(Above: The 5 Red Caps [L-R] Steve Gibson, Emmett Mathews, Dave Patillo, Jimmy Springs, Doles Dickens, Romaine Brown).
Jimmy Springs, vocals
b. Mattoon, IL, USA.
Member: 'The 5 Red Caps'
Lawrence Dixon, banjo/guitar
b. Chillicothe, OH, USA
d. Jan. 1970 
Lawrence Dixon played banjo, guitar and cello through a career that lasted some four decades. On recording he is best represented on the '30s sides of bandleader and pianist Earl Hines, although a later period working with bandleader Franz Jackson also left behind some discographical goodies. Dixon seems to have gotten his early inspiration from his father, who also performed. The young Dixon and was picked up professionally by the roving Sammy Stewart, who may have had a thing for sidemen named Dixon--he also took the multi-instrumentalist George Dixon under his wing in the '20s.
Both players named Dixon wound up leaving Stewart for Hines. The string player was with Stewart from 1923 through 1928, subsequently joining up with the excellent Dave Peyton's theatre band. At this point Dixon was mostly playing cello and was also working with an orchestra under the direction of Paul Jordan. In the late '20s he worked with Clarence Moore, then the pianist Grant Williams. It was Hines time from l931, a stint that stretched out a half a dozen years. In the late '30s, Dixon worked mostly around Chicago on a feelance basis. Jackson was his most notable employer in the '50s and early '60s, a context in which his grand rhythmic style on banjo could be quite exciting. After 1963, Dixon had to tie up all his strings due to ill health.
~ Eugene Chadbourne

Ford Leary
b. Lockport, NY, USA.
d. June 4, 1949, New York, NY, USA.
With a name that sounds like an abbreviated aversion to a brand of automobile, Ford Leary had a short musical career which began in the mid- '30s in New York City and ended in the late '40s at Bellevue Hospital. He is in fact the only trombonist of note to have died while under admission to that infamous institution, although listeners who dislike the trombone no doubt wish all the people that played the horn could get locked up in there.
Leary was admitted to Bellevue in 1949 after having been in rotten physical shape for a long period of time. At least two years were spent attempting to recover from a back injury, a calamity that halted a new and entirely different momentum to his career. Leary had broken through as an actor in the Broadway show entitled Follow the Girls.
Following the bunnies was more like it in the early years, as in bandleader Bunny Berigan. That association was one of the better jobs Leary found for himself while scuffling to establish himself as a freelance musician in a big city, New York City to be exact. A more accurate description of this process can be found in the autobiography of Ray Charles, Brother Ray: "That's some slow sh*t." The trombonist moved on to the bands of Larry Clinton in 1938, Charlie Barnet in 1940, and Mike Riley in 1941. One-armed trumpeter Muggsy Spanier put Leary in a big band formed the following year.
~ Eugene Chadbourne

"Sunnyland Slim" piano
b. Sept. 5, 1907, Vance, MS, USA
d. March 17, 1995, Chicago, IL, USA.
né: Albert Luandrew. : )
The son of a preacher and the grandson of a slave, he first learned to play the pump-organ in his father's church. He was soon playing a Mississippi-Delta Blues type of piano style in local 'juke joints' and movie houses. During the late 1920s, he made Memphis, TN, his homebase, playing in the various Beale Street venues.
But in 1939, he re-located to Chicago, IL, and for the next 50 years was an in-demand pianist in that city. Coming home from a winter gig, he slipped and fell on some ice which led to some complications. In 1995, his death was listed as due to kidney failure.
On This Date Include: 

Josh White, guitar
died in Manhasset, NY, USA.
Age: 55

Milt Mabie, C&W vocals, died.
Age: 73
Member: "Louise Massey the Westerners"

Elsie Carlisle, vocals died.
Elsie Carlisle (28 January 1896 – 5 September 1977) was a popular English female singer both before and during the British dance band era of the 1920s and 1930s, showcased in her nickname of Britain's "Radio Sweetheart Number One."
Elsie Carlisle
Elsie Carlisle

Lawrence Brown, trombone
died in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Age: 81.
Best recalled for his work with Duke Ellington.

James "Pigmeat" Jarrett, piano
died in Cincinnati, OH, USA.
Age: 95.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Earl Fuller's Rector Novelty Orchestra
  • Ida! Sweet As Apple Cider
  • More Candy


Mamie Smith and her Jazz Band - Arkansas Blues (A Down Home Chant)

Mamie Smith and her Jazz Band - The Wang-Wang Blues


Porters Blue Devils
  • Mama Goes Where Papa Goes - Vocal Chorus by Ernest Hare
  • Somebody's Wrong
  • Steamboat Sal


Margaret Johnson accompanied by Clarence Williams' Harmonizers - Absent Minded Blues


Sara Martin - Shipwreaked Blues
  • Numbers On The Brain


Cannon's Jug Stompers - Pig Ankle Strut

Waring's Pennsylvanians
  • What A Night For Spooning - Vocal refrain by Clare Hanlon


Jessie Stafford and his Orchestra - Last Night, Honey (I Only Wish I Had You With Me)
  • The Right Kind Of Man


Luis Russell and his Orchestra - Panama

Bennett's Swamplanders - Big Ben

I got the bluest blues (He's got the bluest blues)
I'm just as blue as can be (He's got the blues)
Just got the awful news (He's got some awful news)
My sweetie sweet has left me (She left him flat)
I love her so (He loves her so)
And now I know (And now he knows)
This awful blow (That awful blow)
Will lay me low (Will lay him low)
Oh Lordy, Lord, what she did to me (Lord, what she did to he)
I'm just as sad as can be (Oh, sad is he)
I got those Wang Wang blues (He's got the blues)
Those awful Wang Wang blues (Those dirty blues)
Oh brother I never knew I'd be so blue
Until she went away (Oh, mercy me)
I got those Wang Wang Blues (As blue as blue)
Those lonesome Wang Wang Blues (So sad and blue)
I wish my sweet sweetie would come back
And chase away those Wang Wang Blues

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