Kim Gannon, lyricist
b. Brooklyn, NY, USA.
d. 1974, Lake Worth, FL, USA.
American pop lyricist Kim Gannon wrote many hits throughout the 1940s and '50s, including "I'll Be Home for Christmas." Born in Brooklyn in 1900, James Kimble Gannon studied at Albany Law School and passed the New York bar five years before he began songwriting in 1939. That same year, Gannon got his first song published, entitled "For Tonight." A few years later, he was writing for films as well, starting with the title song for Always in My Heart (1942) and including numbers for Powers Girl (1943), If Winter Comes (1947), and more. He started out the 1950s with a score for Broadway's 1951 production Seventeen, co-written with composer Walter Kent. 
Through his career, Gannon worked with many other composers, including Max Steiner, J. Fred Coots, and Mabel Wayne. Besides his 1943 classic "I'll Be Home for Christmas," other well-known songs by Gannon include "I Understand" (1940), "Moonlight Cocktail" (1942), "A Dreamer's Holiday" (1949), "Under Paris Skies" (1953), and his final hit, 1960's "I Want to Be Wanted."
~ Joslyn Layne
Kim Gannon


Félix Mayol, vocals
b. Toulon, France
d. Nov. 1, 1941, France.
Félix Mayol (18 November 1872 – 1 November 1941) was a French singer and entertainer. 
Mayol was born in Toulon, France. His parents were both amateur singers and actors, who arranged for Felix to make his debut stage at six years of age.
In 1895 he went to Paris and the Montparnasse Quarter where he began a career in entertainment that spanned more than forty years. He adopted a camp and effeminate manner on stage as part of his theatrical persona.
He sang the famous song "Viens poupoule, viens poupoule, viens...", and performed many songs by Théodore Botrel.

In the early years of the 20th century some of Mayol's performances were captured by an early form of talking picture. He would record his voice, then the motion picture camera would film him as he lip-synced to the record. Several of his "Phono-Cinema" films exist.
Other activities
The teenage Maurice Chevalier took a risk by impersonating Mayol in small-time cafe entertainments, Mayol recognised the young man's talent and gave him his blessing. It led Chevalier to the Casino de Paris and the Folies Bergère.
Shortly after World War I, he purchased a plot of land in Toulon and donated it to the local sports club, RC Toulonnais, for the building of a stadium. The facility, named Stade Mayol in his honor, remains in use today (after several renovations) as the home ground for the Toulon rugby team.

Personal life:
Mayol never married, and many stories circulated of his homosexual liaisons, including an attempt to seduce Maurice Chevalier.
Félix Mayol
Félix Mayol - IMDb

John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer
b. Savannah, GA, USA.
d. June 25, 1976, Bel-Air, CA, USA.
Just some of his songs included "Jeepers Creepers" "That Old Black Magic" "Skylark" "Laura" "Blues In The Night" and "Too Marvelous For Words". Among his vocal hits were "Dr. Heckle and Mr Jive" w/ TD '33; "Christmas Night In Harlem" and "Fare Thee Well To Harlem" w/ P. Whiteman '34; "Sent For You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today)" w/ Benny Goodman /39; He co-founded Capitol Records in '42.
Johnny Mercer - Wikipedia
Songwriters Hall of Fame - Johnny Mercer Exhibit Home
Johnny Mercer : NPR

Henry W. "Boots" Mussulli, Alto Sax
b. Milford, MA, USA.
d. Sept. 23, 1967, Norfolk, MA, USA.
Played with Toshiko Akiyoshi; Serge Chaloff; 
Stan Kenton; Gene Krupa; Vido Musso; 
Herb Pomeroy; Teddy Powell; and Charlie Ventura.

Boots Mussulli spent much of his career in the Boston area but he had some notable musical experiences along the way. He started on clarinet when he was 12. After working in Massachusetts with Mal Hallett, his first name job came when he was in his mid-20s: a year with Teddy Powell's big band (1943-44). Mussulli gained some fame for his work on alto with Stan Kenton's Orchestra from 1944-47 and he would rejoin Kenton for tours in 1952 and 1954. Other associations included work with Vido Musso, Gene Krupa (1948), Charlie Ventura's "Bop For The People" band (1949), Serge Chaloff, Toshiko Akiyoshi (with whom he recorded in 1955) and Herb Pomeroy. Mussulli became a part-time player and a full-time educator by the mid-1950s, heading the Milford Youth Band, which played at the Newport Jazz Festival less than three months before his death at age 49 from cancer. Mussulli led two albums, one apiece for Storyville (which has also been released under Serge Chaloff's name) and Capitol, both in 1954. 
~ Scott Yanow

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

Joshua Altheimer, piano
died in Chicago, IL, USA.
Age: 30
Joshua Altheimer

Will H. Vodery, (ragtime) piano
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 66
Cab Calloway
died in Hockessin, DE, USA.
Age: 86
Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was an American jazz singer and bandleader. He was strongly associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City where he was a regular performer.
Calloway was a master of energetic scat singing and led one of the United States' most popular African American big bands from the start of the 1930s through the late 1940s. Calloway's band featured performers including trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham, saxophonists Ben Webster and Leon "Chu" Berry, New Orleans guitar ace Danny Barker, and bassist Milt Hinton. Calloway continued to perform until his death in 1994 at the age of 86.
Cab Calloway - Wikipedia

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Ray Miller's Black And White Melody Boys - The Sheik
  • “Weep No More (My Mammy)"


The Georgians - “My Best Girl” 


Bessie Smith - “At The Christmas Ball”
Ted Lewis and his Band - “Is Everybody Happy Now?”

King Oliver's Dixie Syncopators - “Farewell Blues”

  • “Sobbin' Blues” 


Jimmy Johnson and his Orchestra - “You Don't Understand” V. Keep Shufflin' Trio

Jimmy Johnson and his Orchestra - “You've Got To Be Modernistic”

V. Keep Shufflin' Trio


Ethel Waters

Louisiana Rhythm Kings 

  • “Down Where The South Begins”
  • “I'm Tickled Pink With A Blue Eyed Baby”


I Got Rhythm

I got rhythm....i got music....i got my gal
Who can ask for anything more

I got green pastures....i got my gal
Who could ask for anything more

Old man trouble....i don’t mind him.
You won’t find him.... ’round my door

I got starlight...i got sweet dreams...i got my gal
Who could ask for anything more

I got rhythm....i got music....i got my gal
Who can ask for anything more
Who could ask for anything more 


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