Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., Producer
b. Chicago, IL, USA. 
d. July 22, 1932, Hollywood, CA, USA. 
Produced the Ziegfeld Follies. 
One of the great Broadway producers during the first third of the 20th century. Remembered today for his annual 'Ziegfeld Follies'shows which were staged from 1907 to the mid-thirties, and celebrated 'The American Woman' (mostly Un-Clad - but with stunning 1 meter Headdresses). Some of his other successful stage productions, including 'Rio Rita' and 'Sally' (starring Marylin Miller), were made into Movie musicals in the early talkies-era. He was married to actress Anna Held (1897 - 1913) and to Billie Burke (1913 - 1932) till his death.

Hank D'Amico
b. Rochester, NY, USA.
d. 1965.
An outstanding swing clarinetist, Hank D'Amico switched to that instrument from violin in high school. He began playing professionally with Paul Specht's band in 1936, then that same year joined Red Norvo. After two years, D'Amico began radio broadcasts with his own octet before returning briefly to Norvo's group in 1939. He played with Bob Crosby's orchestra in 1940 and 1941, then had his own big band about a year. D'Amico had short stints in the bands of Les Brown, Benny Goodman and Norvo again before working for CBS in New York. He also found time to play with Miff Mole and Tommy Dorsey. D'Amico spent ten years as a staff musician for ABC, and then played with Jack Teagarden in 1954. From that part he mostly worked with small groups, infrequently forming his own band. D'Amico played at the 1964 World's Fair in New York with The Morey Field trio.
~ Ron Wynn

Anatole Friedland, composer
b. St. Petersburg, Russia
d. July 24, 1938, Atlantic City, NJ.
Composer, songwriter, author and pianist, educated at the Moscxow Conservatory and Columbia University (architecture degree). He wrot His Broadwae special material for the 'Passing Show' revues, was a vaudeville pianist, and had his own night club, Club Anatole. His Broadway stage scores include "The Wife Hunters" and "Broadway to Paris". Joining ASCAP in 1923, his chief musical collaborators included L. Wolfe Gilbert and Harold Atteridge. His popular-song compositions include "Are You From Heaven?", "My Little Dream Girl", "Lily of the Valley", "My Own Iona", "Singapore", "I Love You, That's One Thing I Know", "My Sweet Adair", "Riga Rose", "My Little Persian Rose" and "Shades of Night".
~from IMDb

Miff Gorling
Trombone, composer, arranger
b. Stockholm, Sweden

Eddie "Son" House
Folk and Blues vocals/guitar
b: Riverton, MS, USA.
d. Oct. 19, 1988, Detroit, MI, USA.
né: Eddie James House, Jr.

This very early Blues artist was a major influence on guitarists as diverse as Muddy Waters and Bob Dylan. House himself was greatly influenced by another early Bluesman, "Tampa Red". House did most of his recordings during the 1930s -'40s. In '43, he relocated to Rochester, NY, USA, performing locally for the next 20 years. He toured the U.S. and Europe in the '60s, after a Folk and Rock revival brought him again to public attention.

Bascom Lamar Lunsford
C&W vocals/multi-instrumentalist
b. Mars Hill, NC, USA.
d. September 4, 1973
Bascom Lamar Lunsford was a lawyer, folklorist, and performer of traditional (folk and country) music from western North Carolina. He was often known by the nickname "Minstrel of the Appalachians."
Fritzi Massary
b. Vienna, Austria
d. Jan. 30, 1969, Beverly Hills, California, USA. (natural causes).
née: Friederike Massaryk.
Fritzi Massary (March 31, 1882, in Vienna, Austria – January 30, 1969, in Los Angeles, California) was an Austrian-American actress and soprano singer.
Born as Friederike Massaryk, she was one of the leading operetta singers in Berlin and Vienna. By 1912 her fame was such that one spoke simply of "die Massary (the Massary)". She was a premier Diva of her generation. She was closely associated with Oscar Straus, creating roles in six of his operettas, notably Der letzte Walzer in 1920.

Despite her 1903 conversion to Protestantism, Massary fled Germany in late 1932 because of her Jewish heritage. She traveled through Austria and Switzerland to London, where she was befriended by Sir Noel Coward and starred in his Operette in 1938. Shortly thereafter, in February 1939, she moved to Beverly Hills, California, where she lived until her death in 1969. Beginning in 1952, she regularly spent summers in Germany.
Massary was married twice, first to an eye doctor Bernhard Pollack, whom she later refused to discuss or even mention.[citation needed] With Karl-Kuno Rollo Graf von Coudenhove (1887 - 1940), she had her only child, Elisabeth Maria Karl (called Liesl) (1903-1979). Liesl later married the author Bruno Frank. Though Coudenhove was Liesl's father, Massary was never married to him. In fact, Coudenhove's family was nobility and threatened him with a mental institution to dissuade him from marrying an actress. Massary's second marriage, in 1917, was to the Austrian actor Max Pallenberg (1877 - 1934), who died in a plane crash in Karlsbad in 1934.

