Monday

JANUARY 4th

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAROLL GIBBONS !!
BIRTHDAYS
1903
Carroll Gibbons
Leader/piano/conductor
b. Clinton, MA, USA
d. May 10, 1954, London, UK Biography ~by Greg Prato Pianist and bandleader Carroll Gibbons was born in Clinton, MA, sometime during 1903, and it wasn't until he relocated to England in 1924 that he found acclaim for his musical talents. While playing piano at the Savoy Hotel, Gibbons helped form the Savoy Orpheans, a jazz outfit that included such other American players as Howard Jacobs on alto sax and Joe Brannelly on banjo.
The group went their separate ways by 1928, as Gibbons focused on bandleading, including the New Mayfair Dance Orchestra. After a brief return to his original homeland, Gibbons departed for England once more in 1931, where he re-formed the Savoy Orpheans and led them until his death in May of 1954. The late '90s/early 21st century saw the release of several Gibbons collections, including 1998's Oh That Kiss: 1932-1945 , 2000's Calls the Tunes, and 2001's Broadway Rhythms, Vol. 2.
Bulee "Slim" Gaillard
vocals/guitar/piano
b. (probably born this date in) Detroit, MI, USA,
d. Feb. 26, 1991 (cancer).
(NOTE: Some sources list January 1, as his birth date).
Gaillard sometimes claimed he was born in Santa Clara, Cuba, instead of Detroit, MI. Gaillard's father, a steward on a cruise ship, occasionally brought young Slim along. Once, Slim's dad accidentally left his young son behind on the island of Crete, when the cruise ship departed the port.) Gaillard worked as a professional boxer, a mortician, and ran bootleg rum for the 'Purple Gang' during the late 1920s - early 1930s. He then worked up a vaudeville act in which he simultaneously played guitar and tap danced. 1936 found him in New York where he teamed up with bassist Slam Stewart (b.Sept. 21, 1914 in Englewood, NJ, USA) working as 'Slim & Slam'.
In 1938, their recording of "Flat Foot Floogie" brought them national fame, and the song was soon 'covered' by the Benny Goodman and Fats Waller orchestras. In 1941, the team appeared in the film "Hellzapoppin'" In 1944, during WWII, Gaillard served in the U. S. Airforce, while Stewart served in the Army. 1945 found Gaillard in Hollywood, - now working with bassist Bam Brown. In 1945 he scored a huge hit with "Cement Mixer (Putty Putty)". During 1945, Gaillard frequently recorded with a quartet featuring Bam Brown, pianist Dodo Marmarosa, and drummer Zutty Singleton, and in late 1945, with bebop greats Charlie "Yardbird" Parker and 'Dizzy' Gillespie. In the late 1940s, he appeared in several films. His 1951 release "Yep Roc Heresay" was another huge success. From 1951-1953, he performed mostly in New York city and even appeared in Norman Granz's 'Jazz at the Philharmonic' (1953). In the mid-'50s, both his popularity, and the Big Band era, were waning .
In the late '50s, he toured with Stan Kenton, and in 1958, recorded for the Dot label (he would not record again for 24 years). In the 1960s, he worked as a hotel manager in San Diego, before buying an orchard near Tacoma, WA. In the late 60s, he was back in Los Angeles, CA, playing in local clubs before drifting into TV acting roles. He appeared in such shows as 'Mission Impossible', 'Marcus Welby, M.D.', 'Along Came Bronson', 'Charlie's Angels', and 'Medical Center'. At the 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival, he was briefly reunited with 'Slam' Stewart. In 1979, he was an actor in the TV miniseries 'Roots: The Next Generation'. In 1982, after trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie talked him into returning to music, Gaillard toured first to the U.K., then Europe, and, in 1983. made London, England his new home base. During this time, he also recorded for the Hep label, - his first recordings since 1958. In 1986, he appeared in the cult film 'Absolute Beginners', In 1989, he was the subject of the BBC multipart TV special 'The World of Slim Gaillard'. Cancer finally stilled his voice on February 26, 1991. Slim Gaillard Biography www.pocreations.com/slimbio1.html MacVooty Radio www.pocreations.com/slim.html
1904
Sydney Lipton, Violin
b. London, England, d. 1995 [ Sydney Lipton Orch ], (30's) b. 4 January, 1904, London, d. 19 July 1995, Florida, USA Overview: Sydney Lipton led one of the most polished of the British Dance Bands, responsible for the most elegant of dance music. He was highly regarded by his musicians and well liked by those who came into contact with him. Although he was best known for sweeter sounds, his orchestra also tackled, with honors, fairly adventurous material such as Raymond Scott's "DINNER MUSIC FOR A PACK OF HUNGRY CANNIBALS" and "RECKLESS NIGHT ON BOARD AN OCEAN LINER" (Decca F.6785), in the late 1930's when his band was at it's most star-studded. In 1984 an LP compilation of rare private recordings of various British bands included Sydney Lipton's Orchestra playing Jimmy Mundy's "JAM SESSION" (rec.1937). This