Wednesday

JULY 28TH


HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUDY VALLEE!




1901
Rudy Vallee, Singer/Leader/Sax
b. Island Pont, VT, USA
d. July 3, 1986, Hollywood, CA, USA.
né: Hubert Prior Vallee.
Among his many hit vocals were "My Time is Your Time" (his theme song), "Betty Coed", "Live a Little, Love a Little", and "As Time Goes By". (Trivia: In 1933. the singing telegram was introduced, and Rudy Vallee was the first person to receive a singing telegram (in honor of his 32nd birthday).
Biography ~by John Bush
One of the most popular entertainers of the '30s, Rudy Vallée was one of the few vocalists to begin crooning before the advent of Bing Crosby. Famed for singing through a megaphone and introducing his performances with a salutary "Heigh-Ho, Everybody," Vallée recorded into the mid-'40s and enjoyed a renaissance during the '60s after high-profile appearances on Broadway.
Born in Vermont, though he grew up in Maine, Rudy Vallée learned to play the alto saxophone and clarinet. He joined the Navy at the age of 16, but was dismissed after it was discovered he had lied about his age. He studied at Yale and the University of Maine, then took a year off during the mid-'20s to play with the Savoy Havana Band at London's famous Savoy Hotel. Vallée was leading his first band (the Connecticut Yankees) by 1928, though he avoided taking vocals. A stint at the exclusive Heigh-Ho Club in New York gave him his first widespread exposure (and his introductory catch phrase, "Heigh-Ho Everybody").
During the following year, he gained a large audience through radio, vaudeville appearances, and a feature film, The Vagabond Lover. He'd begun recording that year, and burst out of the gate with the immensely popular singles "Marie," "Honey," and "Weary River." Also in 1929, he began hosting the radio show The Fleischmann Hour, a top-rated program for over a decade that introduced into the radio world stars including Burns & Allen, Edgar Bergen, and Frances Langford.
One year later, he paid tribute to his alma mater and gained the biggest hit of his career. "Stein Song (The University of Maine)" spent more than two months as the most popular song in America, and later became the official theme song for the school. He continued to appear in films during the '30s, including the major successes George White's Scandals and Gold Diggers in Paris. By the time of 1942's The Palm Beach Story though, Vallée had moved from romantic lead to a talented, eccentric character actor. He led a Coast Guard orchestra during World War II, and found his last big hit -- thanks to the film Casablanca -- with 1946's "As Time Goes By," a song recorded more than 15 years earlier.
After the war, Vallée returned to Hollywood for work in film, radio, performance and later, television. The biggest acting part of his career came in 1961, when he portrayed a bombastic company president in the Broadway hit How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (he reprised his role for the 1967 film as well). Vallée continued to appear in films until the mid-'70s, and performed around the country up to his death ten years later.
The Rudy Vallee Commemorative Stamp, click on the Image to sign the online petition

1924
"Corky" Corcoran, Tenor Sax
b. Tacoma, WA, USA. d. 1979.
né: Gene Patrick Corcoran.
"Discovered" by Jimmy Lunceford, Corky began his career, at age 16, when he joined the Sonny Dunham orchestra, and by age 17 (Aug. 1941) became lead trumpet with the Harry James orch. His many appearances on stage and in films with the James band earned him much fame. During his early years with James, Sonny was hailed as a prodigy. He placed 2nd in the 1943, and '44 Downbeat Magazine Poll. In May 1948, he became a member of the Tommy Dorsey band. In 1949, he led his own group, but returned to James in '49, '51 and '54. In 1957, he left James, and went on a European tour, after which, he returned home and led his own small combo, - mainly in Seattle, WA, but with occasional trips to Los Angeles, CA, USA.
1891
Mary McBride, vocals
b. Algiers, LA, USA.



