Monday

JUNE 20TH


JUNE 20TH, 1910...
Famed singer Fanny Brice debuted 
in the Ziegfeld Follies to rave revues.






BIRTHDAYS





1917
Jimmie Driftwood
schoolteacher/guitar/songwriter
b. Mountain View, AR, USA.
d. July 12, 1998, Fayetteville AR, USA (heart attack).
Age: 91. né: James Corbitt Morris. What a fascinating career. "Driftwood" composed (or collected and re-composed) well over 5000 songs, most dealing with some element of America's history, old folk tales, or some aspect of the daily lives of the people.


1907
Doc Evans, Cornet 

b. Spring Valley, MN, USA. d. 1977.
Biography by Scott Yanow
A fine Dixieland cornetist, Doc Evans freelanced in the Midwest before leading his own bands in Chicago starting in the 1940s. He recorded extensively for Audiophile during 1949-1959. Evans settled in Minneapolis later in life, playing music up until near his death; his last recordings were in 1975.


1906
George Stevenson, Trombone
b. Baltimore, MD. USA.
d. Sept. 21, 1970.
né: George Edward Stevenson.

by Eugene Chadbourne
Trombonist George Stevenson recorded and performed with a wide range of swing and classic jazz bandleaders over the course of nearly a half a century of professional playing, but his roots were in dance bands during the Roaring Twenties. Some of these outfits sported unusual, even exotic names including Harold Stepteau & His Aristocrats and Norwood Fennan & His Nubians. The Stevenson family is itself highly musical: the trombonist's brother was a pianist, as their father was also, while son George Stevenson, Jr., wound up turning to the trombone for a creative outlet. 
Senior trombonist Stevenson was only 15 when he joined the Baltimore Melody Boys. This ensemble was fronted by music teacher A.J. Thomas, who had taught Stevenson saxophone as well as his eventual permanent horn choice. Following four years of loyalty, Stevenson moved over to an earlier group led by the aforementioned Stepteau, this one utilizing the popular Melody Boys moniker. Stevenson shortly shanghaied the name itself when starting up his own Baltimore Melody Boys in the mid-'20s. 
He put this group aside a few years later and relocated to New York City, working at venues such as the Arcadia Ballroom with bandleader Irwin Hughes as well as stepping out of town for Stepteau tours. As the '30s progressed the trombonist's involvements became more and more swinging and by the middle of this decade he was playing with Fletcher Henderson and Claude Hopkins, among others. One of his longer stints was with Lucky Millinder, lasting from 1939 through 1943. 
From here Stevenson began working through the '40s with several superb trumpeters: Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson, and finally Roy Eldridge in 1947. He was known mostly as a freelancer from this period on, gigging with fine classic jazz bandleaders but rarely staying put for long. He toured Europe with Sam Price's Bluesicians from late 1955 through the spring of 1956. Stevenson worked in and out of New York City over the ensuing decade, at times leading his own combo in Wantagh, NY, and in the late '60s holding forth as part of the mob at Big Apple venue Jimmy Ryan's.
George Stevenson: Information from Answers.com



1916
T. Texas Tyler
Country & Western vocal/guitar
b. Mena, AR, USA. d. Jan. 28, 1972
né: David Luke Myrick

T. Texas Tyler: Information from Answers.com


1907
Lamar Wright Sr., Trumpet
b. Texarkana, TX, USA.
d. April 13, 1973, USA.
(Father of Lamar Wright Jr.)



Notable Events 
Occurring

On This Date Include:


1910.
Famed singer Fanny Brice debuted
in the Ziegfeld Follies to rave revues.



1981.
Trumpeter "Pee Wee" Erwin
died in Teaneck, NJ.


1991.
"Little Willie" Anderson, haramonica
died in Chicago, IL, USA.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include: 



1916


Six Brown Brothers - Chicken Walk
  • Bull Frog Blues (In Foxtrot Time)
  • Chin Chin (Introducing "Pretty Baby" and "Chin Chin Open Your Heart And Let Me In")

1922



Benson Orchestra of Chicago
  • Deedle Deedle Dum
  • Oogie Oogie Wa-Wa

Original Memphis Five
  • Shufflin' Mose

1924


Henry Halstead and His Orchestra
  • Panama
  • That's My Girl

1927


Paul Whiteman's Original Rhythm Boys - Mississippi Mud

Red Nichols' Five Pennies
Left to right: Red Nichols, Jimmy Dorsey, Arthur Schutt, Vic Berton,
Miff Mole, Eddie Lang.
  • Corn Fed
  • Five Pennies

1928


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
  • Tschaikowskiana

LYRICS:


AIN'T SHE SWEET?


~(Milton Ager / Jack Yellen)

There she is! There she is!
There's what keeps me up at night
Oh, gee whiz! Oh, gee whiz!
There's why I can't eat a bite
Those flaming eyes! That flaming youth!
Oh, mister oh, sister, tell me the truth...

Ain't she sweet?
See her walking down the street
Now I ask you very confidentially
Ain't she sweet?

Ain't she nice
Look her over once or twice
Now I ask you very confidentially
Ain't she nice?

Just cast an eye in her direction
Oh me, oh my, ain't that perfection

I repeat
Don't you think she's kind of sweet
Now I ask you very confidentially
Ain't she sweet?

Tell me where, tell me where
Have you seen one just like that
I declare, I declare
That sure is worth looking at

Oh, boy, how sweet those lips must be
Gaze on it, doggonit! Now answer me

Ain't she sweet?
See her walking down the street
Now I ask you very confidentially
Ain't she sweet?

Ain't she nice?
Look her over once or twice
Now I ask you very confidentially
Ain't she nice?

Just cast an eye in her direction
Oh me, oh my, ain't that perfection

I repeat
Don't you think she's kind of sweet
Now I ask you very confidentially
Ain't she sweet?


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