Recorded:Released On This Day


Luis Arcaraz
b. Dec. 5, 1910, Mexico City, Mexico
d. Dec. 15, 1963, Near San Luis Potos, Mexico. (Auto Accident).
né: Luis Arcaraz Torras.
A fine musician now, sadly, almost forgotten.
Luis Arcaráz led the most popular orchestra in Mexico during the 1940s and 1950s. Shying away from Latin rhythms, his playlist consisted mainly of American and Mexican pop favorites. He developed a large following throughout Latin America and in the United States as well, where during the late 1940s and early 1950s he consistently ranked number four on the list of all-time favorite bands.

Born in Mexico City, young Luis had two passions: music and bullfighting. Though he became a successful amateur bullfighter, his parents, who both had musical backgrounds, encouraged him to pursue his artistic side. His mother sent him to Spain to study music and engineering. He later gave up his engineering studies. Upon his return to Mexico he found work at radio station XEW, where he earned 36 cents an hour playing the piano and singing. Once established he put together an orchestra which debuted in 1928 at Tampico's Teatro Palma.

Arcaráz composed more than 200 songs during his career, including the scores of many Mexican films. His most successful era was during the late 1940s and into the early 1960s, when he earned numerous awards in his home country and enjoyed immense popularity in the United States. In 1960 he moved to Monterrey, Mexico, where he established his own nightspot, Cita con Arcaráz (A Date with Arcaráz). Luis Arcaráz lost his life in a tragic automobile accident on December 5, 1963, near San Luis Potosí, while traveling to Mexico City.



John Henry "Bubba" Brown
b. Brandon, MS, USA

"Kansas" Fields, Drums
b. Chapman, KS, USA. d.1995.
né" Charles Donnell Fields. In 1930s, Played with the Johnny Long Orch (Chicago); Jimmy Noone, King Kolax ('40) and Roy Eldridge ('41) and his own band ('41). Also with Ella Fitzgerald in '41. Then to New York playing with Benny Carter; Edgar Hayes; Charlie Barnet; and at Minton's Club with Yardbird Parker; Gillespie. US Navy '42-'45. Then played with Eddie Condon; Roy 'Little Jazz' Eldridge; Willie 'The Lion' Smith. In 1947 with Sidney Bechet at Jimmy Ryans. In 1949 with Dizzy Gillespie. '49 own group. In 1953 toured Europe with Babs Gonzalez and Mezz Mezzrow, then settled in Europe.
Kansas Fields - Wikipedia
Kansas Fields | AllMusic
Kansas Fields | JAZZ LIVES

William Howard "Jesse" James
(Western Swing) bandleader
b. Mississippi, USA.
Member: "Jesse James & All The Boys"

Roger F. Miller, Sr.
trombone (and baritone horn in concert bands)
b. Mt Bethel, PA, USA. d. Nov. 10, 2004, Anderson, SC, USA.
In private correspondence, Roger's son, Jeff (trombonist) has advised that his father "Out of high school traveled with Lew Stanley and the Nighthawks.......(and) played with Johnny Long , around 1944 and '45. Among the Johnny Long band members were Don Paladino (who was hit by a taxi in New York City and died in his 20s), "Lefty" Feist, "Chick" Rendy, and vocalist Frances Lane. Roger Miller Sr. also played with Les Brown . I know he was friends with Will Bradley , (since I currently use a mouthpiece Will Bradley had made and has his name etched into it.) My father used to talk about him as a friend of George Miller (not a family member) that played at some point with Will Bradley.

James Thornton, Composer
b. Liverpool, England
d. July, 27, 1938, New York, NY, USA.
James Thornton (December 5, 1861 — July 27, 1938) was an American composer and lyricist.
He was born of Irish parents in Kew Street, Liverpool, England, emigrated to the United States in 1869, became a US citizen in 1931, and died in New York City.
Thornton is primarily remembered today as the composer of the 1898 song, When You Were Sweet Sixteen. The song was a favorite of Barbershop Quartets at the turn of the century and was recorded by Harry McDonagh around 1904. In the 1946 Columbia Pictures film, The Jolson Story, where singer Al Jolson was his own voice-double for actor Larry Parks the song was changed to a different format and became the version that most people remember. The song was then recorded by Perry Como in 1947 and was a hit.
Thornton started his career as a "singing waiter" in Boston and then achieved success with his wife, Bonnie Cox, in music halls throughout the US as what was then called a "serio-comic" or "monologist" (essentially a stand-up comic) and singer. During his career, Thornton was also the vaudeville partner of Charles B. Lawlor, composer of the song, The Sidewalks of New York.
Thornton’s other compositions (besides When You Were Sweet Sixteen) include: She May Have Seen Better Days, The Irish Jubilee, Two Little Girls in Blue, When Summer Comes Around, It Don’t Seem Like the Same Old Smile, My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon, Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow and the 1893 song, The Streets of Cairo, composed for the Chicago World’s Fair of that year. Thornton’s last public appearance was in 1934 at the Forrest Theater in New York City.
James Thornton (songwriter) - Wikipedia

