Gus Kahn
Lyricist and vaudeville man.
b. Coblenz, Germany
d. Oct. 8,
1941, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

(Heart Attack).
Prolific American pop lyricist Gus Kahn is a member of the Songwriters' Hall of Fame because of his work for Broadway and Hollywood musicals throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Born in Coblenz, Germany, on November 6, 1886, Kahn came to the U.S. with his parents in 1891 and grew up in Chicago, IL. Kahn started composing not long after high school, but with few successes.

While working as a clerk in a mail order business, Kahn wrote for vaudeville performers and got his first published song in 1906, "My Dreamy China Lady." 

Although following hits were few and far between at first, Kahn experienced increasing success over the next 15 years and by the '20s was writing lyrics for numerous musicals, yielding a very long list of hit songs.

Kahn's first break came while writing with composer Egbert VanAlstyne. After working with VanAlstyne, Kahn spent the '20s writing hits and teamed alternately with composers Walter Donaldson and Isham Jones. Kahn and Donaldson wrote many hits during the early '20s and gained acclaim for their 1928 score for Whoopee! Kahn married composer Grace LeBoy and also collaborated with her on songs.
In his prime, Kahn averaged around eight hit songs per year. These included "Ain't We Got Fun?" (1921), "My Buddy," "Toot Toot Tootsie" (1922), "I'll See You in My Dreams," "It Had to Be You" (1924), "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" (1925), "Side by Side" (1927), "Love Me or Leave Me," "Makin' Whoopee" (1928), and many more. Music for the film Ziegfeld Girl (1941) was Kahn's last work. He wrote songs for many films -- mostly for MGM studios -- including the Marx Brothers' A Day at the Races (1937) and Clark Gable films such as Idiot's Delight (1939).
Over the years, Gus Kahn collaborated with Al Jolson, George & Ira Gershwin, Sigmund Romberg, Buddy DeSylva, and many more. Kahn was portrayed by actor Danny Thomas in the 1951 movie based on his music and life, I'll See You in My Dreams.
~ Joslyn Layne

Albert Andrew "Andy" Gibson
b. Zanesville,OH, USA.
d. 1961.
Although rarely recalled today, Gibson was one of the great arrangers of the Swing Band era. As a child, he first studied the violin before switching to the trumpet. In 1931, he was a part of the Lew Redman orch., during 1932-'33 with Zach Whyte orch., in 1934-'35 with McKinney's Cotton Pickers, and then with the Blanche Calloway, Willie Bryant and Lucky Millinder orchestras. In 1937, Gibson gave up working as a sideman opting to become a full time arranger. His arranging talents were utilized by such orchestras as Charlie Barnet, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, and Harry James, among others. During 1942-'45 (WWII), he served in the U. S. Army where he led his own band. After being demobilzed, he returned to arranging, most notably for Barnet. During 1955-'60, he was the musical director for the King Records label, working mostly within the R&B genre. In 1959, he led four numbers as a leader (on the Camden label). Perhaps his best-known originals are "The Hucklebuck" "I Left My Baby" (with Count Basie Orch., and Jimmy Rushing vocal), and "The Great Lie".

Juanita Hall, vocals
b. Keyport, NJ, USA
d. Feb. 28, 1968.
Although she was actually an African American, Juanita Hall’s most memorable roles came playing Asians. She appeared both on Broadway and on the silver screen as “Bloody Mary” in the musical South Pacific, and as “Madame 'Auntie' Liangf” in The Flower Drum Song. The latter role was scheduled on film for Anna May Wong, but when Wong died before The Flower Drum Song started shooting, Hall stepped in and reprised the role she had played on Broadway. A talented singer and composer, she composed the music for the films: Miracle in Harlem and Paradise in Harlem.
Juanita Hall - Wikipedia

Adolphe Antoine Sax
Belgian instrumentalist, and inventor of the saxophone and saxotromba
b. Dinant, Belgium.
Sax, Adolphe (Antoine Joseph) (b Dinant, 1814; d Paris, 1894). Belg. instrument-maker. Exhibited fl. and ivory cl. at Brussels Exhibition 1830, cl. with 24 keys in 1834. Moved to Paris 1842, where he was helped by Berlioz, Rossini, and others. In 1840s invented new brass instr., saxophone, which he registered in 1846. Also invented the saxhorn family of instr. (c.1845).
John Phillip Sousa
Composer of Marches/leader
b. Washington, D.C., USA
d. March 6, 1932, Reading, PA, USA.
John Philip Sousa (pronounced /ˈsuːsə/; November 6, 1854 – March 6, 1932) was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era, known particularly for American military and patriotic marches. Because of his mastery of march composition, he is known as "The March King" or the "American March King" due to his British counterpart Kenneth J. Alford also being known as "The March King". Among his best known marches are "The Washington Post", "Semper Fidelis" (Official March of the United States Marine Corps), and "The Stars and Stripes Forever" (National March of the United States of America).

Arthur "Big Boy" Spires, guitar
b. Yazoo City, MS, USA.
Arthur "Big Boy" Spires (February 25, 1912 - October 22, 1990) was an American blues singer and guitarist, who recorded for a number of record labels in Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s.

