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JUNE 14TH


HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLIFF EDWARDS!!

BIRTHDAYS




1895
Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards
vocal/Ukulele/composer
b. Hannibal, MO, USA.
d. 1971, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
né Clifford Edwards.
Cliff, the son of a poor, non musical farming family, had a career that reached heights higher than the Alps and fell lower than the valleys. During a visit to St. Louis, MO, he heard the then-new Edison cylinder talking machine, and became totally fascinated by the fact that the human voice could be "captured" on wax and heard over and over. He soon began singing the "new" music while performing his farm chores. Inevitably, Cliff gravitated to the world of music, first appearing (1909) in the bars around Hannibal, MO. where the phonograph was an early device to bring in the drinking crowd.
In 1910, he began to work in St. Louis, MO. eventually learning to play his 'trademark' instrument, the Ukulele. Working usually without accompaniment, he began to improvise sounds by cupping his hands over his mouth imitating a trumpet (a la The Mills Brothers), and experimented with an early type of "scat" singing. Few people today realize that Cliff Edwards was probably one of the first Jazz singers on record (predating Louis Armstrong) with swinging phrases and heated 'scat' singing. In 1918, he began to work with composer Bob Carleton, and helped make Carleton's song "Ja Da" a big hit.
Success came fast and furious in the mid-1920s. He appeared in George Gershwin's Broadway show "Lady Be good" (strumming his way through a version of "Fascinating Rhythm"). He followed that by appearing in the Ziegfeld musical, "Sunny", (he and his ukulele were show stoppers), and he also appeared in several editions of George White's "Scandals." A Chicago waiter with a bad memory once called him "Ike", Cliff liked it, and during a singing and ukulele act at Mike Frizl's Arizona Cafe, first started billing himself as 'Ukulele Ike'. He landed a recording contract, and during the 1920s and early '30s he had one hit after another. "June Night" sold 3.2 million records, and "Sleepy Time Gal" over one million.
VIDEOS:



The song "Toot, Toot, Tootsie", though now associated with Al Jolson, was introduced and was a hit for Ukulele Ike. He has been credited with selling over 74,000,000 records. He became almost a "regular" on the Rudy Vallee radio show, while also appearing on a great many other shows. His Hollywood career began in 1928 when production Chief Irving Thalberg (who had seen his act) first signed him for a musical short, and followed that with a four-year pact and a debut part in the Robert Montgomery feature film "So This is College?".
His film career really started to take off after he introduced the song, "Singin' in the Rain", in MGM's 'The Hollywood Review of 1929'.
Between the mid-1920s to the mid-'40s, Cliff appeared in over 100 films, (including a cameo appearance in "Gone With The Wind").
In 1940, at the end of his career, Walt Disney used his voice for the character of Jiminy Cricket, in the film "Pinocchio". Then his luck ran out. His two bad habits, gambling and drinking, would cause many problems. He was twice divorced and in the following 20 years, glamorous jobs eluded him. He only found occasional radio and second-rate nightclubs appearances, and by the mid-'60s, Cliff was bankrupt. Cliff had a very prolific Hollywood career - appearing in 75 films starting with 'Marian' in 1929 and ending with 'The Man from Button Willow' in 1965.
Cliff Edwards by you.
During his active 3 decade long career, the
little "farm boy" had earned Millions of dollars,
but in 1971, he died in a California nursing home
( Virgil Convalescent Hospital. Hollywood, CA.),
in abject poverty.
After a self-destructive life full of drinking, gambling, problems with the IRS and decades of obscurity, Cliff's body lay unclaimed for over a week because his identity was unknown.



