Ray Noble, Leader/composer
b. Brighton, England
d. April, 2, 1978, Santa Barbara, CA, USA.
né: Raymond Stanley Noble.
His hest known songs are 
"Goodnight Sweetheart", 
"Love is the Sweetest Thing", 
"The Very Thought of You".
Ray Noble had an odd career. Most notable as the composer of "The Very Thought of You," "I Hadn't Anyone Till You," "The Touch of Your Lips," "Goodnight Sweetheart" and "Cherokee" (as well as leader of the orchestra which backed the popular radio show of Edgar Bergen), Noble was an important bandleader in the 1930s but he never seemed to reach his potential. Classically trained as a pianist, Noble was more interested in dance music and he won a big band arranging contest sponsored by Melody Maker in England.

He became the musical director for the important HMV label (1929-34) and led a series of recordings with his New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (1930-34) which often featured the vocals of Al Bowlly. The music was dance-oriented with a slight influence of jazz. 

Building on his popular success, in 1935 Noble came to the United States where he led his finest orchestra during 1935-37, often playing at the Rainbow Room.

His band included for a time trombonist-arranger Glenn Miller (who was very influenced by Noble's approach and arranging style, "borrowing" "Moonlight Serenade" from Noble's book), Bud Freeman, Pee Wee Erwin, Charlie Spivak, Johnny Mintz, Claude Thornhill and Will Bradley. However after the orchestra broke up in 1937, Noble became much more famous as an emcee on radio and then eventually for his depiction of a pompous and foolish Englishman in comedy bits. In addition to those roles, Noble occasionally led dance bands but by the mid-'50s he had largely retired. Few today probably realize who the Ray Noble was that composed "Cherokee!"
~ Scott Yanow

"Spade" Cooley, Leader/violin
b. Grand, OK, USA, d. Nov, 23, 1969, Oakland, CA, USA.
Born near Pack Saddle Creek, OK. 
né: Donnell Clyde Cooley - The King of Western Swing - died while in Prison (Heart Attack). 
He was in prison because he murdered his wife. He thought she was having an affair with film cowboy star Roy Rogers (who had helped Cooley get into films.)

Wages of Sin

Spade Cooley

Karl Victor Davis
C&W singer-songwriter
b. Mt. Vernon, KY, USA.
d. May 29, 1979.

Cumberland Ridge Runners
Member: Cumberland Ridge Runners.
Also member "Karl & Harty", a very 
influential country music duo of the 1930s.
Karl & Harty are more important for their influence over other groups such as the Blue Sky Boys and the Everly Brothers (who recorded their "I'm Just Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail") than their own career. Though not related, Karl & Harty were a psuedo brother act, performing regularly on Chicago's National Barn Dance in the ‘30s. The performances led to a recording contract with the American Record Corporation, where Karl penned his best work including "I'm Just Here" and "Kentucky," a beautiful ode to his home state. The duo later recorded for Capitol in the late '40s but soon retired from music not long after. 
~ Steve Kurutz, Rovi
The Cumberland Ridge Runners: Information from
Karl & Harty: Information from

Kurt Henkels
b. Solingen, Germany
d. July 12, 1986

Dallas Jones, C&W Guitar
b. Sebastopol, MS,
USA. Member: "Leake County Revelers", -one of the most popular old-time string bands in Mississippi in the late 1920s. Formed in 1926, the original members were Will Gilmer (William Bryant Gilmer, Fiddle, b. February 27, 1897, Leake County, MS, USA), Oscar Mosley (R. Oscar Mosley, Mandolin, b. 1885, Sebastopol, MS, USA), Jim Wolverton (Banjo, b. April 1895, Leake County, MS, USA), and Dallas Jones (Guitar, b. Dec. 17, 1889, Sebastopol, MS, USA).
Dallas Jones: Information from

Louis A. Mitchell
b. New York, NY, USA.
d. Sept. 12, 1957

Despite what appears to be great general support for jazz and/or the avant-garde, French audiences have also at times expressed what can only be described as disgust with new forms of musical expression. Infamous incidents of this sort include the premiere of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, early gigs in France by the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and the following reaction to a performance by percussionist Louis A. Mitchell, also known as "The King of Noise": "When Mitchell first came to Paris, his first appearance was at a matinee. The audience did not take kindly to this 'noise artist' from America. It hissed, jeered, and howled at him. His premiere appearance was the biggest frost ever chronicled in Paris theatres." Guessing the date of this performance debacle could be an interesting challenge for the noise nut. Mitchell was performing as a solo percussionist, a concept that has really not been greeted with that much enthusiasm from audiences since the days of Mitchell's premiere. Nonetheless, it should be noted that these were certainly the early days of jazz: the preceding clipping originated with an Ohio newspaper from early 1919.

Louis Mitchell's Jazz Kings, like James Reese Europe's Hellfighters, were among the first ensembles to present syncopated music to European audiences. Mitchell's performing career stretches back to the very early 20th century; he appeared in minstrel shows and vaudeville playing both the drums and the bandoline, the latter an odd combination of percussion and stringed-instrument technology. He started up the Southern Symphonists' Quintet upon moving north to New York City in 1912. Several years later he began a series of hops back and forth between Europe and the United States, the periods of stay abroad becoming longer and longer each time.

