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APRIL 12TH


HAPPY  BIRTHDAY  JOHNNY  DODDS !!

BIRTHDAYS


1892
JOHNNY DODDS, Clarinet
b. Waverly, LA, USA.
d. Aug. 8, 1940.
This welf-taught clarinetist is perhaps best recalled for his work in the Louis Armstrong 'Hot Five's' and 'Hot Sevens'. Johnny was among the most significant clarinetists of the early New Orleans Jazz era, and His younger brother, Baby Dodds, was among the first important drummers. During most of 1912-1919, Dodds was with Kid Ory's band, In 1917, he played on riverboats with Fate Marable.
In 1921, he joined King Oliver in Chicago. In the following decade, he recorded with 'Oliver's Creole Jazz Band', Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and on his own hot sessions, often utilizing trumpeter Natty Dominique. During 1924-1930, he worked regularly at Kelly's Stables (52nd Street in New York city). Dodds continued playing in Chicago during the 1930s, although part of the time was spent running a cab company.
JOHNNY DODDS
~Biography 
by Scott Yanow
One of the all-time great clarinetists and arguably the most significant of the 1920s, Johnny Dodds (whose younger brother Baby Dodds was among the first important drummers) had a memorable tone in both the lower and upper registers, was a superb blues player, and held his own with Louis Armstrong (no mean feat) on his classic Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings. He did not start on clarinet until he was 17 but caught on fast, being mostly self-taught.
Dodds was with Kid Ory's band during most of 1912-1919, played on riverboats with Fate Marable in 1917, and joined King Oliver in Chicago in 1921. During the next decade, he recorded with Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and on his own heated sessions, often utilizing trumpeter Natty Dominique. He worked regularly at Kelly's Stables during 1924-1930. Although Dodds continued playing in Chicago during the 1930s, part of the time was spent running a cab company. The clarinetist led recording sessions in 1938 and 1940, but died just before the New Orleans revival movement began.
Johnny Dodds was one of the greatest clarinetist of the 1920's. Although both Jimmie Noone and Sidney Bechet had better technique, Dodds had a very soulful, bluesy style of playing that was often emotionally powerful.
He was a master of the New Orleans' ensemble style of collective improvisation. He didn't have the flash of Louis Armstrong, but often provided the perfect environment for Armstrong to shine. He worked with most of the major Hot Jazz bands of the era. Dodds was in Kid Ory's band in New Orleans from 1912 to 1919.
He played on riverboats with Fate Marable in 1917 and moved to Chicago in 1921 to play with King Oliver. Johnny and his brother Baby Dodds were an important part of Louis Armstrong's classic Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings for Okeh. During the 1920's he also recorded with Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, Jelly Roll Morton and on most of Lil Hardin-Armstrong's sessions.
Unlike many of his famous contemporaries, Dodds and his brother stayed in Chicago and were pretty much forgotten as Jazz moved East to New York in the Thirties. He recorded several records under his own name in the Twenties, often with Natty Dominique on trumpet, and worked regularly at Kelly's Stables from 1924 to 1930. Dodds continued to play and record in Chicago throughout the Thirties, and also ran a cab company with his brothers.

1918
HELEN FORREST
Vocalist
b. Atlantic City, NJ, USA
d. July 11, 1999, Woodland Hills, CA.
(Congestive Heart Failure).
né: Helen Fogel.
In 1942, she was America's top-rated female vocalist, - winning the Downbeat and Metronome polls, which, that same year (both ranked Frank Sinatra top male vocalist). Helen continued to perform until the early 1990s, when rheumatoid arthritis began to also affect her vocal chords. During 1938-'39, Forrest worked with the Artie Shaw band ("All The Things Your Are"), and from 1939-'41 with the Goodman band ("The Man I Love" ). Following Goodman, she joined Harry James, with whom she was also romantically involved, - prior to his marriage to actress Betty Grable.
In an 1991 article, Forrest told the New York Times: "Working with the Shaw and Goodman groups in the heyday of big bands in the late 1930s and '40s ...(was difficult because)...in those days, we would change in the bus or in the ballroom, do the job, get back on the bus and drive to the next job." She was an early champion of civil rights.
The "White" Helen Forrest refused to appear on stage with the Artie Shaw band until theater owners also permitted Black singer Billie Holiday to perform. In 1940, she again broke racial barriers by recording with the all-black Lionel Hampton orchestra. In 1996, Forrest was named honorary president of the 'Dick Haymes Society'. Married and divorced three times, at the time of her demise, Forrest was survived by one son, Michael Forrest Feinman.
Biography 
~by Ron Wynn
One of the more popular big band era singers, a performer that some might not consider a jazz vocalist, but one with exceptional ability to project lyrics and also an excellent interpreter. Forrest used several names early in her career, among them The Blue Lady and Bonnie Blue. She began singing in her brother's band in Washington, D.C., then was featured in Artie Shaw's band after Billie Holiday left in 1938. Forrest joined Benny Goodman when Shaw disbanded in 1939, staying until 1941.

