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Adele Astaire
d.1981. née: Adele Austerlitz.
Fred Astaire's sister.
They worked mostly as a team in many London Stage shows. Later, when Adele married and retired from the stage, Fred carried on alone in Hollywood. Adele's father left Austria for the USA in 1895. He married a young woman ten years younger than he named Ann Gelius whose parents were from Alsace. Frederic and Ann Austerlitz's first child was Adele, who was born in 1897 and later her brother Fred on May 10, 1899.
Later in 1904, Adele (age 7,) her Brother (age 5) and mother moved to New York with their father to follow them later to start a show business career. It was here in New York that they would start their vaudeville journey. Adele was about a year older than her little brother 'Fred Astaire'.
The Astaire's were home schooled and their mother was manager, promoter and chaperone except for about a year or so when they had to take a year off because Adele had matured and Fred was to small for Adele to perform with. During this time they actually went to school in
Highwood, NJ.
Adele and Fred started dancing at an early age in Vaudeville around 1905 (She was eight) and would later tour as part of a successful dance team with her brother on the Orpheum Circuit. The family decided it would be wise to change their name to Astaire, rather than Austerlitz and took their Uncle's name of L' Astaire and would be billed as 'Fred and Adele Astaire' making their vaudeville debut in Keyport, N.J. in 1905 with Adele being the star of the team for many years.
By 1916 they made their professional Broadway debut in the musical comedy 'Over The Top' and would become stars of the Vaudeville and Broadway Stages. Life magazine (8/25/1941) reported that Adele became difficult to work with as she became more interested in her male
Adele learned many of her routines from her routines from Fred but when Ziegfeld partnered her brother up with Marilyn Miller in the Broadway show 'Smiles', she went to Buddy Bradley for her solo routine in the show. Adele would continue learning different dances from Bradley untill Bradley left for England and was replaced by Herbie Harper, she would learn the steps from Harper and later show them to Fred.

Adele sang and danced with her brother Fred up till the time Fred started to gain more attention than herself, she then announced her retirement in 1932 and married one of her many suitors 'Lord Charles Francis Cavendish' which lasted till his death in 1942, later marrying Kingman Douglass. Fred and Adele's career lasted 28 years. Fred continued on his own and went on to become a super star in Movies. Adele Astaire died of a stroke in Tucson, Arizona in 1981 and interned at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, CA.

Lou Handman
Lou Handman is a composer born in New York City on September 10, 1894 and died in Flushing, New York on December 9, 1956. In his early career toured in vaudeville shows in Australia and New York. Handman worked closely with Roy Turk. They went on to make such chart-topping hits as:

Other hits were:

  • "Give Me a Smile and a Kiss"
  • "I Can't Get the One I Want"
  • "What Good Would it Do?"
  • "Is My Baby Blue Tonight?"
  • "No Nothing"
  • "Was it Rain?"
  • "Don't Ever Change"
  • "Baby Me"
  • "Puddin' Head Jones"
  • "Blue (And Broken Hearted)"
Handman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975.
Songwriters Hall of Fame

Hilde Hildebrand
German actress, singer and dancer Hilde Hildebrand (10 September 1897 ~ 27 May 1976) She started her career in 1914 as a comedy actress in various Operetta-stages in Berlin, also performing in silent-movies, e.g. "Die Scheidungs-Ehe", "Es bleibt in der Familie", "Der Trödler von Amsterdam" or "Rasputins Liebesabenteuer". She became better known, however, when the sound-movie production started in the turn of the 1920/30s. 
Hilde Hildebrand

Ken "Snake Hips" Johnson, Dancer/Leader
b. Georgetown, Guyana. d. March 8, 1941.
né: Kendrick Reginald Huymans.
Originally from British Guiana, Johnson's parents sent him to Britain at the age of 15, where he attended Sir William Borlase's Grammar School before studying medicine at Edinburgh University. Having gained an interest in dance, he sought lessons from American choreographer, Buddy Bradley. It was in dance work that he earned his nickname, 'Snakehips', from his "fluid and flexible style".
Johnson was invited to lead Leslie Thompson's band, before going on to start his own, called Ken Johnson and his Rhythm Swingers (later renamed The West Indian Orchestra), which played jazz and swing music. The band had a residency at the London nightclub Café de Paris . It was here on March 8, 1941, during the blitz, that two 50K landmines came through the Rialto roof straight onto the Café dance floor soon after the start of a performance. Eighty people died, including Johnson and most of his band. After pondering for some time as to where to bury him, it was decided that his remains should be placed at his old school, Sir William Borlase's Grammar School. They reside in the school chapel, where a panel is dedicated to him. Legend has it that at a certain time of day and a certain time of year sunlight will shine through a slit in his panel revealing the urn in which his ashes reside.

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Raymond Scott
b. New York (Brooklyn), NY, USA.
d. Feb. 8, 1944, North Hills, CA, USA.
né: Harry Warnow (Mark Warnow's younger brother)
(also see Raymond Scott Sextet, entry.
Raymond Scott (born Harry Warnow, 10 September 1908 — 8 February 1994),[1] was an American composer, band leader, pianist, engineer, recording studio maverick, and electronic instrument inventor. He was born in Brooklyn to a family of Russian-Jewish immigrants. His older brother, Mark Warnow, a conductor, violinist, and musical director for the CBS radio program Your Hit Parade, encouraged his musical career.
Though Scott never scored cartoon soundtracks, his music is familiar to millions because of its adaptation by Carl Stalling in over 120 classic Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and other Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animated features. Scott's melodies have also been heard in twelve Ren & Stimpy episodes (that used the original Scott recordings), while making cameos in The Simpsons, Duckman, Animaniacs, The Oblongs, and Batfink. (The only music Scott actually composed to accompany animation were three 20-second electronic commercial jingles for County Fair Bread in 1962.