1907
Leon Prima, Trumpet
b. New Orleans, LA, USA.
Biography ~Scott Yanow
The older brother of Louis Prima, Leon Prima was overshadowed throughout his career by his sibling, although he was a talented trumpet soloist too. He started out on piano before switching to trumpet. Leon worked in his early days with Leon Roppolo, Ray Bauduc, Jack Teagarden and Peck Kelley's Bad Boys (1925-27) in Texas.
Leon led The Melody Masters in New Orleans during the late 1920s, was less active in the '30s and was with Louis' big band in New York from 1940-46. After returning to New Orleans, Leon headed his own combo until retiring in 1955 to work in real estate construction. Other than two titles from the Esquire Concert of 1945, Leon only led one recording date as a leader, resulting in four numbers that formed part of a 1954 Southland LP.
Leon Prima - Wikipedia



1904
Ikey Robinson, Banjo/Guitar
b. Dublin, VA, USA.
d. Oct. 25 1990.
Ikey Robinson was an excellent banjoist and singer who was versatile enough to record both jazz and blues from the late '20s into the late '30s. Unfortunately, he spent long periods off records after the swing era, leading to him being less known than he should be. After working locally, Robinson moved to Chicago in 1926, playing and recording with Jelly Roll Morton, Clarence Williams, and (most importantly) Jabbo Smith during 1928-1929. He led his own recording sessions in 1929, 1931, 1933, and 1935 (all have been reissued on a CD from the Austrian label RST). Robinson played with Wilbur Sweatman, Noble Sissle, Carroll Dickerson, and Erskine Tate in the 1930s, recorded with Clarence Williams, and led small groups from the 1940s on. In the early '60s he was with Franz Jackson, and in the 1970s (when he was rediscovered) he had an opportunity to tour Europe and be reunited with Jabbo Smith.
~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
Frankie Yankovic
accordion/leader.
Called: 'The Polka King', Grammy Award-winning musician.



Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


1933.
The singing telegram was introduced on this day.
Singer Rudy Vallee, was the first person to receive
a singing telegram in honor of his 32nd birthday.
2002.
French Impresario Eddy Marouani died at age 81. During his long career, he managed careers of some of the most famous French stars including Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel, Michel Sardou, Serge Lama and comedian Michel Boujenah. His memoirs, published in 1989, was entitled "Fishing for Stars, Impresario Profession."



Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:



1924



Clarence Williams - Gravier Street Blues

1925



Ethel Waters accompanied by her Ebony Four - Down Home Blues

Sonny Clay's Plantation Orchestra - Jambled Blues
  • Bogloosa Blues

Georgia Melodians

Ethel Waters - Sympathetic Dan


1927



Charles Remue and his New Stompers Orchestra

Ted Weems and his Orchestra

1928


Lou Weimer's Gold and Black Aces


Eddie Condon Quartet - Oh Baby, (Rain Or Shine)

Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven - Don't Jive Me



1930


McKinney's Cotton Pickers - Baby, Won't You Please Come Home - Vocal refrain by George Thomas
  • Just A Shade Corn

LYRICS:

JAZZ AGE MUSIC!
*Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?
~Transcribed from vocals by George Thomas with McKinney's Cotton Pickers, recorded July 28, 1930;
~From McKinney's Cotton Pickers, 1929-1930, The Chronological Classics, 625.


Baby, won't you please come home,
You know you left; your daddy's all alone,
I have tried in vain
Never no more to call your name.
When you left, it broke your daddy's heart,
That will never make us part,
For every hour of the day
You can hear me say,
"Baby, won't you please come home!
Daddy needs Mama!
Baby, won't you hurry home!"
Baby, won't you please come on home, home,
You know you left your daddy all alone,
I have tried in vain
Never no more to call your name.
When you left, it broke your daddy's heart, heart,
That will never make us part,
Never to make us part
For every hour in the day
You can hear your daddy say,
"Ah, baby, won't you please come on home!
Daddy needs Mama!

*The song has been covered by a large number of musicians and has become a jazz standard. The first hit version was Bessie Smith's 1923 recording, which stayed on four weeks on the charts peaking at #6. "Baby Won't You Please Come Home" is a blues song written by Charles Warfield and Clarence Williams in 1919. The song's authorship is disputed; Warfield claims that he was the sole composer of the song.

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