Thursday

MAY 6TH



HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUDOLPH VALENTINO!!


1926.
Rudolph Valentino, vocals/actor
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 32.
Rudolph Valentino (May 6, 1895 – August 23, 1926) was an Italian actor, sex symbol, and early pop icon. Known as the "Latin Lover", he was one of the most popular stars of the 1920s, and one of the most recognized stars from the silent film era. He is best known for his work in The Sheik and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. His untimely death at age 31 caused mass hysteria among his female fans, propelling him into icon status.




HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIC BURTON!!



BIRTHDAYS



1896
Vic Berton, Drums
b. Chicago, IL, USA.
d. July 5, 1951
The word child prodigy doesn't even begin to describe Vic Berton who was playing drums in a Milwaukee pit orchestra at the age of seven. By age sixteen he was playing with the Milwaukee and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. During the First World War Berton enlisted and played drums with John Philip Sousa's Navy Band.
The Wolverines
After the war he returned to Chicago and played with several of the top dance bands in the area. In 1922 he wrote the song, "Sobbin' Blues" with Art Kassell with became the standard of hot bands of the 1920s. In 1924 he formed a friendship with Bix Beiderbecke and started managing and occasionally playing drums with the band that Bix was in at the time, The Wolverines.
Berton moved to New York and played with Red Nichols and his Five Pennies, the Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra, and the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. By the end of the decade Berton was considered the greatest of all Jazz drummers by many. He often played in commercial bands that paid him a top notch salary but didn't showcase his talents as well as they might have. He moved to California in the late 1920s and formed his own band. The group had several successful recordings in the mid-1930s, like, "Taboo", "I've Been Waiting All Winter"and "Dardanella".
In 1930 Berton was busted for smoking a marijuana cigarette with Louis Armstrong and Frank Driggs in Culver City. Vic Berton worked at Paramount studios in the 1930's and even returned to symphonic work in the 1940's. During World War II he worked as a musician with the Air Force and returned to being a studio musician for the movies after the war. He died in Hollywood in 1951 of lung cancer.





1904
Cliff Carlisle
(C&W) guitar/dobro
b. Taylorville, KY, USA.
~Biography
Carlisle was born in Taylorsville, Kentucky and began performing locally with cousin Lillian Truax at age 16. Truax's marriage put an end to the group, and Carlisle began playing with Wilber Ball, a guitarist and tenor harmonizer. The two toured frequently around the U.S. playing vaudeville and circus venues in the 1920s.
Carlisle and Ball first played at Louisville, Kentucky radio station WHAS-AM in 1930, which made them local stars, and later that year they recorded for Gennett Records and Champion Records. In 1931, they recorded with Jimmie Rodgers. Toward the end of 1931, Carlisle signed with ARC and was offered performance slots on several radio stations, including WBT-AM in Charlotte, North Carolina, WLS-AM in Chicago and WLW-AM in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cliff's brother Bill became his guitarist after Ball left in 1934. During the 1930s Carlisle, who recorded a large amount of material despite a hiatus from 1934 to 1936, frequently released songs with sexual connotations including barnyard metaphors (which became something of a hallmark).
Carlisle toured with his son, "Sonny Boy Tommy," to occasional consternation from authorities in areas where this contravened local child labor laws. He continued to perform on WMPS-AM in Memphis, Tennessee for several years in the 1940s, but by the 1950s had retired from music. In the 1960s, The Rooftop Singers covered his tune "Tom Cat Blues"; in its wake, Carlisle and Ball did a few reunion shows together and recorded for Rem Records. On April 2, 1983, Carlisle died at the age of 79 in Lexington, Kentucky.


1913
Carmen Cavallaro
pianist/leader
b. New York, NY, USA
d. Oct. 12, 1989.
Carmen Cavallaro (May 6, 1913 – October 12, 1989) was an American pianist born in New York. He established himself as one of the most accomplished and admired light music pianists of his generation.
Carmen Cavallaro was born in New York City. Known as the “Poet of the Piano”, he showed a gift for music from age three, picking out tunes on a toy piano. His parents were encouraged to develop the child’s musical talents and he studied classical piano in the United States. As a young pianist, he toured Europe performing in many capitals.
In 1933 Cavallaro joined Al Kavelin's orchestra, where he quickly became the featured soloist. After four years he switched to a series of other big bands, including Rudy Vallee's in 1937. He also worked briefly with Enrico Madriguera and Abe Lyman.


Cavallaro formed his own band, a five-piece combo, in St. Louis, Missouri in 1939. His popularity grew and his group expanded into a 14-piece orchestra, releasing some 19 albums for Decca over the years. Although his band traveled the country and played in all the top spots, he made a particular impact at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, which became a favored venue, and which also later became a favorite spot of George Shearing and Mel Tormé. Other venues where he drew large audiences included New York’s Waldorf-Astoria, Chicago’s Palmer House and the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles. In 1963 he had a million-seller hit recording of the song Sukiyaki.

One of Cavallaro's vocalists, Guy Mitchell, later became famous in his own right.
Cavallaro's single best-selling recording was his pop version of "Chopin's 'Polonaise.'"
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.



