Sunday

DECEMBER 5TH


BIRTHDAYS
1910
Luis Arcaraz
b. Dec. 5, 1910, Mexico City, Mexico
d. Dec. 15, 1963, Near San Luis Potos, Mexico. 
(Auto Accident).
né: Luis Arcaraz Torras.
A fine musician now, sadly, almost forgotten. 
The following bio is from:

As he was growing-up in Mexico, he had two passions; music and bull fighting. It was said that he was a fine amateur bull-fighter. Both parents had a musical background. His father, a musician recognized his son's talent and encouraged him. His mother wanted him to have a more stable career so he attended school in Spain, studying Engineering and Music. He eventually gave up the engineering to concentrate on music full-time.
Returning to Mexico, his first job was with a radio station XEW in Mexico City where he was paid the equivalent of 36 cents an hour to sing and play the piano. In 1928 he made his musical debut in Tampico and success came quickly

His talent and reputation for arranging and composing grew quickly and soon he was writing musical scores for motion pictures. In 1951, he was awarded Mexico's Gold Record Award (the U.S. equivalent to a Grammy) for his musical composition, "Quinto Patio". in 1952, his band received a similar award as "Best Orchestra of the Year". By 1963, he had already composed music for 24 films.
Throughout the fifties, concurrently with composing, he toured the Mexico with a dance orchestra. His personnel were considered to be the finest musicians in Mexico. His great, long-time trumpet player, Conrad Gozzo was often compared to "a young Harry James." RCA Victor signed the Arcaraz Orchestra to a recording contract for their special Latin-American label, but because of his popularity they soon shifted him to their standard label.. By 1949 he had, what was considered to be by critiques, as the best big band in Mexico and consistently finished fourth in polls of the all-time best dance bands ever, behind only Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Duke Ellington.
His orchestra did not feature Latin-American music as one might expect. For shows and dances he played a blend North American pop-tunes and standards as well as some of Mexico's best pop tunes.
During the decade of the fifties, besides playing throughout Mexico, he often toured in the United States, mostly the west coast and mid-west as far north as Chicago. His band consistently drew capacity crowds and was one of the all-time favorites at the Paladium in Los Angeles.

In the 1960s, he moved to Monterrey where he commuted between there and Mexico City. It was during one of the commutes that he lost his life in a tragic automobile accident near San Luis Potos, on December 5th, 1963. 


1902
John Henry "Bubba" Brown
guitar/piano
b. Brandon, MS, USA

1915
"Kansas" Fields, Drums
b. Chapman, KS, USA. d.1995.
né" Charles Donnell Fields. 
Drummer Kansas Fields is one of few musicians whose name is also a location, although in this case a pretty vague and potentially boring one. He was born Carl Donnell Fields, in Kansas naturally, but began to make his reputation on the Chicago jazz scene in the late '20s. Through the '30s he was involved with heavy-hitters on the Windy City scene such as 
trumpeter King Kolax and clarinetist Jimmie Noone. In the end of 1940 he had signed up with Roy Eldridge, continued working with him for about a year and would return to that trumpeter's groups later in the decade. Eldridge dismantled his own group to join Gene Krupa's band in 1941, however, inspiring Fields to try out being the frontman. While he was a respected percussionist who worked with first class players throughout his career, Fields' leadership attempts did not result in household name status. 


Prior to joining the Marines in the mid '40s, Fields backed up singer Ella Fitzgerald, saxophonist and bandleader Benny Carter and many more, sticking pretty closely to the swing agenda. Following the war he followed a similar plan, hopping in and out of the popular Cab Calloway band, reaffirming Kansas City ties with the fine pianist Claude Hopkins and spending several periods laying down the beat for saxophonist and clarinetist Sidney Bechet. Before the '40s were up he had dabbled in bebop, playing with Dizzy Gillespie. He was also back with Eldridge and in the early '50s had the Kansas Fields combo sprouting up at the Cafe Society Downtown. 

The drummer began touring in Europe in 1953, often alongside Mezz Mezzrow. More than a decade of expatriate activity followed; Fields settled in France, enjoying the vista of sunflower fields, and became a first choice for many bandleaders putting bands together for continental tours. Stating that he often worked with pianists doesn't quite indicate the range of musical styles, from the rococco improvisations of a slightly demented Bud Powell to the laid-back blues folklore of Memphis Slim. Returning to Chicago in 1965, Fields began doing a great deal of studio work as well as taking another crack at Gillespie's dizzy tempos. Recordings with the latter artist dominate Fields' discography, much of which was recorded prior to the drummer's return to his homeland. Certain sessions such as a '50s date with John Coltrane and Kenny Burrell and the aforementioned sessions with Powell have been reissued several times. For a different kind of record, Kansas Fields is the only American jazz musician mentioned by name in Walt Whitman's famous poem "The Leaves of Gras", although not intentionally. 
~ Eugene Chadbourne, Rovi

