Saturday

JULY 17TH


REST IN PEACE LADY DAY



BIRTHDAYS



1915
Eddie Dougherty, Drums
b. New York (Brooklyn), NY, USA
by ~Eugene Chadbourne
On one of his very first visits to the United States in 1935, the young jazz critic Leonard Feather made special mention of drummer Eddie Dougherty, at that point only 18 years old but already employed in a club managed by trombonist Dicky Wells. This wasn't the drummer's first professional job by any stretch either. That had already happened a few years back courtesy of bandleader Billy Gussak, taking an inspirational interest in a lad who had begun banging on the drums almost immediately upon becoming a teenager. When Dougherty finally retired from fulltime music decades later he had amassed a list of credits that not only rivals the length of some short stories but represent a thorough involvement in many different styles of jazz, vocal music and rhythm and blues. 
Dougherty seems to have made his last recordings in 1970 but remained active on a part-time freelance basis even after that date. His career began in New York City; the band Feather noticed him in was Kenny Watts and His Kilowatts, with whom he gigged regularly up through 1940. There was apparently plenty of time for recording sessions during the day, the drummer showing up behind marvelous singers such as Mildred Bailey and Billie Holiday, swinging hornmenHarry James on trumpet and Taft Jordan on alto saxophone and a series of brilliant pianists. When drumming with keyboard artists, his playing was just as eloquent behind ragtime and stride mastersJames P. Johnson and Pete Johnson as it was in the context of the more modernistic Mary Lou Williams or the flamboyant Art Tatum. 
Through the '40s he hauled his drums to many a gig, playing withBenny Carter in 1941, Benny Morton for two years beginning in 1944 and later pianist Teddy Wilson and tenor saxophonist Skinny Brown. He was also a frequently dispatched as a substitute for other drummers and was even considered tough enough to replace Dave Tough.