compilation- "The Dance Band Years-The 1930's" was brought out on CD in 1992 (Saville CDSVL 168). Some of the sidemen who played with him over the years include; Max Abrams; Archie Craig; George Evans; Max Goldberg; Harry Hayes; Ted Heath, and Billy Munn. Sydney Lipton was a classically-trained violinist whose first professional job was with the Murray Hedges Band at Edinburgh Palais. However, most of his career as a band musician was spent with Billy Cotton's Band from 1925 to 1931 and Sydney's distinctive violin can be heard on this band's recordings as well as on a few Ambrose sides of 1927. Tired of touring around theaters and ballrooms all over the UK, Sydney left the Cotton band and soon after formed his first dance band at the Royal Palace Hotel in London's Kensington. In the middle of 1932 he took his band into the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane where he was resident until 1967, apart from a break of five years between 1941 and 1946 when he joined the Royal Artillery and the Royal Signals serving as an officer and then captain. Sydney Lipton's Orchestra became part of the fixtures and fittings of the Grosvenor House over a remarkable four decades. Syd Lipton's Grosvenor House Band first recorded for Zonophone in July 1932 and his early recordings are vigorously rhythmic. He also recorded on Sterno Records under the pseudonym of "Sydney Raymond and his Commanders", but these performances were not as polished as those issued under his own name. When his Zonophone/Regal Zonophone contract came to an end at the beginning of 1933 he continued with Sterno, recording under his own name and produced a large number of sides until he transferred to the Decca label in 1935. By this time the emphasis was on melody but with Decca he made surprisingly few records between '35 and 1938 although he was broadcasting regularly and many maintain that it was his finest Orchestra with such top musicians as Max Goldberg(trumpet), Ted Heath(trombone), George Evans(tenor sax and arranger), Harry Hayes (clarinet and alto sax) and Billy Munn (pianist and arranger). The legendary Al Bowlly recorded four titles with the band on January 13th,1938. From 1939 until the end of 1940 the Lipton Orchestra appeared regularly on Columbia records, by which time Sydney's daughter Celia had joined the band. The story goes that Celia had successfully auditioned for Jack Harris, another bandleader of renown, and when her father found out he said that if she wanted to be a singer then it had better be with his band. Celia made some excellent recordings with her father, notably "BOOM!" (Col.FB.2349) and "GET INTO THE SPIRIT OF SPRING" (Col.FB.2432) amongst many others. Celia also recorded with the bands of Lew Stone and Jack Hylton and later made a successful career for herself in theatre, both in London and Broadway. In more recent times, resident for many years in the United States, she has recorded and produced her own LPs and CDs showing that her voice is as fine as ever. After the war, Sydney recorded for Decca and made some stereo LPs as late as 1959, with some recordings made live at Grosvenor House. Sydney Lipton's Band made its first BBC broadcast on 17th July 1933 and became a regular broadcaster thereon. An excerpt from Sydney's live late night BBC broadcast of 24th August, 1936 exists and although this rare recording from air is in poor condition, Sydney himself is heard giving the closing announcement- "You have been listening to Sydney Lipton and the Grosvenor House Band broadcasting to you from Grosvenor House, London. This tune is "THERE'S A RAINBOW ROUND MY SHOULDER" and I think in conclusion we'll have time for "BROADWAY MELODY". We all join in hoping you've enjoyed the programme. Goodnight everybody, goodnight". This historic piece fades out on "AU REVOIR (BUT NOT GOODBYE)" - a popular hit of 1936 - with Billy Munn's piano well to the fore. In the later 1930's, his band was featured on the continental commercial radio stations on programmes sponsored by Crosse and Blackwell. During his bandleading career, Sydney used three signature tunes: "I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS" (1933-1935); "JUST DANCE AND LEAVE THE MUSIC TO ME" (1936-1941) and his own composition "SWEET HARMONY" (1946 -1967). This latter title is a perfect description of Sydney Lipton's music. (These notes on Sidney Lipton kindly supplied by Mr Peter Wallace.)
1907
Joe Marsala
clarinet/leader
b. Chicago, IL, USA
d. Feb. 3, 1978, Santa Barbara, CA, USA. An excellent swing clarinetist who could fit into Dixieland settings yet welcomed Dizzy Gillespie to a memorable session in 1945, Joe Marsala was the older brother of trumpeter Marty Marsala (1909-1975) and the husband of the great jazz harpist Adele Girard (1913-1993). He freelanced around Chicago starting in the late '20s, including with Wingy Manone and Ben Pollack. He recorded with Manone in the mid-'30s, playing with Wingy on 52nd Street during 1935-1936.
