Friday

FEBRUARY 25TH




BIRTHDAYS


1896
Ida Cox
Vocal/songwriter
b. Toccoa, GA, USA.
d. Nov 10, 1967, Knoxville, TN, USA.
née: Ida Prather.
Biography 

~by Scott Yanow & Stephen Thomas Erlewine
One of the finest classic blues singers of the 1920s, Ida Cox was singing in theaters by the time she was 14. She recorded regularly during 1923-1929 (her "Wild Woman Don't Have the Blues" and "Death Letter Blues" are her best-known songs).

Although she was off-record during much of the 1930s, Cox was able to continue working and in 1939 she sang at Cafe Society, appeared at John Hammond's Spirituals to Swing concert, and made some new records. Cox toured with shows until a 1944 stroke pushed her into retirement; she came back for an impressive final recording in 1961.
Cox left her hometown of Toccoa, GA, as a teenager, traveling the south in vaudeville and tent shows, performing both as a singer and a comedienne. In the early '20s, she performed with Jelly Roll Morton, but she had severed her ties with the pianist by the time she signed her first record contract with Paramount in 1923. Cox stayed with Paramount for six years and recorded 78 songs, which usually featured accompaniment by Love Austin and trumpeter Tommy Ladnier. During that time, she also cut tracks for a variety of labels, including Silvertone, using several different pseudonyms, including Velma Bradley, Kate Lewis, and Julia Powers.

During the '30s, Cox didn't record often, but she continued to perform frequently, highlighted by an appearance at John Hammond's 1939 Spirituals to Swing concert at Carnegie Hall. The concert increased her visibility, particularly in jazz circles. Following the concert, she recorded with a number of jazz artists, including Charlie Christian, Lionel Hampton, Fletcher Henderson, and Hot Lips Page. She toured with a number of different shows in the early '40s until she suffered a stroke in 1944. Cox was retired for most of the '50s, but she was coaxed out of retirement in 1961 to record a final session with Coleman Hawkins. In 1967, Ida Cox died of cancer.
1895
"Mother" Annie Davis, vocals
b. ?SC, USA. (Mrs. Gary Davis)



1904
Sam Goody
Record Store owner (Sam Goody)
b. New York (Manhattan), NY, USA.
Sam Goody - Wikipedia


 

1898

Gregor Kelekian
"Gregor (and his Gregorians)"
Vocalist/Bandleader
b. Turkey
d. 1973.
vocalist/leader did not play any instrument. A flamboyant and controversial leader who employed some of the best of the French musicians during his brief career; -with Philippe Brun and Edmond Cohanier being especially talented in the Jazz idiom. 

At times, the orchestra included such sidemen as; Philippe Brun; trombonists Leo Vauchant and Guy Paquinet; Alto saxes Roger Fisbach; Clarinet/Alto Edmond Cohanier, and Charles Lisee; and Stephane Grappelly who also played piano. Heavy debts and broken contracts caused the demise of the band in the mid-thirties.


1909
Clifton "Sleepy" Johnson, C&W guitar
b. OK, USA. Worked with Bob Wills


1900
"Tiny" Parham
organ/piano/leaderb. Winnipeg, Canada
d. April 4, 1943. USA.
né: Hartzell Strathdene Pahham 
Biography
~by Scott Yanow

Tiny Parham (who was actually rather large) was most significant as an arranger/bandleader in Chicago who recorded many memorable sides from 1927-1930. After growing up in Kansas City, Parham toured the Southwest with a territory band and then settled in Chicago in 1926. 
In addition to accompanying blues singers and cutting sides with Johnny Dodds, Parham recorded extensively with His Musicians, bands that mostly consisted of now-obscure Chicago players; best-known are cornetist Punch Miller and (in 1930) bassist Milt Hinton.