Blossom Seeley and Bennie Fields
1904
Benny Fields
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Benny Fields
Born June 14, 1894
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died August 16, 1959 (aged 65)
New York City, New York
Benny (Bennie) Fields (born: Benjamin Geisenfeld) (June 14, 1894 – August 16, 1959) was a popular singer of the early 20th century, best known as one-half of the Blossom Seeley-Benny Fields vaudeville team.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Fields began his career in Chicago, as a singer in Al Tierney's cafe on 22nd Street. The tall young man had a gentle, easygoing way with a song, and held the listeners' rapt attention with tunes like "Melancholy Baby." Singer Blossom Seeley, touring in vaudeville, found Fields in 1921 and hired him to sing—offstage—in accompaniment to her solo numbers, Fields's voice gradually got more attention until he became a partner in the act. The couple was married in 1922-a year after he was hired by Seeley. Fields's laid-back stylings complemented Seeley's vivacious beltings beautifully, and Seeley and Fields became very successful on stage and in recordings. In the late 1920s Warner Bros. filmed their songs and comic patter for Vitaphone short subjects. On radio, Fields was heard on The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air and other shows.


Fields and Seeley were well-paid, saving and investing wisely. The couple believed they had no financial worries until the stock market crash of 1929 wiped out everything they had worked for. Vaudeville went into a steep and rapid decline at about the same time as the stock market. Fields and Seeley struggled until he launched a solo career in New York in 1933. Times were hard enough for the couple to file for bankruptcy in New York State in 1936.

After Fields became an established star in his own right, Seeley retired in 1936 to simply be Mrs. Benny Fields. He appeared occasionally in films, most notably in The Big Broadcast of 1937, but remained a New York-based performer. He filmed four songs (including two of the Big Broadcast numbers) for Soundies in 1941.

In 1936, he recorded 4 sides for Decca and in 1937, he recorded 8 sides for Variety.


Benny Fields made a surprise comeback in 1944. The low-budget PRC studio mounted its most ambitious production around Fields, and hired the imaginative Joseph H. Lewis to direct it. The finished musical, Minstrel Man, was a credit to the star, director and studio. Reviewers were delighted by Fields's naturalistic performance—one critic described him as "a talent, voice, and personality the screen's been too long without." Minstrel Man was a personal triumph for Fields, and PRC had planned to follow it up with a true-life film biography of Seeley and Fields. The story would not be told until 1952, however, in the Paramount film Somebody Loves Me (1952) with Betty Hutton and Ralph Meeker. Blossom Seeley came out of retirement during the filming of the movie.

Seeley and Fields retired from performing in public, but George Burns fondly recalled a house party he threw in the late 1950s, when he asked the team to do one of their old vaudeville numbers. Seeley and Fields were rather embarrassed, worrying that their act wouldn't interest the many teenagers in the house, but at Burns's urging they sang—and their old magic captured the hearts of the young audience. Following the release of Somebody Loves Me, they recorded three LP albums for the Decca, MGM and Mercury labels and made occasional TV appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.


Following Fields' 1956 heart attack, the couple had few engagements; Fields' medical expenses wiped out the payments they had received from Somebody Loves Me. In 1959, Fields asked Ed Sullivan, who was arranging a floor show for the Nevada hotel and casino, the Desert Inn for a spot on the bill for himself and his wife. Sullivan agreed; the couple played at the Desert Inn, for a month, making a comeback with the engagement, which ended two weeks before Fields' death in New York City on August 16, 1959.
Benny (Bennie) Fields
Stars of Vaudeville #35: Blossom Seeley and Bennie Fields



1909
Burl Ives, vocals/guitar/actor
d. April 14, 1995
né Burle Icle Ivanhoe Ives.


1907
"Nappy" Lamare
Guitar/banjo/vocals/composer
b. New Orleans, LA. USA.
d. May 8, 1988,
Newhall, CA, USA. 

