Nick Lucas
Birth name Dominic Nicholas Anthony Lucanese.
Also known as "The Crooning Troubadour", "The Grandfather of the Jazz Guitar"
Nick Lucas (August 22, 1897, Newark, New Jersey -- July 28, 1982, Colorado Springs, Colorado) born Dominic Nicholas Anthony Lucanese was an American singer and pioneer jazz guitarist, remembered as "the grandfather of the jazz guitar", whose peak of popularity lasted from the mid-1920s to the early 1930s.
In 1922, at the age of 25, he gained renown with his hit renditions of "Picking the Guitar" and "Teasing the Frets" for Pathe Records. In 1923, the Gibson Guitars proposed to build him a concert guitar with an extra deep body. Known as the "Nick Lucas Special," it has been a popular model with guitarists since. In the same year, he began a successful career in recording phonograph records for Brunswick and remained one of their exclusive artists until 1932.
By the late 1920s, Lucas had become well known as "The Crooning Troubadour" due to the success of the recordings he made for Brunswick Records. In 1929, he co-starred in the Warner Brothers Technicolor musical, Gold Diggers of Broadway, in which he introduced the two hit songs "Painting the Clouds with Sunshine" and "Tiptoe Through the Tulips". The latter became Lucas' official theme song. The same year, Lucas was also featured in the studio's all-star revue, The Show of Shows. Lucas turned down Warner Bros.' seven-year contract offer, which went instead to fellow crooner Dick Powell. In April 1930, Warner Bros. bought Brunswick Records. Due to their appreciation of Nick Lucas, Warner Bros. provided him with his own orchestra which was billed on his records as "The Crooning Troubadours". This arrangement lasted until December 1931, when Warner Bros. licensed Brunswick to the American Record Corporation. The new owners were not as extravagant as Warner Bros. had previously been and Lucas lost his orchestra and eventually left Brunswick in 1932 to go freelance.
He made two recordings for Durium Records in 1932 for their Hit of the Week series. These would prove to be his last major recordings...
Nick Lucas spent the rest of his career performing on radio as well as in night clubs and dance halls. He made a number of recordings for various small or independent labels, including Cavalier Records, where he was billed as the "Cavalier Troubadour." In 1944 he reprised some of his old hits in Soundies movie musicals, and filmed another group of songs for Snader Telescriptions in 1951. In 1974, his renditions of the songs, "I'm Gonna Charleston Back to Charleston", "When You and I Were Seventeen" and "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" were featured on the soundtrack of Paramount Pictures' The Great Gatsby (1974) with Robert Redford.
An inspiration to Tiny Tim, who made Lucas' "Tip-Toe Through the Tulips" (written November 1929) his own theme song, Lucas became friends with the performer, and on December 17, 1969, when Tiny Tim married Miss Vicki on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Lucas was there to sing their trademark song.
Nick Lucas died in Colorado Springs, Colorado of double pneumonia, three weeks before his 85th birthday. By the end of his career, he had sold over 84 million records.
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Jack Payne, Bandleader
b. Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, UK.
d. Dec. 4, 1969, Tunbridge Wells, England, UK.
né: John Wesley Vivian Payne
~by Jason Ankeny
British bandleader Jack Payne was born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire on August 22, 1899; while serving as an aviator during World War I, he organized a series of dance bands to entertain his fellow troops, and after the war continued performing in small group settings. In 1925, his six-piece band was tapped to appear at London's Hotel Cecil; by the end of the year, they were regularly featured on BBC remote broadcasts from the venue, and in 1928 Payne was named the radio network's Director of Dance Music.
After four years with the BBC he quit his post, returning to the hotel circuit; in addition to appearing in the film Say It with Music, Payne also made a number of recordings, including a 1935 date with the noted jazz pianist Garland Wilson. He disbanded the group in 1937, retiring to his Buckinghamshire stud farm before forming a 20-piece big band the following year; in late 1939, Payne became the first British bandleader to perform for the troops in France. He resumed his BBC duties in 1941, remaining Director of
Dance Music for five years before going to work as a disc jockey. Payne died December 4, 1969.

Jacob Roger "Brick" Fleagle
b. Hanover, PA .
Worked with the Jimmy Lunceford band. The musician whose name looks like a word jumble started banjo at the age of 17 during an era when that instrument was a required item in every jazz rhythm section. This was indeed the instrumental status quo during Brick Fleagle's early days working with bands in Florida and on the road with Sam Robbins and His Baltimoreans.
In the late '20s, however, a switch to guitar was demanded by the changing styles. Fleagle did just that and began working steadily in the swingingdance bands fronted by performers such as Orville Knapp, Roy Ingram and Hal Kemp. It was a busy period of performances and recordings, many of the latter marketed under a variety of band names even though the same musicians were sometimes featured. Fleagle began leading his own group at the Arcadia Ballroom venue in New York City during the mid '30s. 

