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SEPTEMBER 16TH




BIRTHDAYS


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1924
Lauren Bacall, Actress/singer
b. New York, NY, USA.
né: Betty Joan Perske.
Really an actress, but included here because in a couple of her films, she sang songs by (and with) famed composer Hoagy Carmichael.

1903
"Barrelhouse Buck" McFarland, piano
b. Alton, IL, USA.
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1908
Charles "Chick" Bullock, Vocal
b. Butte, MT, USA.
d. Sept. 15, 1981, CA, USA.
As the in-house vocalist for the American Record Corporation (ARC), Chick Bullock (1908 - 1981) had one of the most well-known singing voices in America during the 1930s. Today he is all but forgotten.
The onset of the Great Depression , combined with the increasing popularity of radio, was devastating for the American record industry. For example, in 1928 the Victor Talking Machine Company sold 37.7 million records. By 1932 annual Victor sales had dropped over 90% to a mere 3.1 million. People were reluctant to spend their precious pennies on records when they could hear the popular tunes of the day over the airwaves for free. Victor - under the ownership of the powerful Radio Corporation of America since 1929 - managed to survive the Great Depression. Virtually all of the other 1920s record labels, however, either ceased to exist or were absorbed by ARC.
ARC was formed in 1929 when the Plaza Music Company merged with Cameo Records. Cameo itself had only recently merged with American Pathe. In 1932 ARC acquired Brunswick Records which became the company's flagship label. The once mighty Columbia label was acquired in 1934 for a mere $70,500.
All of the record companies ARC acquired had a number of subsidiary labels - most of which were phased out. After the Romeo, Perfect, Banner and Oriole labels were eliminated in 1935, ARC's main labels were Brunswick, Vocalion and Melotone. In 1938, ARC was acquired by the Columbia Broadcasting System and Columbia became the new flagship product. Bullock's show business career was limited to records and radio by a disfiguring ailment that caused the white of one of his eyes to turn black. His "Levee Loungers" were, in reality, the ARC studio orchestra. The staff changed from session to session, but often included some of the era's top jazz talent. Bullock retired in the early 1940s to pursue a career in real estate.
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1893
Earl Carroll
Producer, Writer, Lyricist, Composer, Director, Designer, Performer
b. Pittsburg, PA, USA. 
d. June 17, 1948, Mt. Carmel, PA, USA.
Earl Carroll (September 16, 1893 – June 17, 1948) was an American theatrical producer, director, songwriter and composer born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
~Career
Carroll produced and directed numerous Broadway musicals, including eleven editions of Earl Carroll's Vanities, Earl Carroll's Sketch Book, and Murder at the Vanities, which was also made into a film starring Jack Oakie. Known as "the troubadour of the nude", Carroll was famous for his productions featuring the most lightly clad showgirls on Broadway.
In 1922 he built the first Earl Carroll Theatre in New York, which was demolished and rebuilt on a grander scale in 1931. He built a second theatre on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California in 1938.
In 1926 Carroll became involved in a scandal due to a party he threw in honor of Harry Kendall Thaw, who came from Pittsburgh and was a potential investor in Broadway shows. During the private party a bathtub was brought out in which there was a nude young woman bathing in illegal liquor. One of the guests at the party was Philip Payne, editor of the New York Mirror. Although Carroll expected his guests would be circumspect about what happened at the party, Payne published a report. This was noted by federal authorities, and they subpoenaed Carroll to appear (with others) before a grand jury. The authorities were apparently determined to learn the source of the illegal alcohol. Carroll denied the incident happened, but others at the party confirmed it. The federal government prosecuted Carroll for perjury, and he was convicted and sent to the Atlanta Penitentiary for six months.
Carroll wrote the scores for Broadway shows including So Long, Letty, Canary Cottage, and The Love Mill for which he also wrote the libretto. As a writer of popular songs, his credits include Isle d'Amour, So Long, Letty, Dreams of Long Ago, Give Me All of You, Just The Way You Are, and Dreaming, for which he supplied lyrics to the waltz by Archibald Joyce.
~Death
Earl Carroll died in the crash of United Airlines Flight 624, which also took the life of his companion, Beryl Wallace, on June 17, 1948, in Aristes, Pennsylvania.
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B. B. King, R&B Elec. Guitar
b. Itta Bena, MS, USA.
né: Riley B. King
Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage name B.B. King, is an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter acclaimed for his expressive singing and guitar playing.
Critical acclaim and widespread popularity have cemented his reputation as possibly the most respected, successful, and most recognized bluesman, not just in the United States, but in the world. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at #3 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time". According to Edward M. Komara, King "introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed."
1906
Jack McCormick, Leader
b: Bootle, Liverpool, England
d: 1953 age: 47 (Coronary Arrest) (UK)
Jack McCormick directed the very popular "Ambassadors" at the Rialto Ballroom and at Lewis's Restaurant, Liverpool from the early 1930s until his untimely death in 1953 (with a break during WWII).
Jack was a multi-instrumentalist, but usually played clarinet and alto-saxophone with the band. The Ambassadors made few recordings, 8 titles for Panachord in 1936 being pretty much the whole output, though there is a rare 1933 recording for local company "Majestic" too.
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1901
Jean Paques, Piano
b. Liege, Belgium
d. 1974
Jean Easter became a musician ragtime after the First World War. In 1920, he moved to Paris where he composed his first musical works in the register of novelty piano. In the late 1920s, he left for London where he joined a band of hit music. Subsequently, he was an interpreter of music of many famous atmosphere and recorded during his long career of nearly forty albums.




