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OCTOBER 14TH

HAPPY  BIRTHDAY  RED  MCKENZIE !



BIRTHDAYS


1899
William "Red" McKenzie
Vocals/"Hot Comb"/Kazoo
b. St.Louis, MO, USA
d. Feb. 7, 1948, New York, NY. USA.
Red McKenzie was virtually jazz's only comb player, putting tissue paper on a comb and making sounds on his "instrument" similar to a kazoo. McKenzie was quite effective playing his "ax," often more so than when he sang sentimental ballads. In 1924, he formed the Mound City Blue Blowers, a trio with Jack Bland on banjo or guitar and Dick Slevin on kazoo. 
The Mound City Blue Blowers in 1924. left to right: Dick Selvin, kazoo,
Jack Bland, banjo, Eddie Lang, guitar, Red McKenzie, comb and paper.
The group was quite popular for a few years, recording a dozen titles (two with guest Frankie Trumbauer and the last six with Eddie Lang making the group a quartet) during 1924-1925. McKenzie also recorded under his own name (as leader of the Candy Kids , the exact same quartet) during 1924-1925.
File:Red McKenzie, ca. Oct. 1946 (William P. Gottlieb 05761).jpg
The Blue Blowers name was used for two classic titles ("Hello Lola" and "One Hour") in 1929, featuring Coleman Hawkins, Pee Wee Russell, and Glenn Miller, along with the leader's comb; further Blue Blowers titles were cut during 1931 (featuring Hawkins, Jimmy Dorsey, and Muggsy Spanier) and 1935-1936 (often with Bunny Berigan). McKenzie, who recorded as a straight singer in 1931 and was with Paul Whiteman the following year, never did become a major name, but he did front the Spirits of Rhythm (1934) and the Farley-Riley group (1935) on record dates. He was retired during 1939-1943, but came back for a brief while, appearing on some of Eddie Condon's Town Hall concerts and recording a few titles during 1944-1947; by then the comb was sadly just a memory.
~ Scott Yanow

1914
Leo Addeo, Leader
d. May 4, 1979.
Leo Addeo



1897
Dorsey Murdock Dixon
C&W vocals/guitar
b. Darlington, SC, USA.
d. April 1968.
When he sings of "Babies in the Mill," he sounds utterly convincing. After all, he had to leave school in fourth grade to join his sister at work in a South Carolina mill. Dorsey Murdock Dixon was born in a mill town at the close of the 19th century, the first son in a family of seven. His long career as a textile worker began at the age of 12, but that seemed pretty good compared to his sister Nancy, who had begun work as a spinner at eight, making less than 50 cents a week. His younger brother Howard Dixon went into the mills at ten and worked there until his death in 1961. During the first World War the brothers worked as signalmen on the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. But they lost this job in 1919 and had no alternative but the mills. At about 14, Dorsey Dixon began to learn both the guitar and violin. The brothers formed a fiddle and guitar duet a bit more than a year later when Howard Dixon taught himself guitar, pulling the copycat routine that little brothers are known for. The duo began gigging at local functions around Rockingham, NC, where the family had relocated.
But this early musical background is not setting the stage for a tale of a youthful musical overachiever. Actually, both of the Dixon Brothers continued the daily grind of the mills. Dorsey did not write his first song until he was 32, "The School House Fire," Howard set the words to the tune of the standard hymn "Life's Railway to Heaven" and an original vocal duet was completed. Dorsey began to think he had a real talent for composition, especially if it meant creating songs embodied with the deep feelings of an exhausted, frustrated millworker. Indeed, he had a real gift for bringing the world of the mill to life in a song and created classic labor songs, such as "Hard Times in Here," "Weave Room Blues," and Factory Girl." Of course his most famous song was "Wreck on the Highway," a hit for the pint-sized Roy Acuff and a bona fide country classic. The Dixons first attracted attention with their music through 1934 broadcasts as the Dixon Brothers on Charlotte's WBT radio.
The brothers recorded material in Charlotte and Rock Hill in the '30s, and also made more recent recordings under the supervision of folk song collector Gene Earle in the early '60s. Some of the Dixon Brothers titles were originally released as the Rambling Duet. Dorsey Dixon also recorded as a duet with his wife Beatrice Dixon. The Southern Culture Center for Study of the South prepared an autobiographical text on Dorsey's life, appropriately entitled I Don't Want Nothin' 'Bout My Life Wrote Out, Because I Had It Too Rough in Life: Dorsey Dixon's Autobiographical Writings.
~ Eugene Chadbourne
1907
Allan Jones, Vocals/Actor
b. Old Forge, Pennsylvania, USA
d. June 27, 1992, New York, NY, USA. (lung cancer)
Father of singer Jack Jones.
Allan Jones (14 October 1907 in Old Forge, Pennsylvania – 27 June 1992 in New York, New York) was an American actor and singer. For many years he was married to actress Irene Hervey; their son is American pop singer Jack Jones.
Jones starred in many film musicals during the 1930s and 1940s. The best-known of these were Show Boat (1936), and The Firefly (1937) (in which he sang the popular "Donkey Serenade"). However, he is now best remembered as the romantic straight man to the Marx Brothers in their first two MGM productions, A Night at the Opera, and A Day at the Races.

