Wednesday

JANUARY 18TH


Charles Delaunay


BIRTHDAYS


1911
Charles Delaunay
Discographer/Writer
b. Vineuil, St.Fermin, France, d. Feb. 16, 1988 
Son of designer Sonia Terk (Stern), and Orphist painter Robert Delaunay. Growing up in Paris, France, he was always surrounded by artists and writers such as Poet Apollinaire, surrealist Andre Breton and Paul Aragon, Stravinsky and Paul Klee. Delaunay did paint (Impressionism). At times he was an Artist, editor/writer and Club owner.
He is best remembered today as one of the founders of the "Hot Club Of France" that later employed a group of musicians that came to be known as "The Quintet of the Hot Club of France", - that included Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. Delaunay was the First Jazz Discographer, publishing his "Hot Discography" in several editions (both in French and in English).
1936, Published in Paris, France.
1938, Publ'd in Paris
1939, First English Version, Paris,
1940, English Edition, Publ., New York, NY., USA

1943, Publ'd in Paris.
As a club owner, he hired was responsible for bringing many American Jazz stars to Europe. However, he and his friend Hugues Panassie, - who also owned a Bistro in Paris became competitors in hiring U.S. Jazz talents.
Paul Gunther, drums
b. Kansas City, Kansas, USA
d. 1996
Among the stars with whom Gunther played are Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (guitar and vocals), Jay McShann (piano), and Roland Lobligeois (bass), among others.


1896
Art Kassel, Leader
d. 2/3/65
Saxophonist Art Kassel and his ''Kassels in the Air'' were a staple on the Chicago music scene for more than thirty years.
Debuting in 1924 at the Midway Gardens the group later spent a 15-year engagement at the Bismark Hotel and frequented both the Aragon and Trianon ballrooms, where it received national radio exposure.

In the late 1950s Kassel moved to the West Coast, where he appeared for two years with his orchestra on a local television program, The Gloria Hart Show.
Though in its early years the band boasted such jazz artists as Benny Goodman , Bud Freeman, and Mugsy Spanier, Kassel switched to sweet music during the 1930s. 
This latter orchestra was never very impressive, though it had an extremely loyal following.