Mitchell at first focused on the United Kingdom, taking on a residency at the Piccadilly Restaurant, touring with a variety show called Jordan & Mitchell, forming his own Syncopating Septette, and putting on solo drumming demonstrations. In 1918 he began working as both vocalist and drummer in James Reese Europe's Clef Club Band back in New York City. Soon he assembled a new group of his own, the Jazz Kings, and returned across the ocean in search of gigs. He found plenty of action for this group, including a house-band stint at the Casino de Paris that lasted five years. He developed a form of classic jazz that routinely included French influences, creating syncopated versions of popular chansons such as "Un Femme Qui Passe" or cooking up local tributes such as "The Montmatre Rag."
Much of the repertoire of this group was recorded by the Pathe label in 1922 and 1923. Instrumentalists in the group included the great soprano saxophonist and clarinetist Sidney Bechet, but not on recordings. Eventually, however, Mitchell became more involved in action off the bandstand, including not just gambling but managing nightclubs and casinos. At one point in the '30s he owned the Grand Duc Club -- as the legend goes, Mitchell won rights to the busy gambling den in a crap game! He also managed his own American-style eating establishment, known as both Mitchell's and Chez Mitchell's. These experiences helped him assist the classic blues singer and expatriate known as Bricktop, (real name: Ada Smith-Ducongé) when she wanted to open her own Parisian club, the Music Box.

Mitchell returned to the United States following the end of the Second World War but was not that active in music in the last decade of his life. He should not be confused with the rock recording engineer of the same name. There is also a jazz trumpeter named Lou Mitchell who appears on several recordings from the '40s.
~ Eugene Chadbourne

Louis Mitchell - Wikipedia

Sy Oliver
b. Battle Creek, MI, USA.
d. May 28, 1988, New York, NY, USA. (Cancer).
né: Mevlin James Oliver.
Sy Oliver's melodic yet sophisticated arrangements helped define the Jimmy Lunceford sound in the 1930s and modernized Tommy Dorsey's band in the '40s. A fine trumpeter (excellent with a mute) and a likable vocalist, Oliver made his recording debut with Zack Whyte's Chocolate Beau Brummels in the late '20s and also worked with Alphonse Trent. Joining Lunceford in 1933, Oliver was responsible for such memorable charts as "My Blue Heaven," "Ain't She Sweet," "Organ Grinder's Swing," and "'Tain't What You Do," among many others.

It was a major blow to Lunceford when Oliver jumped at the chance to make a lot more money arranging and occasionally singing for Tommy Dorsey. The hiring of Sy Oliver was a major help for T.D. in getting Buddy Rich to join his band. Oliver's arrangement of "On the Sunny Side of the Street" was his biggest hit for Dorsey. After a brief attempt at leading his own orchestra in 1946, Oliver became a freelance arranger and producer for the remainder of his long career. As late as 1975-1980, he was regularly leading a band but Sy Oliver will always be best known for his classic Lunceford charts.
~ Scott Yanow
Alfred "Al" Williams, Piano
b. Memphis, TN, USA.
A blues-based pianist who played with trumpeter Henry "Red" Allen, trumpeter Buck Clayton, and saxophonist Johnny Hodges, among others, Williams lived in Chicago from an early age. He studied piano as a child and began playing professionally in Chicago around 1935. He formed a 12-piece dance band around 1936, and a trio in 1942. During the '40s he played with such musicians as Allen, clarinetist Jimmy Noone, and bandleader Erskine Tate. In the late '40s Williams played in a duo with his wife, singer Aubrey Hobbs; the pair was known as Alfred and Aubrey. Williams also arranged for Chicago-area bands around this time. In the '50s he played around New York, including gigs at the Metropole and Savoy Ballroom. He toured Europe with Clayton in 1959 and Hodges in 1961.
~ Chris Kelsey

Notable Events 
On This Date Include:

Benny Goodman's first clarinet solo.
Goodman was featured with Ben Pollack
and His Californians on a tune called.
"He's the Last Word".

Noble Sissle, songwriter
died in Tampa, FL, USA.
Age: 86

"Big" Joe Williams, guitar
died in Macon, GA, USA.
Age: 79

Rex Allen Sr., singer/actor
(called: "the Arizona Cowboy")
died in Tucson, AZ, USA.
Age: 77.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Maggie Jones
Faye Barnes / Maggie Jones
Clarence Williams & Eva Taylor
Clarence Williams' Blue Five
Edith Wilson and Johnny Dunn's Jazz Hounds

Fred Hamm and his Orchestra
Jack Chapman Drake Hotel Orchestra
Waring's Pennsylvanians
Isham Jones and his Orchestra
Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
Ben Pollack and his Californians
Coon Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra

Wilton Crawley


Lonnie Johnson

Joe "Wingy" Manone and
his Club Royale Orchestra
Halfway House Orchestra

Jelly Roll Morton Trio
Luis Russell and his Orchestra
The Clicquot Club Eskimos
The California Ramblers

Cliff Edwards with Andy Iona and his Islanders
The Very Thought Of You
-Words and Music by Ray Noble

The very thought of you and I forget to do
The little ordinary things that everyone ought to do
I'm living in a kind of daydream
I'm happy as a king
And foolish though it may seem
To me that's everything

The mere idea of you, the longing here for you
You'll never know how slow the moments go till I'm near to you
I see your face in every flower
Your eyes in stars above
It's just the thought of you
The very thought of you, my love

The mere idea of you, the longing here for you
You'll never know how slow the moments go till I'm near to you
I see your face in every flower
Your eyes in stars above
It's just the thought of you
The very thought of you, my love

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