Wednesday

DECEMBER 15TH




Edison with his phonograph
taken by Mathew Brady in 1877.

BIRTHDAYS 






1897
Edward Clifton "Ed" Allen, Trumpet/piano
b. Nashville, TN, USA, d. Jan. 28, 1974, USA.


There are two trumpeters in jazz by this name, but this one came first. Either can be happy to have their names appear early on in any encyclopedia devoted to this genre. Edward Clifton Allen was born in the country music capital of Nashville, but the year was 1897 and the first pedal steel lick was still a gleam in the eyes of someone yet unborn. By the time he was seven, his family had joined the migration to the north and jobs in Midwestern cities; his family wound up in St. Louis, where he began tinkling the piano at the age of ten, switching to cornet soon thereafter. In his early teens, he played in military bands while working as a truck driver. By 1916, he had become a professional cornet player, blasting out licks in some pretty rugged St. Louis honky tonks. He headed west for Seattle, where he began working with pianist Ralph Stevenson.

A job with the Strekus Line Steamers lured him back to Sad Louis, although the gig itself took place on riverboats heading up and down the Mississippi, New Orleans the final destination both artistically and geographically. He began playing the boats with the fine band of Charlie Creath, but took over aboard the S.S. Capitol with his own new Whispering Gold Band circa 1922. Allen would gig for awhile in New Orleans, take a boat back to St. Louis, work there, grab another boat, and so forth.

In 1924, he was in Chicago and joined the Earl Hines band, leaving the following year for a job in a revue, Ed Daily's Black and White Show. He played in this show as a member of Joe Jordan's combo, Sharps & Flats. During the period he was involved with this show, the trumpeter also began cutting what would become a fat pile of sides with classic bluesman and songwriter Clarence Williams. This continued in 1927 when the show was finished, with the trumpeter also appearing alongside interesting violinist Allie Ross in a group that morphed into the LeRoy Tibbs Orchestra by the end of the decade. With and without Williams, he continued to show up in recording studios to back up artists such as blues queen Bessie Smith, and he also appears as a member of several of King Oliver's ensembles.

Allen was a dance band player in the next few decades, only occasionally stepping forward to operate as a bandleader. Pianist Benton Heath finally latched onto him for an extended gig at a New York dance hall that lasted from the mid-'40s all the way to 1963. Ill health then became an issue removing him from full-time playing. His last but ironically most extended exposure on recordings came on some sessions organized in England in the mid-'50s by trombonist Chris Barber as a craze for so-called trad jazz took hold.
~ Eugene Chadbourne

1891
A. P. Carter , C&W vocals/guitar
d. Nov. 7, 1960, Maces Springs, VA, USA.
né: Alvin Pleasant Delaney Carter.
'The Carter Family' Country and Western vocal group. Biography
The patriarch of America's first family of country music, A.P. Carter led the Carter Family from 1926 to the group's breakup in 1943. A collector of hundreds of folksongs from Britain as well as the Appalachian Mountains, Carter adapted those songs into his own originals and wrote many country classics, including "Wabash Cannonball," "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," "Keep on the Sunny Side," "Foggy Mountain Top," "Worried Man Blues," "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes," and "Wildwood Flower."

Born in the Clinch Mountains of Virginia in 1891, Carter played fiddle from an early age, learned songs from his parents, and sang with two uncles and a sister in a gospel quartet. At the age of 20, Carter met Sara Dougherty while selling fruit trees and writing songs in his spare time. They married several years later and began playing around the region. Maybelle Carter, Carter's sister-in-law, joined the group as well just before their audition for Victor Records in 1927. The recordings went well and Victor released three records that quickly became hits.

Signed to a long contract, the Carter Family became a popular act by the end of the '20s, though the Depression hurt their fortunes, as fewer Americans bought records. Though Carter and Sara separated in 1932, the Carter Family continued recording during the '30s, for ARC and Decca, as well as Victor. Carter and Sara finally divorced in 1939 and Sara officially retired from the group four years later. While Maybelle toured with her three daughters, Carter ran a country store in Virginia until 1952, when he re-formed the Carter Family with Sara and several of their grown children. They recorded over the course of the next four years, but disbanded in 1956. Carter died in 1960.





