Harry Barris, composer/vocals
b. New York, NY, USA.
d. Dec. 13, 1962, Burbank, CA, USA.
Best recalled as one of Paul Whiteman's 'The Rhythm Boys' (Barris, Bing Crosby, and Al Rinker). It is little recalled now but it was Barris' excellent Piano playing and song composisng that contributed greatly to both The Rhythm Boys, in general, and Bing Crosby in particular, success with the Whitman orchestra. Al Rinker was Vocalist Mildred Bailey's brother. Bailey also sang with Whiteman's band. She Later married Red Norvo and sang with his band.
Barris, Bing Crosby and Al Rinker 
formed the Rhythm Boys and sang  
with Paul Whiteman's and later 
Gus Arnheim's Orchestras.
From the mid-'20s through the '40s, composer, vocalist, and pianist Harry Barris recorded with Paul Whiteman, Bix Beiderbecke, Bing Crosby, and Duke Ellington and wrote pop standards such as "I Surrender Dear." Born in N.Y.C., in 1905, Barris was raised in Denver, CO, where he became a professional pianist by the age of 14. He was leading a touring group by the age of 17, and in the mid-'20s, began singing with Al Rinker and Bing Crosby, forming the Rhythm Boys vocal trio. Barris wrote a lot of material for the group and they recorded with 1920s cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, then became the featured vocalists of Paul Whiteman's band.

Rhythm Boys left Whiteman's band after the whole ensemble appeared in the 1930 film King of Jazz. They performed in L.A. until Bing Crosby quit to pursue a solo career. Barris led some bands of his own over the next couple decades, including one that featured his wife Loyce Whiteman as vocalist. Barris also fronted others' bands, such as Bob Kinney's from 1936-1937, in addition to performing on the radio.
He also had occasional small roles in films, including several of Bing Crosby's like Double or Nothing (1937), as well as the movies Hollywood Party (1934) and Some Like It Hot (1939). Barris wrote several songs that became standards in pop music, including "Mississippi Mud" (1924), "It Must Be True" (1930), "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams," "I Surrender Dear" (1931), and "Naturally" (1938). For a year during WWII, Harry Barris went overseas and entertained the troops along with comedian Joe E. Brown.
~ Joslyn Layne
The Rhythm Boys - Bing Crosby, Harry Barris and Al Rinker

Serge Chaloff
Baritone Sax
b. Boston, MA, USA.
d. July 16, 1957, Boston, MA, USA.
Father was with Boston Symphony, Mother taught at 

New England Conservatory of Music. Played with Georgie 
Auld; Count Basie; Jimmy Dorsey; Woody Herman; 
Stan Kenton; Boyd Rayburn.
Serge Chaloff: Information from

Al Cohn 
tenor sax/arranger/composer/leader
b. New York (Brooklyn), NY, USA
d. Feb. 15, 1988, East Stroudsburg, PA.
Played with Manny Albam; Mose Allison; Georgie Auld; 

Buddy Rich; Woody Herman; Elliot Lawrence; Joe Marsala; 
Boyd Raeburn; Alvino Rey; Artie Shaw; Zoot Sims; Ernie Wilkins.
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William Strethen "Wild Bill" Davis, Organ 
b. Glasgow, MO, USA.
d. Aug. 17, 1995, Moorestown, NJ, USA. Age: 76.
Played with Count Basie; Duke Ellington; Earl Hines; Louis Jordan. "Wild" Bill provided a bridge from the 1930s and 40s big band Swing to the organ-driven R&B of the 1950s and '60s. Together with guitarist Floyd Smith and drummer Chris Columbus, Davis set the framework for the jazz organ combo sound.