On the strength of his appearance in A Night at the Opera, however, he won the coveted role of Gaylord Ravenal in the 1936 film version of Show Boat (opposite Irene Dunne), right out from under the noses of such screen musical favorites as Nelson Eddy and John Boles, neither of whom were noted for their acting. This was to become Jones's most distinguished screen role, in which, under the direction of James Whale, he was to display dramatic acting ability as well as musical talent.
He made a brief appearance in the 1936 Nelson Eddy - Jeanette MacDonald film Rose Marie, singing music from Charles Gounod's Romeo et Juliette and Giacomo Puccini's Tosca, but according to Merchant of Dreams, Charles Higham's biography of Louis B. Mayer, Eddy, who apparently considered Jones a rival and a potential threat, asked that most of Jones's footage in Rose Marie be cut, including his rendition of the great Puccini aria E lucevan le stelle - and MGM agreed to Eddy's demand.
After 1940, the year in which Jones starred in the rather unsuccessful film version of Rodgers and Hart's The Boys from Syracuse, he was relegated to appearances only in B-films. In later years, he began appearing onstage in touring companies of such shows as Man of La Mancha.
Jones was never a dentist, as many websites report. Jones had an active singing career in movies, television, on the stage, and in nightclubs from 1935 until his retirement.
He died in New York City, aged 84 from lung cancer. His ashes were given either to a friend or family.
Bio



1922
Jimmy Liggins, R&B guitar
b. New Orleans, LA, USA.
Jimmy was the brother of Joe Liggins, who achieved fame with his group "The Honey Drippers". Early in his career, Jimmy formed his own group called "Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy", a name he patterned from his brother's "Honey Drippers".
scene.
1907
Jewell "Babe" Stovall
Southern Blues Acoustic and steel guitar
b. Tylertown, MI, USA, d. 1974
Jewell "Babe" Stovall was a Mississippi-born songster whose style fell somewhere between the deep Delta sound of Tommy Johnson and the fingerpicking technique of Mississippi John Hurt. Born in 1907 in Tylertown, MS, Babe was the youngest of 11 children, most of them musicians. Stovall learned guitar when he was around eight years old, and was soon playing breakdowns, frolics, and parties in the area, even meeting and learning "Big Road Blues" from Tommy Johnson. He moved to Franklinton, LA, in the 1930s, and split his time between there and Tylertown for several years, picking up whatever work he could as a farmhand.
In 1964 he moved to New Orleans, where he was "discovered" working as a street singer in the French Quarter, his act featuring crowd-pleasing antics like playing his National Steel guitar behind his head and shouting out his song lyrics in a voice so loud that it carried well down the street. He recorded an LP for Verve in 1964, simply titled Babe Stovall (re-released on CD by Flyright in 1990), and did further sessions in 1966 (released on CD by Southern Sound as The Babe Stovall Story) and with Bob West in 1968 (which form the basis of The Old Ace: Mississippi Blues & Religious Songs, released on Arcola in 2003), and became active on the folk and blues college circuit, as well as holding down a house gig at the Dream Castle Bar in New Orleans.
Because he hadn't recorded in the 1920s and 1930s like his rediscovered contemporaries John Hurt, Skip James, and Son House, and was thus harder to package to the media, Stovall had a somewhat less lucrative time of it on the blues circuit, a situation that wasn't helped much by his legendary drinking exploits. Said by some to be the character inspiration for Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles," Stovall died in 1974 in New Orleans. His rough-edged voice, hybrid picking style, and use of the National Steel guitar made his personal blues style unlike any other bluesman of his day.
~ Steve Leggett
Babe Stovall - Wikipedia



1889
Spencer Williams
Pianist/Composer
b. New Orleans, LA, USA
d. July 14, 1965, New York, NY, USA.
Among the many Jazz standards he composed are "Tishomingo Blues," "Everybody Loves My Baby," "Basin Street Blues," "I Ain't Got Nobody," "Mahogany Hall Stomp," "Royal Garden Blues," "Shim-Me-Sha-Wobble," "I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll," and "Fireworks". In 1925, he was in Paris, France, writing for the American ex-patriate Josephine Baker and her La Revue Negre show, returning to the USA in 1928. 1936, found him in England, often working with Benny Carter, and he then spent the early 1950s in Sweden. In 1957, he returned to New York City where he died 8 years later.
Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:




1930.
The audience sat spellbound while famed Broadway singer Ethel Merman held a high C for sixteen bars singing "I Got Rhythm" during her Broadway debut in composer George Gershwin's show 'Girl Crazy'.


1930.
Henry S. Creamer
afro-amer songwriter
died in New York, NY, USA.
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
was organized this date to
1945.
Pha Terrell, vocals
died in Los angeles, CA, USA.
Age: 35.
Best recalled for his work with
'Andy Kirk and his 12 Clouds of Joy Orch.'


