Bill & Earl Bolick
William A. Bolick
C&W Singer/Mandolin
b. Hickory, NC, USA.
Member: "Blue Sky Boys", a duo comprised of Bill and Earl Bollich. (Bill: Singer/Mandolin ,né: William A. Bolick, b. Hickory, NC, USA, and Earl: Singer/Guitar, né: Earl A. Bolick, b. Hickory, NC, USA. d. April 19, 1998).
Bill Bolick: October 29, 1917 – March 13, 2008
Richard Brown, vocals
d. Jan. 11, 2002 (Natural causes)
né: Herbert Richard Brown.
This ballad vocalist lived long enough to see Television and to sing on such TV shows as Be My Guest . Prior to that, he was often heard on Radio shows including the famed Stop The Music program. In his later years, he became a full time Rabbi. CAUTION: Do not confuse with Richard Melvin Brown, award winning songwriter & author of the popular songwriting manual "The Lyricist's Assistant" How To TURN Your Words Into a SONG. Another Richard Brown was heard on lead vocals,and guitar/organ for the group "Curses". The other members were Cindy Yogmas: keyboards, vocals, Mike D'allessandro: drums, and David Parker: bass. The band "Heroes Of The Alamo" is a New York City based band (1999) that consists of Richard Brown (Bass, Vocals), Todd Carlstrom (Vocals, Lead Guitar), David Makuen (Vocals, Guitar) and Kevin Slane (Drums, Percussion, Vocals). The group took their name from a B-Movie poster hanging in an East Village Taco shop. And, perhaps the best known Richard Brown was Richard "Rabbit" Brown, one of the most celebrated "Songsters", and the only one from new Orleans to record.
Brown was born in New Orleans ca. 1880 and died there in 1937. In his early years, he was a type of musician often called "Songsters", --musicians who sang on the streets for whatever small change that passersby would give them. He used to sing on the streets of Storyville (the bordello district of old New Orleans). "Rabbit" was a regular performer at Mama Lou's "Restaurant", and other bordellos, and he frequently worked as a singing boatman on Lake Pontchartrain. He may have been one of the earliest New Orleans' folk singers to learn the Twelve Bar Blues Pattern. Two of the songs he composed are "The Downfall of the Lion", which told how New Orleans Police Superintendent David Hennessey was shotgunned to death. The other song, "Gyp the Blood" told the story of the murder of restauranteur and bar owner Billy Phillips by Charles Harrison (a.k.a. "Gyp the Blood"), a New York hoodlum on the "lam". In 1927, 'Rabbit' recorded 6 tracks in New Orleans.

William Palmer "Bill" Harris, Trombone
b. Philadelphia, PA, USA.
d. Aug 21, 1973, Hallandale, FL, USA.
Starting in 1938, Harris toured with the big bands of Gene Krupa, Ray McKinley, and Bob Chester. After playing with Benny Goodman (1943-1944) and Charlie Barnet, and guesting on a couple of Eddie Condon's Town Hall concerts, Harris became famous for his work with Woody Herman's First Herd (1944-1946). During 1948-1950, he was one of the few 'First Herd' members to also be in the Four Brothers Second Herd. During 1956-1959, Harris also re-joined Herman a few times. In 1947, he co-led a band with Charlie Ventura, in 1953 teamed up with Chubby Jackson, and during 1950-1954 starred with 'Jazz at the Philharmonic'. During the second half of the 1950s, Harris often collaborated with Flip Phillips, and in 1959 their band formed the nucleus of Benny Goodman's group. Subsequently he mostly retired to Florida, although did appeared briefly in Las Vegas.

Willie Hatcher, Mandolin and Vocals
b. Clarksdale, MS, USA.

(raised in Cleveland, OH, USA)

Oliver "Ollie or Dink" Johnson
b. Biloxi, MS, USA.

d. Nov. 29, 1954, Portland, OR, USA
Dink Johnson was nothing if not versatile, as one can judge from the three instruments that he played. Johnson started out working in New Orleans as a pianist in Storyville. He traveled to Los Angeles where he was a member of Bill Johnson's Creole Band in 1913, as a drummer. Johnson freelanced, played drums during Jelly Roll Morton's stay in California and in 1922 recorded with Kid Ory's band (Spikes' Seven Pods of Pepper), on clarinet! 

