Danny Alvin, Drums
b. New York, NY, USA
d. Dec. 6, 1958, Chicago, IL, USA.
Father of Guitaries Teddy Walters. Danny played with Sophie Tucker at Reisenweber's in 1919 New York; then settled in Chicago where he played with many Dixielanders incl. Sidney Bechet; Joe Marsala; George Brunis; Buck Clayton; Wingy Manone; and Wild Bill Davison.
Danny Alvin had a lengthy career playing drums in many traditional jazz groups. The father of guitarist Teddy Walters, Alvin's first major job came playing with Sophie Tucker at Reisenweber's in New York in 1919. He moved to Chicago in the early '20s, then divided his time between there and New York. Alvin played and recorded with such greats as Sidney Bechet, George Brunis, Buck Clayton, Wild Bill Davison, Wingy Manone, Joe Marsala, Art Hodes, Mezz Mezzrow and George Zack. His legacy as a leader is slim, with his best release being a 1958 session for Stepheny. 
~ Ron Wynn
Busby Berkeley, choreographer
d. 1976.
If you ever enjoyed watching all those great early Hollywood musicals such as Footlight Parade', the 'Golddiggers of 193x' series, etc., then you were looking at Busby's work - as a choreographer! (He didn't play any musical instrument - the Chorus line was his instrument! But, there.. is absolutely no doubt that his dance stagings greatly enhanced the tunes.)
Harry Blons, clar/tenor sax
b. St. Paul, MN, USA.
Clarinetist Harry Blons emerged out of the midwest to join the touring groups of Hal McIntyre, Red Nichols and Red Dougherty. Blons' background had been in the local combos of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the details of which are too sketchy to provide any further information regarding a predominance in his life of bandleaders nicknamed "Red." On the subject of names, this musician was actually born Harry Yblonski. At the end of the '40s Blons bounded out of something of a lull to begin fronting his own group playing in the Dixieland style. In 1954 he was featured on both clarinet and tenor sax in the Doc Evans combo, not abandoning the Harry Blons Six as the group remained active in the mid '50s. Blons continued to be associted with his native St. Paul. While much of his group's recorded output is out of print, various live recordings done in Minnesota when stars such as Bunk Johnson and Don Ewell came through town remain in circulation. His recordings as a leader include the excellent "Singin' the Blues", originally released by Mercury. The reed man also created vinyl product for the Zephyr and Audio Fidelity labels. ~ Eugene Chadbourne
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Richie Brunies, cornet
b. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
d. March 28, 1961.
A member of the musical Brunies family of old New Orleans, LA, which included guitarist Ada, bassist Rudy, Trombonist Henny, Cornetist and Trombonist Marritt, Cornetist Abbie, and Trombonist George Brunies.
As a brass band musician he played with: Johnny Fischer's, Reliance Brass Band.
Leader of Papa Laine's Reliance Brass Bands in pre-WW I era. Played with Johnny Fischer's Brass Band in 1907-1908.

Lucille Hegamin, Blues vocalist
b. Macon, GA, USA
d. March 1, 1970.
née: Lucille Nelson, and aka Fanny Baker. On Nov. 20, 1920, she recorded "Jazz Me Blues" for Arto Records. 
A classic blues singer from the 1920's, Lucille Hegamin survived long enough to be recorded again in the 1960's. She sang in a church choir and locally before touring at age 15 with the Leonard Harper Revue. She was married to pianist Bill Hegamin from 1914-23. After performing in Seattle for a long period, Hegamin became one of the first blues singers to record, cutting "Jazz Me Blues" and "Everybody's Blues" in Nov. 1920, shortly after moving to New York.

She toured with her Blue Flame Syncopators and later on led the Dixie Daisies.
In addition to performing at clubs, Hegamin appeared in several Broadway shows in the 1920's. She worked with Doc Hyder's Southernaires later in the decade and performed at Atlantic City in 1933-34 but eventually left music, becoming a nurse in 1938. In the 1960's she emerged, appearing at a few charity benefits before retiring from music again. In all, Lucille Hegamin recorded 68 selections during 1920-26, two songs in 1932, appeared on part of a 1961 Bluesville LP (resulting in four titles) and recorded three additional cuts on a 1962 Spivey album.
~ Scott Yanow

Albinia Jones, vocals
b. Gulfport, MS, USA
d. June 24, 1989
Albinia Jones was born on November 1914 in Gulfport, Mississippi and died on June 1989, New York City, New York, USA. Jones arrived in New York in 1932, her only singing experience at the Mt. Holy Baptists Church in Gulfport.
Her first professional engagement was at the Elk's Rendez-vous Club, which proved so successful that she was retained for nine months. Other nightclubs she sang in included the Club Harlem, the Village Vanguard and Murrains Cafe. Her first recordings in late 30's and early 40's featured jazz musicians Lester Young and Dizzy Gillespie.
The Blues Traveller: Albinia Jones