Recording for RCA Victor, vocalists were Norman Ruvell, Thal Taylor, Billie Leach, Harvey Crawford, Grace Dunn, Marian Holmes, Jimmy Featherstone, and a three-piece vocal group, the Kassel Trio.
After Kassel's death in 1965 the orchestra continued to perform West Coast engagements.
1913
Danny Kaye
Actor/Vocalist
d. Mar. 2, 1987.
né: David Daniel Kominski. His wife, Sylvia Fine, wrote many of his best hit songs.
A gifted mimic and peerless physical comedian, Danny Kaye ranked among America's most popular entertainers in the years during and following World War II. 
Rubber-faced and manic, he rose to stardom in film and in television, on record and on Broadway, easily adapting from outrageous novelty songs to tender ballads; for all of his success as a performer, however, his greatest legacy remains his tireless humanitarian work -- so close were his ties to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) that when the organization received the Nobel Peace Prize, Kaye was tapped to accept it.
Born David Daniel Kominsky on January 18, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York, he dropped out of high school at the age of 14 to hitchhike with his friend Louis Elison to Florida, where the duo sang for money. 
Upon returning to New York they teamed in an act dubbed Red and Blackie, later working as "toomlers" (i.e. creators of tumult, or all-around entertainers) on the borscht-belt circuit in the Catskills. 
In 1933 he joined the Three Terpsichoreans' vaudeville act, performing for the first time as "Danny Kaye; "after touring the country in the stage revue La Vie Paree, the troupe sailed to the Orient in 1934. 
In Japan and China, Kaye developed his pantomime and face-making techniques; he also began singing in gibberish, allowing only the occasional word to be rendered intelligible.
After returning stateside in 1936, Kaye worked with comedian Nick Long Jr. and toured with Abe Lyman's Band before journeying to London to play the city's cabaret circuit. 
The trip proved unsuccessful, and soon Kaye was back in New York; there he met pianist and songwriter Sylvia Fine, who became not only his performing partner but also his wife. 
Fine wrote many of Kaye's best known songs, including "Stanislavsky," "Pavlova" and "Anatole of Paris; " much of the material he then performed on Broadway in The Straw Hat Revue, which opened in 1939. 
Kaye subsequently appeared in Moss Hart's The Lady in the Dark in what became a star-making performance; he then moved on to Cole Porter's Let's Face It! before touring in support of the war effort, where he sold about $1million in bonds over a period of just six months.
Kaye made his feature film debut in 1944's Up in Arms. 
The following year he began hosting his own CBS radio program, launching a number of hit songs including "Dinah," "Tubby the Tuba," "Minnie the Moocher," "Ballin' the Jack," "Bloop Bleep" and "Civilization; " "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts," his lone U.S. chart hit, was released in 1950. 
In 1947 he starred in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, arguably his definitive screen role; following an appearance in 1948's A Star Is Born he made a triumphant return to London, appearing in a series of record-breaking performances at the Palladium as well as several Royal Command Performances. 
Kaye then went to Canada in 1950, becoming the first solo performer to star at the Canadian National Exhibition, before returning to Britain in 1952 for a tour of the nation's provincial music halls.
Amidst this flurry of activity Kaye continued his film career, and after completing 1951's On the Riviera he began work on Hans Christian Andersen, one of the most successful motion pictures in the history of MGM Studios; two of its Frank Loesser-penned songs, "The Ugly Duckling" and 'Wonderful Copenhagen," reached the Top Five on the U.K. pop charts. 
In 1954, Kaye appeared in both Knock on Wood and White Christmas; after 1956's The Court Jester, he starred as 1920s cornet player Red Nichols in 1958's The Five Pennies, appearing with Louis Armstrong.
From 1963 to 1967, he hosted his own television variety program, The Danny Kaye Show, before returning to Broadway in 1969 in The Madwoman of Challiot. 
A year later, he starred in the Richard Rodgers and Martin Charnin musical Two by Two.
In the 1970s and 1980s Kaye regularly conducted classical orchestras; he also appeared frequently on television, winning an Emmy for 1975's "Danny Kaye's Look-In and the Metropolitan Opera," produced for CBS' Festival of Lively Arts for Young People series. He also starred in small-screen productions of Pinocchio and Peter Pan. From the early 1950s on, however, much of Kaye's time was spent in support of UNICEF, and he served as the charitable organization's ambassador-at-large for 34 years. 
Awarded a Special Oscar in 1954, he also received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1982. 
After suffering a heart attack, Danny Kaye died on March 3, 1987; he was 74 years old. 
~ Jason Ankeny
Danny Kaye - About the Actor
Danny Kaye - Wikipedia
Danny Kaye



The Wolverine Orchestra in 1924. Standing: Dick Voynow. Seated: Vic Moore, George Johnson, Jimmy Hartwell, Bix Beiderbecke, Al Grande, Min Leibrook, Bob Gillette.
1903
Min Leibrook
Bass Saxophone/Double Bass/Tuba
b. Hamilton, Ohio, USA
d. June 8, 1943 Biography
~by Scott Yanow

Min Leibrook is best-known for having been Adrian Rollini's fill-in for recording sessions made in the late 1920's. A fine all-round musician, Leibrook actually started out on cornet before switching to the bass instruments. He played with the Ten Foot Band in Chicago, a later version of the Wolverines and with Arnold Johnson . After arriving in New York, Leibrook worked with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra during 1927-31, appearing on many recordings; he also was on some of the sessions by Frankie Trumbauer that featured Bix Beiderbecke.

