Tuesday

JANUARY 18TH


Charles Delaunay


BIRTHDAYS


1911
Charles Delaunay
Discographer/Writer
b. Vineuil, St.Fermin, France, d. Feb. 16, 1988 
Son of designer Sonia Terk (Stern), and Orphist painter Robert Delaunay. Growing up in Paris, France, he was always surrounded by artists and writers such as Poet Apollinaire, surrealist Andre Breton and Paul Aragon, Stravinsky and Paul Klee. Delaunay did paint (Impressionism). At times he was an Artist, editor/writer and Club owner.
He is best remembered today as one of the founders of the "Hot Club Of France" that later employed a group of musicians that came to be known as "The Quintet of the Hot Club of France", - that included Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. Delaunay was the First Jazz Discographer, publishing his "Hot Discography" in several editions (both in French and in English).
1936, Published in Paris, France.
1938, Publ'd in Paris
1939, First English Version, Paris,
1940, English Edition, Publ., New York, NY., USA

1943, Publ'd in Paris.
As a club owner, he hired was responsible for bringing many American Jazz stars to Europe. However, he and his friend Hugues Panassie, - who also owned a Bistro in Paris became competitors in hiring U.S. Jazz talents.
Paul Gunther, drums
b. Kansas City, Kansas, USA
d. 1996
Among the stars with whom Gunther played are Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (guitar and vocals), Jay McShann (piano), and Roland Lobligeois (bass), among others.





1896
Art Kassel, Leader
d. 2/3/65
Saxophonist Art Kassel and his ''Kassels in the Air'' were a staple on the Chicago music scene for more than thirty years.
Debuting in 1924 at the Midway Gardens the group later spent a 15-year engagement at the Bismark Hotel and frequented both the Aragon and Trianon ballrooms, where it received national radio exposure.

In the late 1950s Kassel moved to the West Coast, where he appeared for two years with his orchestra on a local television program, The Gloria Hart Show.
Though in its early years the band boasted such jazz artists as Benny Goodman , Bud Freeman, and Mugsy Spanier, Kassel switched to sweet music during the 1930s. 
This latter orchestra was never very impressive, though it had an extremely loyal following.