Jack Kane, clarinet/leader/arranger
b. London, England, UK.
d. 1961.
One of Canada's best known entertainers. His father was a British vaudevillian. The family moved to Canada while Jack was still a child, and he was already performing on stage with his dad when he was just 9 years old.
Jack Kane (composer) - Wikipedia
Jack Kane". The Canadian Encyclopedia

Harold W. "Hal" McIntyre
Alto Sax/Leader
b. Cromwell, CT, USA.
d. May 5, 1959, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
(in his apartment in fire caused by cigarette) Hal McIntyre Biography A founding member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra as well as the leader of his own big band, alto saxophonist and clarinetist Hal McIntyre was born November 29, 1914 in Cromwell, CT. By his late teens he was already the veteran of a series of groups and formed his own eight-piece band in 1935, later landing his big break when offered a temporary gig playing alto behind Benny Goodman.
The Goodman stint lasted just ten days, but it brought McIntyre to the attention of Miller, and in 1937 he joined the first incarnation of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, remaining with the group for four years. At that point Miller urged McIntyre to form his own band, even offering financial support; billed as "The Band America Loves," the McIntyre Orchestra debuted at the Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, NY in 1941.
Featuring vocalists Gloria Van, Ruth Gaylor and Al Nobel, as well as headline venues including New York's Commodore Hotel, Hollywood's Palladium Ballroom and Chicago's Sherman Hotel. During the war years the group regularaly played overseas for U.S. troops as well. McIntyre continued leading the orchestra well into the 1950s (including an appearance backing the Mills Brothers on their 1952 chart-topper "Glow Worm") before its ranks finally splintered; he died in a house fire at his home in Los Angeles on May 5,1959. ~ Jason Ankeny
Hal McIntyre - Wikipedia
Big Band Library: Hal McIntyre "A Great Guy"

James "Chippie" Outcalt, trombone
b. Newark, NJ, USA.
Worked with the Tiny Bradshaw Orch.

Luigi Romanelli, leader
b. Bellsville, ONT, Canada
d. 1942.
Perhaps no other name in the history of Canadian Dance Bands conjures as much fondness as The Romanellis, - and in particular as Luigi Romanelli.
Romanelli, Luigi. Orchestra leader, violinist, b Belleville, Ont, 29 Nov 1885, d Murray Bay (La Malbaie), Que, 29 Jul 1942. He was the son of the Italian-born harpist Joseph Romanelli (1859-1944, a concert and theatre musician in Toronto) and a nephew of Rocco Romanelli (d 1941, a violinist known as 'Romanelli the Great,' who toured briefly with Enrico Caruso in the USA and accompanied Nellie Melba).
In his youth Luigi Romanelli played the violin on Toronto street corners for a young dancer, George Weitz (later of George White Scandals fame), and at 12 made his stage debut as an actor with Mary Pickford (then known as Gladys Smith). In 1904 he joined a vaudeville troupe from Christie Lake, Ont, the Marks Brothers Touring Co, as a violinist. He also performed with the Cummings Stock Co before touring Canada 1906-12 as a violin soloist. He studied in Toronto about this time with Jan Hambourg. Thereafter an orchestra musician in various Toronto theatres, and briefly orchestra director at the Strand, Romanelli became music director of the Allen Theatres chain following a period of study in 1918 in Europe. His was one of the first theatre orchestras to accompany silent films with descriptive music. The Romanelli orchestra at Shea's Theatre is thought to have been the first in Canada to broadcast on radio (1922, over CFCA).
In his day one of Canada's most popular orchestra leaders, Romanelli became music director for United Hotels in Canada in 1923 and at his death had performed at the King Edward Hotel, Toronto, for more than 20 years, and at Manoir Richelieu, Murray Bay, Que, for four summers. Concurrently Romanelli's 11-piece radio orchestra, the Monarchs of Melody, was heard on CRBC and CBC and, occasionally, in the USA on NBC's 'Blue' network. Over the years his musicians included Johnny Burt, the saxophonist Nat Cassels, Trump Davidson, the trombonist-arranger Seymour 'Red' Ginzler, Alfie Noakes, and the bassist Gurney Titmarsh. The Romanelli orchestra made some 78s for HMV, Edison, and Bluebird. Romanelli also led a concert ensemble which included his father, Joseph, Leo Barkin, Charles Mathé, and Titmarsh. His brother-in-law, violinist Enrico Del Greco, was concertmaster.
Two of Romanelli's brothers were also violinists and orchestra leaders in Toronto. Don (1891-1960) played in his teens with the dance band of Charles Bodley, organized bands as early as 1918 for the Lake Ontario cruise ships Cayuga and Chippewa, and led the orchestra at the Royal York Hotel in the early 1930s. Leo (1902-1961) joined the Monarchs of Melody at 17 and later became assistant director, assuming the leadership on his brother's death. He later led the orchestra at the King Edward Hotel.
~Author Helen McNamara

William "Billy or Swee' Pea" Strayhorn
b. Dayton, OH, USA. (but raised in Hillsboro, NC, USA.), d. 1967. Studied music with private instructor. Schooled in Pittsburgh, PA, where he played the classics in school orch. His deep desire was to be a lyricist for Duke Ellington, whom he met in 1938. On meeting the Duke, Billy played him one of his compositions - "Lush Life". He then went on to work for Mercer Ellington before full time with the Duke In 1939, when he became full time arranger, and part time pianist for Ellington's band.

