Friday

JULY 15TH

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DOROTHY FIELDS!



BIRTHDAYS


1905
Dorothy Fields, Lyricist b. Allenhurst, NJ, USA.
d. March 28, 1974. or July 10, New York, NY, USA. (Cardiac Arrest)
Oscar-winning American pop lyricist Dorothy Fields was the first woman to be elected into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in recognition of her long and successful career of hit songs, movie scores, and Broadway scores that spanned the late '20s through the early '70s. She was born on July 15, 1905, in Allenhurst, NJ, and grew up in a show business family: her father was Lew Fields, of the famed vaudevillian team Weber & Fields. Dorothy Fields' most highly regarded collaborative work was that done with composer Jimmy McHugh; they were a songwriting team from 1929 until 1935.
Throughout the '30s, Fields worked the most on film music. In 1935 alone, she wrote for seven different movies, four of which were co-written with Jimmy McHugh, including Every Night at Eight and Hooray for Love. Her credits for musical theater include Hello Daddy (1929), Singin' the Blues (1931), Stars in Your Eyes (1939), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1951), Sweet Charity (1966), and See-Saw (1973).
Fields also served as co-librettist with her brother, Herbert, for many Broadway shows, including Up in Central Park (1945), Arms and the Girl (1951), By the Beautiful Sea, and Redhead (1959), which won six Tony Awards. Fields most popular songs include "I Can't Give You Anything but Love" (1928), "On the Sunny Side of the Street" (1930), "I'm in the Mood for Love" (1935), and "The Way You Look Tonight," (1936) which garnered an Oscar.
Besides McHugh, she also collaborated with a long list of esteemed pop composers, such as Jerome Kern, Fritz Kreisler, Sigmund Romberg, and more. Dorothy Fields died of a heart attack in N.Y.C. on March 28, 1974.
~ Joslyn Layne

1913
Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas
C&W vocals/guitar
d. March 5, 1963.
né: Lloyd Estel Copas.
died in plane crash with singer, Patsy Cline.

1898
Noel Gay, composer
b. Wakefield-Yorkshire, UK
d. March 4, 1954, London, UK
Noel Gay Willis born Reginald Moxon Armitage was one of the most successful British composers of popular music of the 1930s and 1940s.
He was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England and educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, London's Royal College of Music, and Christ's College, Cambridge. He then became music director and organist at St. Anne's Church in London's Soho district.
Whilst at Cambridge, Armitage's interest in musical comedy grew, and he began writing popular songs, using the stage name Noel Gay in order to avoid embarrassing the church authorities. After contributing to revues he was commissioned to write the score for the Charlot Show of 1926. His next show was Clowns In Clover, which starred Cicely Courtneidge and Jack Hulbert.
Gay's career quickly blossomed, due to his talent for writing catchy, popular melodies in styles ranging from music hall to operetta. He is the only composer besides Andrew Lloyd Webber to have had four shows running at the same time in London's West End.
His most famous show, Me and My Girl was originally performed at the Victoria Palace London, in 1937, starring Lupino Lane. Me And My Girl ran for a phenomenal 1,646 performances. It was revived again in 1952, and 1984, when it ran for eight years initially at the Haymarket theatre, Leicester and then at the Adelphi theatre in London, later going on tour throughout Britain, and transferring to Broadway. The show's showstopper, "The Lambeth Walk" has the distinction of being the only popular song to be the subject of a leader in The Times. In October 1938 one of its leaders read 'While dictators rage and statesmen talk, all Europe dances - to The Lambeth Walk.'
Gay went on to write songs for revues by The Crazy Gang, and for star artists like Gracie Fields, Flanagan and Allen and George Formby, penning popular World War II songs such as "Run Rabbit Run". After the war, his songwriting diminished, and he concentrated on production.
Noel Gay Artists, now one of the leading British showbusiness agencies was formed in 1950 by his son, Richard Armitage (born 1928) as a talent agency to supply singers to perform in Noel Gay hits.
1910
"Washboard Sam". washboard
b. Walnut Ridge, AR, USA.
Robert Brown (July 15, 1910 – November 6, 1966), known professionally as Washboard Sam, was an American blues singer and musician.
~Biography
Born in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, and reputedly the half-brother of Big Bill Broonzy, Brown moved to Memphis, Tennessee in the 1920s, performing as a street musician with Sleepy John Estes and Hammie Nixon. He then moved to Chicago in 1932, performing regularly with Broonzy, and appearing with him and other musicians including Memphis Slim and Tampa Red on innumerable recording sessions for Lester Melrose of Bluebird Records.
In 1935 he began recording in his own right for both Bluebird and Vocalion Records, becoming one of the most popular Chicago blues performers of the late 1930s and 1940s, selling numerous records and playing to packed audiences. Between 1935 and 1949 he recorded over 160 sides, including such popular numbers as "Mama Don't Allow", "Back Door" and "Diggin' My Potatoes." His strong voice and talent for creating new songs overcame his stylistic limitations.
By the 1950s, his audience began to shrink, largely because he had difficulty adapting to the new electric blues. His final recording session for RCA Victor was held in 1949, he retired from music for several years, and became a Chicago police officer. He recorded a session in 1953 with Broonzy and Memphis Slim, and made a modest but short-lived comeback as a live performer in the early 1960s.

He died of heart disease in Chicago, in November 1966, and was buried in an unmarked grave at the Washington Memory Gardens Cemetery in Homewood, Illinois.
A September 18, 2009 concert held by Executive Producer Steve Salter of the Killer Blues organization raised monies to place a headstone on Washboard Sam's grave. The show was a success and a headstone was placed in October 2009. The concert was held at the historic Howmet Playhouse Theater in Whitehall, Michigan and was recorded by Vinyl Wall Productions and filmed for television broadcast in the mid-Michigan area by a television crew from Central Michigan University. The concert featured musical artists Washboard Jo, R.B. and Co. and was headlined by the Big House Blues Band.



Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

1933.
Freddie Keppard, cornet/leader
died in Chicago, IL, USA.
1987.
Lee Gaines, bass vocals
died in Helsinki, Finland, USA.
Age: 73.
Member: 'Delta Rhythm Boys'
Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:



1921



Eubie Blake an his Shuffle Along Orchestra - Baltimore Buzz (Introducing "In Honeysuckle Time")

Eubie Blake an his Shuffle Along Orchestra Bandana Days (Introducing "I'm Just Wild About Harry")



1924



Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra

1926



Kiss Your Little Baby Goodnight

Paul Ash and his Orchestra - Oh! If I Only Had You



The Goofus Five

1927




Doc Cook and his 14 Doctors of Syncopation

The California Ramblers - Miss Annabelle Lee

The California Ramblers When Erastus Plays His Old Kazoo



1930



Henry Allen and His New York Orchestra

LYRICS:

MARY LOU
(Abe Lyman / J. Russel Robinson / George Waggner)

Mary Lou, Mary Lou
Cross my heart, I love you.
Every bell in the steeple is ready to ring
And all the people are planning pretty presents all for you.
Mary Lou
Won't you give me your promise true?
Why for miles around they're waiting
To start their celebrating
When you say "I do"
Mary Lou.


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