Baby Rose Marie
b. Rose Marie Mazetta
August 15, 1923 (age 87)

New York City, New York, U.S.
Rose Marie is an American actress. As a child performer she had a successful singing career as Baby Rose Marie. A veteran of vaudeville, Rose Marie's career includes film, theater, night clubs, and television. Her most famous role was television comedy writer Sally Rogers on the CBS situation comedy The Dick Van Dyke Show. She later portrayed Myrna Gibbons on CBS's The Doris Day Show and was also a frequent panelist on the game showHollywood Squares.

Rose Marie Mazetta was born in New York City, New York, to Italian-American Frank Mazzetta and Polish-American Stella Gluszcak. At the age of three, she started performing under the name "Baby Rose Marie." At five, Marie became a radio star on NBC and made a series of films.

Rose Marie in her teenage years was a nightclub performer before becoming a radio comedian. She was billed then as "The Darling of the Airwaves." According to her autobiography, Hold the Roses,[1] she was assisted in her career by many members of the Mafia, including Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel. She performed at the opening night of the Flamingo Hotel which was built by Siegel.

At her height of fame as a child singer (late 1929-1934), she had her own radio show, made numerous records, and was featured in a number of Paramount films and shorts. In 1929, the 5- or 6-year old singer made a Vitaphone sound short titled "Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder," (now restored and available in the Warner Brothers DVD set of The Jazz Singer). For her first recording session, in 1932, she was accompanied by Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra.She continued to appear in films through the mid-1930s, making shorts and a feature, International House with W. C. Fields, for Paramount. Even as a ten-year-old in International House, Rose Marie’s singing had a maturity that was remarkable. She could punctuate a phrase with a lusty growl that would be remarkable in a singer twice her age.


In the 1960-1961 season, Rose Marie costarred with Shirley Bonne, Elaine Stritch, Jack Weston, Raymond Bailey, and Stubby Kaye in the CBS sitcom My Sister Eileen. She played Bertha, a friend of the Sherwood sisters, Ruth, a magazine writer, played by Stritch, and Eileen, an aspiring actress, Bonne's role.

After appearing for many years on The Dick Van Dyke Show (in the role originally played by Sylvia Miles in the pilot episode), Rose Marie co-starred on CBS's The Doris Day Show. She later had a semi-regular seat in the upper center square on the original version of Peter Marshall's Hollywood Squares, alongside her friend and longtime Van Dyke co-star, Morey Amsterdam.

In the early 1990s, she had a recurring role as Frank Fontana's mother on the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown. She also played Roy Biggins's mother in the TV series Wings.

Rose Marie and Morey Amsterdam guest-starred together in a February 1996 episode of the NBC sitcom Caroline in the City, shortly before Amsterdam's death in October of that same year. She appeared with the surviving Dick Van Dyke Show cast members in a 2004 reunion special. Rose was especially close to actor Richard Deacon from that show, and offered him the suits left behind when her husband died in 1964, as the two men were of similar height and build. She was married to trumpeter Bobby Guy from 1946 until his death in 1964.

She also appeared in two episodes of the NBC series The Monkees in the mid 1960s.



  • International House (1933)

Short subjects

  • Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder (1929)
  • Rambling 'Round Radio Row #4 (1932)
  • Back in '23 (1933)
  • Sing, Babies, Sing (1933)
  • Rambling 'Round Radio Row (1934)
  • At the Mike (1934)

"Cricket Smith"
b. Nashville, TN, USA.
B U S T E R   B R O W N;
"Buster" Brown, harmonica
b. Cordele, GA, USA.
Worked with Fannie Brown Whooping blues harpists nearing the age of 50 with number one R&B hits to their credit were predictably scarce in 1959. Nevertheless, that's the happy predicament Buster Brown found himself in when his infectious "Fannie Mae" paced the charts. Even more amazingly, the driving number made serious inroads on the pop airwaves as well. The Georgian, whose harp style was clearly influenced by Sonny Terry, had never made a professional recording (there was a 1943 Library of Congress session that laid unissued at the time) before Fire Records boss Bobby Robinson brought the short, stockily built Brown into a New York studio in June of 1959 to wax "Fannie Mae." Brown's reign as an unlikely star was short-lived. He managed minor follow-up hits on Fire with a rather ragged 1960 revival of Louis Jordan's "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" and his 1962 farewell bow, the effervescent rocker "Sugar Babe." A subsequent 1964 stop at Chicago's Checker Records produced a glistening update of the old blues "Crawlin' Kingsnake" that sank without a trace.
~ Bill Dahl
Morey Feld, drums
b. Cleveland, OH, USA.
d. 1971 Morey Feld (15 August 191528 March 1971) was an American jazz drummer born in Cleveland, Ohio, perhaps best-known for his work with the bands of Ben Pollack (1936), Benny Goodman (1943-1945), Eddie Condon (1946), Bobby Hackett and Billy Butterfield. In 1960 Feld moved to Denver, Coloradoand worked with Peanuts Hucko's quintet.

