Terry - Wikipedia Thelma Terry

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


1922



Bailey's Lucky Seven
  • Rock Me In My Swanee Cradle

1923




Chicago Blues Dance Orchestra - Blue Grass Blues


Eva Taylor - Barefoot Blues

1928



Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike"
  • Hang On To Me

1929



Ted Lewis and his Band
  • In The Land Of Jazz (Theme Song, "Is Everybody Happy")

LYRICS:



Hang on to Me
Cliff Edwards

(intro) ….Of course, I’ll need a little strength, ah … Homer!

….. let me have a Hawaiian frappé………

Oh Honey, it’s so funny

The way I feel with you
Start heeding because I’m needing 
A love that should be due

Your kiss would be a revelation

So put a few into circulation
Stop stalling, begin falling
The way I fell for you

Hang on to me, hang on to me

I’d like to hang you on my family tree
Oh, we got to get together
Better start in now

You’re over there, and I’m over here

Come over closer and lend me your ear
Oh, we got to get together
Better start in now 

You’ve run around and never found

Just what you been looking for
Now that you’re here
Tell me, how could I ask for more
You got the charms and I’ve got the love
Here in my arms you will fit like a glove
Oh, we got to get together
You better hang on to me

Salt hangs on to pepper

Ham hangs on to eggs
Flies hang on to flypaper
And garters hang on to legs

Hot dogs hang to mustard

An oyster hangs round in a stew
Everyone hangs on to someone
And I’m gonna hang on to you

Then you can

Hang on to me, hang on to me
I’d like to hang you on my family tree
Oh, we got to get together
Better start in now

(trumpet chorus) Oh mama, you better hang on to me


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