Leon Bix Beiderbecke, Cornet
b. Davenport, IA, USA.
d. Aug. 6, 1931, New York, NY, USA.
"Every note he blew was so beautiful, --I like that "Singin' the Blues." Nobody else gonna blow that like he did. I never did play that tune because of Bix. I didn't want nobody to mess with it. Tell the whole world there'll never be another Bix Beiderbecke."
~(1971 -- Louis Armstrong on the 40th anniversary observance of Bix's death.)
*It is said that Satchmo would not let anyone blow his trumpet, except Bix, who could blow it any time he wished.
Among the groups that Bix played with are:
The Wolverine Orchestra: " Fidgety Feet", "Jazz Me Blues"
Bix Beiderbecke and His Rhythm Jugglers: "Davenport Blues"
Charlie Straight Orchestra; "Breeze Blowers"
Jean Goldkette Orchestra
Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra: "Singin' the Blues", "Clarinet Marmalade", "Clementine"
Bix Beiderbecke and His Gang: "At the Jazz Band Ball", "Royal Garden Blues"
Adrian Rollini and the New Yorkers
Paul Whiteman Orchestra: "From Monday On", "China Boy", "Oh, Miss Hannah"
As a Jazz pianist, he recorded: "In A Mist", "Candlelights", "Flashes", and "In the Dark"
PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Bix ...

Don Abney, Piano
b. Baltimore, MD, USA
d. Jan. 20, 2000
Age: 77
Don Abney was an American jazz pianist.
Abney studied piano and french horn at the Manhattan School of Music, and he played the latter in an Army band during military service. After returning he played in ensembles with Wilbur de Paris, Bill Harris, Kai Winding, Chuck Wayne, Sy Oliver, and Louis Bellson. He had a sustained career as a session musician, playing on recordings for Louis Armstrong, Benny Carter, Oscar Pettiford, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Eartha Kitt, and Pearl Bailey. He also played on a large number of recordings for more minor musicians and on R&B, pop, rock, and doo wop releases.
After moving to Hollywood, he worked as musical director for Universal Studios. He appeared as a pianist in the film Peter Kelly's Blues behind Ella Fitzgerald. He toured with Anita O'Day in the 1980s. Early in the 1990s he moved to Japan and toured there with considerable success, playing weekly at the Sanno Hotel in Tokyo. Upon his return to the United States in 2000, he died of complications from kidney dialysis.

Abel Baer, composer
b. Baltimore, MD
d. Oct. 5, 1976, New York, NY
His 1942 song "There Are Such Things" is probably His best known work.

Johnny Castaign, Drums
b . New Orleans, LA, USA.

Pete Clarke
Alto-baritone sax/clarinet
b. Birmingham, AL, USA.
d. March 27, 1975.

Peter De Rose, composer
New York, NY, USA
d. April 23, 1953
New York, NY, USA

Sam Fowler, harmonica
b. Tullulah, LA

"Guitar Slim"
(né: James Stephens), guitar
b. Union City, SC

Marion Hutton, Vocal
b. Battle Creek, MI
d. Jan. 9, 1987.
né: Marion Thornburg.
Married: Jack Philbin.
Marion was one of the pre-eminent vocalists of the Big Bands era. She was the older sister of singer/actress Betty Hutton. Marion is now best recalled for her vocals with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, -both as a member of the Modernaires (whose principal femme vocalist was Paula Kelly) and as a soloist. Her father, a railroad worker, abandoned the family when Marion was only four-years-old. Whereupon her mother opened a small speakeasy in their home, to support her two daughters, - who would often perform for the patrons. Problems with the Police caused the family to move on and they settled in Detroit, MI. Marion and Betty's first professional job was with the Vincent Lopez Orch. (1938 -with Betty overshadowing Marion), but when Glenn Miller heard the two girls singing (in Boston, MA), he hired Marion - because he thought she would be easier "to handle".

Marion's experience in the Miller band was a happy one but, in early 1941, she was "forced" to resign due to the embarassment of some gossip columnist reporting her pregnancy. Miller replaced her with Dorothy Claire (who thus appeared in the 1942 hit film "Orchestra Wives" with the Miller band). In August 1942, Marion returned to Miller, remaining until the orchestra's final night, September 27, 1942. Marion's feelings were so deep, that she cried throughout that performance. She did continue to sing (and starred in several movies), but never again found the sort of fame that she had with the Miller band. Marion died Jan 9, 1987.

Bonnie Lake
big-band singer/composer/lyricist/commercial spokeswoman
b. Waterloo, Iawa, USA
(NOTE: born 1916, not 1920, as often stated)
d. Sept. 3, 1992, New York, NY, USA.
Sister of movie star Ann Sothern.
There is an interesting sidelight to Bonnie's first meeting with famed composer Jerome Kern. After listening to some of her compositions, he said that she had only three competitors: Noel Coward, Cole Porter and George Gershwin, -- and Bonnie soon became his protégé.