Parham's arrangements were often atmospheric, and such numbers as "The Head-Hunter's Dream," "Jogo Rhythm," "Blue Melody Blues," "Blue Island Blues," "Washboard Wiggles," and "Dixieland Doin's" were particularly memorable. 
After 1930, Parham spent the remainder of his life playing in theaters, often on organ after the mid-'30s, only recording three further titles in 1940 before his premature death. 
Before the end of the LP era, Swaggie had reissued all of Parham's recordings (including alternate takes); the master versions have since been compiled on two Classics CDs.
1915
Ray Perry, Violin/Alto Sax
b. Boston, MA, USA.
d. 1950
Biography ~by Scott Yanow
A now-obscure figure, Ray Perry was one of the top jazz violinists of the 1940's although he worked more as an alto-saxophonist. Perry, who came from a musical family (including two brothers: baritonist Joe Perry and drummer Bay Perry) started out as a violinist. He often sang along with his violin solos in his early days, inspiring Slam Stewart to adopt that practice on bass. Perry had some local jobs early on (with Dean Earl in 1935, Clarence Carter during 1937-39 and Blanche Calloway for eight months in 1940) before landing a high-profile position with Lionel Hampton. He was with Hamp from Sept. 1940 until Oct. 1943, taking a few violin solos on records. Unfortunately ill health forced him to give up touring, cutting short whatever chance he might have had for fame. Perry had later associations with J.C. Heard (1946), Sabby Lewis (1948) and Illinois Jacquet (1946-47, 1950) in addition to leading his own bands. But an early death and not enough prominent recordings has resulted in Ray Perry being unjustly forgotten.
 

Ray Perry - Wikipedia



1923
Joe Saye, pianist
b. England, UK.
Also led his own 'Joe Saye Trio'. 
Joe Saye...





1899
Winifred "Wini" Shaw, vocals
b. Hawaii
d. May 2, 1982, New York, NY, USA.
née: Winifred Lei Momi.
NOTE: Wini's date of birth is sometimes shown as 1910, and place of birth as San Francisco, CA, USA.
The youngest of 13 children, singer/dancer/actress Wini Shaw was the daughter of Hawaiian/English entertainers. She made her own performing debut with her siblings at the 1915 San Francisco World's Fair. When the family act split up in the 1920s, Shaw became a headliner in the Ziegfeld Follies. After a false start at Fox Studios, Shaw's film career got under way at Warner Bros. in 1934, where she played secondary parts in such musicals as Sweet Adeline (1934) and Ready, Willing and Able (1937). Her most memorable screen assignment was the Broadway Baby in Gold Diggers of 1935; her face spotlighted in the middle of a pitch-black screen, Shaw introduced the Oscar-winning song "Lullaby of Broadway." During her stay at Warners, she also played dramatic roles in such films as Satan Met a Lady (1936) and The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936).



Shaw spent the war years touring military bases with comedian Jack Benny and harmonica specialist Larry Adler; in the early '50s, she devoted her time to the stage, starring in the touring company of Call Me Madam. Wini Shaw retired from show business when she married Bill O'Malley in 1955.
~ Hal Erickson

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:




1964.
*Johnny Burke, songwriter
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 56.


1975.
J. B. Long, A&R
died in Burlington, NC, USA.
Age: 71.
Worked with "Blind Boy" Fuller 
J. B. Long - Wikipedia,


1996.
Elwood "Pee Wee" Claybrook, tenor sax
died in Richmond, CA, USA.
Age: 83.




Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:



1922



Ladd's Black Aces - “Virginia Blues” - Featuring Cliff Edwards - (Fred Meinken)



1924



Bucktown Five - “Hot Mittens (A Stomp)"(Mel Stitzel / Volly de Faut / Marvin Saxbe)



1925




Charlie Johnson's Paradise Orchestra - “Birmingham Black Bottom” - Vocal refrain by Monette Moore (F. Johnson / Thomas Morris)


1927



The Clicquot Club Eskimos - “My Sunday Girl” (Tom Stacks vocal) (Stept / Ruby / Cooper)



James P. Johnson


Charleston Chasers - “Wabash Blues” (Dave Ringle / Fred Meinken)



1930




Annette Hanshaw - “Cooking Breakfast For The One I Love” (Billy Rose / Henry Tobias )



1932



Eddie Johnson's Crackerjacks - “The Duck's Yas Yas Yas”

LYRICS:


Pennies From Heaven - *Johnny Burke, songwriter
Gus / Clifford, Gordon - lyricist(s)


A long time ago
A million years BC
The best things in life
Were absolutely free.
But no one appreciated
A sky that was always blue.
And no one congratulated
A moon that was always new.
So it was planned that they would vanish now and them
And you must pay before you get them back again.
That's what storms were made for
And you shouldn't be afraid for
Every time it rains it rains
Pennies from heaven.

Don't you know each cloud contains
Pennies from heaven.
You'll find yor fortune falling
All over town.
Be sure that your umbrella is upside down.
Trade them for a package of sunshine and flowers.
If you want the things you love
You must have showers.
So when you hear it thunder
Don't run under a tree.
There'll be pennies from heaven for you and me




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