Tuesday

JULY 30TH


HAPPY BIRTHDAY
CHARLIE BOWMAN!

1889 - 1962
Charlie Bowman, C&W vocals/guitar
The Hill Billies, born Gray Station, TN, USA.
Charles Thomas Bowman (July 30, 1889 – May 20, 1962) was an American old-time fiddle player and string band leader. He was a major influence on the distinctive fiddle sound that helped shape and develop early Country music in the 1920s and 1930s.
After delivering a series of legendary performances that won him the first prize in dozens of fiddle contests across Southern Appalachia in the early 1920s, Bowman toured and recorded with several string bands and vaudeville acts before forming his own band, the Blue Ridge Music Makers, in 1935. In his career, he would be associated with country and bluegrass pioneers such as Uncle Dave Macon, Fiddlin' John Carson, Roy Acuff, Charlie Poole, and Bill Monroe.



1918
Joe Daley
Tenor Sax/clarinet/flute/piccolo
d. March 5, 1994.
A Conversation with Joe Daley | Jazz Institute of Chicago


1912
Benny Featherstone
Trumpet/drums/leader
b. Tasmania, Australia, d. 1977.



1903
Hilton Jefferson, Alto Sax
b. Danbury, CT, USA d. 1968. USA
~ Scott Yanow
A fine soloist whose sound and style became strongly influenced by Benny Carter (who was four years his junior), Hilton Jefferson was considered a valuable musician during the swing era although he never gained much fame. Jefferson actually began his professional career as a banjoist in 1925 (with Julian Arthur's Orchestra in Philadelphia) but he soon switched permanently to alto. He worked with Claude Hopkins on four occasions (1926-28, 1932, 1934-36 and 1939), Chick Webb also four times (1929-30, 1930-31, 1936 and 1938) and had stints with King Oliver (1930), McKinney's Cotton Pickers (1931-32), Benny Carter (1932 and 1933), Henry "Red" Allen (1934) and most notably with Fletcher Henderson (1932-34 and 1936-38).
Although never the main soloist, Jefferson did get his fair share of solo space with each of these orchestras and he recorded frequently. He spent the 1940's with Cab Calloway's big band and later (after the orchestra broke up) Cab's small band. Jefferson freelanced after leaving Calloway in 1949, he rejoined Cab briefly in 1951 and then was with Duke Ellington(1952-53), replacing Willie Smith in the slot formerly held by Johnny Hodges. After leaving Ellington,Jefferson only worked as a part-time musician (getting a day job as a guard at a bank) but he often popped up in mainstream settings including with Harry Dial, Noble Sissle, Rex Stewart, Buster Bailey, the Fletcher Henderson Reunion Band of 1957, Wally Edwards' Uptown Concert Band and Mercer Ellington's Orchestra. Hilton Jefferson only cut six selections as a leader in his entire career, one number apiece for Folkways and Apollo in 1946 and four titles in 1957 for Victor.
1899
Gerald Moore, pianist, b. England.
1909
Bell Ray, violin/guitar
b. Franklin, TN, USA.
Played with 'Blind John Campbell'



Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

1937.
The American Federation of Radio Artists (AFRA) was organized as a part of the American Federation of Labor.



1942.
Jimmy Blanton, bass
died in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Age: 23
2003.
Sam Phillips, founder of SUN Records
died in Memphis, TN, USA.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:

1923

Clarence Williams' Blue Five
Wild Cat Blues
Charles A. Matson's Creole Serenaders
  • I Just Want A Daddy (I Can Call My Own)
'Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do
1926

Art Landry and His Orchestra
  • For My Sweetheart
  • Tell Me You Love Me
  • That's Annabelle
  • While The Years Go Drifting By
1927

Clara Smith and her Five Black Kittens
  • Black Cat Moan
  • Strugglin' Woman's Blues
1929

Roger Wolfe Kahn and his Orchestra
Do What You Do!
Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)


1930

McKinney's Cotton Pickers - Hullabaloo - (From Warner Bros. picture "Dancing Sweeties") - Vocal refrain by Dave Wilborn
1931

The Travelers
  • Begging For Love
  • I Apologize
  • I Can't Get Mississippi Off My Mind
  • Parkin' In The Moonlight
1934

Lucille Bogan
  • Lonesome Midnight Blues
  • You Got To Die Some Day
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