One of the great Dixieland trumpeters, Wild Bill Davison had a colorful and emotional style that ranged from sarcasm to sentimentality with plenty of growls and shakes. His unexpected placement of high notes was a highlight of his solos and his strong personality put him far ahead of the competition. In the 1920s, he played with the Ohio Lucky Seven, the Chubb-Steinberg Orchestra (with whom he made his recording debut), the Seattle Harmony Kings, and Benny Meroff. After he was involved in a fatal car accident that ended the life of Frankie Teschemacher in 1932 (his auto was blindsided by a taxi), Davison spent the remainder of the 1930s in exile in Milwaukee. By 1941, he was in New York and in 1943 made some brilliant recordings for Commodore (including a classic version of "That's a Plenty") that solidified his reputation. After a period in the Army, Davison became a fixture with Eddie Condon's bands starting in 1945, playing nightly at Condon's.
In the 1950s, he was quite effective on a pair of albums with string orchestras, but most of his career was spent fronting Dixieland bands either as a leader or with Condon. Wild Bill toured Europe often from the 1960s, recorded constantly, had a colorful life filled with remarkable episodes, and was active up until his death. A very detailed 1996 biography (The Wildest One by Hal Willard) has many hilarious anecdotes and shows just how unique a life Wild Bill Davison had.

~ Scott Yanow
Wild Bill Davis: Information from

Rosa Henderson, Vocal 
b. Henderson, KY, USA. d. 1968
One of the early classic blues singers, Rosa Henderson (no relation to Fletcher or Horace Henderson) first began singing professionally in 1913 with her uncle's carnival troupe. She was based in Texas until 1918 when she married Slim Henderson and began touring with the Mason Henderson Show. She primarily spent the 1920's performing in musical comedies in New York. Henderson, who began recording in 1923, sometimes used such pseudonyms as Flora Dale, Mamie Harris, Rosa Green, Sarah Johnson, Sally Ritz, Bessie Williams, Josephine Thomas and Gladys White on her records.

In the late 1920's she started gradually dropping out of the music scene although she continued performing now and then into the mid-1930's. Henderson worked outside of music (including in a New York department store), but re-emerging as a singer for charity benefits as late as the 1960's. Rosa Henderson recorded 92 selections in all including 88 during 1923-27 and two apiece in 1928 and 1931; among her sidemen were Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins, Thomas Morris, Joe Smith, Cliff Jackson, Rex Stewart, Louis Metcalf, Fats Waller, and (on six numbers) James P. Johnson.~ Scott Yanow
Rosa Henderson
Rosa Henderson - Wikipedia

Scott Joplin 

b. Texarkana, TX, USA
d. April 1, 1917, New York, NY USA
(Complications due to Tertiary Syphilis).
Known as the "King of Ragtime Composers". Works incl. "Maple Leaf Rag" (1899); "Wall Street Rag", "Orig. Rag"; "Sugar Cane Rag"; and two operas - "Tremonisha" and and "A Guest of Honour". Played with Queen City Negro Band, and Texas Medley Vocal Quartet.

Ragtime was jazz's direct predecessor (differing from jazz in the absence of blues and improvisation) and Scott Joplin was ragtime's greatest composer. Joplin lived in St. Louis during 1885-93, playing in local bars and clubs. In 1894 he led a band at the Chicago World's Fair and formed the Texas Medley Quartet which played in vaudeville shows.

Relocating to Sedalia, MO, Joplin began having pieces published as early as 1895 and in 1899 his "Maple Leaf Rag" (published by his supporter John Stark) became ragtime's most popular number, selling over 75,000 copies of sheet music during its first year. Joplin soon had many other rags published that helped to make ragtime the pop music of its day, but the tragedy of his life was that his goals were beyond ragtime.

He staged a ballet (The Ragtime Dance) and two ragtime operas (The Guest of Honor and Treemonisha) but none were successful, a fact that continually frustrated him. By 1910 Joplin was becoming ill with syphilis and at his death in 1917, ragtime was in the process of being replaced by jazz. Ironically, 57 years after his death, Scott Joplin finally became a household name because his music (most notably "The Entertainer") was used by Marvin Hamlisch in his score for the popular film The Sting. Although he only recorded cylinders and piano rolls, Scott Joplin's music has been fully documented with "Maple Leaf Rag" becoming a Dixieland jazz standard and pianist Richard Zimmerman (on an excellent five-LP set for Murray Hill) recording everything that Joplin ever wrote.


