Monday

JULY 7TH



BIRTHDAYS




1906
Anton Karas, zither player
b. Vienna, Austria
d. Jan. 9, 1985, Vienna, Austria. British film Director Carol Reed found him playing in a bar in post WW2 Vienna. He hired Anton to play background music for the Wells film 'The Third Man'.
Karas played his own composition, that was subsequently named for the film. It became a world-wide hit. Anton used his salary to open his own cafe and for the remainder of his life, he was a cafe owner who would on occassion entertain his customers by playing his song "The Third Man Theme" on his Zither.



1916
Tiny Grimes, Guitar
b. Newport News, VA, USA d. 1989.
Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes (July 7, 1916 - March 4, 1989) was an American jazz and R&B guitarist. He was a member of the Art Tatum Trio from 1943 to 1944, was a backing musician on recording sessions by Charlie Parker and others, and later led his own bands. He is notable for playing thetenor guitar, a four-stringed electric instrument.

Grimes was born in Newport News, Virginia and began his musical career playing drums and one-fingered piano. In 1938 he took up the electric 4-string tenor guitar. In 1940 he joined the Cats And A Fiddle as guitarist and singer. In 1943 he joined the Art Tatum Trio as guitarist and made a number of recordings with Tatum. The early Tatum Trio recordings some of the more interesting early examples of Tiny Grimes’ guitar work.
After leaving Tatum, Grimes recorded with his own groups in New York and he recorded with a long list of leading musicians, including vocalistBillie Holiday. He made four recordings with Charlie Parker that are considered excellent examples of early bebop jazz: "Tiny’s Tempo", "Red Cross", "Romance Without Finance", and "I’ll Always Love You". He was one of the 52d street regulars.
In the late 1940s, he had a hit on a jazzed up version of "Loch Lomond". His band was billed as Tiny "Mac" Grimes and the Rocking Highlanders and appeared in kilts. This groups included top tenor saxman Red Prysock and big-voiced baritone singer Screaming Jay Hawkins. Grimes continued to lead his own groups into the later 1970’s and he recorded on Prestige Records in a series of strong blues-based performances with Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Pepper Adams, Roy Eldridge and other noted players.
In 1953 he may have played on The Crows one-hit wonder, "Gee", that has been called the first original rock and roll record by an R&B group.



Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


1927.
Christopher Stone played records at the BBC's Studio 3,
thus becoming the very first British 'disc jockey'.


Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:



1923



Sara Martin
1925


Georgia Melodians
1926


Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders - That's Why I Love You
1927


Triangle Harmony Boys
  • Canned Heat Blues


Harry Reser and his Orchestra - Gonna Get A Girl

1928


Bix Beiderbecke and his Gang

1930


Lee Morse and her Bluegrass Boys
Little White Lies
Nobody Cares If  I'm Blue



1931



Ben Selvin and his Orchestra - Do the New York


LYRICS:


1925

This memorable tune from the Charleston era was inspired by a pig! The composers, Donaldson & Kahn, were visiting their friend, entertainer Eddie Cantor, when Cantor's daughter Marjorie brought out one of her favorite toys, a walking mechanical pig. She wound it up and it started walking in rhythm while two notes kept coming from the little creature. Kahn was inspired and started working lyrics to these notes in rhythm with the pig, producing the title and opening line of the chorus in short order. The pair immediately turned it into a song, and Cantor made it a lasting hit.

Yes, Sir, That's my Baby!
~Lyrics by Gus Kahn
~Music by Walter Donaldson
Who's that coming down the street?
Who's that looking so petite?
Who's that coming down to meet me here?
Who's that you know who I mean,

Sweetest "who" you've ever seen,

I could tell her miles away from here.


Chorus 1: Yes, Sir, That's my Baby, No, Sir, Don't mean "Maybe"

Yes, Sir, That's my Baby now.

Yes ma'am, we've decided, No ma'am, we won't hide it,

Yes, ma'am, you're invited now.
By the way, By the way,
When we reach the preacher I'll say, (with feeling)
Yes Sir, That's my Baby, No, Sir, don't mean "maybe",
Yes Sir, That's my Baby now.
Who's the "who" I rave about?
Who do I feel blue without?
In the Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall?
What was I just "gonna" say,
I forget, but anyway,
Here's the most important thing of all.
Yes, Sir, That's my Baby, No, Sir, Don't mean "Maybe"
Yes, Sir, That's my Baby now.
Well well, "lookit" that baby, Do tell, don't say "maybe",
Nell's bells, won't she cause some row.
Pretty soon, Pretty soon,
We will hear that Lohengrin tune, (I'm sayin')
Who for should she be sir, No one else but me sir,
Yes sir, That's my Baby now.


~Walter Donaldson
1930.

The moon was all aglow
But heaven was in your eyes
The night that you told me
Those little white lies
The stars all seemed to know
You didn't mean all those sighs
The night that you told me
Those little white lies
I try, but there's no forgetting
When evenin' appears
I sigh but there's no regretting
In spite of my tears
Who wouldn't believe those lips
Who wouldn't believe those eyes
The night that you told me
Those little white lies
(Instrumental Break)
I try, but there's no forgetting
When evenin' appears
I sigh but there's no regretting
In spite of my tears
The Devil was in your heart
But Heaven was in your eyes
The night that you told me
Those little white lies
Those lies
Teeny-weeny little white lies

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