né Hilton Napoleon Lamare. 
Best recalled for his vocals with the Bob Crosby Bob Cats. 
In New Orleans, he began his career as a banjoist with such musicians as Monk Hazel, Sharkey Bonano and the bandleaders Johnny Bayersdorffer and Tony Fougerat. Circa 1927, Nappy recorded with John Hyman's Bayou Stompers. By the early 1930s, he was working with Ben Pollack as both a guitarist and singer of novelty songs.
In the mid 1930s, Nappy was a founding member of Bob Crosby's orchestra which was formed with other members of the Pollack band. He remained with Crosby until 1942, contributing a number of tunes to the band's repertory, including the hit "March of The Bob Cats". In 1943 he joined Eddie Miller's band, and became the leader when Miller entered the U. S. Armed Forces during World War II. After the war, Nappy freelanced and appeared in a number of films. For a number of years, he co-led a dixieland band with Ray Bauduc, and continued freelancing well into the 1980s. Unfortunately, Lamare never recorded solos, but instead worked as a highly competent rhythm guitarist.
Nappy Lamare - Wikipedia
Nappy Lamare



1884
John McCormack
Died 9/16/1945
Irish tenor
John Francis Count McCormack (14 June 1884 – 16 September 1945) was a world-famous Irish tenor, celebrated for his performances of the operatic and popular song repertoires, and renowned for his diction and breath control. He was also a Papal Count.


Early life
Count McCormack was born in Athlone, Ireland, the fourth of eleven children of Andrew McCormack and Hannah Watson on 14 June 1884, and was baptised in St. Mary's Church, Athlone on 23 June 1884. His parents were employed at the Athlone Woollen Mills.
McCormack received his early education from the Marist Brothers in Athlone, and he later attended Summerhill College, Sligo. In 1903 he won the coveted gold medal of the Dublin Feis Ceoil. He married Lily Foley in 1906 and they had two children, Cyril and Gwen.
In March 1904, McCormack became associated with James Joyce, who at the time had singing ambitions himself. Richard Ellmann, in his biography of Joyce, states that, "Joyce spent several evenings with him" (i.e. McCormack), practising; along with Joyce's acquaintance Richard Best, McCormack persuaded Joyce to enter the Feis Ceoil that year.
Career
Fundraising activities on his behalf enabled McCormack to travel to Italy in 1905 to have his voice trained by Vincenzo Sabatini (father of the novelist Rafael Sabatini) in Milan. Sabatini found McCormack's voice naturally tuned and concentrated on perfecting his breath control, an element that would become part of the basis of his renown as a vocalist.
In 1906, he made his operatic début at the Teatro Chiabrera, Savona. The next year he began his first important operatic performance at Covent Garden in Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana, becoming the theatre's youngest principal tenor. In 1909 he began his career in America. Michael Scott ("The Record of Singing" 1978) writes that at this stage of his career he should be considered a tenor of the Italian style—and he sang (and recorded) French operatic arias in the Italian language. Steane ("The Grand Tradition" 1971) stresses that, for all his later devotion to the concert platform (and his Irish identity), he was (for albeit a relatively brief period) in essence an Italian operatic tenor.

In February 1911, McCormack played Lieutenant Paul Merrill in the world premiere of Victor Herbert's drama Natoma with Mary Garden in the title role. Later that year he toured Australia after Dame Nellie Melba engaged him, then at the height of his operatic career aged 27, as a star tenor for the Melba Grand Opera Season. He returned for concert tours in subsequent years.


By 1912, he was beginning to become involved increasingly with concert performances, where his voice quality and charisma ensured that he became the most celebrated lyric tenor of his time. He did not, however, retire from the operatic stage until after his performance of 1923 in Monte Carlo (see biography below), although by then the top notes of his voice had contracted. Famous for his extraordinary breath control, he could sing 64 notes on one breath in Mozart's Il mio tesoro from Don Giovanni, and his Handelian singing was just as impressive in this regard.


McCormack made hundreds of recordings, the first on phonograph cylinder in 1904. His most commercially successful series of records were those for the Victor Talking Machine Company during the 1910s and 1920s. He also broadcast regularly by radio and performed in a few sound films, among them the first British colour film, Wings of the Morning (1937), and Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (1941), where he had a small uncredited part.



