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DECEMBER 2ND










Photo: Altered Sheet Music - 2009

BIRTHDAYS


1905

Moses Asch 
label founder (Folkways)
b. Warsaw, Poland
Moses Asch Speaks Out!

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1895
Jesse Crawford, organ 
b. Woodland, CA, IA, USA.
Biography
Jesse Crawford (b. December 2, 1895, Woodland, CA; May 28, 1962, Sherman Oaks, CA) was one of the most popular organists of the first half of the 20th century. Originally, he was a pianist in a dance band, but he changed his instrument in 1911, choosing to play organ instead. 



That year, he played a concert at the Spokane Gem Theater, which set him on a circuit of concerts in theaters. In 1918, he became the first organist to play Los Angeles' Grauman's Theater. Crawford continued to perform throughout the '20s, landing a regular job at New York's Paramount Theater in 1926, where he would occasionally perform organ duets with his wife Helen.

In 1925, Jesse Crawford signed a contract RCA/Victor, which resulted in several hit records -- including "Rose Marie," "Russian Lullaby," "At Dawning," "Valencia," and "Roses of Picardy" -- between 1925-27. For the rest of the '20s, he peformed a series of popular concerts and played background music for radio plays. During the '30s, he led a dance orchestra, in addition to playing his regular concerts.

Crawford continued to record and perform throughout the '40s and '50s.
~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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1906
Peter Carl Goldmark 

Inventor of the LP record
b. Budapest, Hungary.
d. Dec. 7, 1977, Westchester county, NY, USA.
Peter is remembered today as an engineer who developed the first commercial color television, and the Long Playing record. However, he was also an accomplished Cellist and Pianist who loved music and hated the short playing time of 78rpm records. By slowing down the speed to 33-1/3rpm and using vinyl instead of shellac to press the disc, Goldmark was able to add grooves and quintuple the playing time. LP (Long Play) records energized the entire music industry. Not only could Classical music now be played in their entirety, but in time, even 'Iron Butterfly' had an excuse to record "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida."
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Betty Comden & Adolph Green
1915
Adolph Green 
composer/lyricist
d. Oct. 23, 2002.
Age 87. some sources show b. 1914).
In 1960, Adolph married Phyllis Newman and the marriage resulted in two children (his son, Adam Green, daughter, Amanda Green). Over a period of more than six decades, the professional partnership of Comden and Green lasted longer than any other Broadway composing team, The pair penned more than a dozen witty and successful Broadway musicals including 'Bells Are Ringing', 'On the Town', 'On the Twentieth Century', 'Peter Pan', 'Hallelujah', 'Baby', 'Will Rogers Follies' and others. 



They also co-wrote the Academy Award-nominated screenplays for 'It's Always Fair Weather', 'The Band Wagon and Singin' in the Rain', as well as 'Good News', 'The Barkleys of Broadway', 'Auntie Mame', 'What a Way to Go', 'On the Town', 'Bells Are Ringing' and others. The team also worked with other composers including Cy Coleman, Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne, Morton Gould and Andre Previn. Among their best-known songs are "The Party's Over," "Make Someone Happy," "Just in Time," "Never Never Land," "New York, New York (It's a Helluva Town)," and "I Never Met a Man I Didn't Like."
PBS Bio



1890
Fate Marable

Piano/Leader
b. Paduca, KY, USA.
d. Jan. 16, 1947.
One of the Original New Orleans Black Bands. 

Often worked on the old Sternwheeler Mississippi Riverboats.
~Biography
A legendary name in early jazz, Fate Marable led jazz bands on riverboats for decades. He first played in public when he was nine and as early as 1907, Marable was playing piano and calliope aboard a Mississippi steamship. He formed the Kentucky Jazz Band in 1917 and among his many sidemen during the next 20 years were Louis Armstrong, Johnny Dodds, Baby Dodds, Pops Foster, Zutty Singleton, Henry "Red" Allen, Gene Sedric, Jimmy Blanton and Earl Bostic.
Fate Marable’s Society Syncopators
“Frankie And Johnny”, 3-16-1924, (Sheilds / Leighton)
In the 1930s, Marable sometimes co-led bands with Charlie Creath and, although based in St. Louis, he constantly recruited some of the best New Orleans jazzmen for his groups. In 1940, a badly infected finger caused him to retire for a long period. Marable was active again by the mid-'40s, playing piano in St. Louis-area clubs before dying from pneumonia. Unfortunately, the only recordings of Marable's band, Frankie and Johnny and Pianoflage from 1924, are quite poor musically and technically, so the power and beauty of his bands are lost to history.
~ Scott Yanow
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1896
Mike Mosiello 
Trumpet/cornet/leader
b. Frasso Telesino, Italy
d. June, 3, 1953, Asbury Park, NJ, USA.
né: Michael Angelo Mosiello.