Although his glory days were largely over after leaving Whiteman , Leibrook was with Lennie Hayton's Orchestra in the mid-1930's, worked with the Three T's in 1936 (which featured Frankie Trumbauer and Jack and Charlie Teagarden ) and was with Eddie Duchin on a couple occasions. Min Leibrook, who never led his own record date, eventually moved to Los Angeles where he played bass as a studio musician during his last years. 
Min Leibrook - Wikipedia



1912
Linda Parker
C&W vocals
b. Covington, KY, USA.
Parker may have been the first female artist to have a successful solo career in country music. She later went on to become a cast member of the WLS National Barn Dance radio show. Biography
~by Steve Kurutz

The National Barn Dance radio show on WLS in Chicago was central to the careers of many stars, including Linda Parker, a sweet voiced balladeer who was a popular draw in the early ‘30s. Parker was raised in Gary, Indiana as Genevieve Meunich and discovered by WLS DJ John Lair while performing at clubs and small time radio shows. An early svengali type, Lair created Meunich's image wholesale, changing her name to Linda Parker, choosing her material and dressing her as an innocent, complete with sun bonnets and prairie dresses. Parker became a favored act on the Barn Dance while still in her early ‘20s, performing traditional ballads and saccharine sweet country material until her death from an appendicitis at the age of twenty-three.

Linda parker




Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:




1920.
Songwriter Bill Munro registers copyright of his song When My Baby Smiles At Me with the Harry Von Tilzer Music Publishing Company of New York City, USA. The song will become a jazz standard.



1926.
The first issue of the UK music newspaper Melody Maker goes on sale priced at 3d. The first issue includes dance band news, a feature about ukuleles and how to sight-read music.


 
1948.
Ted Mack's "The Original Amateur Hour" debuted on the DuMont Television network. (It originiated on radio as the "Major Bowes Amateur Hour".) Mack's program continued on different TV networks for the next 22-years. Teresa Brewer and Pat Boone got their start on this program.




1960.
Gladys Bentley, piano
died in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Age: 52.



1968.
Singer Eartha Kitt made headlines when she confronted Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, wife of the President of the United States, at a White House luncheon to discuss urban crime. Eartha told Lady Bird (the First Lady) that American youth were rebelling against the war in Vietnam.




Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:




1923


Bailey’s Lucky Seven recording at Starr-Gennett’s New York studios, date unknown.
Bailey's Lucky Seven
  • “You Know You Belong To Someone Else” (Monaco)



1924

Clara Smith accompanied by her Jazz Trio - “I Don't Love Nobody (So I Don't Have No Blues)” (Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)


1925



Bailey's Lucky Seven
  • I'll See You In My Dreams
  • Won't You Come Back To My Arms?
  • The Only, Only One For Me

1927


The Red Heads


Ted Lewis and his Band  - “Is Everybody Happy Now?” (From "Artists and Models") - (Rubens / Osterman / Ted Lewis )



Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra  - “Washboard Blues” (Hoagy Carmichael / Callaghan)



1929


Harry Reser and his Orchestra
  • “What A Girl! What A Night!” 


The California Ramblers




Hal Swain's New Princes Orchestra - You're In My Heart [But Never In My Arms]
  • Laughing Marionette
  • Sonny Boy and Dakota

1930



Ambrose And his Orchestra

1932


Clara Smith”Pictures On The Wall” (Clara Smith / Fred Longshaw)


1933



Eddie Duchin and his Central Park Hotel Orchestra - My Cousin In Milwaukee (George Gershwin tune. Lyricist Ira Gershwin later recalled the show as "a headache from start to finish".)  (with Gertrude Niesen, voc.)



1939


Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra

1940



Gene Krupa And His Orchestra


Ambrose And His Orchestra - Goodnight Children Everywhere, with Vera Lynn on vocals


LYRICS:


Jeepers Creepers
~Lyric-Johnny Mercer/Music-Harry Warren.