Son "Fewclothes" Lewis, Drums
b. New Orleans, LA, USA

Boris Vian
b. Ville-d'Avray (nr. Paris), France
d. June 23, 1959.
Boris Vian was a French polymath: writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor and engineer. He is best remembered today for his novels. Those published under the pseudonym Vernon Sullivan were bizarre parodies of criminal fiction, highly controversial at the time of their release. Vian's other fiction, published under his real name, featured a highly individual writing style with numerous madeup words, subtle wordplay and surrealistic plots. L'Écume des jours is the best known of these works, and one of the few translated into English.
Vian was also an important influence on the French jazz scene. He served as liaison for Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis in Paris, wrote for several French jazz-reviews (Le Jazz Hot, Paris Jazz) and published numerous articles dealing with jazz both in the United States and in France. His own music and songs enjoyed popularity during his lifetime, particularly the anti-war song "Le Déserteur."
Boris Vian - Wikipedia

Notable Events Occurring 
On This Date Include:

Hirsch’s Ragtime Band records The Wedding Glide, composed by Louis A. Hirsch, for The Gramophone Company in London, UK.

"Variety" magazine's headline: Radio Sweeping Country - 1,000,000 Sets in Use.

The musical film Hearts In Dixie is premiered in the USA. With songs by Howard Jackson, the film is historically significant as one of the first all-talkie, big-studio productions with a mainly African-American cast. 

21,000 jitterbuggers jammed New York's Paramount Theatre to see a young clarinetist -Benny Goodman's Orchestra -whom they would soon crown as, 'King of Swing'.

"Blind" Joe Reynolds, guitar
died in Monroe, LA, USA.
Age: 68

Emory Williams, guitar
died in Chicago, IL, USA.
Emory Williams, Sr.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


The Cotton Pickers - I Never Miss The Sunrise


Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians - Cotton Pickers Ball

The Virginians - Scissor-Grinder Joe


Roger Wolfe Kahn and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra - Hot-Hot-Hottentot

Charley Straight's Orchestra - Hi-Diddle-Diddle

Russell's Hot Six - 29th And Dearborn

Roger Wolfe Kahn and his Orchestra
  • Birdie


The California Ramblers - Crazy Words - Crazy Tune

Dixie Washboard Band - Anywhere Sweetie Goes (I'll Be There)


John Hyman's Bayou Stompers - Ain't Love Grand?

Texas Alexander
  • Boe Hog Blues
  • Mama's Bad Luck Child
  • Sittin' On A Log


Annette Hanshaw - Pale Blue Waters


Lonnie Johnson - Low Down St. Louis Blues


Tom Gerun and his Orchestra
  • (In The Gloaming) By The Fireside
  • Now That I Have You


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
  • A Waltz Was Born in Vienna

Jack Teagarden & His Orchestra - I'se A-Muggin"

Henry King And His Orchestra
  • Gloomy Sunday


Ted Weems and his Orchestra
  • Gambler's Blues
  • Poor Pinocchio's Nose - Vocal refrain by Elmo Tanner
  • The Ghost Of Piccolo Pete - Vocal Refrain by Parker Gibbs
  • The Young 'Uns Of The Martins And The Coys - - Vocal refrain by Elmo Tanner


Crazy Words, Crazy Tune
Jack Yellen Music: Milton Ager

There's a guy I'd like to kill
If he doesn't stop I will
He's got a uku-le-le, and a voice that's loud and shrill

'Cause he lives next door to me
And he keeps me up till three
With his uku-le-le and a funny mel- o-dy

Crazy words, crazy tune
All that you'll ever hear him croon
Vo doe de o, vo doe doe de o, doe Vo-doe doe

Sits around, all night long
Sings the same words to every song
Vo doe de o, vo doe doe de o, doe

His uku-lele, daily
How he'll strum!
Bum bum bum!
Vampin' and stampin'
Then he hollers, "Black bottom!"

Crazy words, crazy tune
He'll be driving me crazy soon
Vo doe de o,vo doe doe de o, doe

I have begged that guy to stop
I have even called a cop
Told my dog "Go sic him", but that dog wouldn't  go

But tonight will be the end
Yes siree, 'cause I intend
To go up and kick him in the vo doe doe de oh doe

Napoleon marched his men
Turned around and he said to them
Vo doe de o, vo doe doe de o, doe

Washington, Valley Forge
Man, 'twas cold but spoke George
Vo doe de o, vo doe doe de o, doe

Remember Patrick Henry
In That speech, famous speech
Cried, "Give me, give me
"Liberty or black bottom!"

You all heard yesterday
What did President Coolidge say

He's got to stop it, stop it
Yes he must, or I'll just
Kill him, I'll kill him Then I'll do the black bottom

When I'm jailed, upon my knee
To the jury and the judge I'll plead
Vo doe de o, vo doe doe de o, doe

Now the minuet, quiet bliss
Calm and peaceful, it went like this
Vo doe de o, vo doe doe de o,doe

The Polka too was a treat
Your partner said if you tread on his feet
Vo doe de o, vo doe doe de o, doe

The gliding Foxtrot we've got
And the blues, if you choose
We've got the Charleston
And we'll soon have Black Bottom

Our vicar said, "Ah, me
Friends, our hymn for to- night will be
Vo doe de o, vo doe doe de o, doe

It's a rage, it's a craze
Everybody sings now-a-days
Vo doe de o, vo doe doe de o, doe Vo doe doe

Every goof, every sheik
Tunes his uke and begins to shriek
Vo doe de o, vo doe doe de o, doe

Go on the east side, the west side
Here or there, everywhere
They vo doe, vo doe doe
Then they holler, "Black bottom!"

Young or old, old or young
The guy that started it should be hung
o doe de o, vo doe doe de o, doe

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