Tuesday

JANUARY 5TH

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
WILD BILL DAVISON
BIRTHDAYS
1925
Dorothy Claire, vocals
b. LaPorte IN, USA. s Blonde vocalist Dorothy Claire sang with Bob Crosby before joining Bobby Byrne 's orchestra in 1939. Glenn Miller enticed her to leave Byrne in October 1941, where she replaced the departed Marion Hutton . A feud erupted between Byrne and Miller over the incident, and Claire was sued for breach of contract. She returned to Byrne, however, in April 1942 after Miller decided she wasn't a good fit. In 1943 Claire joined Sonny Dunham. In 1945 she performed as part of the floor show in New York's Copacabana, and in 1950 she began appearing regularly on The Speidel Show, which later became The Paul Winchell-Jerry Mahoney Show. The program aired for four years.
1893
Libba Cotten, guitar
b. Chapel Hill, NC, USA. Elizabeth Cotten - Wikipedia
1906
"Wild Bill" Davison, Cornet
b. Defiance, Ohio, USA.
d. Nov. 14, 1989, Santa Barbara, CA, USA.
né: William Edward Davison. U.S. Celebrated jazz cornet player. Recorded more than 800 songs in an active career. Biography ~by Scott Yanow One of the great Dixieland trumpeters, Wild Bill Davison had a colorful and emotional style that ranged from sarcasm to sentimentality with plenty of growls and shakes. His unexpected placement of high notes was a highlight of his solos and his strong personality put him far ahead of the competition. In the 1920s, he played with the Ohio Lucky Seven, the Chubb-Steinberg Orchestra (with whom he made his recording debut), the Seattle Harmony Kings , and Benny Meroff.
After he was involved in a fatal car accident that ended the life of Frankie Teschemacher in 1932 (his auto was blindsided by a taxi), Davison spent the remainder of the 1930s in exile in Milwaukee. By 1941, he was in New York and in 1943 made some brilliant recordings for Commodore (including a classic version of "That's a Plenty") that solidified his reputation. After a period in the Army, Davison became a fixture with Eddie Condon 's bands starting in 1945, playing nightly at Condon's. In the 1950s, he was quite effective on a pair of albums with string orchestras, but most of his career was spent fronting Dixieland bands either as a leader or with Condon. Wild Bill toured Europe often from the 1960s, recorded constantly, had a colorful life filled with remarkable episodes, and was active up until his death. A very detailed 1996 biography (The Wildest One by Hal Willard) has many hilarious anecdotes and shows just how unique a life Wild Bill Davison had.
1898
Roger Quincy Dickerson, Trumpet
b. Paducah, KY, USA. d. Jan. 21, 1951
Roger Dickerson went to a lot of gigs throughout his adult life, but in his last 20 years he was most likely driving someone else there than playing. A fine trumpeter who performed at many St. Louis theatres beginning around 1918, Dickerson wound up a cab driver in New York City and died of a throat ailment. He first became known nationally as a member of Wilson Robinson's Bostonians, the band that in 1923 provided the travel fare to get him out of St. Louis. This was the same group, with the violinist Andrew Preer in command, that became the house band at New York City's Cotton Club.
The Missourians
In the spring of 1927 Preer died, resulting in leadership coups within the group as well as name changes on the marquee. The ensemble was formalized as the Cotton Club Orchestra, but then changed loyalties to The Missourians. In 1929 a new leader stepped into the picture and the air would soon fill with songs of reefer and moochers named Minnie. That was Cab Calloway, with whom Dickerson lasted exactly one year. Soon thereafter he left full-time music and began the ritual of looking into people's eyes and asking
"Where to, Mac?" He was not related to the younger Roger Dickerson, a pianist who appears on recordings with his brother Dwight Dickerson in the '90s.
~ Eugene Chadbourne
1919
Woolf Phillips
Trombone/Reeds/Composer/Leader
b. London, England, UK. 1904
Mike Riley, Trombone
b. Fall River, MA. USA.
d. Sept. 2, 1984.
Mike Riley was proficient on both trumpet and trombone and enjoyed a certain amount of success as a bandleader, but is best remembered for co-writing the top hit of the year 1935, a head-spinning ditty entitled "The Music Goes 'Round and Around". The song inspired a variety of cover versions including recordings by rockers NRBQ, vintage vocal group the Boswell Sisters and a host of jazz stars including Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. It was the sole hit Riley came up with whilst wearing his songwriting cap, however.
Riley's date of birth seems to be a matter of opinion, with jazz biographer John Chilton estimating 1907 in Brooklyn while other sources place the year about three years earlier and the locale up north in Massachusetts.
In 1927 Riley was chewing on the Big Apple for sure, working as a trumpeter in a band that pianist, singer and comedian Jimmy Durante led at the Parody Club. Within a short time Riley was also playing the trombone in several big bands. His move to bandleading status took place as a result of a collaboration with a player who had similar talents, trumpeter and singer Eddie Farley.
The duo collaborated on a small band in the early '30s and tried their hand at a songwriting partnership, resulting in the single previously described bulls-eye. The Onyx Club kept the Farley and Riley outfit working steadily until ambitions led the partners to each start up their own groups. Through the '40s the Riley band was able to gig not only in New York but on the west coast and in the midwest as well. Riley became a sideman in Chicago in the early '50s before going back to bandleading, developing more of a variety revue than a strict jazz group. This ensemble toured throughout North America in the '50s and '60s. Other performers named Mike Riley, not to be confused with this performer, include a jazz guitarist who made several recordings in the '70s and a blues bassist whose nickname is "Sleepy."
~ Eugene Chadbourne
Notable Events
On this date include:
1940.
Major E.H. Armstrong demonstrated his invention of the "FM" radio before the U. S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). One year later, in 1941, the first commericial FM transmitter went into operation. The Tragic Story of Major EH Armstrong
1959.
Austin Allen, Singer
Banjo, Guitar, Tenor Banjo died.
Age: 57
(Member of the Allen Brothers, a duo of "Austin" né: Austin Ambrose Allen, and Lee William Allen, Singer, Guitar, Kazoo, Piano, b. June 1, 1906, both brothers born Sewanee, Tennessee, USA.)
Cecil Scott and his Bright Boys
1964.
Cecil Scott, tenor sax
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 58 Cecil Scott
1979.
Charles Mingus, bass
died in Cuernavaca, Mexico Charles Mingus: The Official Site
Songs Recorded/Released
On this date include: 1921
Ray Miller's Black And White Melody Boys
1924
Harry Reser and his Orchestra
The California Ramblers
1928
Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
1929
Jessie Stafford and his Orchestra
Louisiana Rhythm Kings
1935
Fats Waller and his Rhythm
LYRICS: What's The Reason I'm Not Pleasin' You ~[Written by Coy Poe, Jimmie Green Pinky Tomlin and Earl Hatch] Why don’t we get along everything I do is wrong Tell me what’s the reason I’m not pleasin’ you I may kiss you but then You don’t say kiss me again Tell me what’s the reason I’m not pleasin’ you If you must keep me in doubt How will I know what to do You can change me about I’ll be what you want me to Though I try and I try Still I never satisfy Tell me what’s the reason I’m not pleasin’ you TubaGirlFin brought to you by... ~confetta
Special Thanks To: The Red Hot Jazz Archives, The Big Band Database, Scott Yanow, and all those who have provided content, images and sound files for this site.

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