Wednesday

MAY 18TH


BIRTHDAYS


1909
Al Hewitt
guitar/piano/organ/Harmonica/Banjo/Mandolin
b. Denver, CO, USA
d. June 1, 1957, (just outside of) Palmdale, CA, USA.
Al had played with the Hal Cord Orch. and was quite active all throughout the 1920s and 1930s.






1894
Lou Hooper, Piano 
b. North Baxton, Ont., Canada
d. 1977 
Louis Stanley Hooper (May 18, 1894, North Buxton, Ontario - September 17, 1977, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island) was a Canadian jazz pianist.

Hooper was raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan and attended the Detroit Conservatory, where he played locally in dance orchestras in the 1910s. He then moved to New York City around 1920; he recorded with Elmer Snowden and Bob Fuller frequently in the middle of the decade, and performed with both of them in Harlem as well as with other ensembles. Hooper served for some time as the house pianist for Ajax Records and accompanied many blues singers on record, including Martha Copeland,Rosa Henderson, Lizzie Miles, Monette Moore, and Ethel Waters. He participated in theBlackbirds revue of 1928.
In 1932 Hooper returned to Canada, where he played in Mynie Sutton's dance band, the Canadian Ambassadors. He did local work solo and in ensembles for the next two decades, then was brought back into the limelight by the Montreal Vintage Music Society in 1962. Hooper released an LP of ragtime piano tunes in 1973 entitled Lou Hooper, Piano. He taught at the University of Prince Edward Island late in his life and appeared regularly on CBC television in Halifax.
His papers, which include unpublished compositions and an autobiography, are now held at the National Library of Canada in Ottawa.
Ernest Lawlers aka "Little Son Joe", guitar 
b. Hughes, AR, USA.

d. November 14, 1961 in Memphis, Tennessee

Ernest Lawlers (May 18, 1900 – November 14, 1961) was an American blues guitarist, vocalist, and composer, also known as Little Son Joe.
Lawlers was born in Hughes, Arkansas, United States. He is best known for his musical partnership with his wife, Memphis Minnie, but he had been playing guitar and singing blues for some years around Memphis before they got together, including a period with Rev. Robert Wilkins, whom he accompanied on record in 1935. He took up with Minnie in the late 1930s, replacing her previous husband and partner, Kansas Joe McCoy. Lawlers made records under his own name, including the well known "Black Rat Swing", but mostly appeared in the supporting role, on a large number of sides covering most of the 1940s and the early years of the following decade. He retired from music with Minnie in the 1950s.

He died in Memphis, Tennessee, in November 1961 from heart disease. ~Wikipedia


Dick McPartland with his band The Wolverines.
1905
Dick McPartland
Guitar/banjo
b. Chicago, IL, USA.
d. Nov 30, 1957.
Dick was the older brother of trumpeter Jimmy McPartland. In the 1920s, both brothers were early members of the 'Austin High School Gang', a group that helped establish Chicago Jazz. Jimmy began on the violin before switching to banjo and guitar. Among the groups with whom he worked during the 1920s in Chicago, included Red McKenzie (he was Eddie Lang's replacement). In 1928, he recorded with Irving Mills and with Jack Teagarden in 1929. 


In 1936 and 1939, Dick's rhythm guitar was heard on sessions led by bis brother Jimmy. In his early '30s, a heart attack forced Dick to retire from full-time music. He subsequently earned his living as a cab driver, only appearing at an occasional concert, including in 1955 when he played his final gig. He never led his own record date.

Richard McPartland 



1913
Charles Trenet
Composer/Vocals/actor 
b. (near) Narbonne, France
d. Feb. 18, 2001, Creteil (S.E. Suburb of Paris).

Charles Trenet (born Louis Charles Auguste Claude Trénet, 18 May 1913, Narbonne, France – 19 February 2001, Créteil, France) was a French singer and songwriter, most famous for his recordings from the late 1930s until the mid-1950s, though his career continued through the 1990s. In an era in which it was exceptional for a singer to write his or her own material, Trenet wrote prolifically and declined to record any but his own songs.


His best known songs include "Boum!", "La Mer", "Y'a d'la joie", "Que reste-t-il de nos amours?", "Ménilmontant" and "Douce France". His catalogue of songs is enormous, numbering close to a thousand. While many of his songs mined relatively conventional topics such as love, Paris, and nostalgia for his younger days, what set Trenet's songs apart were their personal, poetic, sometimes quite eccentric qualities, often infused with a warm wit. Some of his songs had unconventional subject matter, with whimsical imagery bordering on the surreal.

"Y'a d'la joie" evokes 'joy' through a series of disconnected (though all vaguely phallic) images, including that of a subway car shooting out of its tunnel into the air, the Eiffel Tower crossing the street and a baker making excellent bread. The lovers engaged in a minuet in "Polka du Roi" reveal themselves at length to be 'no longer human': they are made of wax and trapped in the Musée Grévin. Many of his hits from the 1930s and 1940s effectively combine the melodic and verbal nuances of French song with American swing rhythms.
His song "La Mer", which according to the legend he had composed with Léo Chauliac on a train in 1943, was recorded in 1946. "La mer" is perhaps his best known work outside the French-speaking world, with over 400 recorded versions. The song was given unrelated English words and called "Beyond the Sea" (sometimes known as "Sailing") which was a hit forBobby Darin in the early 1960s and later George Benson in the mid-1980s.
"La Mer" has been used in many films such as The Dreamers, Bernardo Bertolucci's 2003 film. 
The song was also used in the opening credits of the 2007 film, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly", which ironically used the song to highlight the paralyzing effects of a stroke that felled his fellow Frenchman, Jean-Dominique Bauby. 
Other Trenet songs were recorded by such popular French singers as Maurice Chevalier, Jean Sablon and Fréhel.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Trenet


