Sheet Music, Lewis F. Muir

Halfway House Orchestra
Left to right: Charlie Cordella, Mickey Marcour, Leon Roppolo, Abbie Brunies, Bill Eastwood, Joe Loyacano, Leo Adde.
Abbie Brunies, Cornet
b. New Orleans, LA, USA. 
d. Oct. 2, 1978. 
~by Eugene Chadbourne
The extensive Brunies family of New Orleans could have by itself populated the "Irish Channel" neighborhood of New Orleans with jazz musicians -- there were some half a dozen brothers and sisters who performed on various instruments, not to mention a musical mother, father, and cousin. 
This neighborhood also was the home of many other players of German, French, Irish, and Italian descent, including the entire membership of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. 

So nobody seemed to mind much when the complete Brunies family band would set up their instruments on the front porch and blast away. Albert Brunies, better known as Abbie Brunies, was an influential cornet player and also led Abbie Brunies' Halfway House Orchestra, which despite the name did not consist of recovering alcoholics or felons on parole. The Halfway House was a club, so named because it happened to be located approximately half of the distance between New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. Players in this group included Charlie Cordella, Mickey Marcour, Leon Rappolo, Bill Eastwood, Joe Loyacano, and Leo Adde. The original version of this group functioned for around eight years beginning in 1919.

Abbie Brunies actively gigged in the New Orleans area until the mid-'40s, when he relocated around the bend in Biloxi, MS. He led a group there called the Brunies Brothers Dixieland Jazz Band. The fine cornetist "Papa Ray" Ronnei was considered to have been influenced greatly by Brunies' playing style. Brunies himself seems to have undergone a stylistic transition in the late '20s, showing an understanding of the Paul Whiteman concepts of orchestrating jazz, even going as far as to toss in a few Bix Beiderbecke licks. Much less is known about his playing style by the '50s, as the Biloxi group did very little recording. The most famous members of the Brunies clan were trombonist and bandleader George Brunies, who later shaved his name down to Georg Brunis, and Merritt Brunies, proficient on both cornet and trombone and also a successful bandleader. There was also another trombonist, Henry "Henny" Brunies; guitarist Ada Brunies; Richard Brunies on cornet; and Rudy Brunies, who played the "slap" bass style and made beer for a living.

Merwyn Bogue
(aka: "Ish Kabibble")
Trumpet/Novelty vocals
b. Erie, PA, USA. 
d. June 5, 1994, age 86.
Joined the Kay Kyser band in 1931 and became one of the band's featured singers.
Ish Kabibble was a cornet player and comic in the Kay Kyser big band from 1931 to 1950. He joined the band as Merwyn Bogue, but Kyser urged him to take on a funny persona as part of the band's routine. 

In the process he adopted an obscure old song, "Isch Gabibble" (with an altered spelling), as one of his signature numbers. Fans and band members then started calling him by the song's name, and it stuck. Outfitted as a bumpkin with kooky-looking bangs, he regularly stepped out of the trumpet section to interrupt the conductor with silly poems and sayings during live performances and broadcasts of the popular Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge radio and TV shows.

He chanted the "boop boop dittem dattem whattem chu" line in the band's 1939 hit "Three Little Fishies," which spent weeks atop the Billboard pop chart. Offstage he doubled as the band's financial manager. From 1955 to 1960 he led his own six-piece Dixieland group, the Shy Guys.
Some sources list his birthplace as Erie, Pa., where he grew up, but his autobiography designates it as the nearby town of North East, where his family lived briefly... 
He married Janet Meade in 1932. They had three children: Merwyn (nicknamed Peter), born 1937; Pamela, 1940; and Janet, 1941. 
All were named Bogue, not Kabibble... Ish Kabibble: The Autobiography of Merwyn Bogue (1989) was co-written with his sister, Gladys Bogue Reilly.

