Sunday

DECEMBER 19TH


HAPPY  BIRTHDAY  EDITH  PIAF !



BIRTHDAYS




1915
Edith Piaf, vocalist.
b. Paris (Ménilmontant), France.
d. Oct. 11, 1963, Paris, France. (Cancer)
Age: 47.
née: Edith Giovanna Gassion.
The name "Piaf" in French means 'little bird' and Edith became widely known as "The sad Little Sparrow" (due to a sad personal life.) She rose from an uneducated Paris street urchin to become an international star. She lost her only child (at age three).
Later, Edith became a victim of drug abuse problems. She managed to survive three car accidents, while taking a seemingly endless parade of lovers, (one of whom died in a plane crash while on his way to visit her). While she helped many of her lovers to become songwriters or singers, some of them badly mistreated her.

Many of her recorded songs captured the essence of the French soul, and became world wide hits. Among them were "La Vie en Rose," "Milord," "Mon L'egionnaire," "L'Hymne à l'Amour," and "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" among them -- that many of her fans felt. Still revered as France's greatest Popular singer. Her biography is the stuff that legends are made of.


1908
William "Bill" Carlisle, C&W vocals.
Member: 'The Carlisle Brothers' vocal group.


1911
Lu Watters
Trumpet/Leader
b. Santa Cruz, CA, USA.
d. Nov. 5, 1989, Santa Rosa, California, USA.
He was a young jazz trumpeter in love with a style of music that reached its creative peak while he was still in diapers. Wynton Marsalis? No...Lu Watters, one of the leading New Orleans revivalists of the 1940s. Watters was a die-hard fan of King Oliver's Original Creole Jazz Band (which included a young Louis Armstrong); his Yerba Buena Jazz Band featured the two-trumpet lineup made famous by Oliver. Watters and the other white revivalists believed in the primacy of early jazz -- specifically, the music made in New Orleans by black musicians during the '10s and '20s -- eschewing subsequent stylistic developments like swing and bop.
The Yerba Buena Jazz Band was founded in 1939 and Watters drew its members from a large swing group he led in Oakland, CA. His intent was to resuscitate the Oliver style, which he did with a great deal of success. Although Dixieland revivalists were a dime a dozen in the '40s, the Yerba Buena Jazz Band stood apart by virtue of its authenticity and helped spread the revival worldwide.
The band began playing the Dawn Club in San Francisco in 1939 and the gig continued until Watters was drafted in 1942. The band regrouped after the war and returned to the Dawn Club, where they attained great popularity. In 1947, they moved to Hambone Kelly's in El Cerrito, where they remained until Watters broke up the band in 1950. On its most influential recordings, made in the mid-'40s, the group included Watters on first trumpet, Bob Scobey on second trumpet, Harry Mordecai on banjo, Bob Helm on clarinet, Turk Murphy on trombone, Bill Dart on drums, Wally Rose on piano, and Dick Lammi on tuba.
Scobey and Murphy went on to lead their own popular Dixieland outfits. Besides playing tunes from the trad repertoire, Watters also supplied new arrangements and compositions. Watters retired from playing music full-time in 1957; he studied geology and later became a chef. He began playing again in 1963, performing with Turk Murphy's band at anti-nuclear rallies in Northern California. He made one last record before retiring.
~ Chris Kelsey
Solid! -- Lu Watters and the Yerba Buena Jazz Band





Notable Events Occurring

On This Date Include:



1946.
Noel Coward's musical "Pacific 1860," premiered in London, England.




1973.
Casco Williams
arranger/guitar
died in New York (Harlem), NY, USA.
Age: 79.
Worked with pianist James P. Johnson.



Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:



1918


Earl Fuller's Rector Novelty Orchestra
  • Sand Dunes
  • Spaniola



1924




Ted Lewis and his Band
  • I Ain't Got Nobody To Love




Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra - Where's My Sweetie Hiding?





1925



Harry Reser and his Orchestra
  • Kentucky's Way Of Sayin' "Good Mornin'"

1929


Zack Whyte and his Chocolate Beau Brummels
  • Good Feelin' 
  • Blues Wailin' Blues

    1935



    Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra

      1936



      Barney Bigard and his Jazzopators
      • Clouds In My Heart
      • Frolic Sam
      • Stompy Jones
      • Caravan

        1938



        Mezzrow - Ladnier Quintet
        • Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This Jelly-Roll
        • Everybody Loves My Baby
        • Gettin' Together
        • If You See Me Comin' - Vocal refrain by Teddy Bunn
        • Royal Garden Blues


          1940


          Abe Lyman and his Californians
          • Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning
          • Lonely Breeze - Vocal chorus by Eddie Holly
          • Missouri Scrambler


            LYRICS:



            LA VIE EN ROSE


            Hold me close and hold me fast
            The magic spell you cast
            This is la vie en rose
            When you kiss me, Heaven sighs
            And though I close my eyes
            I see la vie en rose
            When you press me to your heart
            I'm in a world apart
            A world where roses bloom
            And when you speak
            Angels sing from above
            Every day words
            Seem to turn into love songs
            Give your heart and soul to me
            And life will always be
            La vie en rose
            I thought that love was just a word
            They sang about in songs I heard
            It took your kisses to reveal
            That I was wrong, and love is real
            Hold me close and hold me fast
            The magic spell you cast
            This is la vie en rose
            When you kiss me, Heaven sighs
            And though I close my eyes
            I see la vie en rose
            When you press me to your heart
            I'm in a world apart
            A world where roses bloom
            And when you speak
            Angels sing from above
            Every day words
            Seem to turn into love songs
            Give your heart and soul to me
            And life will always be
            La vie en rose

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