Cleoma Breaux & Joseph Falcon


Joe Falcon and Cléoma Breaux
on their wedding day April 27th, 1932.
Joseph Falcon, Cajun VocalsAccordion b. Rayne, LA, USA. Falcon, and wife Cleoma Breaux, made the first Cajun recording in 1928. One of the pioneers of Cajun music, Falcon made the first commercial Cajun recording, "Lafayette" ("Allons…Lafayette") with his wife Cleoma in 1928.

Cleoma's simple guitar and emotive singing, driven by Joe's crying accordion, was an instant hit in Cajun country, foisting a regional stardom on the team, who recorded for Columbia, Decca, Bluebird, and Okeh in the '30s. Cleoma's death in 1941 and changes in listeners' taste (the accordion was out, the fiddle in) led Falcon away from performing, though he and his second wife, Theresa, fronted a band in the years before his death. Falcon's early recordings are among the enduring classics of the Cajun genre.
~ Mark A. Humphrey

Joe Falcon's last accordion,
a pre-WWII German "Eagle" brand.
Joe Falcon - Wikipedia

Bill Boyd, singer/songwriter
bill boyd Pictures, Images and Photosb. Fannin County, TX, USA. Member: 'The Cowboy Ramblers', a band that played Western Swing, with a C&W flavor. Over the years, the Cowboy Ramblers cut some 229 sides for RCA Victor.
Boyd was born and raised on a farm near Ladonia in Fannin County, Texas as one of thirteen children. His parents, Lemuel and Molly Jared Boyd, who originally hailed from Tennessee, came to Texas in 1902. During the Great depression, the family moved to Dallas. Bill and his brother Jim (born 1914) tried to survive the hard times by working different odd jobs. Bill joined the Alexanders Daybreakers trio performing at early-morning radio shows. Together with Jim, he appeared on radio in Greenville, Texas and at WRR in Dallas Meanwhile, Jim formed the "Rhythm Aces." In February 1932, Boyd recorded with the "Blue yodeler" Jimmie Rodgers. The same year, he formed the pioneering western swing band "The Cowboy Ramblers". His band consisted of himself on guitar, Jim Boyd on bass, Walter Kirkes on tenor banjo and Art Davis on fiddle.
During the band's history, many of the members also worked simultaneously with the Light Crust Doughboys and Roy Newman's Boys. The Cowboys Ramblers made more than 225 recordings between 1934-1951. The band had their own popular radio show, "The Bill Boyd Ranch House." They made their recording debut for Bluebird Records on August 7, 1934. In 1935, the Cowboy Ramblers had a huge hit with their recording of "Under the Double Eagle" which later became a western swing standar and remained in print for twenty five years. Other classics of the 1930s include "I've Got Those Oklahoma Blues", "Fan It", "Wah Hoo", "Beaumont Rag" and "New Steel Guitar Rag".
The Cowboy Ramblers became major stars on radio and were offered work in Hollywood films and Boyd eventually appeared in six Western films during the 1940s. One of his other hits was "If You'll Come Back", #4, Jan. 1941.
After the outbreak of World War II, Boyd joined "The Western Minute Men" promoting the sale of war bonds. During the 1940s, Jim Boyd often led the Cowboy Ramblers when he's brother was indisposed. Eventually, Jim formed his own band, the "Men of the West." In the 1950s, the brothers terminated their radio show and became DJs In the early 1970s, Bill Boyd retired from the music business. His brother Jim Boyd died in 1993.
For his contribution to radio, Bill 'Cowboy Rambler' Boyd has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6101 Hollywood Blvd.
Bill Boyd (musician) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Billy Fisher, sax/arranger - (within Bud Fisher Orch.)
b. New York, NY, USA
d. April 24, 1972,
Greenwich, CT, USA

Rosetta Reitz, Label owner
(Rosetta Records)
b. Utica, NY, USA
Rosetta Reitz founded the Rosetta label in 1980 as a way of putting the focus on the contributions of female jazz musicians who have been largely left out of history books. She released around 20 LPs of vintage jazz and blues, mostly compilations dealing with specific subject matter but also retrospectives of the International Sweet-hearts of Rhythm, trumpeter Valaida Snow, Dinah Washington and even Mae West. Very much of a one-woman peration, these albums (none of which have been reissued on CD yet) have extensive liner notes written by Rosetta Reitz and are well worth searching for.
-Scott Yanow


Houston Stackhouse, guitar
b. Wesson, MS, USA.
The mentor of Delta slide virtuoso Robert Nighthawk , Houston Stackhouse never achieved the same commercial or artistic success as his famed pupil, and remained little known outside of his native Mississippi. Born in the small town of Wesson on September 28, 1910, he was a devotee of Tommy Johnson , whose songs he frequently covered; neither an especially gifted singer nor guitarist, he was quickly surpassed by the young Nighthawk , although the student repaid his debts by backing Stackhouse on a series of sessions cut during the mid- to late '60s. Outside of the rare European tour, Stackhouse was primarily confined to playing Delta border towns throughout the majority of his career; he died in Houston, Texas in 1980. ~ Jason Ankeny
Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

W.C. Handy's "Memphis Blues"
published this day.
Charlie Lincoln, guitar
died in Cairo, GA, USA.
Age: 63.