In later years, band members recalled that the sympathy between Billy and the Duke was such that at times it was impossible to tell at which point one's work fell off and the other's carried on. Yet, curiously, he rarely appeared publicly with the band - usually only when he temporarily replaced the Duke on Piano. (He demonstrated a fine swinging style.) Among Billy's best known tunes are: "Midriff"; "Take The A Train"; "After All"; "Raincheck"; "Johnny Come Lately"; "Chelsea Bridge"; and "Day Dream".
He was less active in early 1950s, but productive again in late '50s, again collaborating with the Duke on such works as "A Drum is A Woman"; "Such Sweet Thunder" (composed for Canada's Stratford, Ontario, Shakespeare Festival). In very eary 1958, he led his own 'Ellington's Indigos Trio', with himself, Jimmy Grissom and Johnny Hodges.

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


Cole Porter's musical "The Gay Divorcee" starring Fred Astaire was first performed in New York. (Hit song was "Night and Day").

Dink Johnson
died in Portland, OR, USA.
Age: 62.
Dink Johnson - Wikipedia
Dink Johnson | AllMusic

Joe Falcon and Cléoma Breaux on 
their wedding day April 27th, 1932.
Joseph Falcon
Cajun accordion
died in Crowley, LA, USA.
Age: 65.
In 1928, Falcon, one of the pioneers of Cajun music, made the first commercial Cajun recording, "Lafayette", with his wife Cleoma (playing the guitar and singing).
Joe Falcon - Wikipedia

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Marion Harris - Grieving For You

Marion Harris - Yankee


    Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra - Just a Little Love Song


    The California Ramblers - Bees Knees


    Arcadia Peacock Orchestra of St. Louis Ah! Ah! Archie

    Arcadia Peacock Orchestra of St. Louis -  Dog On The Piano

    Arcadia Peacock Orchestra of St. Louis -   Little Boy Blues

    Arcadia Peacock Orchestra of St. Louis -  Spring Has Come


    Ray Tellier and his San Francisco Orchestra
    • Idolising
    • Just One More Kiss
    • Tampeekoe

      Duke Ellington and his Kentucky Club Orchestra - Birmingham Breakdown

      Duke Ellington and his Kentucky Club Orchestra - East St. Louis Toodle-Oo

      Clara Smith - Cheatin' Daddy


      Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders - “Oh, Look At That Baby”


      Ben Pollack and His Park Central Orchestra - Keep Your Undershirt On

      Coon Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra
      • We Love Us, Vocal refrain by Joe L. Sanders, (Joe L. Sanders / Lee Moore)


      Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra - “Baby Dear”, (Bennie Moten / Thamon Hayes)


      Fats Waller and his Rhythm - All That Meat And No Potatoes, (Ed Kirkeby / Fats Waller )


      ~Cole Porter

      Like the beat beat beat of the tom-tom

      When the jungle shadows fall
      Like the tick tick tock of the stately clock
      As it stands against the wall

      Like the drip drip drip of the raindrops
      When the summer shower is through
      So a voice within me keeps repeating
      You, you, you

      Night and day, you are the one
      Only you beneath the moon or under the sun
      Whether near to me, or far
      It's no matter darling where you are
      I think of you
      Day and night, night and day, why is it so

      That this longing for you follows wherever I go
      In the roaring traffic's boom
      In the silence of my lonely room
      I think of you
      Day and night, night and day

      Under the hide of me
      There's an oh such a hungry yearning burning inside of me
      And this torment won't be through
      Until you let me spend my life making love to you
      Day and night, night and day

      (Ed Kirkeby / Fats Waller)
      Fats Waller, His Rhythm & Orch. - 1941.

      All that meat, and no potatoes 
      Just ain't right, like green tomatoes 
      Yeah, I'm waiting 
      But all that meat, and no potatoes

      All that meat, and no potatoes 
      All that food, to the alligators, yeah 
      Hold me steady 
      I am ready 
      With all that meat and no potatoes

      I don't think that peas are bad 
      With me, most anything goes 
      I look in the pot, I'm fit to fight 
      'Cause woman, you know that mess ain't right.

      All that meat, and no potatoes 
      Just ain't right, like green tomatoes 
      Yes, I'm steamin' 
      I'm really screamin' 
      All that meat and no potatoes. 

      (Where's my fine hambone?!? Where is it?!?)

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