Marsala soon became a leader himself and during the next ten years (much of which was spent playing at the Hickory House), he featured such side players as Adele Girard, Buddy Rich (his first important job), Red Allen, Eddie Condon, Joe Bushkin, Dave Tough, Shelly Manne, Max Kaminsky, and his brother, Marty, among others. He retired from full-time playing in 1948, working instead in music publishing. However, Joe Marsala continued playing on an occasional basis into the 1960s. His studio recordings from 1936-1942 are all collected on a Classics CD. Other sessions have been released on IAJRC, Aircheck, Jazzology, Savoy, Black & White, Musicraft, and a 1957 album for Stereo-Craft.
~ Scott Yanow
1916
Lionel Newman
arranger/composer
d. 1989 Biography ~by Hal Erickson While still a teenager, Connecticut-born musician Lionel Newman secured a conductor's job with the Los Angeles-based Earl Carroll's Vanities. For several years thereafter, he was the accompanist for Mae West. Hired as rehearsal pianist at 20th Century-Fox in 1943, Newman spent the next four decades at that studio, working in such capacities as conductor, composer, arranger and musical supervisor. The recipient of eleven Oscar nominations, Newman was finally honored with the gold statuette for his scoring of 1969's Hello Dolly. His last screen assignment was 1984's Unfaithfully Yours, a remake of one of the few Fox films of the 1940s that he didn't work on. Lionel Newman was the brother of composer Alfred Newman and the uncle of musician Randy Newman.
1906
Frankie Newton
Trumpet
b. Emory, VA, USA.
d. March 11, 1954 Biography ~by Scott Yanow Trumpeter Frankie Newton, whose mellow and thoughtful style sometimes seemed somewhat out of place in the swing era, had a relatively brief but artistically rewarding career. He had stints with Lloyd Scott (1927-1929), Cecil Scott (1929-1930), Chick Webb, Elmer Snowden, Charlie Johnson , and Sam Wooding, and appeared on Bessie Smith's final recording session in 1933. Newton worked with Charlie Barnet 's short-lived integrated band in 1936 and with Teddy Hill, before briefly becoming closely associated with bassist John Kirby and his associates. The eventual John Kirby Sextet would have been the logical place for the trumpeter, but a falling out in 1937 ended up with the younger Charlie Shavers getting the spot in the commercially successful group. Newton instead played for Mezz Mezzrow and Lucky Millinder, led a few record dates (including participating in a set for Hugues Panassie ), and worked at Cafe Society, accompanying Billie Holiday on several of her records (most notably "Strange Fruit"). As the 1940s progressed, Newton became less interested in music and gradually faded from the scene, painting more than playing, dying a forgotten and under-utilized talent. William Frank Newton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
1913
Playboy Venson
drums/harmonica
b. Belzoni, MS, USA.
Notable Events
On this date include: 1928.
NBC Radio network debuted one of radio's first variety shows, 'The Dodge Victory Hour'. starring Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra, singer Al Jolson, and monologist Will Rogers. 1936.
Billboard magazine publishes first pop music chart (based on national sales). Jazz violinist Joe Venuti's "Stop! Look! Listen!" was the chart topper.
1980.
"Uncle" Homer Walker, banjo
died in Princeton, W. Va, USA.
Age: 81 1992.
Teddy Grace, vocals
died in La Mirada, CA, USA.
Age: 86
Songs Recorded/Released
On this date include: 1921
Raderman's Jazz Orchestra
1923
Ted Lewis and his Band
1924
The Georgians
Waring's Pennsylvanians 1926
Louise Vant accompanied by Perry Bradford's Mean Four
John Sylvester and his Orchestra
1927
Bessie Smith
Charleston Chasers
Arkansas Travelers
Harry Reser and his Orchestra
1928
Lizzie Miles
Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
  • “Ramona”, (Theme Song of the motion Picture production "Ramona") (L. Wolfe Gilbert / Mabel Wayne)
1929
Ikey Robinson and his Band
1930
Arthur Schutt and his Orchestra
Andrews Sisters
  • Rum And Coca-Cola
LYRICS: Young and Healthy (From 42nd Street) ~(Warren / Dubin) I know a bundle of humanity, She's about so high; I'm nearly driven to insanity, When she passes by. She's a sunny little honey, But oh so hard to kiss; I'll try to overcome her vanity, And then I'll tell her this: I'm young and healthy, And you've got charms; It would really be a sin Not to have you in my arms. I'm young and healthy, And so are you; When the moon is in the sky Tell me what am I to do? If I could hate "yuh," I'd keep away; That ain't my nature, I'm full of vitamin "A," say! I'm young and healthy, And you've got charms; It would really be a sin Not to have you in my arms. I'm young and healthy, And so are you; When the moon is in the sky Tell me what am I to do? If I could hate "yuh," I'd keep away; That ain't my nature, I'm full of vitamin "A," say! I'm young and healthy, So let's be bold; In a year or two or three, Maybe we will be Too old. TubaGirlFin brought to you by... ~confetta
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