McCormack was the first artist to record the famous World War I song "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" in 1914. He also recorded the song "Keep The Home Fires Burning" in 1917, though he was not the first to do so. He also sang songs expressive of Irish nationalism—his recording of "The Wearing of the Green", a song about the Irish rebellion of 1798, encouraged 20th century efforts for Irish Home Rule—and endorsed the Irish Nationalist estrangement from the United Kingdom. McCormack was associated particularly with the songs of Thomas Moore, notably "The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls", "The Minstrel Boy", "Believe Me If All (Those Endearing Young Charms)", and "The Last Rose of Summer". Between 1914 and 1922, he recorded almost two dozen songs with violin accompaniment provided by Fritz Kreisler, with whom he also toured. He recorded songs of Hugo Wolf for the Hugo Wolf Society in German.
In 1917, McCormack became a naturalized citizen of the United States. In June 1918, he donated $11,458 towards the USA's world war effort. By then, his career was a huge financial success, earning millions in his lifetime from record sales and appearances, though he never was invited to sing at La Scala in Milan.

By 1920, Edwin Schneider had become McCormack's accompanist and the two were "inseparable." McCormack spent the next 25 years travelling and working with Schneider.


In 1927, McCormack moved into Moore Abbey, Monasterevan, County Kildare and lived an opulent life by Irish standards. He had apartments in London and New York. He hoped that one of his racehorses, such as Golden Lullaby, would win the Epsom Derby, but he was unlucky.

McCormack also bought Runyon Canyon in Hollywood in 1930 from Carman Runyon. McCormack saw and liked the estate while there filming Song o' My Heart (1930), an early all-talking, all-singing picture. McCormack used his salary for this movie to purchase the estate and built a mansion he called 'San Patrizio', after Saint Patrick. McCormack and his wife lived in the mansion until they returned to England in 1938.
McCormack toured often, and in his absence the mansion was often rented to celebrities such as Janet Gaynor and Charles Boyer. The McCormacks made many friends in Hollywood, among them Will Rogers, John Barrymore, Basil Rathbone, Charles E. Toberman and the Dohenys. After his farewell tour of America in 1937, the McCormacks deeded the estate back to Carman Runyon expecting to return to the estate at a later date. World War II intervened and McCormack did not return.
McCormack originally ended his career at the Royal Albert Hall in London, during 1938. However, one year after that farewell concert, he was back singing for the Red Cross and in support of the war effort. He gave concerts, toured, broadcast and recorded in this capacity until 1943, when failing health finally forced him to retire permanently.
Ill with emphysema, he bought a house near the sea, "Glena", Booterstown, Dublin. After a series of infectious illnesses, including influenza and pneumonia, McCormack died in September 1945. He is buried in Deansgrange Cemetery.



1907
Sid Phillips
Isador Simon "Sid" Phillips (June 14, 1907 – May 24, 1973) was an English jazz clarinetist, bandleader, and arranger.

Early life and education
Phillips was born in London in 1907, into a Jewish family. He learned violin and piano as a child, and played reeds in his teens as a member of his brother's European band. He got into the music business as a publisher and director for the Edison-Bell Gramophone Company.

Career

In 1930, Phillips began writing arrangements for Bert Ambrose, and joined Ambrose's ensemble in 1933, remaining there until 1937. Late in the 1930s Phillips played in the United States on radio and freelance in clubs. He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, then put together his own quartet in 1946 and wrote several pieces for the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He led a Dixieland jazz band of his own formation from 1949, and his sidemen included George Shearing, Colin Bailey, Tommy Whittle, and Kenny Ball.

Phillips's first recordings under his own name were made in 1928, and he continued to record as a leader into the 1970s. Phillips died in Chertsey in 1973.

