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AUGUST 1ST






BIRTHDAYS




1909
Leon Chappelear
C&W singer/bandleader
b. Tyler, TX, USA. aka Leon Chappel
(b. Horace Leon Chappelear, 1 Aug. 1909; d. 22 Oct. 1962)
Chappelear was a gifted songwriter and guitarist who admired Jimmie Rodgers. The Lone Star Cowboys became Chappelear's group after the Sheltons broke away. Chappelear turned it into a popular early western swing band. On September 13, 1935 (a Friday the 13th), Chappelear was involved in an auto accident that affected his brain, temperament, and behavior. Tragically, his injuries caused him to be unable to sing as well as he once did and his career suffered greatly. He got involved in many strange and questionable activities that landed him in jail at one point for gambling. He moved to the west coast in the early 50s and recorded a series of sides for Capitol as "Leon Chappel." see: Automatic Mama. Chappelear committed suicide in 1962, despondent over a career gone sour. He shot himself in the face with a shotgun. Leon Chappelear was only 53 years old .
~ Cary Ginell (HARSH)
1908
Elmer Crumbley, Trombone
b. Kingfisher, OK.
Biography ~ Eugene Chadbourne
Trombonist Elmer Crumbley made a lifetime out of music starting out in the days, and more importantly the places, where the end of his slide was likely to wind up tangled in tumbleweed or an over-eager lasso. In his later years the trombonist was still serving up a taste for folks who hadn't tired of traditional swing sounds, as in the audiences who bought tickets for '60s and '70s editions of the Cab Calloway and Earl Hines bands. He would then often be surrounded by much younger players, this veteran of oufits such as the Dandie Dixie Minstrels, a group Crumbley joined in 1926 in between stints with bandleader Lloyd Hunter. 

In the fall of 1930 the trombonist had made it as far east as Kansas City and the George E. Lee band; not bad considering he had started out in an Oklahoma town named after a snake and had only proceeded to move further west initially. Crumbley worked with western swing pioneer Tommy Douglas in Nebraska in the early '30s as well as another of that state`s bandleaders, Bill Owens. But he continued to work with Hunter as well as players such as Jabbo Smith and a Chicago hit with Erskine Tate. The trombonist called up his own ensemble in Omaha in 1934 but by the end of the year had joined up with the Jimmie Lunceford band. 

He was like many players who had the experience of playing in this wonderful band--totally satisfied, or at least contented enough to stay on the band for the next 13 years.
 Subsequently Crumbley blew, sometimes bursting into song, with Eddie Wilcox as well as Lucky Millinder and Erskine Hawkins. European audiences enjoyed the trombonist in the late '50s on tour with Sammy Price, a period when he also became part of the scene at the Apollo in Harlem with a lively combo led by Reuben Phillips. By the middle of the next decade the seemingly indestructible careers of both Calloway and Hines were keeping Crumbley in slide oil.


1920

Marie Ellington, vocals
Sang with Duke Ellington in the late 1940's (no relation); later married Nat 'King' Cole and as Maria Cole recorded for Kapp, Capitol and Dot Records.


1909
Ronnie Kemper, Singer/leader
b. Missoula, MT. USA.
d: Feb. 16, 1997, Sacramento, CA. USA.
Ronnie Kemper | - Los Angeles Times



1779
Francis Scott Key, poet/lyricist
(Star Spangled Banner)
d. Jan. 11, 1843
Notable Events Occurring
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1942.
In the U.S.A, American Federation of Musicians Union president James C. Petrillo declared a nationwide strike. For many months, musicians refused to work in the recording studios because Petrillo advised that phonograph records were "a threat to the members jobs." (However," Live" musical radio broadcasts continued.) It was a seminal moment in "Pop" music. Previously, band singers were merely a part of the orchestra, and subservient to the leader, and the other bandsmen. But when new orchestral recordings were no longer available, the radio stations began playing acapella choral records. During this period, radio stations and recording studios found that the public was as interested in the Vocalist as in the band. Hereafter, singers would become Stars in their own right, and would use any studio orchestra to back them.
James Petrillo - Wikipedia



1944.
Cecil Mack, songwriter
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 60
Charleston (1923, co-wrote music and lyrics with James P. Johnson).
1966.
Bud Powell, piano
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 41




1976.

Robert Church, Jr. (left), W.C. Handy and Lt. George W. Lee outside Church and Lee’s offices where Handy composed “St. Louis Blues.”(Memphis & Shelby County Room Photograph Collection)
George W. Lee, bandleader
died in Memphis, TN, USA.
Age: 83.

1987.
Joe Liggins, vocals
died in Lynwood, CA, USA.
Age: 71.
("Joe Liggins & the Honeydrippers")
Doug Finnell, piano
(b. Dallas, TX)
died in Dallas, TX, USA.
Age: 82.
Worked with "T-Bone" Walker
Douglas Finnell and his Royal Stompers


1985.
Sam Wooding, piano
died in New York, LI, NY, USA.
Age: 90.



1994.
George Dixon
sax/trumpet/arranger
died in Chicago, IL, USA.
Age: 85.
Worked with Earl Hines.


1995.
Bob Talley, piano
died in Memphis, TN, USA.
Age: 75.


Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:



1919



Yerkes' Jazarimba Orchestra - Wild Flower Waltz

1921



Lanin's Southern Serenaders - Aunt Hagar's Children Blues
Harry Reser - Pickin's


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra - I'm Just Wild About Harry

1923



Jimmie's Joys in the Golden Recording Studio, Los Angeles California, 1923
Left to Right: Lynn Harrell, Dick Hamel, Rex Preis, Jimmie Maloney, Jack Brown,
Smith Ballew.
Jimmie's Joys


Sara Martin - Atlanta Blues

1924



Ethel Waters
  • Back Bitin' Mamma
  • Pleasure Mad


Bennie Krueger and his Orchestra
  • I Wonder What's Become Of Sally?

1927



Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon

1928



Clarence Williams' Jazz Kings - The Keyboard Express

Clarence Williams' Jazz Kings - Walk That Broad


1929



Missourians - "400" Hop
The California Ramblers - Broken Idol

The California Ramblers - Song Of The Blues


1931



Isham Jones and his Orchestra - I'm Happy When You're Jealous
  • I Wouldn't Change You For The World
  • It's Love
  • Was It Wrong?



1934



Lucille Bogan - Down In Boogie Alley


Down in Boogie Alley
Way down in Boogie Alley1 ain't nothin' but scaws and bums
Way down in Boogie Alley ain't nothin' but scaws and bums
And when I get drunk who's goin' to take me home?
I'm goin' to stop my man from runnin' around
I'm goin' to stop my man from runnin' around
'Cause down in Boogie Alley is where he can be found
He goes down in Boogie Alley, house number three
He goes down in Boogie Alley, house number three
And when he gets down there the womens won't let him come to see me
I went down in Boogie Alley with my razor in my hand
I went down in Boogie Alley with my razor in my hand
And the blues struck me, I brought back my man
If you go in Boogie Alley you better take your .442
If you go in Boogie Alley you better take your .44
The womens a get your man down there and they won't let him go


~Lyrics and Music Gus Kahn, Ted Fiorito & Ernie Erdman. Copyright in 1921 or 1923.
*Cover features a photo of Ruth Etting and art by JVR & Deco.

No, no, Nora, nobody but you dear.
You know, Nora, yours truly is true, dear.
And would I trade you for Venus?
No, no, Nora, no, no!


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