Wednesday

APRIL 27TH


BIRTHDAYS



1914
Frances Delaney, vocalist
"The Domino Girl"
b. Richmond, VA, USA.
As a teenager, sang on Richmond VA's WRVA radio station. Later, she sang with Kay Kyser orch. and subsequently took a position in local music shop where she could help 
young musicians with scores, etc.


1911
Larry Fotine
arranger/conductor
b. Camden, NJ, USA.
né: Lawrence Constantine Fotinakis
Larry Fotine, specializing in a fluffy kind of Dixieland whip-up bordering on easy listening, came from a Greek family. His family's surname was really Fotinakis, the brood coming through with much practical musical talent including a mother who played piano for silent films and a multi-instrumentalist grandfather who led a local brass band. Fotine himself played piano and clarinet and as a composer developed a likeable catalog of hundreds of songs in which the narrator is inevitably in a bad way: "I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues" and "You Were Only Fooling (When I Was Falling in Love)" are his most covered numbers.
Fotine taught himself the required musical skills and by the early '30s was in charge of his own orchestra. During the '40s he worked as an arranger for Sammy Kaye among other bandleaders but once again had his own unit active from 1948 through 1954. A few years later he had steady arranging assignments going for Lawrence Welk but had also started up his own Beale Street Buskers, the latter unit doing most of its playing on recordings for labels such as Bel Canto. Fotine began developing a dream project, a full-length musical theater presentation based on Dixieland tunes -- or at least expressed as much to '70s biographer Leonard Feather. Although he didn't seem to actually create such a masterwork, his later years were indeed full of accomplishments including background music for the Rusty and Buttons cartoon show and a book of short stories as well as several volumes dealing with music theory.
~ Eugene Chadbourne



1907
Matty Matlock, Clarinet
b. Paducah, KY, USA. d. 1978, USA.
In 1917, Matty's family moved to Nashville, TN. By age 12, Matty was already playing the clarinet, and then began playing the C-Melody Sax. After playing with the Blue Melody Boys and the Tennessee Serenaders, he spent 5 years with Beasley Smith Orch. During 1928-9, Matty moved about. He was first with Jimmy Joy's orch. for 8 months before briefly rejoining Beasley Smith, following which he was with the Tracy Brown band in Pittsburg, PA., and finally replaced Benny Goodman in the Ben Pollack band. He remained with Pollack from the fall of 1929 until 1934 when Pollack disbanded.
Matty and other members of Pollack's band remained together and operated under the name of Clark Randall Orch. The bandsmen then chose Bob Crosby to be their "frontman", the band changed it's name to Bob Crosby Orchestra, and Matty became one of the band's principal soloists. In 1943, when Crosby disbanded, Matty settled in Los Angeles, CA, and was very active broadcasting and recording with such groups as Red Nichols, Bob Crosby and other Dixieland groups.

1904
Syd Nathan
label founder (King/Federal)
b. Cincinnati, OH, USA.
One of the truly eccentric figures of the record industry, Syd Nathan was the founder and head of the Cincinnati-based King Records. Nathan, who founded the label as an extension to his record store, had an uncanny ability to sense the types of music that African-Americans migrating from the South wanted to hear and seized the opportunity to sign some of the best R&B and country acts of the period. Referred to as "Little Ceasar" because he was short, fat, and ruled his label like a dictator, the label head constantly screamed and intimidated his artists and employees. Yet, despite his tyrannical behavior, Nathan assembled a remarkably diverse and talented roster of artists. Acts who recorded for King included Tiny Bradshaw, Cleanhead Vinson, Little Willie John, the Midnighters, the "5" Royales, Cowboy Copas, and, most famously, James Brown.
Coming to the label in the late '50s as the lead singer for the Famous Flames, Brown had a stormy relationship with Nathan during his over-ten-year stay at the label (which eventually resulted in a lawsuit that gave Brown a new contract with more autonomy). It is widely known that Nathan was against paying the 5,000-dollar recording fee required to finance Brown's classic 1962 Live at the Apollo LP. Though Nathan could be a stubborn man, such oversights were the exception and not the rule as King produced some of the best independent country and R&B music of the '50s and '60s.
~ Steve Kurutz



Jimmy Skinner, Art Adams and Ray Lundsford.
Photo: Steve Keleman
1909
Jimmy Skinner
(Country) songwriter/performer/DJ/label owner/record salesman
b. Berea, KY, USA.
Jimmie Skinner (April 27, 1909–October 27, 1979) was an American country and bluegrass music singer and guitarist. He also was known for a mail-order record business and retail store in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:





1981.
Denver Darling
C&W singer-songwriter
died. Age: 72



Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:



1923



Tennessee Ten - Long-Lost Mama (Daddy Misses You)

Sara Martin - Cruel Backbitin' Blues


The Georgians - Barney Google
1925



Cotton Club Orchestra - Riverboat Shuffle



1926


Irving Aaronson and his Commanders - He Ain't Done Right By Nell



Buffalodians - Here Comes Emaline



1927



Katherine Henderson accompanied by Clarence Williams' Blue Five - Baltimore


Jesse Stone and his Blues Serenaders - Boot To Boot

Victoria Spivey - Arkansas Road Blues

King Oliver's Dixie Syncopators - Black Snake Blues


Fletcher Henderson Orchestra



Ted Lewis and his Band - Fifty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong


Lonnie Johnson - A Broken Heart That Never Smiles


1928


Halfway House Orchestra



Tony Parenti's New Orleanians
When You And I Were Pals - Vocal refrain by Joel Brian



1929


Jimmie Noone's Apex Club Orchestra - Love Me Or Leave Me

1932


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
Grand Canyon Suite - Painted Desert
Grand Canyon Suite - On the Trail



1936


Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra



1937



Quintette of the Hot Club of France - The Sheik Of Araby


LYRICS:



Too late, too late,too late, too late, too late,
It's too late, too late, too late, too late,
Well, I'm on my way to Denver and mama must I hesitate.

TB's all right to have if your friends didn't treat you so low down
TB's all right to have if your friends didn't treat you so low down,
Don't you ask 'em for no favors, they even stop coming around.

Mmm... TB's killing me,
Mmm...TB's killing me,
I'm like a prisoner, always wishing he's free.

When I was up on my feet, I could not walk down the street,
For the mens lookin' at me,
From my head to my feet --
But, ohhh, now, the TB's killing me,
I want my body buried, in the deep blue sea,

Mmm...
Mmm...
The Tuberculosis,
The Consumption's killing me.


Somebody Loves Me
~Music by George Gershwin
~Lyrics by Ballard MacDonald and B. G. De Sylva.

Somebody loves me
I wonder who
I wonder who she can be;

Somebody loves me
I wish I knew,
Who can she be worries me

For ev’ry girl who passes me
I shout, hey! maybe,
You were meant to be my loving baby;

Somebody loves me
I wonder who,
Maybe it’s you.


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