In 1937 through 1938, a number of his recordings were issued in the United States through a contract he signed with Irving Mills and issued on Mills' Variety label, as well as Vocalion, Brunswick and Columbia labels, most recordings were made in England.
Sid Phillips | Biography & History | AllMusic




Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include
:



1881.
John McTammany, Jr., of Cambridge, MA, USA invented the Player Piano.


1923

"Fiddlin" John Carson recorded "The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane" on the Okeh label. The first country music recording.


1994.

Henry Mancini died in Beverly Hills, CA, USA. Age: 70.


1993.

Red Mack, vocals/trumpet died in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Age: 81.




Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


1923



Bailey's Lucky Seven
  • First Last And Always
  • Pickles
  • When June Comes Along With A Song

Bessie Smith - Bleeding Hearted Blues

1926



Sammie Lewis with his Bamville Syncopators - 
Arkansas Shout
  • Hateful Papa Blues
  • Leaving Town To Wear You Off My Mind
  • There'll Come A Time

Bertha "Chippie" Hill - Leavenworth Blues - Accompanied by Richard M. Jones Jazz Wizards


1928


Jessie Stafford and his Orchestra
  • Campus Capers
  • I Don't Want Your Kisses (If I Can't Have Your Love)

Joe Venuti's Blue Four/Five/Six


Jimmie Noone's Apex Club Orchestra - 
Forevermore

The Clicquot Club Eskimos
  • Beautiful Face, Have A Heart - (Tom Stacks vocal)
  • Too Busy ! - (Tom Stacks vocal)

1929



Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra - Painting the Clouds With Sunshine - (From Warner Bros. picture "Gold-diggers of Broadway") - (Vocal refrain by Frank Munn)

1935



Adrian and his Tap Room Gang - Weather Man

Vic Berton and his Orchestra

1937



Mezz Mezzrow and his Orchestra



LYRICS:

Just Like A Melody Out Of The Sky
~Walter Donaldson

I feel in my glory
When evening appears
But it's just the same old story
That's been going on for years

When night is falling,
And love is falling
The evening breezes sigh
Just like a melody
From out of the sky

My little love nest,
Is just a dream nest
A babbling brook goes by
Just like a melody
From out of the sky
It's just like paradise
To somebody and me
If it were half as nice
How happy we'd be, gee
It's just like heaven
It's just like heaven
It sounds like heaven
To hear a baby cry
Just like a melody
From out of the sky

It's just like paradise
To somebody and me
If it were only half as nice
How happy we'd be, gee

If you come my way,
Along the highway,
You'll hear a lullaby
Just like a melody,
From out of the sky



PADDLIN' MADELINE HOME
~(Harry Woods) (1925)
~Recorded by: Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards


I love a girl named Madeline
I know she loves me, too
For ev'ry night the moon is bright
She rides in my canoe

At midnight on the river
I heard her father call,
But she don't care and I don't care
If we get back at all

'Cause when I'm paddlin' Madeline home
Gee! When I'm paddlin' Madeline home
First I drift with the tide,
Then pull for the shore
I hug her and kiss her
And paddle some more

Then I keep paddlin' Madeline home
Until I find a spot where we're alone
Oh! She never says "No"
So I kiss her and go
Paddlin' Madeline
Sweet sweet Madeline
Paddlin' Madeline home

'Cause when I'm paddlin' Madeline home
Gee! When I'm paddlin' Madeline home
First I kiss her a while
And when I get through
I paddle for one mile
And drift back for two

Then I keep paddlin' Madeline home
Until I find a spot where we're alone
Oh! If she'd only say "Throw your paddles away"
Paddlin' Madeline
Sweet sweet Madeline
Paddlin' Madeline home



When You Wish Upon A Star
~Writer: Leigh Harline
~Lyrics: Ned Washington

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dreams
No request is to extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
As sweet fullfillment of their secret drowns
Like a boat out of the blue
Fate steps in and see's you through

Moma when you wished upon a star
Your dreams come true

(instrumental break)

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
As sweet fullfillment of their secret drowns
Like a boat out of the blue
Fate steps in and see's you through

Baby when you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true
When you wished upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Your dreams come true


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