Ray Whitley
singing cowboy film star
b. Atlanta, GA, USA.
Raymond Otis Whitley (December 5, 1901 – February 21, 1979), also known as Ray Whitley, was a Country and Western singer, radio and Hollywood movie star.
Whitley was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He began his singing career in New York City in 1930. He had traveled to New York where he became a construction worker on the Empire State Building and the George Washington Bridge.

He formed "The Range Ramblers" and began to broadcast on WMCA. He then traveled with the World Championship Rodeo Organization, renaming his band "The Six Bar Cowboys". Whitley was skilled in the use of the bullwhip, and could remove a cigarette from a man's lips with a single stroke, using either hand.

Whitley recorded for several record labels, including Okeh, Apollo Records and Decca.
Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

Bing Crosby hosted "The Kraft Music Hall".
Jimmy Dorsey (who would later become host) led the Kraft Orchestra.
Susie Edwards, vocals
died in Chicago, IL, USA.
Age: 67.
The "Susie" in the team of 'Butterbeans & Susie'.

Butterbeans and Susie - Wikipedia

C. P. MacGregor
Producer/Transcriber/Recording Studio Owner
died in Hollywood, CA, USA.
Age: 71.
In 1924, MacGregor was Brunswick Records manager for the San Francisco territory. He later had his own studios; "CP MacGregor Studios", at 729 S. Western Avenue, Hollywood, CA, where many stars were recorded, including the Stan Kenton orchestra, Peggy Lee singing with the Dave Barbour Orchestra, and many others.
ARCANE RADIO TRIVIA: C.P. MacGregor & Sollie & Ingram

James "Stump" Johnson, piano
died in St. Louis, MO, USA.

Pappy Daily, label owner (Starday)
died in Houston, TX, USA.

Wilf Carter, aka: "Montana Slim"
died in Scottsdale, AZ, USA.
(b. January 20, 1904, Nova Scotia, Canada)
Canada's most successful country singer. Billed as "The Yodelling Cowboy". During his long career, 'Slim' composed over 500 songs.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Ted Lewis and his Band
Ted Lewis and his Band - She's Funny That Way (I Got A Woman Crazy For Me Blues)


Original Indiana Five - Fallen Arches
  • Pensacola

The Little Ramblers - In Your Green Hat

The Little Ramblers - Tomorrow Mornin'

The California Ramblers - Show Me The Way To Go Home


The Clicquot Club Eskimos - My One And Only - (Tom Stacks vocal)


Louis Armstrong and his Savoy Ballroom Five


Words by Joe Grey and Leo Wood
Music by A. Harrington Gibbs - 1922. 

My gal and I, we had a fight
And I'm all by my self,
I guess she thinks, now that she's gone,
I'll lay right on the shelf;
I'm gon -na show her she's all wrong,
No lone -some stuff for mine,
I won't sit home, all a -lone,
She'll soon find that I'm:

Run -nin' wild, lost con -trol,
Run -nin wild, might -y bold,
Feel -in' gay reck -less too,
Care free mind all the time, nev -er blue;
Al -ways goin' don't know where,
Always show -in', I don't care;
Don't love no -bod -y, it's not worth while;
All a -lone run -nin' wild.

No gal will ev -er make a fool of me,
No, gal! I mean just what I say;
I ain't the sim -ple -ton I used to be,
Won -der how I got that way.
Once I was full of sen -ti -ment, it's true,
But now I got a cru -el heart;
With all that oth -er fool -ish -ness I'm through,
Gon -na play the vil -lian part.

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