1916
Harry Douglass, vocals
b. Bridgeville, DE, USA.
Member "Deep River Boys"
The Deep River Boys were an American Gospel music group active from the mid 1930s to the mid 1950s. The group performed spirituals, Gospel, and R&B.




Washingtonians, c.1925: Sonny Greer, Charlie Irvis, Elmer Snowden, Otto Harwick, seated, Bubber Miley, Duke Ellington
1899
Charlie Irvis
trombone
d. ca. 1939
Charlie Irvis made a strong impression early on but faded away by the '30s. He started out as a youth playing in a local boy's band. Irvis was with Lucille Hegamin's Blue Flame Syncopators (1920-1921), gigged with Willie "The Lion" Smith, and what was then the very early Duke Ellington Orchestra (1924-1926). He preceded Tricky Sam Nanton and teamed up with trumpeter Bubber Miley (a childhood friend) to begin the tradition of "jungle music" by inventing a lot of unusual tonal effects via mutes.
By 1927 he had left Ellington to play with Charlie Johnson's Paradise Ten (1927-1928), he often toured with Jelly Roll Morton (1929-1930), and appeared on recordings with Clarence Williams (1923-1927). However, after playing with Bubber Miley's short-lived band (1931) and with Elmer Snowden, Irvis largely faded away from the jazz scene. Charlie Irvis (who never led his own record date) is on Duke Ellington's earliest recordings and, in addition to the fine sessions with Williams, he recorded with Fats Waller (1927 and 1929).
~ Scott Yanow

Notable Events Occurring 
On This Date Include:




1992.

Marlene Dietrich
actress/singer
died in Paris.
Age 90.
Paul Webster, trumpet
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 56

1970.
Al Jarvis, DJ (show: 'Jivin' With Jarvis)
died in Newport Beach, CA, USA.
Age: 60

1979.
Milton Ager, composer
died in Inglewood, CA.
Age: 85
Composer, Songwriter. He wrote hit songs such as "Ain't She Sweet?" "Happy Days Are Here Again." He began as a pianist for the silent movie theaters, went on to become a vaudevillian, and finally wound up writing songs for the Hollywood motion picture studios.

1995.
Billy Hughes
C&W fiddler/songwriter, died.
Age: 86
Billy Hughes (musician)





Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:




1921



All Star Trio and their Orchestra - I Like It (Introducing, "All By Myself")



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

1925


Bessie Smith acompanied by Henderson's Hot Six - Cake Walking Babies (From Home)

Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra - Honey, I'm in Love With You

1926



The Broadway Bell-Hops - Hi-Ho The Merrio! - (As Long As She Loves Me) (Vocal Chorus by Irving Kaufman)
  • To-Night's My Night With Baby (Vocal Chorus by Irving Kaufman)


Fess Williams and his Royal Flush Orchestra - Caroline

Roger Wolfe Kahn and his Orchestra

1927


Ethel Waters

Sippie Wallace - Dead Drunk Blues

Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra - Slow River



LYRICS


Cake Walking Babies From Home
~by Chris Smith / Harold Troy / Clarence Williams
Cake walkers may come, cake walkers may go,
but I wanna tell you 'bout a couple I know
High steppin' pair, Debonair
When it comes for bus'ness not a soul can compare

Here they come, look at 'em, demonstratin',
goin' some, ain't they syncopatin'?
Talk of the town, teasin' brown pickin' 'em up and layin' 'em down
Dancin' fools ain't they demonstratin'?
They're a class of their own

Now the only way to win is to cheat 'em,
you may tie 'em but you'll never beat 'em
Strut your stuff, they're the cake walkin' babies from home
Strut your stuff, strut your stuff, cake walkin' babies from home

Here they come, look at 'em, syncopatin',
goin' some, ain't they demonstratin'?
Talk of the town, teasin' brown pickin' 'em up and layin' 'em down
Dancin' fools ain't they syncopatin'?
They're a class of their own

Now the only way to win is to cheat 'em,
you may tie 'em but you'll never beat 'em
Strut your stuff, they're the cake walkin' babies form home
Strut your stuff, strut your stuff, cake walkin' babies from home

Note 1: cakewalk, a black American entertainment having a cake as prize for the most accomplished steps and figures in walking. Also, a stage dance developed from walking steps and figures typically involving a high prance with backward tilt. It is also used to indicate a one-sided contest or an easy task;
Note 2: syncopatin', a rhythmical alteration which consists in welding into one tone the second half of one beat with the first half of the beat which follows.

~Bessie Smith
~Music & Lyrics by W.C. Handy
Ever since Miss Susie Johnson
Lost her jockey Lee
There has been much excitement
And more to be
You can hear her moanin'
Moanin' night and morn
She's wonderin' where her
Easy rider's gone
Cablegrams goes off in inquiry
Telegrams goes off in sympathy
Letters came from down in Bam
Everywhere that Uncle Sam
Is the ruler of delivery
All day the phone rings, it's not for me
At last good tidings fills my heart with glee
This message came from Tennessee
Dear Sue, your easy rider struck this burg today
On a southbound rattler beside the Pullman car
I seen him there and he was on the hog
Oh, you easy rider's got to stay away
She had to vamp it but the hike ain't far
He's gone where the Southern cross the Yellow Dog


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