Vee Lawnhurst 

b. New York, NY, USA.
Member Louis Jordan Orch. 

~IMDb Mini Biography
Vee Lawnhurst was a virtuoso pop pianist, a radio pioneer, and made records and numerous piano rolls before she tried her hand at writing popular songs. Although she may have been unaware of it, she shared her birthday with the "King of Ragtime," Scott Joplin (1868-1917). She often performed brilliant duets with other pianists, notably Constance Mering and Muriel Pollack. Despite her claims of timidity, she also sang nicely on records and radio. After the death of her lyric-writing partner, Roy Turk, she formed a team with Tot Seymour, and their publisher (Famous Music) advertised them as "the first successful team of girl song writers in popular music history." 1935 was Seymour & Lawnhurst's best year. 

They had numerous songs that 'made' Your Hit Parade which began broadcasting in the spring of 1935. "And Then Some" made it to #1 and remained on the program for 11 weeks, "Cross Patch" (6 weeks), "Accent On Youth" (4 weeks), and "No Other One" stayed on for 11 weeks. As a "rhythm" pianist, Lawnhurst had a style marked by its harmonic and rhythmic invention, fluidity and delicacy. Publishers said that she was such a superb demonstrator of her songs, everything she played sounded utterly rhapsodic --- even when the songs were not up to past standards! She gradually stopped performing in public, preferring to write music, and eventually vanished from the public eye, enjoying her retirement in her Manhattan apartment with her Mason & Hamlin piano and happy memories. Her favorite song was Johnny Mercer and David Raksin's "Laura."
Tot Seymour & Vee Lawnhurst - Wild Women of Song : About the Wild ...

Theodore "Teddy" Wilson, pianist/leader 
b: Austin, TX, USA. d: July 31, 1986, New Brittain, CT, USA.
Four years of Piano and Violin study at Tuskegee Inst. 

Then Music Theory at Talladega College. 
Best recalled as pianist with the Benny Goodman small groups.

Teddy Wilson was the definitive swing pianist, a solid and impeccable soloist whose smooth and steady style was more accessible to the general public than Earl Hines or Art Tatum. He picked up early experience playing with Speed Webb in 1929 and appearing on some Louis Armstrong recordings in 1933. Discovered by John Hammond, Willie joined Benny Carter's band and recorded with the Chocolate Dandies later that year.

In 1935, he began leading a series of classic small-group recordings with swing all-stars which on many occasions featured Billie Holiday. That was also the year that an informal jam session with Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa resulted in the formation of the Benny Goodman Trio (Lionel Hampton made the group a quartet the following year). Although he was a special added attraction rather than a regular member of the orchestra, Wilson's public appearances with Goodman broke important ground in the long struggle against segregation.

Between his own dates, many recordings with Benny Goodman's small groups and a series of piano solos, Teddy Wilson recorded a large number of gems during the second half of the 1930s. He left B.G. in 1939 to form his own big band but, despite some fine records, it folded in 1940. Wilson led a sextet at Cafe Society during 1940-1944, taught music at Juilliard during the summers of 1945-1952, appeared on radio shows, and recorded regularly with a trio, as a soloist and with pick-up groups in addition to having occasional reunions with Goodman. Teddy Wilson's style never changed, and he played very similar in 1985 to how he sounded in 1935; no matter, the enthusiasm and solid sense of swing were present up until the end.

~ Scott Yanow
Teddy Wilson - Wikipedia

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


The Andrews Sisters recorded one of their biggest hits "Bei Mir bist Du Schön".
(Decca 1562).


