Pete Cassell, (blind C&W) singer-songwriter
b. Cobb County, GA, USA.
A blind country minstrel content to perform on radio broadcasts rather than record his material, Pete Cassell impressed many listeners with his near-perfect pitch and self-taught musicianship. Born in Georgia on August 27, 1917, Cassell was blinded in his infancy, and received his education at special schools in Georgia. He specialized in law, but turned to performing after teaching himself to play guitar and sing. He first appeared on radio in the late '30s for WSB-Atlanta, and spent the rest of his life in roughly yearlong stints for stations in Georgia, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Between the migrations, Cassell recorded sporadically for Decca, Mercury, and Majestic, from March 1941 to 1949. None of his sides became popular, though Cassell was a hit for nearly every station he performed with, including Wheeling, WV's talent-packed WWVA. He died of coronary thrombosis in 1954. In 1993, Old Homestead released a collection entitled Pete Cassell, Blind Minstrel.

~ John Bush
Martha Raye, Actress/vocalist
b. August 27, 1913 
d. Oct. 19, 1994. 
Few folks now recall that Martha was as good a singer as she was a comic actress. She debuted in show business in 1919, and during her career sang with the Paul Ash and Louis Prima orchestras. Probably her biggest hit record was Sam Coslow's "You'll Have To Swing It", more popularly known as "Mr. Pagannini", which she sang in the 1936 film 'Rhythm on The Range' that also starred Bing Crosby.
Another of her hits was 1939s, "Once In A While". Tommy Dorsey had originally introduced the song as instrumental by his violinist Michael Edwards. It was called "Dancing With You." TD then asked the well known lyricist Bud Green ("Alabammy Bound", "Flat Foot Floogie", "Sentimental Journey") for words, and it became a hit under the new title of "Once In A While". Martha's hit was on the Columbia label, no. 35260 LA2020
Bob Thomas, trombone
b. New Orleans, LA, USA.
Played with 'Tony Parenti's New Orleans Shufflers', among other New Orleans Dixieland groups.

Lester Willis "Prez" Young, tenor sax
b. Woodville, MS, USA
d. March 15, 1959, New York, NY, USA.
Lester Willis Young (August 27, 1909 – March 15, 1959), nicknamed "Prez", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist. He was also known to play the trumpet, violin, and drums.

Coming to prominence with the band of Count Basie, Young is remembered as one of the finest, most influential players on his instrument, playing with a cool tone and sophisticated harmonies. He also became a jazz legend, inventing or popularizing much of the hipster ethos which came to be associated with the music.
PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

Homer "Slim" Miller of the "Cumberland Ridge Runners" died.

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Lil Hardin Armstrong, piano
died in Chicago, IL, USA.
Age: 69
Lil Hardin-Armstrong was the most prominent woman in early jazz. She played piano, composed, and arranged for most of the important Hot Bands from New Orleans. While working at a music store in Chicago, she was invited to play with Sugar Johnny's Creole Orchestra, from there she went to Freddie Keppard's Original Creole Orchestra, and then led her own band at the Dreamland Cafe at 3520 South State Street in Chicago.
In 1921 she joined King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band where she met Louis Armstrong. They were married in 1924. Lil was Louis Armstrong's second wife and she is generally credited with persuading Louis to be more ambitious, and leave King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band. Lil was a major contributor to Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings. She played piano and sang occasionally, and composed several of the groups major songs, including "Struttin' with Some Barbeque." Lil was the leader of several other recording groups, including Lil's Hot Shots and the New Orleans Wanderers. She and Louis were separated in 1931 and were divorced in 1938, although they remained friends for life.
Lil appeared in several Broadway shows including "Hot Chocolates" and "Shuffle Along". In the late 1930s Lil recast herself as a Swing vocalist and cut 26 vocal sides for Decca records. In the 1940s she moved back to Chicago and played as a soloist in nightclubs. She continued to record sporadically up until 1963, often with the old gang of New Orleans/Chicago musicians like Johnny Dodds, Red Allen, Zutty Singleton, Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon, Lonnie Johnson, Buster Bailey, Natty Dominque, Lovie Austin, and Sidney Bechet. Lil kept active in the music business for the rest of her life, although far from the limelight. Strangely enough, Lil died while taking part in a Louis Armstrong Memorial Concert in Chicago while playing "St. Louis Blues", just two months after Louis had died.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Clarence Williams' Blue Five
Achin' Heart Blues

The Virginians
  • I've Got The Yes We Have No Bananas Blues - Vocal Refrain, Belle Baker
  • Jubilee Blues - Vocal Refrain, Belle Baker

Benson Orchestra of Chicago
  • Foolish Child

Benson Orchestra of Chicago - That Old Gang Of Mine


Warner's Seven Aces
  • Bessie Couldn't Help It


Lee Morse and her Bluegrass Boys - Oh Boy! What A Girl
Lee Morse and her Bluegrass Boys Want A Little Lovin'?

Bennie Krueger and his Orchestra
  • Charlestonette
  • Kinky Kids Parade


Mamie Smith - Goin' Crazy With The Blues


    Lee Morse and her Bluegrass Boys - I've Looked All Over For A Girl Like You


    Tom Gerunovitch and his Roof Garden Orchestra - My Gal Sal
    • Sincerely I Do


      Red Nichols' Five Pennies
      On The Alamo
      That's A Plenty
      • They Didn't Believe Me

      Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon
      • Take It Easy


      Ted Lewis and his Band
      Tonight Is Mine
      Two Cigarettes In The Dark
      White Heat


        Two Cigarettes In The Dark

        Two, two cigarettes in the dark
        He strikes a match 'til the Spark
        clearly traces
        One face is my sweetheart.

        Two, two silhouettes in a room
        Almost obscured by the gloom
        We were so close yet so far apart,
        It happened that I stumbled in
        Upon their rendezvous.
        I heard my sweetheart whispering
        "I love you, I love you, you know that I do."

        Two, two cigarettes in the dark,
        Gone is the flame and the spark
        Leaving just regrets and
        two cigarettes in the dark.

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