I don't care what the weather man says,
When the weatherman says it's raining,
You'll never hear me complaining, I'm certain
the sun will shine, I don't care how the weather
vane points,
When the weather vane points to gloomy,
It's gotta be sunny to me, when your eyes look
into mine;
Jeepers Creepers! Where'd ya get those peepers?
Jeepers Creepers! Where'd ya get those eyes?
Gosh all git up! How'd they get so lit up?
Gosh all git up! How'd they get that size?
Golly gee! When you turn those heaters on,
Woe is me!
Got to get my cheaters on, Jeepers Creepers!
Where'd ya get those peepers? On! Those weepers!
How they hypnotize!
Wher'd ya get those eyes?

*Jeepers Creepers (song) - Wikipedia


Cocktails For Two
~Music & Lyrics by
Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow

In some secluded rendezvous,
That overlooks the avenue,
With someone sharing a delightful chat,
Of this and that,
And cocktails for two.

As we enjoy a cigarette,
To some exqiuisite chansonette,
Two hands are sure to slyly meet beneath a serviette,
With cocktails for two.


My head may go reeling,
But my heart will be o-be-di-ent,
With in-tox-i-cat-ing kisses,
For the principal in-gre-di-ent,

Most any afternoon at five,
We'll be so glad we're both alive,
Then maybe fortune will complete her plan,
That all began
with cocktails for two
 


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Tuesday

JANUARY 17TH


HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY RESER



BIRTHDAYS 




1896
Harry F. Reser, Banjo
b. Piqua, OH, USA.
d. 1965, New York, NY, USA.
Biography ~by Scott Yanow 
When one thinks of pre-bop banjoists, it is of purely rhythmic players whose chordal solos differ little from what they play during ensembles. Harry Reser however was quite a bit different, an outstanding virtuoso who was arguably the finest banjoist of the 1920's. Less an improviser than a brilliant technician who could play novelty ragtime with the speed of a pianist, Reser was also one of the most recorded musicians of the era.

Reser actually started on the guitar when he was five and soon he was playing violin, cello and piano; later on he would add marimba, trumpet and saxophone. It was not until he was 16 (inspired by Vess Ossman and Fred Van Eps), that Reser switched to banjo. After playing locally in dance bands, in 1921 Reser moved to New York where he was quickly in great demand. Over time he would play with Ben Selvin, Sam Lanin, Bennie Kruger and Paul Whiteman (even subbing once with Whiteman on trumpet!).
Reser started making records with many obscure groups almost immediately and in 1922 he recorded his first solo records including a remarkable version of Zez Confrey's "Kitten On The Keys." In addition to his series of virtuoso banjo workouts (writing more than twenty novelty rags) that still sound very impressive today, Reser recorded at the head of a huge number of overlapping dance bands (also writing many of the arrangements) that used a bewildering series of pseudonyms.
Harry Reser and his Orchestra
Among the names he used were the Blue Kittens, the Bostonians, the Campus Boys, the Four Minstrels, the High Hatters, Phil Hughes' Orchestra, the Jazz Pilots, Jimmy Johnston's Rebels, the Night Club Orchestra, the Okeh Syncopators, Earl Oliver's Jazz Babies, the Parlophone Syncopators, the Plantation Players, the Rounders, the Seven Rag Pickers, the Seven Wild Men, the Six Hayseeds, the Six Jumping Jacks, Tom Stacks and his Minute Men, the Victorian Syncopators, Bill Wirges' Orchestra and the Seven Little Polar Bears! The best-known name was the Cliquot Club Eskimos, a radio band that for ten years (1925-35) helped sell soft drinks; the musicians appeared on radio dressed in eskimo suits! Their many recordings, with novelty vocals by Tom Stacks, were peppy, swinging in their own way and featured short solos.

After that band ran its course, Reser freelanced, playing in many settings throughout the world and writing ten instruction books for the banjo, guitar and ukulele. His last job was playing guitar in the orchestra for the 1965 Broadway musical, Fiddler On The Roof, dying of a heart attack in the pit as he was warming up for the night's performance.