1907
Paul Pendarvis, Leader 

d. 1987
[ Paul Pendarvis Orch ]
Theme: "My Sweetheart"
Pendarvis was born in Oklahoma. but moved to California for his under-graduate college (UCLA) years. During his stay in California, he had some minor roles in motion pictures.
He moved to Kansas City, KS, and it was here, in the early thirties, that Paul started his band. In addition to club and hotel dates, Paul also had his own radio show. Pendarvis was a violinist. He always started his radio program with the announcement: "When you here the violin, - it's Paul Pendarvis", followed by the theme song.
Paul found some success in Kansas City, and subsequently the band was booked into The Congress Hotel in Chicago. During these years, the band recorded for Columbia Records. Paul gave up the band in the early forties to become musical director of a radio station.


1914
Edward Ernest "Eddie" Sauter 
Arranger/Composer/Leader (Sauter/Finegan Band)
b. New York, NY (Brooklyn), USA. d. April 21, 1981, Nyack, NY, USA.
Studied Trumpet and drums. Matriculated Columbia Univ.(NY) playing on Cruise ships during Summers vacations. Studied theory at Juilliard. Played with Archie Bleyer orch 1932. 1935-39 arranging for Red Norvo band. 1939 wrote for Benny Goodman ("Benny Rides Again") and in 1940 wrote for Artie Shaw band ('The Maid With The Flaccid Air'). 



These were his best 'Jazz' years with his writing showing good techical innovation while still 'swinging'. Also wrote for Tommy Dorsey, Ray McKinley and Woody Herman bands. In 1952, he and Bill Finegan formed a recording only orch., which later was used for Club/TV dates too. 


They gave up Jazz improv. and turned to novel instrumental effects. Disbanded May 1957. Sauter took job at Sudwestfunk radio in Baden Baden, Germany. Back to USA in 1959, where he and Bill Finegan writing Radio Commercials.
Eddie Sauter: Facts, Discussion Forum, and Encyclopedia Article


1902
Homer Smith, vocals 
b. Florence, AL, IA, USA.
Member: The Southernaires




1916
Charlie Ventura, Tenor Sax 
b. Philadelphia, PA, USA. d.1992.
The 4th of 13 children. Started on C-Melody sax in 1931, but in later years also played Soprano, Alto, Baritone and Bass sax, with the Tenor Sax as his main instrument. Worked in Father's hat factory. In 1940-2 while working in Navy shipyard during the day, he frequently 'jammed at night with such men as Gillespie, DeFranco, Bill Harris and Roy 'Little Jazz' Eldridge.Between '42-3 and again '44-6 tenor sax with Krupa; '43-4 with Teddy Powell's band; '46-7 led his own big band; and from '47-9 led his own small 'Bop' combos. Led own big band '50, then form 'Dec '50 to '54 run his own nightclub, The Open House' (in Philadelphia). Worked with Krupa trio Jan-June 1952, and toured Japan in late '50s with Krupa, after which he led small groups in various Las Vegas NV clubs. Won 1946 Esquire New Star Award; 1945 Down Beat Poll Award for best Tenor Sax and in '49 Down Beat Poll award for best small combo.
SOLID! Bio




Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

 
1937.

Joe Smith, trumpet 
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 35. 

Played with Bessie Smith
Joe "Fox" Smith: Information from Answers.com


1949.
Boogie Woogie pianist Albert Ammons 
died in Chicago, IL, USA. 

Age: 42.
Albert Ammons: Information from Answers.com


1955. 
Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, piano
died in Cleveland, OH, USA. Age: 61
Cow Cow Davenport



Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include: 



1922


The Southland Six
Esther Bigeou
1925

Bailey's Lucky Seven
Pinkie's Birmingham Five



1926



Paul Ash and his Orchestra
Cook and his Dreamland Orchestra
1929

Wilton Crawley and his Orchestra
Ted Weems and his Orchestra



1930


Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
1932

Annette Hanshaw
  • “Fit As A Fiddle" (Freed / Hoffman / Goodheart)
1935


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
1936

Benny Goodman Orch.
  • Stompin' at the Savoy
1943

Bing Crosby
  • I'll Be Home For Christmas

LYRICS: 

**FIT AS A FIDDLE**

Fit as a fiddle and ready for love.
I can jump over the moon up above.
Fit as a fiddle and ready for love!

I haven't a worry, I haven't a care,
I feel like a feather that's floating on air,
Fit as a fiddle and ready for love!

Soon all the church bells will be ringing
And I'll march with Ma and Pa.
All the church bells will be ringing,
With a hey naughty-knotty and a hotcha-cha darling.

Hi, diddle-diddle, my baby's OK,
Ask me a riddle, I'm waiting to say
Fit as a fiddle and ready for love!

Soon all the church bells will be ringing
And I'll march with Ma and Pa.
All the church bells will be ringing,
With a hey naughty-knotty and a hotcha-cha darling.

Hi, diddle-diddle, my baby's OK,
Ask me a riddle, I'm waiting to say
Fit as a fiddle and ready for love!

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