1924
Joe Reisman
tenor and baritone saxes/clarinet/leader/conductor/arranger
b. Dallas, TX, USA. 
d. Sept. 15, 1987, Los Angeles, CA, USA. (Heart Attack.)
Studied at Baylor University, and the University of Texas at El Paso. Early in his career, he played sax with such bands as Glen Gray's Casa Loma, Louis Prima, Bob Crosby, and Jack Teagarden's Orchestra.
In the late 1940s, he gave up playing and found work in the studios as an arranger and producer. He helped Patti Page with her hit releases of "How Much is That Doggy in the Window?", "Tennessee Waltz", and others. Among the 'others' were Eartha Kitt ("Sho-Jo-Ji (The Hungry Raccoon "), In the mid-1950s, he served as musical director for several TV shows including "NBC's Shower of Stars", and "The Oldsmobile Hour". He served at RCA Victor, and then at Roulette Records. In the early 1960s, Reisman returned to RCA and became Henry Mancini's producer for nearly 30 years (starting in 1964 with Mancini's "our Man In Hollywood).
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1920
Andy Russell, vocals
b. Los Angeles, CA, USA
d. April 16, 1992, Phoenix, AZ, USA.
né: Andres Rabajos (or Rabago).
A son of Mexican-Spanish parents, Russell was a popular singer in the USA during the 1940s. Among the bands with which he sang are Sonny Dunham, Gus Arnheim and Johnny Richards, In 1942, he was with the Alvino Rey orchestra. In 1944, he signed with Capitol Records and a string of hits followed including romantic ballads such as "What A Diff'rence A Day Made", "I Dream Of You", "I Can't Begin To Tell You", "Laughing On The Outside (Crying On The Inside)", "They Say It's Wonderful", "Pretending" and "Anniversary Song".
He also recorded Billy Reid's "I'll Close My Eyes" and Bud Flanagan's "Underneath The Arches", on which he was accompanied by Tommy Dorsey's old vocal group, the Pied Pipers. During the mid-late 40s, Russell appeared on the Old Gold Show and Lucky Strike Hit Parade radio shows. He also appeared at many top venues, including New York's Paramount Theatre.
In 1947, he was in Los Angeles where he sang one of the nominated songs at the annual Academy Awards Ceremony. (Both Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, had declined.) Andy was also seen in such films as 'Copacabana' (starred 'Groucho' Marx), 'The Stork Club' (he and Betty Hutton sang "If I Had A Dozen Hearts"), 'Make Mine Music', a series of short Walt Disney cartoons, and 'Breakfast In Hollywood', derived from a radio series of the same name, and featuring artists such as "Spike Jones And His City Slickers", and the "Nat "King" Cole Trio". Russell subsequently moved to Mexico City, where he was successful on radio, television and in movies. Ghe late 1960s saw him back in the USA where he continued to sing, and appear on television.