There was a collaboration with Joe Haymes in 1936, yet clearly the major musical alliance Fleagle strummed his way into was with the fine trumpeter Rex Stewart. The two became lifelong friends and managed to record together many times, material that has become easily accesible to the jazz listener via reissues with dramatic titles such as The Rex Stewart Story: 1926-1945. Meanwhile the connection with players of Stewart's calibre as well as Fleagle's own finesse with pen and paper led to arranging opportunities for many of the era's top big bands. Fleagle's arrangements were played by Chick Webb,Jimmie Lunceford, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington and of course Stewart. Ellington became a regular employer, utilizing Fleagle's services as a music copyist as well as putting the man in the guitar chair for certain recording sessions. 
The music copying racket--actually, it can be quite a quiet activity--would later become bread and butter for Fleagle. But first he explored opportunities in both radio an recording session work, providing guitar and arrangements on an either/or basis. Fleagle worked with the D'Artega Orchestra in the early '40s and in 1943 went out to New Mexico with his old friend Stewart to play in a group led by Dick Ballou. More recordings under his own name emerged in this period including the autobiographical "Brick's Boogie" and a tune hilariously entitled "The Fried Piper". These sides were both issued oriinally under the name of Brick Fleagle and his Orchestra and have been reissued by Mosaic on a compilation entitled The Complete HRS Sessions.
Beginning in the '50s Fleagle launched his own arranging and copying firm, an endeavour that has provided sustenance ever since. While it is true that being a copyist is a good way to keep one's name out of the limelight, some jazz scholars have gone too far with Fleagle's name, incorrectly suggesting that no such person ever existed and it was just a pseudonym for Stewart!
~ Eugene Chadbourne
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Kenny Leighton, Saxophone
Aug. 1. 2002, Estero, FL, U.S.A. (a series of strokes)
né: Kenneth A. Tesmer Orchestra.
He is best recalled as the musical director of the Guy Lombardo Band. Among the other orchestras in which he played are The Andy Powell Band, The Gay Claridge Band, The Cal Pigeon Band, and The Jan Garber.

Hubert Maxwell "Bumps" Myers
Tenor-Baritone sax
b.Clarksburg, W.VA, USA.
d. 1968 A fine swing tenor player influenced by Coleman Hawkins, Bumps Myers, who occasionally played alto and baritone, had many interesting musical experiences during his career although he never gained much fame outside of the Los Angeles area. Myers became a professional musician in 1929 when he was 17 and freelanced around L.A. including with Curtis Mosby. Myers played in Shanghai with Buck Clayton's big band (1934-36) and Teddy Weatherford, and in L.A. with Lionel Hampton and Les Hite. Myers was part of the short-lived Lee and Lester Young band from 1941-42, had two stints withJimmie Lunceford in 1942 and 1945, and worked with Benny Carter off and on during 1943-48, Benny Goodman in 1947 and Red Callender from 1952-54. He appeared at several mid-1940s Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts and in countless settings (many commercial) during the 1950s, including withHarry Belafonte in 1958. After touring with Horace Henderson from 1961-62, Myers retired due to ill health. Myers, who recorded with Sid Catlett in 1945, only led six obscure titles in 1949 for the Selective and RPM labels.
~ Scott Yanow

Henry "Son" Sims, violin
b. Anguilla, MS, USA. Delta bluesman Henry "Son" Sims is best known as the fiddler who played with Charley Patton. Born in Anguilla, Mississippi in 1890, Sims was taught to play the violin by his grandfather, a former slave named Warren Scott. He eventually learned to play the mandolin, guitar and piano, as well. Although he led a rural string band called the Mississippi Corn Shuckers for several years, the first recording that Sims did was with Patton, who asked him to come along to Wisconsin for a 1929 Paramount session. Sims also recorded under his own name on two separate occasions -- during the Patton session when he cut four songs, including "Tell Me Man Blues," and several years later with guitarist and singerMcKinley Morganfield, (who later became known as Muddy Waters).
~ Joslyn Layne

Sonny Thompson, piano
b. Centreville, MS, USA.
Sonny Thompson (August 22, 1923, Centreville, Mississippi — August 11, 1989, Chicago) was an American R&B bandleader and pianist, popular in the 1940s and 1950s.
Bandleader and pianist Sonny Thompson was among the most prolific R&B instrumentalists of the late '40s and early '50s. Thompson began recording for Sultan in 1946, then did several sessions for Miracle, King, Federal, and Deluxe, while also backing vocalist Lula Reed from 1951 to 1961. Thompson scored two number one R&B hits for Miracle in 1948: "Long Gone," Pts. 1 & 2, and "Late Freight." He landed another Top Ten and two more Top 20 singles for Miracle in 1949, and then had three Top Ten hits for King in 1952. The biggest was "I'll Drown In My Tears," which reached number five.
~ Ron Wynn

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

The Victor Talking Machine Company
of Camden, New Jersey started production
of the Victrola (record player).
The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet,
sold for $200. Records not included.
Victor Talking Machine Company

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
began its first experimental TV broadcast in England.

Hociel Thomas, piano
died in Oakland, CA, USA.
Age: 48.
Leonard "Baby Doo" Caston, Blues pianist
died in Minneapolis, MN, USA.
Age: 70
Leonard Caston - Wikipedia

Floyd Tillman
(b. Dec. 8, 1914, Ryan, Oklahoma, USA)
C&W Singer-Songwriter/Guitar/Mandolin/Banjo
died at his home in Bacliff, Texas, USA.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Wilbur Sweatman's Jazz Orchestra - Has Anybody Seen My Corinne? (Introducing: "Down On Bull Frogs' Aisle"/"Livery Stable Blues")


Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds
  • Strut Your Material


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra

Ross Deluxe Syncopaters - Believe Me, Dear
  • Baby Stop Teasin' Me
  • Lady Mine

Ross Deluxe Syncopaters - Skad-O-Lee

Triangle Harmony Boys


Paul Ash and his Orchestra


Jabbo Smith's Rhythm Aces


Irving Aaronson and his Commanders
  • Flirtation Walk
  • When You First Ate An Olive

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