Joe Garland, Arranger/Composer
b. Norfolk, VA
d. 1977.
né: Joseph Copeland Garland.
Wrote: "In The Mood" and "Leapfrog". Joe Garland, the composer of "In The Mood," never became famous himself but was an important force in jazz behind the scenes. A fine reed player who in his career was heard on tenor, baritone and bass saxophones in addition to clarinet, Garland was also a talented arranger-composer. He began playing while living in North Carolina and he studied music at the Aeolian Conservatory in Baltimore and at Shaw University. Garland played classical music until 1924 when he joined Graham Jackson's Seminole Syncopators with whom he made his recording debut. Other associations in the 1920's included Elmer Snowden (1925), Joe Steele, Henri Saporo, Leon Abbey (with whom he toured South America), Charlie Skeete, Jelly Roll Morton (appearing on some of Jelly Roll's records), Steele again and Bobby Neal (1931).
Garland made a strong impression as both a reliable section player and a chief arranger with the Mills Blue Rhythm Band (1932-36 including the period when it was taken over by Lucky Millinder) and followed that up with stints with Edgar Hayes (1937), Don Redman (1938) and Louis Armstrong (1939-42), serving as Armstrong's musical director. Garland freelanced for a period, played with Claude Hopkins and was back with Louis Armstrong's final big band (1945-47). Later jobs included the orchestras of Herbie Fields,Hopkins and Earl Hines (1948). Joe Garland became a part-time music in the 1950's, occasionally leading both a small and a big band. Few probably realize that his compositions included hits for Glenn Miller ("In The Mood") and Les Brown ("Leap Frog").
~Scott Yanow

Arthur "Monk" Hazel, Drums/Cornet
b. Harvey (New Orleans), LA, USA
d. 1968
A fine drummer who also occasionally took solos on brass instruments, Monk Hazel was a fixture in New Orleans for decades. Hazel's father was a drummer and early on Monk played drums with the legendary Emmett Hardy, who gave him his first cornet.
In the 1920's, Hazel worked with many bands including those led by Abbie Brunies (the Halfway House Orchestra), Tony Parenti (with whom he recorded in 1925) and Johnny Wiggs. He led his own Bienville Roof Orchestra in 1928 and then spent time in New York playing with Johnny Wiggs, Jack Pettis and with his own group (1929-31).
Hazel was in Hollywood for a period (working with Gene Austin) but eventually came back to New Orleans, performing with Joe Caprano (1937) and the Lloyd Danton Quintet. Hazel spent 1942-43 in the Army and then worked for a time outside of music. However during his final 20 years, Hazel was once again quite active in New Orleans, performing with Sharkey Bonano, George Girard, Mike Lala, Santa Pecora and virtually every other important name in New Orleans jazz. As a leader, Monk Hazel recorded four titles in 1928 and a full album for Storyville in 1954; Pete Fountain and Al Hirt were among his sidemen on the latter recording. 
~ Scott Yanow
See Also: Red Hot Jazz

Clarence W. Jones, (ragtime) piano
b. Wilmington, OH, USA.
*Some sources state his birthday to be June 15th. If anyone out there can help me confirm this - that would be great ; )

Johnny Lange, songwriter
b. Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Worked with Louis Jordan.
Johnny Lange (August 15, 1905 – January 6, 2006) was an American songwriter, working mostly in the motion picture industry. His chief musical collaborators were Archie Gottler and Jack Meskill.
He was born John George Lange in Philadelphia and attended high school there. He began writing for film studios in 1937, and joined ASCAP in 1940. He resumed his film music career in 1946 and 1947, after WWII. He also wrote special material for night club singers, and the "Ice Capades of 1950".
Lange's most popular composition was "Mule Train" which earned him an Academy Award nomination in 1950 (it was featured in the film Singing Guns). The ASCAP online database shows him as the author of 211 songs. Among them are such well-known compositions as "Blue Shadows on the Trail" and "Clancy Lowered the Boom".

Johnny Lange died in Los Angeles in 2006, at the age of 100.


Gail Reese, vocalist.
Sang with Bunny Berigan and Glenn Miller.

Charles Tobias
Charles Tobias (August 15, 1898 – July 7, 1970) was an American songwriter.
Born in New York City, Tobias grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts with brothers Harry Tobias and Henry Tobias, also songwriters.

He started his musical career in vaudeville. In 1923, he founded his own music publishing firm and worked on Tin Pan Alley. Tobias referred to himself as "the boy who writes the songs you sing."

His credits include "Merrily We Roll Along," "Rose O'Day," "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer," "Comes Love," and "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me)." With frequent collaborators Al Sherman and Howard Johnson he wrote, Dew-Dew-Dewey Day.

