Franklyn Taft "Frank" Melrose 
b. Sumner, IL, USA. 
d. Sept. 1, 1941, near Hammond, IN, USA. 
aka: "Kansas City Frank".
Bio #1
Melrose spent nearly all of his working career in Chicago. He began on violin and then was largely self-taught on piano. Melrose recorded with Junie and Jimmy Cobb, Johnny Dodds, Jimmy Bertrand, the Beale Street Washboard Band, the Windy Rhythm Kings, the Kansas City Tin Roof Stompers and the Cellar Boys; he also recorded 13 titles as a leader from 1929-30, some under the pseudonyms of Kansas City Frank or Broadway Rustus. 
Although being in Chicago helped him gain some recognition in the late '20s, Melrose's decision to stay in the Windy City resulted in his obscurity during most of the 1930s. He worked at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair with Bud Jacobson, taught music, was with Pete Daily briefly in 1940 and occasionally worked outside of music. Melrose worked in local clubs up until his early death.  ~ Scott Yanow
Bio #2  Franklyn Taft Melrose (November 26, 1907 – September 1, 1941) was an American jazz and blues pianist, who recorded as Kansas City Frank. He was born in Sumner, Illinois, the younger brother of Walter and Lester Melrose who set up the Melrose Brothers Music Company in Chicago in 1918, and went on to become leading figures in the Chicago blues and jazz scene of the 1920s and 1930s.
Frank’s first instrument was the violin, but he later took up the piano. He was strongly influenced by his brothers’ business partner, Jelly Roll Morton, and in 1924 he left home and began drifting around, playing and settling for short periods in St. Louis, Kansas City and Detroit. He also played occasionally in Chicago clubs with Morton.
In 1929 his brother Lester recorded him performing piano solos which were released under the pseudonym of "Broadway Rastus", and in 1930, following another trip to Kansas City, he recorded "Jelly Roll Blues" and other tunes. These were issued in Brunswick Records’ “race” series under the pseudonym of "Kansas City Frank", and for some years were wrongly assumed to be the work of Morton.
In the 1930s, Melrose continued to play piano in small clubs and bars, either solo or as part of a band, while occasionally working in a factory to support his family. He also recorded sporadically with Johnny Dodds and others. He played on his last recording session in 1941 with Bud Jacobson's Jungle Kings. He died on Labor Day, 1941, being found dead in the road after apparently being killed in a fracas in a club in Hammond, Indiana.

Trump Davidson, Cornet
b. Sudbury, ONT, Canada
d. May 2, 1978, Sudbury-ONT, Canada
Jimmy (James Douglas) Davidson, "Trump" after ca 1936. Cornetist, singer, arranger, b Sudbury, Ont, 26 Nov 1908, d there 2 May 1978. A pioneer and promoter of jazz in Canada, he played trumpet at age 12 with the Canadian Legion Band in Sudbury and formed the Melody Five, one of the earliest jazz-styled groups in Canada (1925). Moving to Toronto, he worked 1929-36 with Luigi Romanelli (first as a singer, then as a cornet soloist and arranger, and occasionally as a baritone saxophonist) and briefly in 1935 with Rex Battle's dance band.
A singer in the relaxed manner of Jack Teagarden and an intuitive, melodically-balanced cornet player, inspired by the Dixieland stylists of the 1920s and 1930s, Davidson organized a 12-piece orchestra for Toronto's Club Esquire in 1936, broadcasting locally on CKEY and in 1937 in the US on the NBC network. The orchestra toured Great Britain in 1938 as the Ray Noble Orchestra, under Noble's direction, before disbanding in 1942. The musicians listed in Brian Rust's discography Jazz Records 1897-1942 and on the Noble LP The Swinging Briton (Swing Era LP-1012) are incorrect; the Davidson band did not record commercially under Noble's name.
After a year with Horace Lapp's orchestra, Davidson organized another Dixieland big band and performed in the "Bob Crosby style" at Toronto's Palace Pier (1944-61). In 1936 he formed his Dixieland sextet as part of the Club Esquire orchestra; the band periodically included his brother Teddy Davidson (tenor saxophone), Howard "Cokie" Campbell (clarinet), Murray Ginsberg (trombone), Reef McGarvey (drums), and Harvey Silver (piano). It broadcast regularly on CBC radio during the 1940s on Jazz Unlimited, Trans-Canada Matinee, and 1950-65 on a succession of Davidson's own shows including Trump Davidson's Dixieland, Dixieland Concert, and Dixieland Downbeat.
After 1974 Davidson performed only as a vocalist, and in 1976 he re-formed his big band for special occasions. His cornet parts usually were played by the trumpeter Paul Grosney. Following Davidson's death, the small band continued under Harvey Silver's direction. Davidson's papers have been deposited at the National Library of Canada.
Davidson was married to violinist Erica Zentner, and their daughter Sarah Davidson became principal harpist with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra.