Recording for RCA Victor, vocalists were Norman Ruvell, Thal Taylor, Billie Leach, Harvey Crawford, Grace Dunn, Marian Holmes, Jimmy Featherstone, and a three-piece vocal group, the Kassel Trio.
After Kassel's death in 1965 the orchestra continued to perform West Coast engagements.
1913
Danny Kaye
Actor/Vocalist
d. Mar. 2, 1987.
né: David Daniel Kominski. His wife, Sylvia Fine, wrote many of his best hit songs.
A gifted mimic and peerless physical comedian, Danny Kaye ranked among America's most popular entertainers in the years during and following World War II. 
Rubber-faced and manic, he rose to stardom in film and in television, on record and on Broadway, easily adapting from outrageous novelty songs to tender ballads; for all of his success as a performer, however, his greatest legacy remains his tireless humanitarian work -- so close were his ties to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) that when the organization received the Nobel Peace Prize, Kaye was tapped to accept it.
Born David Daniel Kominsky on January 18, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York, he dropped out of high school at the age of 14 to hitchhike with his friend Louis Elison to Florida, where the duo sang for money. 
Upon returning to New York they teamed in an act dubbed Red and Blackie, later working as "toomlers" (i.e. creators of tumult, or all-around entertainers) on the borscht-belt circuit in the Catskills. 
In 1933 he joined the Three Terpsichoreans' vaudeville act, performing for the first time as "Danny Kaye; "after touring the country in the stage revue La Vie Paree, the troupe sailed to the Orient in 1934. 
In Japan and China, Kaye developed his pantomime and face-making techniques; he also began singing in gibberish, allowing only the occasional word to be rendered intelligible.
After returning stateside in 1936, Kaye worked with comedian Nick Long Jr. and toured with Abe Lyman's Band before journeying to London to play the city's cabaret circuit. 
The trip proved unsuccessful, and soon Kaye was back in New York; there he met pianist and songwriter Sylvia Fine, who became not only his performing partner but also his wife. 
Fine wrote many of Kaye's best known songs, including "Stanislavsky," "Pavlova" and "Anatole of Paris; " much of the material he then performed on Broadway in The Straw Hat Revue, which opened in 1939. 
Kaye subsequently appeared in Moss Hart's The Lady in the Dark in what became a star-making performance; he then moved on to Cole Porter's Let's Face It! before touring in support of the war effort, where he sold about $1million in bonds over a period of just six months.
Kaye made his feature film debut in 1944's Up in Arms. 
The following year he began hosting his own CBS radio program, launching a number of hit songs including "Dinah," "Tubby the Tuba," "Minnie the Moocher," "Ballin' the Jack," "Bloop Bleep" and "Civilization; " "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts," his lone U.S. chart hit, was released in 1950. 
In 1947 he starred in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, arguably his definitive screen role; following an appearance in 1948's A Star Is Born he made a triumphant return to London, appearing in a series of record-breaking performances at the Palladium as well as several Royal Command Performances. 
Kaye then went to Canada in 1950, becoming the first solo performer to star at the Canadian National Exhibition, before returning to Britain in 1952 for a tour of the nation's provincial music halls.
Amidst this flurry of activity Kaye continued his film career, and after completing 1951's On the Riviera he began work on Hans Christian Andersen, one of the most successful motion pictures in the history of MGM Studios; two of its Frank Loesser-penned songs, "The Ugly Duckling" and 'Wonderful Copenhagen," reached the Top Five on the U.K. pop charts. 
In 1954, Kaye appeared in both Knock on Wood and White Christmas; after 1956's The Court Jester, he starred as 1920s cornet player Red Nichols in 1958's The Five Pennies, appearing with Louis Armstrong.
From 1963 to 1967, he hosted his own television variety program, The Danny Kaye Show, before returning to Broadway in 1969 in The Madwoman of Challiot. 
A year later, he starred in the Richard Rodgers and Martin Charnin musical Two by Two.
In the 1970s and 1980s Kaye regularly conducted classical orchestras; he also appeared frequently on television, winning an Emmy for 1975's "Danny Kaye's Look-In and the Metropolitan Opera," produced for CBS' Festival of Lively Arts for Young People series. He also starred in small-screen productions of Pinocchio and Peter Pan. From the early 1950s on, however, much of Kaye's time was spent in support of UNICEF, and he served as the charitable organization's ambassador-at-large for 34 years. 
Awarded a Special Oscar in 1954, he also received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1982. 
After suffering a heart attack, Danny Kaye died on March 3, 1987; he was 74 years old. 
~ Jason Ankeny
Danny Kaye - About the Actor
Danny Kaye - Wikipedia
Danny Kaye



The Wolverine Orchestra in 1924. Standing: Dick Voynow. Seated: Vic Moore, George Johnson, Jimmy Hartwell, Bix Beiderbecke, Al Grande, Min Leibrook, Bob Gillette.
1903
Min Leibrook
Bass Saxophone/Double Bass/Tuba
b. Hamilton, Ohio, USA
d. June 8, 1943 Biography
~by Scott Yanow

Min Leibrook is best-known for having been Adrian Rollini's fill-in for recording sessions made in the late 1920's. A fine all-round musician, Leibrook actually started out on cornet before switching to the bass instruments. He played with the Ten Foot Band in Chicago, a later version of the Wolverines and with Arnold Johnson . After arriving in New York, Leibrook worked with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra during 1927-31, appearing on many recordings; he also was on some of the sessions by Frankie Trumbauer that featured Bix Beiderbecke.

Although his glory days were largely over after leaving Whiteman , Leibrook was with Lennie Hayton's Orchestra in the mid-1930's, worked with the Three T's in 1936 (which featured Frankie Trumbauer and Jack and Charlie Teagarden ) and was with Eddie Duchin on a couple occasions. Min Leibrook, who never led his own record date, eventually moved to Los Angeles where he played bass as a studio musician during his last years. 
Min Leibrook - Wikipedia



1912
Linda Parker
C&W vocals
b. Covington, KY, USA.
Parker may have been the first female artist to have a successful solo career in country music. She later went on to become a cast member of the WLS National Barn Dance radio show. Biography
~by Steve Kurutz

The National Barn Dance radio show on WLS in Chicago was central to the careers of many stars, including Linda Parker, a sweet voiced balladeer who was a popular draw in the early ‘30s. Parker was raised in Gary, Indiana as Genevieve Meunich and discovered by WLS DJ John Lair while performing at clubs and small time radio shows. An early svengali type, Lair created Meunich's image wholesale, changing her name to Linda Parker, choosing her material and dressing her as an innocent, complete with sun bonnets and prairie dresses. Parker became a favored act on the Barn Dance while still in her early ‘20s, performing traditional ballads and saccharine sweet country material until her death from an appendicitis at the age of twenty-three.