1910
Sid Catlett
Sidney Catlett (January 17, 1910 – March 25, 1951), was a swinging jazz drummer often referred to as "Big Sid Catlett" because of his large frame.   
~Biography

Catlett was born in Evansville, Indiana, and started at piano, but switched to drums and entered formal study when his family moved to Chicago. His career began in Chicago in 1928 with Darnell Howard. In adulthood, he moved to New York City and worked with Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, Elmer Snowden, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Ben Webster, and others.


In 1941, he joined Benny Goodman's band and after that joined Teddy Wilson's Sextet. In 1944, he did an album with pianist Harry Gibson. He also had his own band and played for Louis Armstrong's All Stars from 1947 to 1949 and became his drummer of choice. He played bop, dixieland, and other styles.





In early 1951, he began to suffer from pneumonia. In that same year, he died of a heart-attack while visiting friends backstage at an Hot Lips Page benefit concert in Chicago, Illinois.
In 1996, he was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.
"Big Sid" Catlett
Drum solo artist site
Drummerworld Profile




1905
Peggy Gilbert
Peggy Gilbert (January 17, 1905 – February 12, 2007) was an American jazz saxophonist and bandleader. Peggy Gilbert earned renown as a female jazz musician, with a career that lasted more than 80 years. In 1928 she moved to Hollywood, where she appeared in early movies and toured with Fanchon and Marco vaudeville shows. In 1933 she founded her own all-female jazz band (whose name changed often: from "Peggy Gilbert and Her Metro Goldwyn Orchestra" to "Peggy Gilbert and her Symphonics", etc.)



1892
Tommy Handley
Thomas Reginald "Tommy" Handley (January 17, 1892 – January 9, 1949) was a British comedian, mainly known for the BBC radio program ITMA ("It's That Man Again"). He was born at Toxteth Park, Liverpool in Lancashire. He served in the British Army during World War I and went on to work in variety, and in the infancy of radio became known as a regular broadcaster. He worked with people such as Arthur Askey and Bob Monkhouse, and wrote many radio scripts, but it is the BBC comedy series ITMA for which he is best known, and which itself became known for a number of catchphrases, some of which entered popular vocabulary. He later starred in the ITMA film in 1942 and in Time Flies in 1944.
In later years, he suffered with high blood pressure, the result of his driving commitment to ITMA, and died suddenly on 9 January 1949 from a brain hemorrhage, 8 days before his 57th birthday. He was cremated and interred at the Golders Green Crematorium. In a eulogy at his memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral, the Bishop of London, John W C Wand, said that "[h]e was one whose genius transmuted the copper of our common experience into the gold of exquisite foolery. His raillery was without cynicism, and his satire without malice..."
Tommy Handley - Wikipedia


1898
Harry Hines, Sax
b. Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, UK
d. 1971
Little remembered now, but Hines played sax in one of England's early orchestras, the (Patrick) "Spike" Hughes Orchestra.



1902
"Stump" Johnson, piano
b. Clarksville, TN, USA.

James "Stump" Johnson was the brother of Jesse Johnson, "a prominent black business man," who around 1909 had moved the family from Clarksville, Tennessee, to St. Louis, where he ran a music store and was a promoter. James, a self-taught piano player, he made a career playing the city's brothels. He had an instant hit with the "whorehouse tune" "The Duck's Yas-Yas-Yas," "a popular St. Louis party song." The song's title is explained by quoting the lyrics more fully: "Shake your shoulders, shake 'em fast, if you can't shake your shoulders, shake your yas-yas-yas."


He made a number of other recordings (some mildly pornographic) under various pseudonyms. One of the more obscene tunes was a version of "Steady Grinding'," true to the original of the song, which he recorded with Dorothea Trowbridge on August 2, 1933.



1928
Eartha Kitt
vocals/actress
b. Jan. 17, 1927, North, South Carolina, USA 

Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American actress, singer and cabaret star. She was perhaps best known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 hit Christmas song "Santa Baby". Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world." She took over the role of Catwoman for the third season of the 1960s Batman television series, replacing Julie Newmar, who was unavailable for the final season.