1969.
William Mckinney, leader, drums
died in Cynthiana, KY, USA.
Age: 74.
Worked with the: 'Cotton Pickers'

1977.
"Bing" Crosby, Crooner/actor
died of a heart attack on a golf course in Madrid, Spain.
Famous last words?
"That was a great game of golf, fellers."
Age: 74.

1983.
Sarah Ogan Gunning, singer
died. Age: 73 (at a family songfest in Kentucky).
Sarah was born into a singing family (15 children) where her mother passed along ballads, hymns, love songs, and stories, and where her father taught them all to sing spirituals. Her Aunt Molly Jackson and uncle Jim Garland were also singers. But her single biggest influence was the fact that both her father and her first husband were working coal miners and both were involved in the United Mine Workers of America (UMW) union. Sarah Ogan Gunning's repertoire, all sung a cappella, included well-known mountain tunes, spirituals, and original songs. For the UMW, she wrote such songs as "I am a Girl of Constant Sorrow" and "I Hate the Capitalist System".
During the 1930s-'40s, she lived in New York city where she worked with such Folk singers as Burl Ives, Woody Guthrie, and Pete Seeger. In the 1960s, she recorded her first album. and performed at New York's famed Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the Newport Folk Festival.
1992.
Laura Dukes, banjo
died in Memphis, TN, USA.
Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:



1924





Maggie Jones
Faye Barnes / Maggie Jones
1925



Herb Wiedoeft's Cinderella Roof Orchestra

1926



Art Landry and His Orchestra - Hello, Bluebird



1927


Curtis Mosby's Blue Blowers


Rodney Rogers' Red Peppers - “Milenberg Joys”, (Jelly Roll Morton)

Rodney Rogers' Red Peppers - “Chili Blues”




    Ethel Waters
    “One Sweet Letter From You”
    “Someday, Sweetheart”

    Ethel Waters - “Some Of These Days”


      1931




      Jack Teagarden and his Orchestra - “I Got The Ritz From The One I Love”
      Bob Crosby Orch.
      • "Big Noise From Winnetka"

      1939



      Duke Ellington Orch. - "I Never Felt This Way Before"


      1943



      Tommy Dorsey - "Boogie Woogie"


      LYRICS:



      "Hello Bluebird!" 
      ~By Cliff Friend

      Hear that bluebird, up in a tree 

      Hear him, what a song, 
      Joy he's bringing, singing to me 
      Singing, all day long 


      Goodbye to skies of gray. 
      For I'm back home today... 


      All day long I jump and run about 
      You can always hear me shoutin' out: 
      "Hello bluebird!" 
      Got no time for blues or anything 
      I'm so happy, I just wanna sing: 
      "Hello bluebird!" 


      Blue skies, sun shine 
      Friends that are real 
      Old folks, sweetheart 
      Oh, how I feel! 


      I'll not go roaming like I did again 
      I'll stay home and be a kid again 
      "Hello bluebird, hello!" 


      All day long,
      I keep singing 
      "Hello, I'm glad I found you, bluebird." 


      Make yourself at home...
      No more blues,
      Just because I'm happy 
      When I'm around you, bluebird. 


      No more need to roam 
      Up above the sun is shining 
      The World is ideal 
      I just can't describe the marvellous way 
      That I feel... 


      With nothing but the bluest skies above 
      What a rosie future lies ahead 
      Thank you, bluebird! 
      Happy, happy, bluebird! 
      Mister Bluebird, hello!



      ONE SWEET LETTER FROM YOU
      (Lew Brown / Sidney Clare / Harry Warren)
      I'm so blue, lonesome, too
      And I wonder where you are tonight
      Not one word have I heard
      If you think of me, why don't you write?
      Oh, dear, how I need one sweet letter from you
      How I'd love to read one sweet letter from you
      You know that you left me so worried and blue
      I always keep singing, oh, what'll I do
      Though it's not fair, and you don't care for me dearly
      Drop me a line, if you just sign, 'Yours sincerely'
      You know that I'm praying the night and day through
      Just hoping I'll get one sweet letter from you
      Mail for Missus Jones
      Missus Jones don't need it
      Missus Jones is happy all the day
      Mail for Missus Brown
      Missus Brown don't read it
      Opens them and throws them right away
      Mail man rings, then he sings
      "Got some letters for you"
      Here's what he brings
      Mail for the baker
      My dress maker
      Word from the landlord, too
      I get letters from ev'rybody
      Not a single word from you
      Here's what to do, even though you never crave me
      And though you lie, say that you cry, it might save me
      You know that I'm praying the night and day through
      Just hoping I'll get one sweet letter from you
      Since you're gone, I keep on
      Feeling just as sorry as can be
      I just wrote you a note
      I'd be happy if you'd answer me
      Oh, dear, how I need one sweet letter from you
      How I'd love to read one sweet letter from you
      You know that you left me so worried and blue
      I always keep singing, oh, what'll I do
      Though it's not fair, and you don't care for me dearly
      Drop me a line, if you just sign, 'Yours sincerely'
      You know that I'm praying the night and day through
      Just hoping I'll get one sweet letter from you

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