She recorded with Nat King Cole's trio and Lionel Hampton in 1940, then began to score hits working with the Harry James orchestra. During the early '40s, she had string of successes. Later she teamed with Dick Haymes on his radio show and on six duets that were big hits. Forrest cut back her activity in the '50s, then sang with Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra led by Sam Donahue in the early '60s. She continued to work on the club circut in the '70s and '80s, making a new album for Stash in 1983. Forrest died July 11, 1999 at age 82.

1923
Ann Miller
dancer/actress/vocals.
né: Johnnie Lucille Collier. 
~Mini Biography By: Stephan Eichenberg
Ann Miller started her Hollywood career in low-budget films between 1937 and 1946, before she became a star in major films. She was second only to Eleanor Powell, as a tap dancer. After her film career she danced in nightclubs and in 1979 she was in the Broadway hit "Sugar Babies."


1904
Lily (Alice Josephine) Pons
Opera singer/actress
b. Draguignan, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
d. Feb 13, 1976, Dallas, Texas, USA. (pancreatic cancer).
née: Alice Josephine Pons.
Included here for the few "Pop" songs she sang including "That Girl from Paris", and "I Dream Too Much."

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


1967.
Buster Bailey, clarinet
died in New York (Brooklyn), NY, USA.
Age: 64

1968.
Lester Melrose
A&R/producer ('Bluebird')
died in FL, USA. Age: 77


1975.
vocals/dancer
died in Paris, France.
Age: 68.


1976.
Ted Buckner, alto sax
died in Detroit, MI, USA.
Age: 62.

1989.
Herbert Mills, a member of 'The Mills Brothers' vocal group ("Glow Worm", "Paper Doll", etc.) died in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Age: 77.
He had been with the group for nearly 60 years.


1991.
Jimmie Revard, Singer/Bass Fiddle/Clarinet, and member of "The Oklahoma Playboys" died.
Age: 81 (né: James Osage Revard, November 26, 1909, Pawhuska, Oklahoma, USA).


Songs Recorded/Released
On this date include:



1921



Raderman's Jazz Orchestra - Cherie
  • Pucker Up And Whistle

Benson Orchestra of Chicago
  • Crooning
  • I'll Keep On Loving You

1926



Parenti's Liberty Syncopators
  • African Echoes
  • New Crazy Blues
  • Up Jumped The Devil
  • Weary Blues

1927



University Six - Rosy Cheeks - Vocal chorus by Hal White

1928


Roger Wolfe Kahn and his Orchestra - Imagination - Vocal refrain by Franklyn Baur

1929


Fred Elizalde and his Anglo American Band - Nobody's Sweatheart

Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra
  • A Night At The Cotton Club Part 1
  • Cotton Club Stomp / Misty Morning
  • A Night At The Cotton Club Part 2
  • Goin' To Town / Freeze And Melt

1930



Bessie Smith - Baby Have Pity On Me
  • See If I Care

1931


Abe Lyman's California Ambassador Hotel Orchestra - Just One More Chance - Vocal Chorus by Paul Neely
  • Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away) - Vocal Chorus by Paul Neely

1938



Fats Waller and his Orchestra

LYRICS:


The Sheik Of Araby

Well I'm the sheik of Araby,
Your love belongs to me.
Well at night where you're asleep,
Into your tent I'll creep.
The stars that shine above
Will light our way to love.
You rule this world with me,
I'm the sheik of Araby.
Well I'm the sheik of Araby,
Your love belongs to me.
Oh at night where you're asleep,
Into your tent I'll creep.
The sun that shines above
Will light our way to love.
You rule this world with me,
I'm the sheik of Araby.
Well I'm the sheik of Araby,
Well I'm the sheik of Araby, yeah.

*"The Sheik of Araby" is a song that was written by Harry B. Smith, Francis Wheeler and music by Ted Snyder in 1921. It was composed in response to the popularity of the Rudolph Valentino film The Sheik. In 1926 it received new lyrics by Billy Rose and was retitled "That Night in Araby".
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