Lucky Millinder, bandleader
died in New York (Harlem), NY, USA.
Age: 66.

Mantan Moreland, vocals/actor 
died in Hollywood, CA, USA.
"Guitar Slim" Green, guitar
died in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Age: 68.

Miles Davis, trumpet
died in Santa Monica, CA, USA.
Age: 65.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Ada Jones - Barney McGee


Inez Barbour - I'm Fancy Free


Victor Military Band
  • Free and Easy (polka)


Benson Orchestra of Chicago - Bimini Bay

Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
  • Homesick - tune: Irving Berlin


Marion Harris
  • I Don't Want You To Cry Over Me


Lee Morse - My Old Kentucky Home

Lee Morse Old Folks At Home


Lucille Hegamin accompanied by Clarence Williams and Band - Nobody But My Baby Is Gettin' My Love
Park Lane Orchestra
  • Cover Me Up With Sunshine


Vic Meyers Hotel Butler Orchestra
  • Whether it Rains Whether It Shines
  • Now That You're Gone

Jackie Souders and his Orchestra
  • Pale Moon

Original Indiana Five - Clementine (From New Orleans)
Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra
Blue River - Vocal Refrain by Seger Ellis

Bessie Smith - Homeless Blues


Hal Kemp and his Orchestra - High up on Hilltop

Glen Gray Orchestra

Lee Morse and her Bluegrass Boys - You Are My Own

Waring's Pennsylvanians

The Charleston Chasers Turn on The Heat
Sam Coslow - Here Lies Love - (Sam Coslow voc.)

Sam Coslow - Say It Isn't So - (Sam Coslow voc.)


Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
  • Missouri Misery

Fats Waller and his Rhythm
Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
  • Jubilee - Medley
  • Top Hat - Medley Part 1 - No Strings sung by Durelle Alexander (Isn't It A Lovely Day? sung by Johnny Hauser - Top Hat sung by the King's Men)
  • Top Hat - Medley Part 2 - (Cheek To Cheek sung by Ramona - Piccollino sung by The King's Men)


Jelly Roll Morton's New Orleans Jazzmen - Ballin' The Jack

Adrian Rollini Trio - Diga Diga Doo
Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye
  • Scatterbrain


Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra
  • Serenata Tropical
  • Cancion Del Mar


Memphis Blues
~W.C. Handy

Folks I've just been down, down to Memphis town,
That's where the people smile, smile on you all the while.
Hospitality, they were good to me.
I couldn't spend a dime, and had the grandest time.
I went out a dancing with a Tennessee dear,
They had a fellow there named Handy with a band you should hear
And while the folks gently swayed, all the band folks played Real harmony.
I never will forget the tune that Handy called the Memphis Blues.
Oh yes, them Blues.
They've got a fiddler there that always slickens his hair
And folks he sure do pull some bow.
And when the big Bassoon seconds to the Trombones croon.
It moans just like a sinner on Revival Day, on Revival Day.
Oh that melody sure appealed to me.
Just like a mountain stream rippling on it seemed.
Then it slowly died, with a gentle sigh
Soft as the breeze that whines high in the summer pines.
Hear me people, hear me people, hear I pray,
I'm going to take a million lesson's 'til I learn how to play
Because I seem to hear it yet, simply can't forget
That blue refrain.
There's nothing like the Handy Band that played the Memphis Blues so grand.
Oh play them Blues.
That melancholy strain, that ever haunting refrain
Is like a sweet old sorrow song.
Here comes the very part that wraps a spell around my heart.
It sets me wild to hear that loving tune a gain,
The Memphis Blues.

What Wouldn't I Do For That Man?
~Music and Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and J. Gorney

I loved from that man from the start,
And way down deep in his heart,
I know he loves me, heaven knows why,
And when he tells me he can't live without me,
What wouldn't I do for that man?
He's not an angel or saint,
And what's the odds if he ain't?
With all his faults, I know we'll get by,
I'll be so true to him he'll never doubt me;
What wouldn't I do for that man?
If I could only rest my weary head on his shoulder,
I'd close my eyes right there and wish I'd never grow older!
I'll never leave him alone,
I'll make his troubles my own,
I'll love that man like nobody can;
I'm just no good when his arms are about me;
What wouldn't I do for that man?
Oh, what wouldn't I do for that man?

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