Santo Pecora, trombone
(some sources say b. March 31)
d. May 29, 1984
The talented Santo Pecora accomplished a great deal during his career, including some versatile challenges that other players from the New Orleans jazz scene were either unable to meet, uninterested, or both. Nonetheless even the relatively small segment of society impressed by such achievements would probably find the situation regarding this artist's name more fascinating, certainly more amusing. His real name was Santo Pecoraro--but so, however, was the name of his cousin who was born about four years later. Generously or maybe sensing an opportunity, the elder man trimmed his name slightly. The percussionist who got to keep the Santo Pecoraro monicker actually did work in a band with Pecora, the liason bearing discographical fruit in terms of several compilation tracks.
French horn was Pecora's first instrument, chosen as a child. In his teens he switched to trombone, an axe much more appropriate to the instrumental styles developing in New Orleans. Professionally he has said to have begun as a player in a the silent cinema orchestra pit, but he had already worked casually with bandleaders such as Johnny De Droit and Leon Roppolo. Vocalist Bea Palmer took the trombonist on a road tour in the early '20s and by the middle of that decade Pecora had teamed up with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Chicago and its fervid interest in the new jazz styles became an important destination for him, like many players from his geographical background, with additional theatre music work filling in the schedule.
During the '30s his course of action regarding employment was again similar to his peers on the national jazz scene as opposed to New Orleans stylists: he headed for the big bands. He did not abandon his musical homeground, however, bringing the Crescent City sounds to New York City with Sharky Bonano's aggregation in the mid '30s. Subsequently the trombonist set himself up on the west coast, his skills honed and ready for studio assignments. Collaborators from the stylistic good old days included the one-armed trumpeter and bandleader Wingy Manone. Pecora returned to New Orleans in the '40s, having evolved into a bandleader in his own right. He also kept working with Bonano, gigged on riverboats and was solidly cemented into a series of epic club residencies. In the '60s his spot of choice was The Dream Room.
~ Eugene Chadbourne
Leonid Utyosov
b. Odessa, Ukraine, d. 1982.
Leonid Osipovich Utyosov was a famous Soviet jazz singer and comic actor of jewish origin, who became the first pop singer to be awarded the prestigious title of People's Artist of the USSR (1965).

Notable Events Occurring 
On This Date Include:

Kate Smith recorded "God Bless America"
composed by Irving Berlin in 1918.
Called second national anthem of the USA.

Roy Blackwood
founder of Country music group
'The Blackwood Brothers' died.
Age: 70.

Arthur Q. Smith
(aka: James Arthur Prichett)
C&W songwriter, died.
Age: 53.

Cora La Redd, vocals
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 70.

Louis Cottrell Jr., clarinet
died in New Orleans, LA, USA.
Age: 67.

Oliver Alcorn, sax/clarinet
died in New Orleans, LA, USA.
Age: 71.

Clarence "Leo" Fender
Designer of the solid body electric guitar,
died in Fullerton, CA, USA.
Age: 82.
(complications from Parkinson's Disease)

"Weasel" Parker, tenor sax
died in Cleveland, OH, USA.
Age: 70.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Coon Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra


Whitey Kaufman's Original
Pennsylvania Serenaders
  • Charleston Cabin (Song Melancholy) - Vocal refrain by Elliot Shaw
  • From One Till Two (I Always Dream Of You) - Vocal refrain by Elliot Shaw

Sara Martin - Poor Me Blues


Rosa Henderson - Get It Fixed


The Broadway Bell-Hops - Don't Somebody Want Somebody To Love? - Vocal chorus by Irving Kaufman
  • Side By Side - Vocal chorus by Irving Kaufman
  • The Far-Away Bells


The Washingtonians

Paul Ash and his Orchestra - Deep Blue

Ted Lewis and his Band - Oh, Baby!
  • Start The Band


Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band - Don't Drink It In Here
Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band Get The "L" On Down The Road

Harry Reser and his Orchestra - Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine)


Irving Mills' Hotsy-Totsy Gang - Crazy 'Bout My Gal
Irving Mills' Hotsy-Totsy Gang I Wonder What My Gal Is Doin'?

Fats Waller - After You've Gone

Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra - It Happened in Monterey


Quintette of the Hot Club of France

  • Hungaria


Kid Ory's Creole Orchestra - Blanche Touquotox


It Happened in Monterey
Writer(s): Wayne/Rose

It happened in Monterey, a long time ago
I met her in Monterey, in old Mexico
Stars and steel guitars and luscious lips, as red as wine
Broke somebody's heart and I'm afraid, that it was mine

It happened in Monterey, and without thinking twice
I left her and threw away, the key to paradise
My indiscreet heart, longs for the sweetheart
That I left in old Monterey

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