Dick Wilson, tenor sax
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 30.
Worked with Andy Kirk Orch.
Dick Wilson: Information from

Duke of Iron
(né: Cecil Anderson)
died in New York
(Jamaica, L.I.), NY, USA.
Age: 62.
The Duke of Iron - Wikipedia

George Irish
died in Boston, MA, USA.
Age: 49.
Worked with Cab Calloway

Abner Silver, composer
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 66.

Abner Silver - Wikipedia

Big Joe Turner, singer-songwriterdied in Inglewood, CA, USA.
Age: 74.
Big Joe Turner: Biography from

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Josie Miles
The California Ramblers Clap Hands! Here Comes Charlie


Old Southern Jug Band
  • Blues, Just Blues, That's All
  • Hatchet Head Blues

Clementine Smith accompanied by the Kansas City Five Everybody Loves My Baby

Clementine Smith accompanied by the Kansas City Five Nobody Knows What A Redheaded Mamma Can Do

The Charleston Seven Nashville Nightingale

Jean Goldkette and his OrchestraI Didn't Know

  • I Want to See My Tennessee

Fletcher Henderson Orchestra - Everybody Loves My Baby

  • Fletcher Henderson Orchestra - Naughty Man

    The Georgians - Everybody Loves My Baby


    University Six Then I'll Be Happy
    Ray Miller's Orchestra

    Harry Reser and his Orchestra

      Roger Wolfe Kahn and his Orchestra

      Richard M. Jones' Jazz Wizards 

      Thomas Morris and his Seven Hot Babies 
      • The Chinch
      • The Mess


      Cannon's Jug Stompers - Bring It With You When You Come


      Abe Lyman's California Ambassador Hotel Orchestra 
      • You Try Somebody Else - Vocal Chorus by Smith Ballew

      Original Memphis Five - Jazz Me Blues


      Adrian Rollini and his Orchestra 
      Adrian Rollini and his Orchestra Sittin' On A Log (Pettin' My Dog) - Vocal by Jane Vance

      Bessie Smith accompanied by Buck and his Band - Gimmie A Pigfoot

      Bessie Smith accompanied by Buck and his Band - I'm Down In The Dumps


      Everybody Loves My Baby 

      Everybody loves my baby
      but my baby don't love nobody but me
      nobody but me
      everybody wants my baby
      but my baby don't want nobody but me
      that's plain to see!

      I'm his sweet Judy
      and he is my loving man!
      No time to do his duty
      loves me like no other can!

      Everybody loves my baby
      but my baby don't love nobody but me
      nobody but me white chords
      Everybody wants my baby
      but my baby don't want nobody but me
      that's plain to see!

      Now when my baby kisses me
      upon my rosy cheeks -
      I just let those kisses be
      don't wash my face for weeks!

      Everybody loves my baby... 

      ~Wesley 'Sox' Wilson

      Up in Harlem every Saturday night
      Where the highbrows get together
      It's just too right
      They all congregate and all night hop
      And what they do is Ooh boppa dap
      Ole Hammer Brown from way across town
      Gets full of corn and starts
      Bringing them down
      And at the break of day
      You can hear ole Hammer say
      Gimme a pigfoot and a bottle of beer
      Send me a gate I don't care
      feel just like I wanna clown
      Give the piano player a drink
      Because he's bringing me down
      He's got rhythm yeah, when he stomps his feet
      He sends me right off to sleep
      Check all your razors and all your guns
      We're gonna be arrested when the wagon comes
      Gimme a pigfoot and a bottle of beer
      Send me cause I don't care

      I want a pigfoot and a bottle of gin
      Send me daddy move right in
      I feel just like I wanna shout
      Give the piano player a drink
      Because he's knocking me out
      He's got rhythm when he stomps his feet
      He moves me right off to sleep
      Check all your razors and your guns

      Do the hucklebuckle to the rising sun
      Gimme a pigfoot and a bottle of gin
      Move me, 'cause I'm in my sin
      Gimme a pigfoot and a bottle of beer


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