Trump Davidson
Kenny Hollon, tenor sax
b. New York (Brooklyn), NY, USA.
Worked with Buddy Johnson, and Louis Jordan

Robert "B.J." Johnson, harmonica
b. Kansas City, MO, USA.

Henry "Hot Lips" Levine, Trumpet
b. London, England. d. May, 1989.
Played with Sidney Bechet; Original Dixieland Jazz Band; Vincent Lopez; Jelly Roll Morton, and others. Introduced singer Dinah Shore on the American Radio show "The Philharmonic, Symphonic, Chamber Music and Jazz Society of Lower Basin Street". ~by Eugene Chadbourne
The trumpeter Henry Levine, one of several musicians granted the exciting nickname of "Hot Lips," enjoyed a kind of smorgasbord of musical happenings within a playing career that lasted more than half a century. He started out on the smaller cornet as a child and, although born in England, was actually raised in the United States. As a teenager he was already on-stage in Dixieland bands in New York City, including working regularly with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. In 1927, still not quite 20 years old, Levine performed with Vincent Lopez prior to a hop over to his country of birth. Working out of London, Levine's hot lips were now asked to cool off slightly to put across the sound of dance band messiah Ambrose. 
From the late '20s, the trumpeter was back on Broadway, associated with the pit orchestras and backing up many stars of the day such as crooner Rudy Vallée. These activities led to a staff position for NBC, the type of employment that has in other careers meant a tapering off of involvement with creative music such as jazz. Not so for Levine, who in 1940 began leading a special group devoted to the genre for the network, the Chamber Society of Lower Basin Street. As a bandleader, Levine revealed a knack for clever names, crowning another of his recording projects Henry Levine & His Barefoot Dixieland Philharmonics.

He enlisted in the Army in 1942, leading a band in Sicily and Italy and then picking up the thread of his bandleading activities upon returning to New York City. After a period of freelancing, Levine was on the move to various parts of the United States. For a time he worked as a musical director for a television station in Cleveland. In the mid '50s, he headed down to Florida, fronting hotel bands in Miami. Some of Levine's groups also worked in Las Vegas hotels prior to his retiring.
Jazzed in Cleveland - Part 43

McFarland Twins (Arthur & George)
(George, died 1997)
First orchestra in the 1930's. was so-so. The 1942 orch was much better. They had originally been with Fred Waring and billed as 'the twin saxophonists'. Later, they started their own band..."Music that Wins with the McFarland Twins", and recorded for Okeh Records. They also made a couple of pictures in Hollywood. After WWII, they owned a restaurant/night club in Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y. (USA), and still later, they went into the real estate business in East Williston, LI.
The above information on the McFarland Twins Orch., was graciously supplied by Mr. Wyn Walshe who was in the orchestra.

Jimmie Revard, bandleader
b. Pawhuska, OK, USA
d. April 12, 1991, Texas, USA.
"The Oklahoma Playboys" 

Born into a musical Oklahoma family that had fiddled for generations, Jimmie Revard moved to Texas before he became a teenager, but honored his home state when he named his band Jimmie Revard's Oklahoma Playboys. Revard's foray into the western swing scene of 1930s Texas began at St. Mary's University and soon after, he recruited the Hofner brothers, singer/guitarist Adolph and steel guitarist Emil. The band so impressed a rep from Bluebird Records who had stopped by San Antonio to hear them that he decided to record them immediately; "Oh! Swing It" was released in October 1936.