1916
William Howard "Jesse" James
(Western Swing) bandleader
b. Mississippi, USA.
Member: "Jesse James & All The Boys"

1916
Roger F. Miller, Sr.
trombone (and baritone horn in concert bands)
b. Mt Bethel, PA, USA. d. Nov. 10, 2004, Anderson, SC, USA.
In private correspondence, Roger's son, Jeff (trombonist) has advised that his father "Out of high school traveled with Lew Stanley and the Nighthawks.......(and) played with Johnny Long , around 1944 and '45. Among the Johnny Long band members were Don Paladino (who was hit by a taxi in New York City and died in his 20s), "Lefty" Feist, "Chick" Rendy, and vocalist Frances Lane. Roger Miller Sr. also played with Les Brown . I know he was friends with Will Bradley , (since I currently use a mouthpiece Will Bradley had made and has his name etched into it.) My father used to talk about him as a friend of George Miller (not a family member) that played at some point with Will Bradley.

1861
James Thornton

Composer
b. Liverpool, England
d. July, 27, 1938, New York, NY, USA.
James Thornton (December 5, 1861 — July 27, 1938) was an American composer and lyricist.
He was born of Irish parents in Kew Street, Liverpool, England, emigrated to the United States in 1869, became a US citizen in 1931, and died in New York City.

Thornton is primarily remembered today as the composer of the 1898 song, When You Were Sweet Sixteen. The song was a favorite of Barbershop Quartets at the turn of the century and was recorded by Harry McDonagh around 1904. In the 1946 Columbia Pictures film, The Jolson Story, where singer Al Jolson was his own voice-double for actor Larry Parks the song was changed to a different format and became the version that most people remember. The song was then recorded by Perry Como in 1947 and was a hit.

Thornton started his career as a "singing waiter" in Boston and then achieved success with his wife, Bonnie Cox, in music halls throughout the US as what was then called a "serio-comic" or "monologist" (essentially a stand-up comic) and singer. During his career, Thornton was also the vaudeville partner of Charles B. Lawlor, composer of the song, The Sidewalks of New York.

Thornton’s other compositions (besides When You Were Sweet Sixteen) include: She May Have Seen Better Days, The Irish Jubilee, Two Little Girls in Blue, When Summer Comes Around, It Don’t Seem Like the Same Old Smile, My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon, Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow and the 1893 song, The Streets of Cairo, composed for the Chicago World’s Fair of that year. Thornton’s last public appearance was in 1934 at the Forrest Theater in New York City.

1901
Ray Whitley
singing cowboy film star
b. Atlanta, GA, USA.BIO
Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:
1936.
Bing Crosby hosted "The Kraft Music Hall".
Jimmy Dorsey (who would later become host) 
led the Kraft Orchestra.
Susie Edwards, vocals
died in Chicago, IL, USA.
Age: 67.
The "Susie" in the team of 'Butterbeans & Susie'.

1968.
C. P. MacGregor
producer/transcriber/recording Studio owner
died in Hollywood, CA, USA. Age: 71.
In 1924, MacGregor was Brunswick Records manager for the San Francisco territory. He later had his own studios; "CP MacGregor Studios", at 729 S. Western Avenue, Hollywood, CA, where many stars were recorded, including the Stan Kenton orchestra, Peggy Lee singing with the Dave Barbour Orchestra, and many others.

1969.
"Stump" Johnson, piano
died in St. Louis, MO, USA.

1987.
Pappy Daily, label owner (Starday)
died in Houston, TX, USA.

1996.
Wilf Carter, aka: "Montana Slim"
died in Scottsdale, AZ, USA.
(b. January 20, 1904, Nova Scotia, Canada)
Canada's most successful country singer. 
Billed as "The Yodelling Cowboy". 
During his long career, 'Slim' composed over 500 songs.Wilf Carter - Wikipedia
Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include: 
1922

1925

Original Indiana Five
The Little Ramblers
The California Ramblers
1927

The Clicquot Club Eskimos
1928

Louis Armstrong and his Savoy Ballroom Five
LYRICS: 

Runnin' Wild 
Words by Joe Grey and Leo Wood
Music by A. Harrington Gibbs - 1922
My gal and I, we had a fight And I'm all by my self,
I guess she thinks, now that she's gone, I'll lay right on the shelf;
I'm gon -na show her she's all wrong, No lone -some stuff for mine,
I won't sit home, all a -lone, She'll soon find that I'm:

Run -nin' wild, lost con -trol,
Run -nin wild, might -y bold,
Feel -in' gay reck -less too,
Care free mind all the time, nev -er blue;
Al -ways goin' don't know where,
Always show -in', I don't care;
Don't love no -bod -y, it's not worth while;
All a -lone run -nin' wild.

No gal will ev -er make a fool of me, No, gal! I mean just what I say;
I ain't the sim -ple -ton I used to be, Won -der how I got that way.
Once I was full of sen -ti -ment, it's true, But now I got a cru -el heart;
With all that oth -er fool -ish -ness I'm through, Gon -na play the vil -lian part.



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