Luke Wills
member of the 'Western Swing' band:
'The Texas Playboys' Luke is the younger brother of Bob Wills.
Texas Playboys Web-site

Alonzo Elvis "Tony" Alderman, C&W fiddler
b. River Hill, VA, USA. "The Hill Billies".
Hill Billies Bio

Francis Craig, pianist/leader/composer
b. Dickson, TN, USA.
d. 1966 Sewanee, TN, USA.  
This pianist and band leader is listed here primarily for his composition "Near You,"(lyric by Kermit Goelle). He and his orchestra, with vocalist Bob Lamm, recorded the song. It was a multimillion seller in 1947, remaining No. 1 on the charts for 17 weeks. While Craig's only other nationally famous recording was 1948's "I Beg Your Pardon" (No. 3 on the charts), he did compose others such as "Tennesee Tango"; "A Broken Heart Must Cry"; "Foolin'", and "Do Me A Favor".

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Frank Coughlan, Trombone/Leader
b. Emmaville, Australia
d. 1979
Trombonist and bandleader Frank Coughlan (1904-1979) has been called "The Father of Australian Jazz". He had an illustrious career that lasted from the early 1920s to the 1970s. He was chosen to lead the famous jazz orchestra that was put together for the opening in 1936 of the Sydney Trocadero, which became the city's leading dance venue for the next 35 years, and Coughlan led the orchestra at "The Troc" until its closure in 1971.
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Jimmie Davis, composer/singer/actor/Governor
b. Quitman, LA, USA
d. Nov. 5, 2000, New Orleans, LA, USA. Age 101

Emery Deutsch, bandleader/violin
d. 1997
~by Craig Harris
The gypsy tradition infused the compositions of Hungary-born violinist/composer Emery Deutsch. A native of Budapest, Deutsch grew up in Cleveland, OH. A resident of the United States from the age of eight, Deutsch went on to write such classic tunes as "When a Gypsy Makes His Violin Cry" and "Play, Fiddle, Play." A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, he spent much of his professional career in radio. The music director of a small station in Queens, NY, in the late '20s, he continued to serve in that position for the Columbia Broadcasting System after the station became the nucleus of the then new CBS radio network, a job he held for 11 years. Balancing his radio work with performances in hotels and clubs around the United States, Deutsch is remembered for his ultra-sweet sound. Settling in Miami, FL, in 1971, he continued to perform in hotels and clubs until 1995. He died two years later at the Villa Maria Rehabilitation Center in Miami.
Emery Deutsch, 91, Violinist and Songwriter - New York Times

T. J. Fowler, piano/leader
b. Columbus, GA, USA.
d. 1987

Clifford "Cliff" Leeman, drums
b. Portland, ME, USA.
d. April 26 1986, New York, NY, USA.
Worked with such men as: Charlie Barnet, Billy Butterfield, Eddie Condon, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Jean Goldkette, Glen Gray, Woody Herman, John Kirby, Hank Lawson, Glenn Miller, Raymond Scott, Artie Shaw.

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


Huey P. Long, gov of Louisiana
died in Baton Rouge, LA, USA. 
Age: 42

Joe Callahan, (Hillbilly) Singer/Yodeler/Guitar/String Bass/Comedy)
died. Age: 61. né: Walter Callahan. b. Jan. 27, 1910, Madison County, NC, USA.
His brother was Homer Callahan, b. March 27, 1912, Madison County, NC, USA, and together they made the team of "The Callahan Brothers".

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Arthur Pryor's Band
Haydn Quartet
  • The Hat Father Wore On St. Patrick's Day


Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band - Lil Liza Jane


John Steele voc. - Whispering


Benson Orch. of Chicago
Herb Wiedoft and his Orch.
  • From Day To Day

Abe Lyman and his Orch. - Out Of a Million You're The Only One

Ted lewis and his Band
  • She Loves Me


Johnny Hamp's Serenaders
  • So That's The Kind Of Girl You Are
  • Oh! Boy, What a Girl, -Eddie Cantor voc.


Charlie Straight and his Orch.
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Cliquot Club Eskimos (Reser Orch.)

Abe Lyman and his Californians. - Don't Somebody Want Somebody to Love?
  • Kiss Your Little Baby Good Night


Carter's Orchestra - 
Shine On Harvest Moon
  • Breeze (Blow my baby back to me)


Arrowhead Inn Orch. (M.Davis orch.)Broken Hearted Baby


Roy Ingraham and his Orchestra - Chant of the Jungle


Isham jones and his Orchestra

King Oliver and his Orchestra - Stingaree Blues


Fred Rich and his Orchestra

The Columbians (F.Rich orch.)  - Smith Ballew vocals
As Time Goes By


Connee Boswell  - Say It Isn't So


Raymond Scott and his New Orchestra - 
Pretty Little Petticoat


(Fred Holt / Thomas McGhee / Irving King)

Now good old farmer Haystack is the cleverest of men
He cuts a rasher off a pig, and then shouts to a hen
Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, lay a little egg for me
Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, I want one for my tea
Oh, I haven't had an egg since Easter, and now it's half past three
So, chick, chick, chick, chicken, lay a little egg for me
Now Rip Van Winkle woke up after twenty years or more
He found a bird's nest in his beard and shouted out, "Oh, Lor'!"
Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, lay a little egg for me
Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, I want one for my tea
Oh, I haven't had an egg since Easter, and now it's half past three
So, chick, chick, chick, chicken, lay a little egg for me
**In the line "I haven't had one since Easter", the
word "Easter" is sometimes replaced by "breakfast".

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