William Randolph "Cozy" Cole, Drums
b. East Orange, NJ, USA.
d. Jan. 29, 1981, Columbus, OH, USA (some claim b. 1909).
A popular performer throughout much of his career, Cozy Cole was one of the top drummers to emerge during the 1930s. He recorded with Jelly Roll Morton in 1930 (including a song titled "Load of Cole") and played with the big bands of Blanche Calloway (1931-1933), Benny Carter (1933-1934), and Willie Bryant (1935-1936). His stint with Stuff Smith at the Onyx Club (1936-1938) gave him some recognition.
Cole was well-featured with Cab Calloway's Orchestra (1938-1942), playing in a strong rhythm section with Bennie Payne, Danny Barker, and Milt Hinton; his showcases included "Crescendo in Drums" and "Paradiddle." Cole popped up in many different types of jazz and studio settings throughout the 1940s, and headed several record sessions with swing all-stars. He was with Louis Armstrong's All-Stars (1949-1953), opened a drum school with Gene Krupa, and in 1957 toured Europe with Jack Teagarden and Earl Hines. A 1958 recording of "Topsy" became a surprise hit, allowing Cole to lead his own band throughout much of the 1960s; he also played with Jonah Jones' quintet later in the decade.

Lee Collins, Trumpet
b. New Orleans, LA, USA.
d. July 3, 1960, Chicago, IL, USA.
A talented early New Orleans trumpeter, Collins started out his career playing as a teenager in various brass bands, including the Young Eagles, the Columbia Band, and the Young Tuxedo Band. In 1924, Collins went to Chicago, where he was Louis Armstrong's replacement with King Oliver; he also recorded with Jelly Roll Morton.
He returned to New Orleans and cut four brilliant sides with the Jones-Collins Astoria Hot Eight in 1929, played briefly in 1930 with Luis Russell in New York, and then went back to Chicago. Throughout the 1930s and '40s, Collins often accompanied blues singers and was a regular fixture in Chicago clubs. After touring Europe with Mezz Mezzrow in 1951 and 1954, he became ill and had to retire. His autobiography (Oh Didn't He Ramble) is filled with priceless stories about the early days of New Orleans jazz.
Steve Gibson
bass vocals/guitar
b. Lynchburg, VA, USA.
Member: 'The 5 Red Caps'
James Henry "Jimmy' Harrison, Trombone
b. Louisville, KY, USA.
d. July 23, 1931, New York, NY, USA.
~by Eugene Chadbourne
One of the many fine musicians to come out of Louisville, Kentucky, Jimmy Harrison played trombone with many historic outfits exploring syncopated music in the '20s. Although he began enjoying the horn as a 15-year old, making a livelihood from music did not seem to occur to him immediately. While still basically a casual local player he accompanied his father on a move to Toledo, Ohio, where the two managed a family restaurant. Harrison began playing semi-pro baseball during this period, still uncertain about what kind of slide would be most important to him, the one on the end of the trombone or the one that takes a runner into home base. Finally he left Toledo as part of a touring minstrel show in which his talents as both a trombonist and singer were featured.
By 1919 he was based out of Atlantic City, leading his own trio as well as working with Charlie Johnson's band and another group helmed by the influential Sam Wooding. Homeboy Hank Duncan lured the trombonist to Detroit for a stint with the Kentucky Jazz Band and while in the Motor City, at that point much less than fully motorized, a collaboration with Roland Smith became established. Then it was back to Toledo, where the local jobs included gigs with June Clark and the magnificent James P. Johnson. Harrison was busy as the Roaring Twenties began, touring with several different groups and alighting in New York City for a run with Fess Williams.
The aforementioned Clark, actually a male despite the sound of his first name, took over one of the groups the trombonist was involved with in 1924. The relationship with Clark carried on through several different venues and beginning in 1925 the trombonist played with an orchestra led by Billy Fowler for several years. He also added Duke Ellington's name to his resume, although this relationship was much briefer than the amount of time other trombonists such as Lawrence Brown spent on the Ellington band. In the second half of the '20s Harrison worked with some of the finest players in circulation, including Elmer Snowden and Fletcher Henderson. On tour with the latter artist in 1930, health problems began to develop. A serious disease had taken root in his stomach--Harrison played gigs for another year, including a few months with Chick Webb, but passed away in a private hospital in New York City in the summer of 1931.

Rita Hayworth
b. Brooklyn, NY, USA,
d. May 14, 1987, New York, NY, USA.
Alzheimer's Disease.
nee: Margarita Carmen Cansino.
Very early in her acting/dancing career, she was sometimes credited as Rita Cansino. Later on, she was known as "The Love Goddess". In 1949, Rita interrupted her career to marry playboy Prince Aly Khan. The marriage was unhappy almost from the start, to their divorce. After divorcing Aly, Rita had some of her best straight acting performances, in 'Miss Sadie Thompson (1953), and 'They Came to Cordura' (1959). From 1960 (age 42) on, her powers greatly diminished due to the early onset of Alzheimer's disease (undiagnosed until 1980). By 1981, she was almost helpless. Rita was lovingly cared for until her death at age 68, by her daughter (from the Aly Khan marriage) Princess Yasmin.

Leslie Anthony Thompson, Trumpet
b. Kingston, Jamaica
d. 1987 Thompson played in the West India Regiment band and played locally in Kingston movie palaces in the 1920s, then moved to London in 1929. In 1930 he began playing with Spike Hughes, where he played trumpet, trombone, and double bass until 1932. In 1934-35 he toured Europe with Louis Armstrong, then formed his own band with the help of Ken Snakehips Johnson, who himself took over control of this band in 1936. Jiver Hutchinson was one of his sidemen. In 1936-37 Thompson played with Benny Carter, and later in the 1930s with Edmundo Ros. He served in the military during World War II and was active in dance halls and nightclubs after the war, but stopped playing music professionally after 1954.

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


Henry "Rubberlegs" Williams, vocals/dancer
died in New York, NY.
Age: 55.

Garley Foster, member of the "Carolina Tarheels," died.

Alberta Hunter, vocals
died in New York (Roosevelt Island), NY.
Age: 89.
Alberta Hunter (April 1, 1895 – October 17, 1984) was an American blues singer, songwriter, and nurse. Her career had started back in the early 1920s, and from there on, she became a successful jazz and blues recording artist, being critically acclaimed to the ranks of Ethel Waters and Bessie Smith. In the 1950s, she retired from performing and entered the medical field, only to successfully resume her singing career in her eighties.
Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


University Six - “Manhattan Mary”
  • “Is She My Girlfriend?”
  • “The Beggar”


Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra
Victoria Spivey - “No Papa, No!”


Ray Miller's Orchestra - “Funny, Dear What Love Can Do”
  • “Finesse”


The Jungle Band - “Mood Indigo (Dreamy Blues)”


Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra - “Business In Q”

Dorsey Brothers Orchestra - “Blue Room”


She's Funny That Way

I'm not much to look at, nothin' to see
Just glad I'm livin' and happy to be
I got a woman, crazy for me
She's funny that way
I can't save a dollar, ain't worth a cent
She'd never holler, she'd live in a tent
I got a woman, crazy for me
She's funny that way
Though she'd love to work and slave for me every day
She'd be so much better off if I went away
But why should I leave her, why should I go?
She'd be unhappy without me,
I know I got a woman, crazy for me
She's funny that way
When I hurt her feelin's once in a while
Her only answer is one little smile
I got a woman, crazy for me
She's funny that way

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