1913
Vido Musso
tenor saxophone/clarinet
b Carini, Italy. d. Jan 9, 1982.
(Some sources claim b. Jan. 13 and 17, 1913.)
Biography
~by Scott Yanow A thick-toned tenor-saxophonist whose spirited and enthusiastic solos helped compensate for his weak music reading skills, Vido Musso was popular for a period in the 1940's. His family moved to the United States in 1920, settling in Detroit. Musso first played clarinet before switching to tenor. He moved to Los Angeles in 1930, began an association with Stan Kenton and the two were sidemen in several of the same local bands. Musso and Kenton briefly had a big band in 1936 but then the tenor-saxophonist was discovered and became a bit of a name playing with Benny Goodman's Orchestra (1936-37). After a period with Gene Krupa 's new band (1938), Musso rejoined Goodman a couple times (1939 and 1941-42).
He also had stints with Harry James (1940-41), Woody Herman (1942-43) and Tommy Dorsey (1945) between attempts to lead his own big band (none of which succeeded). Vido Musso was at the peak of his fame during his two periods with Stan Kenton (1945-46 and 1947), particularly for his emotional rendition of "Come Back To Sorrento." He eventually moved back to Los Angeles, played locally and, starting in 1957, worked regularly in Las Vegas. All of Vido Musso's recording dates as a leader are somewhat obscure. There was a four-song Savoy session in 1946, eight boppish titles in 1947 for Trilon and other dates for Arco, Fantasy (three songs in 1952) and RPM plus two albums for Crown and Modern (1954-55).



1884
Nadezhda Vasilievna Plevitskaya
Nadezhda Vasilievna Plevitskaya (Russian: Надежда Васильевна Плевицкая; born Vinnikova, Russian: Винникова; 17 January 1884 – 1 October 1940) was the most popular female Russian singer of the White emigration.
Plevitskaya was born Nadezhda Vasilievna Vinnikova to a peasant family in the village of Vinnikovo near Kursk. She loved to sing, and after two years in a religious chorus she became a professional singer in Kiev, where she married Edmund Plewicki, a Polish dancer. Soon they moved to Moscow, where she began singing in the well-known Yar restaurant, whose specialty was gypsy bands with beautiful female singers, and going on tour; at a concert in 1909 at the Nizhny Novgorod fair, she was heard by the great tenor Leonid Sobinov, who brought her to the attention of a wider public, which soon included the Imperial family as well as Feodor Chaliapin.

A Russian song site says:
Plevitskaya possessed a rare musicality, lush and flexible, and a mezzo-soprano of wide range. Her repertoire included, alongside popular ditties of mediocre quality, superb examples of Russian peasant folksong from Kursk province as well as songs of city life that are still meaningful today. Her manner of performance showed great sincerity, rich intonation, expressive declamation, and an unusually subtle and deep feeling for the beauty of Russian speech.

She married again, this time to a Lieutenant Shangin of the Cuirassiers, but he died in battle in January 1915. After the October Revolution she became a communist and Bolshevik, and continued singing for the troops of the Red Army. In 1919 she was captured by a unit of the White Army commanded by General Nikolai Skoblin, who married her in exile in Turkey after the defeat of the White military forces.
READ MORE: Nadezhda Plevitskaya - Wikipedia



1915
Johnny Porazzo, guitar
b. NY (poss. MA).
Happily still with us (3/2001), and playing in the Chicago, IL area. Played with Vaughn Monroe, Joe Venuti and Wayne King bands. His father was a guitar and Mandolin maker. A reader has reported that Johnny made a mandolin in 2000 and has recorded with it.


