Milt Buckner (10 July 1915 – 27 July 1977) was an American jazz pianist and organist, originally from St. Louis, Missouri. He was orphaned as a child, but an uncle in Detroit taught him to play. Buckner pioneered the parallel chords style which influenced Red Garland, George Shearing, and Oscar Peterson.
In 1941 he joined Lionel Hampton's big band ,and for the next seven years served as its pianist and staff arranger. He led a short-lived band of his own for two years, but then returned to Hampton's. Buckner pioneered the use of the electric organ. He died in Chicago, Illinois at the age of sixty-two.
Buckner's brother, Ted Buckner, was a noted jazz saxophonist.Bio- and discography
Growing up near Los Angeles he wanted to be a jazz journalist early, discovering Dixieland in the Danny Kaye movie The Five Pennies and on a daily radio show while in high school. He soon broadened his tastes to theswing idiom and in college, after purchasing a Charlie Parker album that included "White Christmas" (which made it easier for him to appreciate bebop), he soon developed a strong taste and musical curiosity for all eras of jazz, from dixieland to the avant-garde, fusion to modern jazz.
Shortly after graduating from college, Yenow became the jazz editor forRecord Review, being a major participant in all 33 of its issues. Since Record Review closed up shop in June 1984, Yanow has written for many jazz magazines and arts magazines including Jazz Times, Jazziz, Downbeat, Cadence, Coda and the Los Angeles Jazz Scene. In recent times, Yanow was interviewed on-camera by CNN about the Monterey Jazz Festival and byArts & Entertainment for their televised American Masters biography on Dizzy Gillespie.
Yenow was a contributor to and co-editor of the third edition of the All Music Guide to Jazz. He contributed thousands of additional CD reviews to the third edition, becoming sole editor. He is one of the most prolific jazz record reviewers in history. He continues to contribute to Allmusic website.
In addition to his work for the All Music Guide to Jazz, Yanow has written ten books on jazz (see bibliography below).
Yanow has penned over 600 liner notes for many record labels. He has also written artist biographies and press releases for record labels, public relations firms and individual artists.
Yenow has produced a series of CDs for Allegro, worked as a consultant to other labels about their reissue projects, hosted a regular radio show (Jazz After Hours) for KCSN-FM, and worked as the jazz listings editor for the Los Angeles Times.Dick Cary, Arranger Of Jazz, Dies at 77 - The New York Times
Evelyn Laye OBE (10 July 1900 – 17 February 1996) was an English theatre actress.
Born as Elsie Evelyn Lay in Bloomsbury, London, England, Laye made her first stage appearance in August 1915 at the Theatre Royal, Brighton as Nang-Ping in Mr. Wu, and her first London appearance at the East Ham Palace on 24 April 1916, aged 15, in the revue Honi Soit, in which she subsequently toured.
For the first few years of her career played she mainly in musical comedy and operetta, including Going Up in 1918. Among her successes during the 1920s were Madame Pompadour (1923), The Dollar Princess, Blue Eyes (1928) and Lilac Time.
She made her Broadway debut in 1929 in Noel Coward's Bitter Sweet and appeared in several early talkie Hollywood films. She continued acting in such productions as The Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. She acted several times opposite her second husband, actor Frank Lawton, including in the 1956 sitcomm My Husband and I. Other stage successes included Silver Wedding (1957; with Lawton), The Amorous Prawn (1959) andPhil the Fluter (1969).
James Francis McHugh (July 10, 1894 – May 23, 1969) was a U.S. composer. One of the most prolific songwriters from the 1920s to the 1950s, he composed over 270 songs. His songs were recorded by such artists as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, June Christy and Peggy Lee.
Shirley Temple & Jimmy McHugh
After struggling in a variety of jobs, including rehearsal pianist for the Boston Opera House and pianist/song plugger for Irving Berlin’s publishing company, in 1921, at the age of 26, McHugh relocated to New York City. Eventually finding employment as a professional manager with the prominent music publisher Jack Mills Inc., it was here that McHugh published his first song “Emaline”, and briefly teamed up with Irving Mills as The Hotsy Totsy Boys to write the hit song “Everything Is Hotsy Totsy Now”. This songwriting partnership was just the first of McHugh’s many illustrious collaborations, among them Ted Koehler (“I’m Shooting High”), Al Dubin (“South American Way”) and the great Harold Adamson (“It’s a Most Unusual Day”). As impressive as these master lyricists were, perhaps McHugh’s best symbiotic musical relationship was with the school teacher and poet Dorothy Fields.
Having written material for many of Harlem’s Cotton Club revues, it was no coincidence that their first combined success would be the score for the all-black Broadway musical Blackbirds of 1928, which jump-started the fledgling duo’s career with the memorable songs “I Can't Give You Anything But Love,” “Diga Diga Doo” and “I Must Have That Man.” Other hits written for the stage were soon to follow, including what is arguably their most famous composition, 1930’s “On The Sunny Side of the Street” for Lew Leslie’s International Revue, which also contained the favorite “Exactly Like You”; “Blue Again” for The Vanderbilt Revue; and in 1932, “Don’t Blame Me,” which was featured in the Chicago revue Clowns In Clover.
McHugh and Fields contributed title songs for films such as "Cuban Love Song", "Dinner at Eight" and "Hooray For Love", as well as “I Feel A Song Comin’ On” and “I’m In The Mood For Love” from 1935’s Every Night at Eight. In the artistically fruitful years 1930 through 1935, McHugh and Fields wrote over 30 songs for the film world.
Dorothy Fields & Jimmy McHugh
- Broadway credits
- 1928 - Blackbirds of 1928 (lyrics by Dorothy Fields)
- 1928 - Hello, Daddy (lyrics by Fields)
- 1930 - International Revue (lyrics by Fields)
- 1939 - The Streets of Paris (lyrics by Al Dubin)
- 1940 - Keep Off The Grass (lyrics by Dubin and Howard Dietz)
- 1948 - As the Girls Go (lyrics by Harold Adamson)
- 1985 - "Sugar Babies
- Garden of Weed
- I Feel a Song Comin' On
- I'm in the Mood for Love
- Thanks a Million
- Darktown Strutter's Ball