1916
Buddy Cole
Piano/Organ/Leader
b. Irving, IL, USA.
d. Nov. 5, 1964, Los Angeles (Hollywood), California, USA
Edwin LeMar Cole, known as Buddy Cole was a jazz pianist and orchestra leader. He played behind a number of pop singers, including Rosemary Clooney, Jill Corey, and The Four Lads, who recorded for Columbia Records.




1892
David W. Guion, Composer
b. Ballinger, TX, USA.
né: David Wendell De Fentresse Guion


1910
John Henry Hammond, Sr.
Pre-eminent Writer/historian/promoter of Jazz
d. July 10, 1987.
Among his many accomplishments, he helped greatly to foster better 'race' relations.


1911
Stan Kenton, Leader/piano
b. Wichita, KS, USA.
d. August 25, 1979, Los Angeles, CA. USA (Stroke).
né: Stanley Newcomb Kenton. Solid! -- Stan Kenton

1914
David McEnery - "Red River Dave", singer/songwriter
b: Dec. 15, 1914, San Antonio, TX, USA
d: Jan. 15 2002, San Antonio, TX, USA.

1925
Jimmy Nottingham, Trumpet
b. New York, NY, USA. d. 1978
Biography
An underrated soloist, Jimmy Nottingham was such a valuable big band and studio musician that he spent most of his life playing anonymously in the background and had few chances to solo. He first worked professionally in 1943 with Cecil Payne. While in the military (1944-45), Nottingham was lucky enough to play regularly with Willie Smith's Navy band. He was Lionel Hampton's high-note trumpeter from 1945-47 and worked with the big bands of Charlie Barnet, Lucky Millinder, Count Basie (as lead trumpeter from 1948-50) and Herbie Fields.

Nottingham played with Latin bands from 1951-53 and then joined the staff of CBS in 1954, where he worked for 20 years, occasionally playing jazz on the side. Among his jazz associations during this era were Budd Johnson (with whom he co-led a band in 1962), Dizzy Gillespie, Oliver Nelson, Benny Goodman, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (1966-70) and Clark Terry (1974-75). Nottingham stayed active until his death at age 52; his only chance to be a leader resulted in four titles (half an album) for Seeco in 1957.
~ Scott Yanow

1902
'Nudie the Tailor', clothier
b. Kiev, Ukraine.
Tailor to virtually all the Nashville (and Las Vegas too) music stars. He specialized in designing "flashy" stage outfits.
Nudie's Rodeo Tailor 
www.rockabillyhall.com/BarryKNudie.html
nudie 



1894
Ernest Stevens
piano/arranger/leader

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


1877.
Thomas Edison patents his
'phonograph'.


1943.
"Fats" Waller, piano/songwriter
died in Kansas City MO, USA.
(aboard train heading to New York city)
Age: 39


WIKI Bio



1944.
Glenn Miller died at age 40.
(missing on flight over the English Channel during WWII.)

1954.
Oscar "Papa" Celestin
died in New Orleans, LA, USA.
Age 69.


1959.
Jack Robbins, publisher
(Robbins Music)
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 65


1983.
Russell "Big Chief" Moore, trombone
died in Nyack, N, USA.
Age: 71
1984.
Eddie Beal, piano
died in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Age: 74


1993.
Al Rose, author/New Orleans historian
died in New Orleans, LA, USA.
Age: 77.
(Caution: Do not confuse with Al Rose, singer-songwriter/guitarist.)



Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


1920

The Happy Six
Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
1923

Bennie Krueger and his Orchestra
1925


Clarence Williams'
Blue Five 



Roger Wolfe Kahn and his Orchestra



Ted Lewis and his Band

Jack Crawford and his Orchestra
The California Ramblers 


1928

Chicago Footwarmers
1930


Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds Of Joy
Isham Jones and his Orchestra 



LYRICS:

~Joseph Meyer

In the movie plays of now-a-days,
A romance always must begin in June,
Tales in magazines have all their scenes
Of love laid in a garden 'neath the moon.
But I don't miss, that kind of bliss
What I want is this,
Chorus:
A cup of coffee, a sandwich and you,
A cozy corner, a table for two,
A chance to whisper and cuddle and coo
With lots of huggin' and kissin' in view.
I don't need music, lobster or wine,
Whenever your eyes look into mine.
The things I long for are simple and few;
A cup of coffee, a sandwich and you!


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