Monday

APRIL 18TH


HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE BROTHER MONTGOMERY


BIRTHDAYS



 
1906
"Little Brother Montgomery"
(Blues) piano/vocals
b. Kentwood, LA, USA.
d. Sept. 6, 1985, Champaign, IL, USA.
Influencing the likes of "Sunnyland Slim", and Otis Spann, pianist "Little Brother's" lengthy career spanned both the earliest years of Acoustic blues history, and Chicago's electrified scene of the 1950s.
"Little Brother" Montgomery"
Born: Eurreal Montgomery on Apr 18, 1906 in Kentwood, LA.
Died: Sep 6, 1985 in Champaign, IL

A notable influence on the likes of Sunnyland Slim and Otis Spann, pianist Little Brother Montgomery's lengthy career spanned both the earliest years of blues history and the electrified Chicago scene of the 1950s.

By age 11, Montgomery had given up on attending school to instead play in Louisiana juke joints. He came to Chicago as early as 1926 and made his first 78s in 1930 for Paramount, including two enduring signature items, "Vicksburg Blues" and "No Special Rider," recorded in Grafton, WI. Bluebird recorded Montgomery more prolifically in 1935-1936 in New Orleans.

In 1942, Little Brother Montgomery settled down to a life of steady club gigs in Chicago, his repertoire alternating between blues and traditional jazz (he played Carnegie Hall with Kid Ory's Dixieland band in 1949). Otis Rush benefited from his sensitive accompaniment on several of his 1957-1958 Cobra dates, while Buddy Guy recruited him for similar duties when he nailed Montgomery's "First Time I Met the Blues" in a supercharged revival for Chess in 1960. That same year, Montgomery cut a fine album for Bluesville with guitarist Lafayette "Thing" Thomas that remains one of his most satisfying sets.

With his second wife, Janet Floberg, Montgomery formed his own little record company, FM, in 1969. The first 45 on the logo, fittingly enough, was a reprise of "Vicksburg Blues," with a vocal by Chicago chanteuse Jeanne Carroll (her daughter Karen followed in her footsteps around the Windy City).
~ Bill Dahl, Rovi

Little Brother Montgomery - Wikipedia
Little Brother Montgomery - Rhapsody Music
Smithsonian Folkways - Blues - Little Brother Montgomery


1921
Virginia O'Brien
Actress/comedic vocals
Virginia Lee O'Brien (April 18, 1919 – January 16, 2001) was a popular American actress, singer, and radio personality known for her comedic roles in MGM musicals of the 1940s.
Biography by Greg Prato
obits.com/obrienvirginia.html



1925
Leo Parker
Alto/Baritone Sax
b. Washington, DC, USA.
d. 1962, USA.
Among the groups with whom he worked are Billy Eckstine's Big Band, "Sir" Charles Thompson, Illinois Jacquet's Band, and with Dizzy Gillespie.
Biography by Richard S. Ginell.
Leo Parker was the proud owner of a big, beefy baritone sax tone and a fluent technique that struck a great match between the gritty, down-home feeling of R&B and the advanced harmonies of bebop. 
At first, he studied alto in high school, even recording with Coleman Hawkins' early bebop band at age 18 on that instrument in 1944. But upon joining the legendary Billy Eckstine bop band in 1944-1945 and 1946, Parker switched to baritone and began to garner notice.
He worked with Dizzy Gillespie's band on 52nd Street in 1946 and Illinois Jacquet's group in 1947-1948, and recorded with Fats Navarro, J.J. Johnson, Dexter Gordon, and Sir Charles Thompson; he scored a hit with Thompson, "Mad Lad," on the Apollo label. Parker seemed to be on his way, but drug problems -- an epidemic in the bop community -- kept interfering with his career, and he recorded only sporadically in the 1950s. In September and October 1961, Parker began a comeback on the Blue Note label with two lively albums that successfully combined his blues, gospel, and bop backgrounds. But only a few months later, a heart attack felled him at the age of 36.




The Weaver Brothers vaudville act.
Frank on the left Leon "Abner" on the right.
1886
Leon "Abner" Weaver
C&W vocals
b. Ozark, MO, USA.
Member group: 'The Weaver Bros. & Elviry'
Leon Abner Weaver (1882 - 1950) - Find A Grave Memorial



Notable Events Occurring

On This Date Include:


1936.
Gene Autry recorded
"Back In The Saddle Again."



1936.
pioneer Western Swing leader/vocalist
died in Crystal Springs, TX, USA.
Age: 32.
"Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies"




1973.
Willie "The Lion" Smith, piano
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 75.
William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith (23 November 1893 – 18 April 1973), a.k.a. "The Lion", was an American jazz pianist and one of the masters of the stride style, usually grouped with James P. Johnson and Thomas "Fats" Waller as the three greatest practitioners of the genre from its Golden Age, c. 1920–1943.
Willie "The Lion" Smith


Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:




1922


Frank Westphal and his Rainbo Orchestra
  • Birdie
  • Where The Volga Flows


Johnny Dunn's Original Jazz Hounds - Hawaiian Blues


1924



The California Ramblers - It Had To Be You
  • Shine


Waring's Pennsylvanians - Stack O' Lee Blues


1925


Fletcher Henderson Orchestra - Memphis Bound
  • When You Do What You Do

1928




Clarence Williams' Washboard Five - Log Cabin Blues
  • Sweet Emmalina

1929



Red Nichols' Five Pennies - On The Alamo - Vocal refrain by Scrappy Lambert
  • Dinah


1930


Fess Williams and his Royal Flush Orchestra
  • Hot Mama
I'm Feeling Devilish
'Leven-Thirty Saturday Night
  • She's Still Dizzy


Ted Lewis and his Band - The Yellow Dog Blues (He's Gone Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog)


1935


Irving Aaronson and his Commanders
  • An Evening In June
  • Commanderism
  • Jazzeroo
  • 'Way Back Home

1939



Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
  • Concerto in F - 1st Movement
  • Concerto in F - 2nd, 3rd Movements

LYRICS:

HAWAIIAN BLUES
© 1921
~Lyrics: Roy Turk; Music: Otto Motzan and M.K. Jerome
~Sheet Music: Waterson, Berlin & Snyder, New York

Every day I dream of Honolulu's tropic shore
Every day I seem to get Hawaiian blues
Near that shore there lives a hula maid whom I adore
That's why I've got Hawaiian blues

Down where the ukelele night and daily's playing
And where a hula maiden waits, I long to be
Just to be near the silver beach at Waikiki
Where I can hear my sweet Hawaiian croon to me
Her little song of love while stars above are shining
Until I go, I know I'll have Hawaiian blues

It just seems I hear the strumming of a sweet guitar
In my dreams I see a big Hawaiian moon
I can hear the rippling of the waters from afar
I long to hear my hula croon

Down where the ukelele night and daily's playing
And where a hula maiden waits, I long to be
Just to be near the silver beach at Waikiki
Where I can hear my sweet Hawaiian croon to me
Her little song of love while stars above are shining
Until I go, I know I'll have Hawaiian blues


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