Johnson spent much of his career in California, leading the Five Hounds of Jazz (later renamed the Los Angeles Six) and then mostly working as a solo pianist. Although he ran his own restaurant in Los Angeles, he remained active as a player into the late '40s. Johnson was much better-known locally then he was nationally, performing in an early style that fell between stride and ragtime. Dink Johnson recorded fairly extensively (mostly as a pianist) for American Music during 1946-47, Euphonic (1948) and Nola (1950).
~ Scott Yanow
Dink Johnson - Wikipedia

Everard Steven "Rudy or Root" Powell Sr., clarinet/alto sax
b. New York, NY, USA.
d: Oct. 30, 1976, New York, NY, USA. aka: Musheed Karweem
A fine journeyman clarinetist and altoist, Rudy Powell (who in later years would change his name to Musheed Karweem) had a fairly productive career. He studied piano and violin as a child before switching to saxophone. Powell was a professional musician by 1927, playing with June Clark and Gene Rodger's Revellers. His first major job was with Cliff Jackson's Krazy Kats from 1928-30. The altoist (who was influenced a bit by Benny Carter) had many associations through the years, working with Elmer Snowden, Dave Nelson, Sam Wooding, Kaiser Marshall's Trio, Rex Stewart (1933), Fats Waller (off and on from 1935-37), Edgar Hayes, Claude Hopkins (1938-39 and 1944), the Teddy Wilson big band, Andy Kirk (1940-41), Fletcher Henderson (1941-42), Eddie South, Don Redman (1943), Chris Columbus, Cab Calloway's Orchestra (1945-48), Lucky Millinder (1949-51), Jimmy Rushing, Buddy Tate, pianist Benton Heath's New Garden Ballroom Orchestra (1953-61), Ray Charles (1961-62), Buddy Johnson and Duke Ellington's My People show. 

Powell's last major association was with the Saints and Sinners (1965-69), although he freelanced occasionally into the 1970s. Powell recorded with most of the above names (plus Al Casey in 1960 and Henry "Red" Allen ) but never as a leader.
~ Scott Yanow
Notable Events
On This Date Include:

Earl Bostic, alto sax
died in Rochester, NY, USA.
Age: 52.

Jody Edwards, vocals
died in Dolton, IL, USA.
Age: 70.
Worked with vaudeville team 
of 'Butterbeans & Susie'

Jimmy Skinner
C&W singer-songwriter died. 
Age: 70.

Alexander D. Burt, Inventor of 45 rpm record, 
died in Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Age: 75.

Bernard Wolfe, author
died in Woodland Hills, CA, USA.
Age: 70.
Co-wrote book: 'Really The Blues' with Mezz Mezzrow. 

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
Helen Gross accompanied by the Kansas City Five - “Undertakers Blues”


Ted Lewis and his Band - “Just Around The Corner” - (Featured In The Universal Picture "Oh, Charlie")

Ted Lewis and his Band While We Danced Till Dawn”


Waring's Pennsylvanians - “It Made You Happy When You Made Me Cry”


Hoagy Carmichael and his Pals  - “One Night In Havana” - (Hoagy Carmichael)

Danny Altier and his Orchestra - “I'm Sorry, Sally”

Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon

  • “Down At Jasper's Bar-Be-Que” - (Frankie Jaxon)


Joe Venuti's Blue Four/Five/Six

Kentucky Jazz Babies
  • “No More Blues”
  • “Old Folks Shake”

Annette Hanshaw
Annette Hanshaw - “He's So Unusual”
Annette Hanshaw - “I Think You'll Like It”


Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon - “Chocolate To The Bone (I'm So Glad I'm A Brownskin)” - (Frankie Jaxon)
  • “Scuddlin" - (Frankie Jaxon)

Edith Wilson - “My Handyman Ain't Handy No More”

Harry Reser - “Flapperette” (w/ piano accompaniment) Harry Reser)
“Cracker Jack” (w/ piano accompaniment) Harry Reser)
He's So Unusual 
~(A. Lewis - A. Silver - A. Sherman, from Sweetie) 

You talk of sweeties, bashful sweeties,
I got one of those,
Oh, he's handsome as can be,
But he worries me;
He goes to college and gathers knowledge,
Hooh! What that boy knows!
He's up in his Latin and Greek,
But in his sheikin', he's weak!

'Cause when I want some lovin',
And I gotta have some lovin',
He says, "Please! Stop it, please!"
He's so unusual!

When I want some kissin',
And I gotta have some kissin',
He says, "No! Let me go."
He's so unusual!

I know lots of boys who would be crazy over me,
If they only had this fellow's opportunity.
You know, I would let him pet me,
But the darn fool, he doesn't let me!
Oh, he's so unusual that he drives me wild!

When we're in the moonlight,
He says, "I don't like the moonlight.
Aw, let's not talk in the dark."
Huh, he's so unusual!

And when we're riding in a taxi,
He converses with the cheuffeur,
Oh, why don't he talk to me?
Oh, he's so different!

Others would be tickled pink to bop-op-a-dop-e-dop!
He don't even know what bop-op-op-a-dop's about!
He says love is hokum,
Oh, I'd like to choke, choke, choke him!
'Cause he's so unusual that he drives me wild!

You might as well be by yourself as in his company,
When we're out together, I'm as lonesome as can be.

But still I'm mad about him,
And I just can't live without him;
'Cause he's so unusual that he drives me bop-bop-a-dop-bop!

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