Israel Crosby, Bass
b. Chicago, IL, USA.
d. 1962
Biography by Scott Yanow

One of the finest bassists to emerge during the 1930s, Israel Crosby was young and flexible enough to still sound quite modern in the early '60s. He started on trumpet when he was five and then played trombone and tuba before settling on bass.
In 1935, when he was 16, Crosby took one of the first full-length bass solos on record ("Blues for Israel") during a pickup date led by Gene Krupa. He played with Albert Ammons (1935-1936), Fletcher Henderson (1936-1938), the Three Sharps and a Flat , Horace Henderson (1940), Teddy Wilson (1940-1942), and then in the studios. He was with Ahmad Jamal during most of 1954-1962, propelling some of the pianist's finest trios. He toured with Benny Goodman during part of 1955-1956 and in 1962 joined the George Shearing Quintet, but died of a heart attack two months after recording with Shearing.

Ray Eberle, Vocal
b. Housick Falls, NY, USA.
d. Aug. 25, 1979, Douglasville, GA, USA. 
~by Ron Wynn

A vocalist and bandleader who at one time sang with Glenn Miller, then led his own band. They did essentially "sweet" material, and also some light pop.

Ray Eberle - Wikipedia

"Streamline" John Ewing, Trombone
b. Topeka, KS, USA.
Trombonist John Ewing carried not only his long horn case but the nickname of "Streamline," an evocative name to be sure, but not one that seems to have ever been used in any of extensive recording credits. Perhaps Streamline Ewing just sounded too silly, a bit like a vague threat that might have been made against one of the characters on Dallas. The trombonist began gigging in 1934 at the age of 17 in a hometown orchestra under the direction of Richard Harrison; more than 30 years later, he was still looking good enough to be included in a band called the Young Men of New Orleans. Why not, since he was only a bit more than halfway through his career at that point?
His has been a life of solid gigging in a series of great American jazz bands. The trombonist was still a young man when inducted into the Horace Henderson orchestra, was in and out of various
Earl Hines genius bands in the late '30s and early '40s, and insured himself a discography worth dropping on someone's head through his involvements with a Louis Armstrong big-band project in the same period. Ewing kept busy as the styles changed, demonstrating showmanship in the Lionel Hampton entourage and honing rhythm & blues chops in the late '40s as big-band jazz began getting nudged out of the picture by harder rhythms.
The trombonist gigged with Jay McShann, Cab Calloway, Cootie Williams, Earl Bostic, and many others. By the '50s, he had relocated to California, just in time to show up on many superior small label rhythm & blues sides. Not one to abandon jazz, Ewing was with Teddy Buckner in 1956, back withHorace Henderson in the early '60s, and matching licks with the great trumpeter Rex Stewart in a 1967 touring band. Long-range involvements with small combos began to take him back to the roots of his music, although he still got session musician calls of a more commercial nature. There was the previously mentioned Young Men of New Orleans, first formed in the late '60s, followed by Chris Kelly's Black & White New Orleans Jazz Band, a group that was organized in 1984 and was still working with Ewing in the lineup nearly two decades later. Kelly even uses the "Streamline" nickname in band publicity.
~ Eugene Chadbourne
John Ewing: 1917-2002

Lilian Harvey
Lilian Harvey (19 January 1906 – 27 July 1968) British-born actress and singer, long-based in Germany, where she is best known for her role as Christel Weinzinger in Erik Charell's 1931 film Der KongreƟ tanzt. 

Leo Soileau, (cajun) violin/vocals
b. Ville Platte, LA, USA.
d. Aug 2, 1980 in Ville Platte, LA, USA. Biography
by Craig Harris

Leo Soileau was one of the dominant Cajun musicians of the 1930s and early '40s. His more than 100 recordings included such influential tunes as "Hackberry Hop," "La Gran Mamou," La Valse De Gueydan, and his greatest hit, "Jolie Blonde." Taught the fiddle by influential Cajun fiddlers Dennis McG, Soileau made his recording debut, in 1928, when he joined with accordionist Mayeus Lafleur to record the second Cajun record ever, "He Mon." Following Lafleur 's death, nine days later, he teamed with accordionist Moise Robin. He also recorded, in the late '20s, with the Soileau Couzens. Forming his own band, the Three Aces , with rhythm guitarists Floyd Shreve or Dewey Landry and bassist/drummer Tony Gonzalez in the early '30s, Soileau expanded the group into a quartet, the Four Aces, in 1934. They later became the Rhythm Boys.