Amos White, Cornet
b. Kingstree, SC, USA.
The name Amos White, in small print on the liner notes to a New Orleans jazz compilation, seems a veritable sandwich of anonymity. White's participation in this genre, beginning even prior to the Roaring Twenties, is in actuality only a small part of his fascinating life as a musician. White's first musical peer group was the famed Jenkins Orphanage Band, an indeed illustrious collaboration between a South Carolina charitable institution's talented and dedicated music teacher and the many young musical talents who seem to have been orphaned during the late 19th century in the area of Charleston, SC. The Jenkins Orphanage Band went on regional tours, even several European jaunts. White aged out, enrolled at Benedict College, and eventually returned to the orphanage as a teacher. As the year 1913 comes up, White can certainly be said to be on the move around the nation, his cornet case the key to employment in minstrel shows and circus bands.
During the First World War White was part of the 816th Pioneer Infantry Band, entertaining in shell-shocked venues throughout France. When White based himself in New Orleans in 1919 he began toiling as a typesetter by day, trumpeting come twilight alongside Papa Celestin, Fate Marable, and many others. This is the period where documentation of this brassman's achievements kick in; in the mid-'20s he accompanied classic blues singers Mamie Smith and Lizzie Miles and was a regular member of the Alabamians band. In 1928 he headed north stylistically, so to speak, leading the Georgia Minstrels himself. White's next direction was west. He settled in Phoenix, AZ, employed in the brass section of Bradley's Dublin Orchestra, leading his own combo, and even edging into Latin jazz territory with dance band leaders such as Felipe López. Many of the aforementioned occupational interests continued to kick in wherever White based himself. He owned his own print shop in Oakland from the mid-'30s as well as being active on the local gigging scene. He would have been more than 70 years old when reported playing with marching bands during the '60s. ~ Eugene Chadbourne, Rovi

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

Woody Herman's first recording session.
(Decca #1056. "Wintertime Dreams".)

died in New York (Jamaica), 1967

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds - Lovin' Sam From Alabam’


Original Memphis Five - “That Barking Dog, Woof! Woof!'
“Stop Your Kiddin'


    Deppe's Seranaders left to right: Frank Brassfield, Emmett Jordan, Thorton Brown, Harold Birchett, Earl Hines, Lois Deppe, Vance Dixon, Silas Brown, Harry Williams.
    Deppe's Seranaders
    • “Dear Old Southland “
    • “For The Last Time Call Me Sweetheart “
    • “Isabel“
    • “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child“


      Clarence Williams' Blue Five - “Everybody Loves My Baby (But My Baby Don't Love Nobody But Me)”, Vocal Chorus by Eva Taylor


        Original Indiana Five
        • ‘Everybody's Doin' The Charleston Now’
        • ‘No Man's Mama’
        • ‘St. Louis Gal’

          • ‘29th And Dearborn”
          • ‘New Orleans Shag


            The California Ramblers

            Jack Pettis and his Pets  - “Baby”

            Jack Pettis and his Pets - “Honolulu Blues”


              George E. Lee and his Novelty Singing Orchestra - St. James Infirmary’
              • If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight

              King Oliver's Orchestra

              • I'm Lonesome Sweetheart
              King Oliver's Orchestra I Want You Just Myself


              Memphis Jug Band
              • “Mary Anna Cut Off “


                Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra - ‘“I Got Rhythm’ (From "Girl Crazy") (George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin)
                ‘Georgia On My Mind’, - (Stuart Gorrell / Hoagy Carmichael )


                  Bunk Johnson's Original Superior Band
                  "Yes Lord, I'm Crippled"

                  Bunk Johnson's Original Superior Band - "Down By The Riverside"
                  • "Weary Blues"
                  • "Ballin' The Jack"


                  Ballin' the Jack  
                  ~Words by James Henry Burris
                  ~Music by Chris Smith, 1913

                  From coast to coast, 
                  From Canada to Mexico, 
                  They're doin' a new dance 
                  A tried-and-a-true dance 
                  That will sweep the land 
                  And you'll think it's so grand 
                  You'll have to learn how to do it 
                  So please don't boo woo it 
                  Coz we've got this little dance 
                  That's gonna rise to fame 
                  It's sure to put most any other dance to shame 
                  The turkey-trot, the bunny-hug, the tickley-toe 
                  Will be forgotten when we start to go! 
                  Mr Leader, won't you start the syncopation? 
                  And we'll begin our little demonstration… 
                  Now, first you put your two knees 
                  Close up tight. 
                  Then you sway it to the left 
                  Then you sway it to the right. 
                  Step around the floor kind of nice and light 
                  Then you twist around and twist around 
                  With all of your might. 
                  Stretch your lovin' arms straight out in space 
                  Then you do the eagle rock with style and grace. 
                  Swing your foot way round and bring it back 
                  Now that's what I call ballin' the jack! 

                  UKULELE LADY © 1925
                  Lyrics: Gus Kahn, Music: Richard A. Whiting

                  If you like ukulele lady 
                  Ukulele lady like-a you 
                  If you like to linger where it's shady 
                  Ukulele lady linger too 
                  If you kiss ukulele lady 
                  And you promise ever to be true 
                  And she finds another ukulele 
                  Lady fooling 'round with you 
                  Maybe she'll sigh (and maybe not) 
                  Maybe she'll cry 
                  Maybe she'll find somebody else 
                  By and by 
                  To sing to where it's cool and shady 
                  Where the tricky wicki wacki woo 
                  If you like ukulele lady Ukulele lady like-a you

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