In the 1930s Tobias and several of his fellow hit makers formed a revue called "Songwriters on Parade", performing across the Eastern seaboard on the Loew's and Keith circuits.

He co-wrote the 1933 to 1936 Merrie Melodies theme song "I Think You're Ducky" with Gerald Marks and Sidney Clare. And, he later co-wrote the 1936-1964 Merrie Melodies theme song "Merrily We Roll Along" with Murray Mencher and Eddie Cantor.

Immediately after Pearl Harbor, he and Cliff Friend wrote and recorded "We Did It Before And We Can Do It Again" on December 16, 1941. The song reminded the United States of World War I.

From 1929 to the 1960, he contributed songs to a number of musicals, such as "Manhattan Melodrama" and "The Daughter Of Rosie O'Grady".

Tobias was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. He died in Manhasset, Long Island, on July 7, 1970.

Hugo Winterhalter, Leader
b. Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA.
d. Sept. 17, 1973, Greenwich, CT, USA
Easy listening arranger and composer Hugo Winterhalter was born August 15, 1909 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, later studying violin and reed instruments at the New England Conservatory of Music. After graduating, he taught school for several years before turning professional during the mid-1930s, serving as a sideman and arranger for Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Raymond Scott, Claude Thornhill and others. Winterhalter also arranged and conducted sessions for singers including Dinah Shore and Billy Eckstine, and in 1948 he was named musical director at MGM. After a two-year stint with the label, he moved to Columbia, where he scored a hit with his orchestral reading of "Blue Christmas."
In 1950, Winterhalter signed on with RCA Victor, where he arranged sessions for acts including Eddie Fisher, Perry Como and the Ames Brothers; he also headlined a series of instrumental albums, among them 1952's Great Music Themes of Television, one of the first collections of TV theme songs ever recorded. Other LPs included The Two Sides of Hugo Winterhalter (reflecting both his big-band and light-classical interests), Big and Sweet with a Beat and a series of Hugo Winterhalter Goes... albums, which explored various international styles. Winterhalter also notched a series of chart hits, including "Blue Tango," "VanFont sizeessa," "The Little Shoemaker" and "Song of The Barefoot Contessa"; with pianist Eddie Heywood, he even reached the number two spot with 1956's "Canadian Sunset."
Winterhalter remained on the RCA payroll until 1963, at which time he jumped to Kapp; that same year, he also penned the main title theme for the film Diamond Head. At Kapp he recorded a handful of albums including The Best of '64 and its follow-up, The Big Hits of 1965, before exiting the label to work on Broadway. He later worked in television as well, and continued recording the occasional LP for budget labels including Musicor. Winterhalter died in Greenwich, CT on September 17, 1973.
Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

Vocalist Granville "Sticks" McGhee
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 44.
(b. 1917, Knoxville. TN, USA).
Worked with Wilbert "Big Chief" Ellis, Brownie McGhee and Gene Ramey, among others.

Eddie Dawson, bass
died in New Orleans, LA 88.

Jerry Fischer, co-owner: Mercury Records
died in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Age: 73.

Jesse "Babyface" Thomas, guitar/songwriter
died in Shreveport, LA, USA.
Age: 84
Jesse Thomas on AMG

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Dolly Kay

Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds
  • Stuttering
  • Those Longing For You Blues


Mamie Smith - Do It, Mr. So-And-So


Red Nichols' Five Pennies - Eccentric

Red Nichols' Five Pennies - Feelin' No Pain

Red Nichols' Five Pennies - Ida! Sweet As Apple Cider
Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
Cheerie Beerie Bee


Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike" - All Of The Time


Ben Pollack and His Park Central Orchestra - Song Of The Blues


Ida! Sweet As Apple Cider

In the region where the roses always bloom,
Breathing out upon the air their sweet perfume,
Lives a dusky maid I long to call my own,
For, I know my love for her will never die;
When the sun am sinking in dat golden west,
Little robin red breast gone to seek their nests,
And I sneak down to dat place I love the best,
Ever’y evening there along I sigh.
Chorus: ida! sweet as apple cider,
Sweeter than all I know,
Come out! in the silv’ry moonlight,
Of love we’ll whisper, so soft and low!
Seems as tho’ can’t live without you,
Listen, please, honey do!
Ida! I idolize yer
I love you, ida, ’deed I do

Why should I sigh
If there's no moon in the sky
I'll be happy in a cozy little spot

Where The Sweet Forget-Me-Nots Remember
Why should I pine
Because the sun doesn't shine
When I get the sweetest kiss I ever got

Where The Sweet Forget-Me-Nots Remember
I mean to spend my days where fresh bouquets
Decorate the old room
Every blossom in bloom
Double daring the groom
So why should I wait
Because my rainbow is late
Where I know I'll meet the one I love a lot

Where The Sweet Forget-Me-Nots Remember

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