The group drove to Chicago in 1941 to record the first of nearly 100 songs in the Windy City. Soileau remained active in the early '40s, recording with Leo Soileau's Rhythm Boys. Dropped by Decca when the label decided to stop recording Cajun musicians at the beginning of World War II, the group continued to perform at the Silver Star Club in Lake Charles for eight years. Shifting to the Showboat Club in Orange, TX, the band continued to play together for another two years. Although Soileau and the group appeared frequently on the radio, they never recorded again. In the late '40s, Soileau left music to work with his brothers in a general contracting firm in Ville Platte. He died in August 1980. 
Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


At the opening of the new 1,200-seater $315,000 State Theatre, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA, theatre-goers are treated to two-hour show which includes Richard Bach's musical description of 'Movies' on the Wurlitzer organ, 'A Syncopated Menu' Jazz Revue by eighteen singers, dancers, and comedians, a performance of the State Concert Orchestra, and the highlight of the evening, a vaudeville act, 'Classified', starring Corinne Griffith.

The Hoagy Carmichael composition I Get Along Without You Very Well, is introduced on US radio by Dick Powell. The song’s lyric is based on a poem written many years earlier by Jane Brown-Thompson of Philadelphia and published in Life magazine.

Sheet Music, Lewis F. Muir
Lewis F. Muir, piano/songwriter
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 66 

Ralph Peer, arranger/producer (for RCA/Peer Music)
died in Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA, USA.
Age: 67
Ralph Peer

Charlie Stripling
C&W Vocals/Fiddle/Guitar died. 
Age: 69 
Member: the "Stripling Brothers", -Charles Nevins Stripling (b. August 8, 1896, Pickens County, Alabama, USA) and his brother Ira Lee Stripling (Vocals, Guitar, Fiddle, b. June 5, 1898, Pickens County, Alabama, USA, d. March 11, 1967).

Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau
died in New Orleans, LA, USA.
Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Josie Miles

Hitch's Happy Harmonists

Lonnie Johnson - Lonesome Jail Blues, (Lonnie Johnson)

Ray Miller's Orchestra - I Never Knew How Wonderful You Were
Charles Pierce and his Orchestra - Bull Frog Blues, (Charles Pierce)

The California Ramblers I Love The College Girl, (matrix 143317-2)


Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra
  • High Up On A Hilltop - Vocal refrain by Charles Gaylord- (Abel Baer / Richard Whiting / Jimmy Campbell)

Emmett Miller accompanied by his Georgia Crackers - You're The Cream In My Coffee (from the Musical "Hold Everything") (Buddy De Sylva / Lew Brown / Ray Henderson)

Charlie Kunz and his Chez Henri Club Band

Paul Whiteman's Orchestra (On the Air) - Announcer's Blues


Fats Waller And His Rhythm - Hold Tight

Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra
  • Milenberg Joys Parts 1 And 2

~Lonnie Johnson 

The jailhouse, is a lonesome place.
The jailhouse, is a lonesome place.
When the jailer, slams the door in your face.

It will be a great day when, someone will come and take my place.
It'll be a great day when, somebody comes to take my place.
Because I'm tired of, the door slammin' in my face.

I wake up every morning, with the risin' sun.
I wake up every morning, with the risin' sun.
Wondering if some no good man, has led my baby wrong.

The jailhouse, is a killin' place.
The jailhouse, is a lonesome place.
The only thing that worries me, I'll be cryin', keep slammin' this door in my face. 

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