1912
Irene Manning, vocals/actress
b. Cincinnati, OH, USA.
d. May 28, 2004, San Carlos, CA, USA.
nee: Inez Harvuot.
She was the youngest of five children in a very musical family. Her parents were singers, her two brothers played the violin, one sister played the piano (as did Irene), and another sister played the cello and clainet. As a young lady, Irene studied at Rochester's famed 'Eastman School of Music' in New York, where she showed great potential for grand opera. However, her strong desire for acting led her to combine her talents in both musical theatre, and film. About this time she adopted the name of Hope Manning. In 1937, Het Manheim, then Head of Publicity at Republic Studios cast her in her first film ('The Old Corral'), with 'cowboy' actor Gene Autry. Autry changed her stage name from Hope Manning to Irene Manning. Shortly after filming, Irene and Manheim married but their marriage soon ended in divorce. In 1942, Irene appeared opposite Humphrey Bogart in the drama 'The Big Shot'.
That same year she also had the lesser role of diva Fay Templeton in 'Yankee Doodle Dandy', starring James Cagney as famed vaudevillian/composer George M. Cohan. In 1943, Warner Brothers signed her to sing opposite Dennis Morgan in Sigmund Romberg's 'The Desert Song'. During 1944, she acted in two films, again starring with Dennis Morgan in the film 'Shine On, Harvest Moon', and in the film 'The Doughgirls', with co-stars Ann Sheridan ("The Oomph Girl") and Alexis Smith. In 1945, she appeared in 'Escape in the Desert' featuring Philip Dorn.
Today, few people recall that during World War II, Irene recorded four songs in the German language, for Glenn Miller's Orchestra just before he died in a 1944 plane crash while crossing the English channel. The songs included Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine", and "All the Things You Are," by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd and Jerome Kern. After her movie career faltered in the mid-'40s, she appeared on the Broadway stages in New York, and the East End stages in London. Ca. 1964, she married Maxwell Hunter II, and they remained married till his demise, Nov. 10, 2001. The marriage produced 3 sons, and 2 daughters. In 1970, Irene came out of retirement and appeared in some San Francisco stage musicals.
Irene Manning - Wikipedia
1925
"Little" Jimmy Scott, vocals
b: Cleveland, OH, USA.
d: June 12, 2014
Biography 
~by William Ruhlmann 
Singer Jimmy Scott (aka Little Jimmy Scott) had an unusual career conditioned by his physical limitations and record company machinations that sometimes prevented him from being heard, but he mounted a major comeback late in life. He was born one of ten children to Arthur and Justine Scott in Cleveland, OH, on July 17, 1925, and he first sang in church. His mother was killed in a car accident when he was 13, leaving him to be raised by foster parents. He suffered from a rare hereditary condition called Kallmann's Syndrome that prevented him from experiencing puberty, such that he stopped growing when he was less than five feet tall and his voice never changed from a boy soprano's. He began singing professionally during the 1940s, touring in tent shows. In 1948, he joined Lionel Hampton's band, and he made his recording debut in with Hampton for Decca Records in January 1950. One of the songs from those sessions, "Everybody's Somebody's Fool," entered the R&B charts in October 1950 and became a Top Ten hit. Scott left Hampton in 1951 and went solo.
An appearance with Paul Gayten's band at Rip's Playhouse in New Orleans that year was recorded by Regal Records, but went unissued for 40 years until Specialty Records released it in 1991 as Regal Records Live in New Orleans From 1951 to 1955, Scott recorded singles for Royal Roost, Coral, and Roost Records. Then, in 1955, he moved to Savoy Records, which issued his first LP, Very Truly Yours, that year. In 1957, he switched to King Records for a series of singles, but in 1959 he returned to Savoy, which issued his second LP, The Fabulous Little Jimmy Scott, in 1960. In 1962, he signed to Ray Charles' Tangerine label and recorded his third album, Falling in Love Is Wonderful, but it had to be withdrawn shortly after its release when Savoy claimed he was still under contract there. This debacle led Scott to leave the music business (he eventually took a job as a shipping clerk at the Sheraton Hotel in Cleveland). In 1969, he recorded his fourth album, The Source, for Atlantic Records, and in 1975, he returned to Savoy for his fifth LP, Can't We Begin Again. But neither effort achieved commercial success, and he continued to work outside music. Scott began performing in clubs again in 1985. In 1990, backed by the Jazz Expressions, he returned to the recording studio for J's Way Records. One of his long-time supporters was songwriter Doc Pomus, and when Pomus died on March 14, 1991, the by-now 65-year-old Scott sang at his funeral. The performance was heard by Seymour Stein, the head of Warner Bros. Records-distributed label Sire Records, who signed Scott to a contract. This led to a major comeback. In June 1991, Scott (billed as James V. Scott) appeared in an episode of director David Lynch's off-beat television series Twin Peaks. (Scott later appeared in the films Scotch and Milk [1998] and Chelsea Walls [2001].) He sang on Lou Reed's Sire album Magic and Loss, released in January 1992. His own new album All the Way (the first on which he was billed simply as Jimmy Scott) was released by Sire/Blue Horizon/Warner Bros. later in 1992 and reached number four on Billboard's jazz album chart, also earning a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.
The same year, he sang on the soundtracks for the films Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and Glengarry Glen Ross. In 1993, Rhino Records delved into the Atlantic Records archives to assemble Lost and Found, containing some unreleased material from sessions in 1972; the album reached number 14 in the jazz charts. Scott's next album of new material, Dream, was released by Sire/Blue Horizon/Warner Bros. in 1994 and reached number eight in the jazz charts. Heaven, an album of gospel and spiritual songs, appeared in 1996 and reached number 19 in the jazz charts. That concluded Scott's Warner Bros..contract, but he recorded Holding Back the Years, for the Artists Only! label in 1998, and it reached number 14 in the jazz charts. In 2000, he moved to Milestone Records, and Mood Indigo reached number 17 in the jazz charts. Despite passing his 75th birthday, he continued to record frequently, releasing Over the Rainbow in 2001, But Beautiful in 2002, and Moon Glow in 2003. All of Me: Live in Tokyo appeared in 2004. Savoy Jazz issued All or Nothing at All in 2005.
Little Jimmy Intro
Jack Washington, Baritone-alto Sax
b. Kansas City, KS, USA.
d. 1964.
Biography ~by Scott Yanow
The unsung hero of the baritone-sax, Jack Washington never achieved much recognition but, along with Harry Carney, he was among the very first strong soloists on the baritone. He actually started off playing soprano sax when he was 13 before switching permanently to baritone. Washington joined Bennie Moten's Orchestra in Kansas City, Missouri right after graduating high school. He had short stints with Paul Banks and Jesse Stone's Blues Serenaders but otherwise was with Moten up until the bandleader's death in 1935. Soon afterward, he became a member of the Count Basie Orchestra and he was with Basie up until 1950 except for a period spent in the Army. Although not featured that much, Washington did have occasional solos and proved to be one of the finest baritonists of his generation.
After the Basie band broke up, Washington moved to Oklahoma City, working as a redcap at the city's airport and only playing music on an occasional basis. However he did record the Basie Reunion album (reissued in the Original Jazz Classics series) with fellow Basie alumni in 1958 and sounded in mostly-superior form, making one wish that he had eventually returned to jazz. Jack Washington never led his own record date.




Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

1939.
Cab Calloway recorded "Jumpin' Jive" maybe the first million selling R&B record.

Jumpin Jive - Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers



1959.
Billie Holiday, vocals
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 45. ( cardiac failure)
née: Eleonora Fagan

1967.
John Coltrane, tenor/soprano sax
died in Huntington,L.I., USA.
Age: 40.
1971.
Cliff Edwards -"Ukulele Ike"- died.
Age: 76.

1983.
Roosevelt Sykes
died in New Orleans, LA, USA
Songs Recorded/Released

On This Date Include:




1918


Original Dixieland Jass Band
Original Dixieland Jass Band - Clarinet Marmalade Blues

Original Dixieland Jass Band - Lazy Daddy
  • Mornin' Blues

    1922


    Benson Orchestra of Chicago
    • Don't Bring Me Posies (It's Shoesies I Need) Intro. California Rose
    • On The Alamo


    1923


    New Orleans Rhythm Kings
    • Angry

    New Orleans Rhythm Kings - Clarinet Marmalade (1)
    • Marguette
    • Mr. Jelly Lord (2)
    • Sobbin' Blues

      Jelly Roll Morton
      Jelly Roll Morton - King Porter - A Stomp

      Jelly Roll Morton - New Orleans Joys


        Sara Martin
        New Orleans Hop Scop Blues - Piano Accompaniment by Clarence Williams
        Uncle Sam Blues - Piano Accompaniment by Clarence Williams


          1925




          The Get Happy Band
          • Harlem's Araby
          • Junk Bucket Blues


          1928


          Harry Reser - Fair And Warmer

          Harry Reser - The Cat And The Dog


          Ted Lewis and his Band - Moonlight Madness (Then You Were Gone)


          1929


          Henry Allen and His New York Orchestra
          Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra

          Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra - That's What I'm Talking About

            1930


            Waring's Pennsylvanians - So Beats My Heart For You


            1931




            Lena Wilson
            • My Man O' War
            • What's Your Price?







            1933



            Lucille Bogan
            • Red Cross Man
            • T & N O Blues

              1936




              Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra - Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing)


              LYRICS:



              NEW ORLEANS HOP SCOP BLUES

              Old New Orleans is a great big old southern town,
              Where hospitality you will surely find.
              The population there
              Is very very fair
              With everything they do,
              White folks do it too!
              They have a dance,
              Surely it's somethin' rare there.
              Glide!
              Slide!
              Prance!
              Dance!
              Hop!
              Stop!
              Take it easy, honey!
              Hmmm!
              I can never get tire of dancin' those Hop Scop Blues;
              Once more you glide!
              slide!
              prance!
              dance!
              The Hop Scop Blues will make
              You do a lovely shake,
              They'll make you feel so grand
              When you join hand in hand.
              I'll never get tire of dancin' those Hop Scop Blues!
              Once more you glide!
              Slide!
              Prance!
              I said dance!
              Oh hop!
              Now stop!
              Take it easy, honey!
              For I can never get tire of dancin' those Hop Scop Blues!
              Look out now!
              You glide!
              Slide!
              I said prance!
              Dance!
              Hop Scop Blues will make
              You do a lovely shake,
              They'll make you feel so grand
              When you join hand in hand.
              I'll never get tire of dancin' those Hop Scop Blues!



              sing, sing, sing, everybody start to sing like dee dee dee, bah bah bah dah
              Now you're singin with a swing
              sing sing sing everybody start to sing like dee dee dee, bah bah bah dah
              Now you're singin like everything.
              When the music goes around,
              everybody's gonna go to town.
              But here is one thing you should know
              Sing it high and sing it low.
              Oh, sing sing sing sing everybody start to sing like dee dee dee, bah bah bah dah
              Now you're singin with a real good swing!

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