Linda parker




Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:




1920.
Songwriter Bill Munro registers copyright of his song When My Baby Smiles At Me with the Harry Von Tilzer Music Publishing Company of New York City, USA. The song will become a jazz standard.



1926.
The first issue of the UK music newspaper Melody Maker goes on sale priced at 3d. The first issue includes dance band news, a feature about ukuleles and how to sight-read music.


 
1948.
Ted Mack's "The Original Amateur Hour" debuted on the DuMont Television network. (It originiated on radio as the "Major Bowes Amateur Hour".) Mack's program continued on different TV networks for the next 22-years. Teresa Brewer and Pat Boone got their start on this program.




1960.
Gladys Bentley, piano
died in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Age: 52.
Gladys Bentley



1968.
Singer Eartha Kitt made headlines when she confronted Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, wife of the President of the United States, at a White House luncheon to discuss urban crime. Eartha told Lady Bird (the First Lady) that American youth were rebelling against the war in Vietnam.




Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:




1923


Bailey’s Lucky Seven recording at Starr-Gennett’s New York studios, date unknown.
Bailey's Lucky Seven
  • “You Know You Belong To Someone Else” (Monaco)



1924



Clara Smith accompanied by her Jazz Trio - “I Don't Love Nobody (So I Don't Have No Blues)” (Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)


1925



Bailey's Lucky Seven
  • I'll See You In My Dreams
  • Won't You Come Back To My Arms?
  • The Only, Only One For Me

1927


The Red Heads


Ted Lewis and his Band  - “Is Everybody Happy Now?” (From "Artists and Models") - (Rubens / Osterman / Ted Lewis )



Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra  - “Washboard Blues” (Hoagy Carmichael / Callaghan)



1929


Harry Reser and his Orchestra
  • “What A Girl! What A Night!” 


The California Ramblers




Hal Swain's New Princes Orchestra - You're In My Heart [But Never In My Arms]
  • Laughing Marionette
  • Sonny Boy and Dakota

1930



Ambrose And his Orchestra

1932


Clara Smith”Pictures On The Wall” (Clara Smith / Fred Longshaw)


1933



Eddie Duchin and his Central Park Hotel Orchestra - My Cousin In Milwaukee (George Gershwin tune. Lyricist Ira Gershwin later recalled the show as "a headache from start to finish".)  (with Gertrude Niesen, voc.)



1939


Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra

1940



Gene Krupa And His Orchestra


Ambrose And His Orchestra - Goodnight Children Everywhere, with Vera Lynn on vocals


LYRICS:



Jeepers Creepers
~Lyric-Johnny Mercer/Music-Harry Warren.

I don't care what the weather man says,
When the weatherman says it's raining,
You'll never hear me complaining, I'm certain
the sun will shine, I don't care how the weather
vane points,
When the weather vane points to gloomy,
It's gotta be sunny to me, when your eyes look
into mine;
Jeepers Creepers! Where'd ya get those peepers?
Jeepers Creepers! Where'd ya get those eyes?
Gosh all git up! How'd they get so lit up?
Gosh all git up! How'd they get that size?
Golly gee! When you turn those heaters on,
Woe is me!
Got to get my cheaters on, Jeepers Creepers!
Where'd ya get those peepers? On! Those weepers!
How they hypnotize!
Wher'd ya get those eyes?

*Jeepers Creepers (song) - Wikipedia



Cocktails For Two
~Spike Jones
~Music & Lyrics by
Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow

In some secluded rendezvous,
That overlooks the avenue,
With someone sharing a delightful chat,
Of this and that,
And cocktails for two.

As we enjoy a cigarette,
To some exqiuisite chansonette,
Two hands are sure to slyly meet beneath a serviette,
With cocktails for two.


My head may go reeling,
But my heart will be o-be-di-ent,
With in-tox-i-cat-ing kisses,
For the principal in-gre-di-ent,

Most any afternoon at five,
We'll be so glad we're both alive,
Then maybe fortune will complete her plan,
That all began
with cocktails for two
 


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