After traveling around Texas, Revard moved the band north to play at KOAM in Pittsburgh, but the pay was low, the weather was cold, and the businessman behind the deal eventually went bust. Adolph Hofner left first to start his own band in Texas. By October 1938, Revard returned as well, but by 1939 he had had enough of the traveling musician's life and quit at 30. After completing his recording contract in 1940, he become a San Antonio policeman. After the war, Revard performed locally, but never made another serious attempt to record.
~ Ron DePasquale
Charles "Gabe" Ward
b. Knightstown, IN, USA,
d. Jan. 14, 1992.
ne: Charles Otto "Gabe" Ward.
Member/Leader: "Hoosier Hot Shots".
The other 'Hotshots' were "Hezzie" Triesch (Whistle, Washboard, Drums, Alto Sax, n»: Paul Trietsch, b. Arcadia, Indiana, d. April 27, 1980), "Rudy" Triesch (Banjo, Tenor Guitar, Bass Sax ne: Kenneth Trietsch, b. Arcadia, Indiana, d. Sept. 17, 1987), Frank Kettering (Banjo, Guitar, Flute, Piccolo, Bass Fiddle, Piano, n»: Frank Delaney Kettering, b. Monmouth, Illinois, d. June 1973), and other members included Nathan Harrison, and Keith Milheim.

HOOSIER HOT SHOTS museum, Gabe Ward's page

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

Tommy Dorsey
died at age 51.
His records sold more than
110,000,000 copies.

Myron "Tiny" Bradshaw, vocals
died in Cincinnati, OH, USA.
Age: 53

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
  • Caresses (introducing "I'm a Lonesome Little Raindrop")
  • Just Snap Your Fingers at Care - Darling (introducing "Love Flower")


Manhattan Merrymakers
  • Toodle-Oo (Introducingtoodle-oo.ra Flannel Petticoat Gal)


Red Onion Jazz Babies

Red Onion Jazz Babies - Terrible Blues


    Arkansas Travelers - Brown Sugar
    • Take The Sun, Hang Out The Moon

      Bertha "Chippie" Hill
      Annette Hanshaw
      Annette Hanshaw - Do, Do, Do

      Annette Hanshaw - Kiss Your Little Baby Goodnight

      Ted Lewis and his Band - If You See Sally

      Fletcher Henderson Orchestra - There's A Rickety Rackety Shack (By A Rickety Rockety Road)


      Miff Mole and his (Little) Molers

      Miff Mole and his (Little) Molers - You're The Cream In My Coffee

      Abe Lyman's California Ambassador Hotel Orchestra - Don't Be Like That - Vocal Chorus by Paul Neely


        Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra - After You've Gone


        Papa Charlie Jackson

        Papa Charlie Jackson - You Put It In, I'll Take It Out


          The California Ramblers
          • A Beautiful Lady In Blue
          • I'll Never Forget I Love You


            Lovesick Blues
            ~Irving Mills and Cliff Friend

            I got a feelin' called the blues,
            Since my baby said good-bye
            Lawd I don't know what l'll do
            All I do is sit and sigh
            That last long day she said goodbye
            Well Lawd, I thought I would cry
            She'd do me, she'd do you,
            She's got that kind of lovin'
            Lawd, I love to hear her
            When she calls me sweet daddy

            Such a beautiful dream
            I hate to think it's all over
            I lost my heart it seems
            I've grown so used to you somehow
            But I'm nobody's sugar daddy now
            And I'm lonesome, I got the lovesick blues

            I'm in love, I'm in love with a beautiful gal
            That's whats the matter with me
            I'm in love, I'm in love with a beautiful gal
            But she don't care about me

            Lawd I tried and tried to keep her satisfied
            But she just wouldn't stay
            So now that she is leavin'
            This is all I say...

            ©1922 Mills Music, Inc (ASCAP)

            "You're Driving Me Crazy!"
            ~(Walter Donaldson)

            You, you're driving me crazy!
            What did I do? What did I do?
            My tears for you make everything hazy, clouding the skies of blue
            How true, were the friends who were near me to cheer me
            Believe, me they knew, but you
            Were the kind who would hurt me, desert me
            When I needed you
            Yes you, you're driving me crazy!
            What did I do to you?

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