1917
Tommy Reynolds
Leader/Clarinet
b. Akron, OH, USA.
BIO



1911
Morris "Fruit" White
Guitar/Banjo
b. St. Louis, MO, USA
d. Nov. 1986.
As a child, he first played the banjo, and later also played the guitar. While still a teenager in the mid-1920s, he worked with the Dewey Jackson and Charlie Creath orchestras, as well as with singer Ethel Waters ('Sweet Mama Stringbean'). Then, in 1928, he joined "The Missourians" and remained with them when Cab Calloway took over the leadership. Today, Morris is best recalled for his work in the rhythm section of Cab Calloway's orchestra during the 1930s. In 1937, he left Calloway and subsequently (ca. 1941) played for a while with Lionel Hampton, after which he no longer played music full time. 
Biography
~by Chris Kelsey

White was an important member of Cab Calloway 's rhythm section during the ‘30s. White learned banjo as a child; he later took up guitar, as well. He performed with Charlie Creath , Dewey Jackson, and Ethel Waters during the mid ‘20s, then joined the Missourians in 1928, staying with the group after Calloway assumed its leadership in 1930. White left Calloway in 1937; after playing for a time with Lionel Hampton around 1941, he quit playing music full time.

Morris White





Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


1908.
Composer Henry Herbert Godfrey
died in Montreal.
Age: 50.
At the turn of the 20th century, he wrote some of Canada's most popular patriotic songs. 
Godfrey, Henry Herbert




1926.
While in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to play a concert, jazz star Fats Waller is kidnapped by four men, who bundle him into a car and take him to The Hawthorne Inn, owned by infamous gangster Al Capone. Waller finds himself the "surprise guest" at Capone's birthday party, and is obliged to play for the mobster. According to some reports, Waller is held for three days, but Capone pays him several thousand dollars for his trouble.


1941.
Gene Krupa and his band recorded
the standard "Drum Boogie," on Okeh Records.
Irene Daye was the female vocalist.





1956. 
Blind Alfred Reed
singer-songwriter/violin
died in Raleigh City, W. VA, USA.
Claude B. Jones, trombone
died in S.S. United States NY, USA.
Age 59.


 

1965.
Joe Robichaux
piano/songwriter
died in New Orleans, LA, USA.

 
1992.
Johnny Letman, trumpet
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 74.
Worked with Tiny Grimes.
Johnny Letman - Wikipedia
Johnny Letman




Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


1922



Bailey's Lucky Seven
  • “Bee's Knees”, (Ray Lopez /Ted Lewis )


1929



Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra

Clara Smith 

  • ‘Empty House Blues” (Andy Razaf)

Nick Lucas
  • “(You're Not Asking Me) I'm Telling You” (Rose / Lewis / Young)

Annette Hanshaw - “In A Great Big Way” (from "Hello Daddy"), (Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh)

Annette Hanshaw - When The World Is At Rest



Hal Swain's New Princes Orchestra

  • I'm Crazy Over You
  • Then Came The Dawn
  • I'm On The Crest Of A Wave
  • What D'ya Say?

1930



Red Nichols' Five Pennies - “Strike Up The Band”
(vocal), (George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin)



Waring's Pennsylvanians
  • “Thank Your Father” (Ray Henderson / Lew Brown / Buddy DeSylva)

1941



Ambrose And His Orchestra
  • Down Argentina Way, with Sam Browne on vocal
  • We Three, with Anne Shelton on vocal


LYRICS:

She's Funny That Way

I'm not much to look at, nothin' to see
Just glad I'm livin' and happy to be
I got a woman, crazy for me
She's funny that way

I can't save a dollar, ain't worth a cent
She'd never holler, she'd live in a tent
I got a woman, crazy for me
She's funny that way

Though she'd love to work and slave for me every day
She'd be so much better off if I went away

But why should I leave her, why should I go?
She'd be unhappy without me, I know
I got a woman, crazy for me
She's funny that way

When I hurt her feelin's once in a while
Her only answer is one little smile
I got a woman, crazy for me
She's funny that way


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Special Thanks To:
The Red Hot Jazz Archives,
The Big Band Database, Scott Yanow, 

and all those who have provided content,
images and sound files for this site.