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1903
Giuseppi "Joe" Venuti, violin
b. shipboard on way to America
d. August 14, 1978 Seattle, WA, USA.
Perhaps the very first truly great Jazz violinist. Little recalled now, but in 1929, he and his good friend, guitarist Eddie Lang joined Paul Whiteman's Orchestra, and appeared with him in the very early "talkie" film "The King of Jazz". Lang and Venuti were inseperable friends, and in 1933, Lang's premature death proved a major psychological blow to Venuti who, for awhile, seemed to lose all interest in music.
The band did introduce both singer Kay Starr and drummer Barrett Deems. At about this time, -sadly- Joe began a slow drift into Alcoholism. The band ended when he was called up for Army service during World War II. After receiving his Service discharge, Joe settled in Los Angeles, CA, where he became a popular "sessions" man, and he was also regularly featured on Bing Crosby's early 1950s radio show. (Bing was another renowned Alcoholic.)
Happily, 1967 saw Venuti making a major comeback, playing at the peak of his powers at 'Dick Gibson's Colorado Jazz Party'. Despite increasingly bad health, Venuti's final decade was a triumph. He began actively recording again, and worked with such Jazz stars as Marian McPartland, Earl Hines, Zoot Sims, George Barnes, Dave McKenna and Bucky Pizzarelli, among others.


1922
Murray Wald, saxophone
b. New York, NY, USA.
Murray began playing saxophone in grade school and attended New York's "Music and Art High School", and then the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. He first found work playing in Phil Napoleon's group on the "Lucky Strike Hit Parade" radio show. Later, Murray toured with Jerry Wald's, original band which had been started in New York (the two men were not related). The Jerry Wald orchestra was reorganized in Los Angeles, and worked it's way back to New York city. Subsequently, Murray would go on to work with such well known bands as Paul Tremaine, Will Osborne, Jan Savitt, Joe Venuti, Ted Fio Rito, and Jack Teagarden. He toured theaters for 20 weeks with the Vic Schoen orchestra and the Andrews Sisters, and also worked with Charlie Barnet, and Perez Prado -right after Prado came from Cuba.
In 1942, Glenn Miller was inducted into the U. S. Army, where he formed the 'Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band'. Murray was one of the original six musicians chosen to go to New Haven, CT as the nucleus of that band (and was a part of the band from 1943-'45). Today (2005) Murray remains very active. In June 2004, he founded (and directs) "The Glenn Miller Young Americans Orchestra" in Camarillo, California. The band, comprised of only high school students, plays gigs at local venues such as the Camarillo Air Show, etc. Murray's goal is to expose youngsters to the great music of the Big Bands era. While they play mostly Miller charts, they have added a few Kenton and others.
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1915
Cy Walter, pianist
b. Minneapolis, MN, USA.
Cy Walter (September 16, 1915 - August 18, 1968) was an American café society pianist based in New York City for four decades. Dubbed the "Art Tatum of Park Avenue," he was praised for his extensive repertoire (with an emphasis on show tunes) and improvisatory skill. His long radio and recording career included both solo and duo performances, and stints as accompanist for such elegant vocal stylists as Greta Keller, Mabel Mercer, and Lee Wiley.
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Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:



1946.
Mamie Smith, vocals
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 63
Mamie Smith (née Robinson) (May 26, 1883 – September 16, 1946) was an American vaudeville singer, dancer, pianist and actress, who appeared in several films late in her career. As a vaudeville singer she performed a number of styles including jazz and blues. She entered blues history by being the first African American artist to make vocal blues recordings in 1920. Willie "The Lion" Smith (not her husband) explained the background to that recording in his (ghosted) autobiography, Music on My Mind.
1964.
Ernest "Bass" Hill, bass
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 64
Ernest "Bass" Hill (March 14, 1900, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – September 16, 1964, New York City) was an American jazz double-bassist.
Hill played from 1924 with Claude Hopkins, and remained with him on a tour of Europe with Josephine Baker the following year. Hill and Hopkins collaborated numerous times over the next few years and again in the 1940s. In 1928 he played with Leroy Smith & His Orchestra and Bill Brown & His Brownies, and worked in the Eugene Kennedy Orchestra the next year. In the 1930s he played with Willie Bryant, Bobby Martin's Cotton Club Serenaders, Benny Carter, Chick Webb, Rex Stewart, and Hot Lips Page.
Hill was in Europe in the late 1930s when he fled to Switzerland at the outbreak of World War II. There he played with Mac Strittmacher before returning to the United States in 1940. Following this he played with Maurice Hubbard, Hopkins again, Zutty Singleton, Louis Armstrong (1943), Cliff Jackson, Herbie Cowens, and Minto Kato. In 1949 he returned to Europe, where he played in Switzerland and Italy with Bill Coleman and then in Germany with Big Boy Goudie until 1952.
Upon his return he worked in New York City with Happy Caldwell, Henry Morrison, and Wesley Fagan. He worked in the musicians' union in the last decade of his life.


1965.
The first concert of sacred music by Duke Ellington 
was presented at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral.




Songs Recorded/Released
On this date include:



1908


Arthur Pryor's Band


Horace Wright-Rene Dietrich
  • My Honolulu Hula Girl

Horace Wright - O'Briens Trying To Learn To Talk Hawaiian



1919




Art Hickman and his Orchestra
  • Take It Easy


All Star Trio
  • Alcoholic Blues (Introducing, "Everybody's Crazy Over Dixie")

1922




Ted Lewis and his Band

1923




The Georgians - Somebody's Wrong


1924




The Wolverine Orchestra - Sensation


The California Ramblers - I Want To Be Happy (matrix 1881)
  • Tea For Two


1925



Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra

Paul Specht and his Orchestra

1926



Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards

1927




The Red Heads

Alex Jackson's Plantation Orchestra - Jack Ass Blues


1928




Jessie Stafford and his Orchestra - Cinderella Blues

1929



Duke Ellington and his Orchestra



Annette Hanshaw - What Wouldn't I Do For That Man (from "Applause")



1930



Bud Billings and Carson Robison
  • Tell Me You Love Me Dear
  • Song of the Silver Dollar

1931




Casa Loma Orchestra
  • Blue Kentucky Moon

Victor Young and his Orchestra
  • Love letters in the sand

Red Nichols and his 5 Pennies
  • Oh Peter (you're so nice)

1932



Don Redman and his Orchestra

1934




Dick Powell and his Orchestra

    1935



    Andy Iona Islanders
    • Hawaiian Drinking Song

    1938




    Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
    Orrin Tucker and his Orchestra
    • Dancing on a Dime
    • Gotta Big Date With a Little Girl

    1946



    Les Brown's Band of Renown
    • I've got my love to keep me warm

    Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys
    • Blue Moon of Kentucky

    1949



    Andrews Sisters
    • I Can Dream, Can't I?


    LYRICS:



    I Can Dream, Can't I?


    As we eye the blue horizon's bend,
    Earth and sky appear to meet and end.
    But it's merely an illusion.
    Like your heart and mine,
    There is no sweet conclusion I can see,
    No matter how near you'll be,
    You'll never belong to me.
    But I can dream Can't I?
    Can't I pretend that I'm locked in the bend of your embrace?
    For dreams are just like wine,
    And I am drunk with mine
    I'm aware my heart is a sad affair.
    There's much disillusion there,
    But I can dream, Can't I
    Can't I adore you although we are oceans apart?
    I can't make you open your heart,
    But I can dream Can't I?

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