1908
Tommy Tucker, Leader 
né: Gerald Duppler 

Best remembered for his 1941 hit recording ''I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire,'' Tommy Tucker was one of the most successful ''Mickey Mouse'' orchestra leaders of his day. His particular brand of slow dance music, aimed at the hotel ballroom audience, kept him at the top of his profession for nearly thirty years.

Tucker graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1929 with a degree in music. He formed his first band, Tommy Tucker and His Californians, that same year. The group made several recordings, with Tucker on vocals, before disbanding in the mid-1930s. 
In 1935 Tucker formed a new orchestra, which quickly became popular on the hotel and ballroom circuit. The new band also found work on radio, performing on the Fibber McGee and Molly Show in 1936-37 and on the George Jessel Show in 1938. Vocalists included Amy Arnell, Don Brown, Kerwin Sommerville, and a vocal grouping, The Voices Four (sometimes ''The Voices Three''). 
In 1944 Tucker attempted to put together a swing outfit. To help make the transition, he hired arrangers Van Alexander, Claude Hopkins, and Fred Norman. The experiment was a failure and a year later he was back playing for the hotel crowd. His orchestra of the 1950s included saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and singer Eydie Gorme.
Tucker retired from the music business in 1959. He spent a year teaching high school English in New Jersey before accepting a position as Assistant Professor of Music at Monmouth College. He later became Dean of the Music Department. He retired in 1978 and spent his remaining years in Florida.
Aside from leading his orchestra, Tucker ran a home furnishing store and founded the Tommy Tucker School of Music. He also owned his own song publishing company. Tommy Tucker died in 1989.
~Parabrisas


1911
"Big Joe" Turner, Vocals 
b. Kansas City, MO, USA.
d. Nov. 24, 1985.
né: Joseph Vernon Turner, Jr.

Big Joe Turner (born Joseph Vernon Turner Jr., May 18, 1911 – November 24, 1985) was an American blues shouter from Kansas City, Missouri. According to the songwriter Doc Pomus, "Rock and roll would have never happened without him." Although he came to his greatest fame in the 1950s with his pioneering rock and roll recordings, particularly "Shake, Rattle and Roll", Turner's career as a performer stretched from the 1920s into the 1980s.
Big Joe Turner - Wikipedia




Notable Events Occurring 
On This Date Include: 


1968.



Tiny Tim's version of Tiptoe through
the Tulips was released.
The song was originally, a 1929 hit for singer Nick Lucas...
This is the original. Nick Lucas performing in Gold Diggers Of Broadway.

1980.
Lucius Smith, banjo
died in Sardis, MS, USA.
Age: 95.
*Lucius Smith was a spirited banjo player from near Senatobia, northern Mississippi. Often played with Sid Hemphill. Interviewed in Alan Lomax's film The Land Where the Blues Began and featured with Sid Hemphill in Lomax's four CD collection of field recordings, Sounds of the South (Atlantic SD-1346).
The Carrier Line
New Railroad



Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


1921

Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra Cho-Cho-San
  • Oh Me! Oh My! (introducing "Dolly")
  • Song of India (acoustical)


1925


Harry Reser and his Orchestra
  • Craving

1926


Frankie and her Jazz Devils
  • Those Creeping Sneaking Blues
  • You Can't Guess How Good It Is


Original Indiana Five
  • Deep Henderson
  • I'd Leave Ten Men Like Yours To Love One Man Like Mine

1927


Charleston Chasers
  • Delirium
  • My Gal Sal

1931



Waring's Pennsylvanians - Dancing In The Dark


1936



Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra
  • Ev'ntide
  • Lyin' To Myself
  • Mahogany Hall Stomp
  • Red Nose
  • Swing That Music
  • Thankful

LYRICS:

Dancing In The Dark
~Music by Arthur Schwartz
~lyrics by Howard Dietz

Dancing in the dark,
'Til the tune ends,
We're dancing in the dark,
And it soon ends,
We're waltzing in the wonder,
Of why we're here,
Time hurries by,
We're here and gone.

Looking for the light,
Of a new love,
To brighten up the night,
I have you, love,
And we can face,
The music together,
Dancing in the dark.
"Dancing in the Dark" is a popular song, with music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Howard Dietz, that was first introduced by John Barker in the 1931 revue The Band Wagon. The 1941 recording by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra earned Shaw one of his eight gold records at the height of the Big Band era of the 1930s and 1940s.It was subsequently featured in the classic 1953 MGM musical The Band Wagon and has since come to be considered part of the Great American Songbook. In the film it is given a 'sensual and dramatic' orchestration by Conrad Salinger for a ballet performance by Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse.The song has also been recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Bea Wain, Bing Crosby, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Diamanda Galas, and others.
brought to you by... 
~confetta

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The Red Hot Jazz Archives, 
The Big Band DatabaseScott Yanow

and all those who have provided content,
images and sound files for this site.

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