Happy Birthday LaVerne Andrews!


LaVerne Andrews, Singer
b. Minneapolis, MN, USA.
d. May 8, 1967, Brentwood, CA, USA.
née;: Laverne Sophie Andrews.
Member: "Andrews Sisters", one of the most successful female vocal groups of all time. In 1933, the girls began their professional career touring with the Larry Rich vaudeville troupe. Six months later, when the troup broke up, the sisters took whatever singing jobs they could get to earn a living. In 1936, they finally landed a steady job with Leon Belasco's society orchestra. It was with Belasco where they first met arranger Vic Schoen, who would later become their musical director. Among their many world-wide hits are "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon," (a 1937 novelty tune originally recorded as a B-side).
During World War II, some of their most memorable hit tunes included "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree", and "I'll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time." With the end of World War II, their popularity began to wane, though they contined recording, often with other well-known artists, like Danny Kaye, Guy Lombardo and Carmen Miranda.
In 1953, the group split up, with Patty going solo. In 1956, they briefly re-united and re-recorded some of their old hits for Capitol Records, along with some newer material. In the early '60s, they recorded for Dot Records. In 1966, Laverne left the group due to illness, and died in 1967 (cancer). Maxene and Patty continued working together until 1968, when Maxene retired with Patty continuing her solo career. Maxene died in 1996.

Will D. Cobb, lyricist
July 6, 1876 in Philadelphia
d. January 20, 1930 in New York
Will D. Cobb was a famous lyricist and composer. He had a writing partnership with Ren Shields that produced many popular musicals and musical comedies.
Will D. Cobb - Wikipedia
Will D. Cobb

Louis Vola
Born July 6 1902, La Seyne-sur-Mer, France
Died August 15, 1990 Paris, France
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Poet, Artist
Louis Vola (born 6 July 1902 in La Seyne-sur-Mer, France, died in Paris on 15 August 1990), was a French double-bassist famous for his work with the Quintette du Hot Club de France.
As well as the Hot Club de France, Vola (the second syllable is stressed) played bass for Ray Ventura, Duke Ellington and singer Charles Trenet. He was also an accomplished accordionist.

In 1934 he was a founding member of the Quintette du Hot Club de France. In a 1976 interview, Vola recalled that he discovered Joseph and Django Reinhardt playing guitars together on a beach at Toulon. Vola invited them to jam with his band. Violinist Stephane Grappelli and guitarist Roger Chaput were members of Vola's jazz ensemble. Vola later left the Quintette but eventually rejoined. Obviously overshadowed by Stephane Grapelli and Django Reinhardt, Vola's contribution to the famous Quintette’s sound tends to be underestimated.


Keep (it) Swinging: Louis Vola: bass player and bandleader

Louis Vola; Legendary Jazz Bassist - Los Angeles Times

Jack Yellin, lyricist
d. 1991
~by Joslyn Layne

Pop lyricist Jack Yellen was most active during the 1920s and '30s, composing scores with songwriting partner Milton Ager for Broadway and later writing screenplays for Hollywood. 

Born in Poland in 1892, Yellen came to the U.S. at the age of five and eventually attended the University of Michigan. After graduation, he worked for a short time as a N.Y. newspaper reporter before taking up songwriting in the early '10s. 

He started out writing for vaudevillian Sophie Tucker and came up with one of her biggest hits in 1935, "My Yiddish Momme."

Yellen eventually ended up co-owner of the publisher Ager-Yellen-Bernstein Music Company. Just a few of the many Broadway musicals he scored are What's in a Name? (1920), Rain or Shine (1928), You Said It (1931), and Boys and Girls Together (1940).

In addition to mainly collaborating with Milton Ager, Yellen worked with other composers like Lew Pollack and Sammy Fain.

Some of his most successful and enduring songs include "Hard Hearted Hannah," "Alabama Jubilee," "Cheatin' on Me," "I Wonder What's Become of Sally," "Ain't She Sweet," "Happy Days Are Here Again," and "Sing, Baby, Sing." Yellen later wrote numerous screenplays for Hollywood, a few of which are Pig-Skin Parade, Love Is News, Wake Up and Live, and many more. During the 1950s and '60s, Yellen again took up songwriting for Sophie Tucker.

Jack Yellen - Wikipedia
Jack Yellin

Notable Events Occurred
On This Date Include:


Benny Goodman orchestra recorded Sing, Sing, Sing.
(Victor) Gene Krupa, Ziggy Elman and Harry James
were present.


Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong died.
Rest In Peace Louis.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


All Star Trio and their Orchestra
  • Mimi (Mee-Mee) (Vocal refrain - Billy Murray)


Edna Hicks - Bleeding-Hearted Blues
Bennie Krueger and his Orchestra
  • Love (My Heart Is Calling You)
  • Mad


Saxi Holtsworth's Harmony Hounds
  • A New Kind Of Man
  • Charleston Cabin


Clara Smith and her Jazz Band


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra - My Blue Heaven


Johnny Dodd's Washboard Band - Blue Washboard Stomp

Johnny Dodd's Washboard Band - Bucktown Stomp

  • Bull Fiddle Blues

Johnny Dodd's Washboard Band - Weary City

Miff Mole and his (Little) Molers - Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble
  • Windy City Stomp

Clara Smith

Lonnie Johnson - Home Wreckers Blues
  • Hell Is A Name For All Sinners


"Love in Bloom", sung by Bing Crosby
with Irving Aaronson's orchestra,
recorded: Brunswick Records in Los Angeles.
"Love in Bloom" was introduced by Bing in the movie She Love's Me Not. He recorded the song July 5, 1934, and it rose to No. 1 on the charts, where it stayed for six weeks. It's one of Bing's biggest hits ever, yet most people today associate the song with Jack Benny instead of Bing. According to Benny: 
"One night Mary and I were in this supper club and the band asked me to join them for their next number. I borrowed a fiddle and, just following the sheet music, I played 'Love in Bloom.' I guess it sounded pretty funny, the violin playing, I mean, not the tune! My spontaneous performance turned up being written about in some column, with the writer wisecracking that 'Jack Benny playing 'Love in Bloom' sounded like a breath of fresh air ... if you liked fresh air...' The following week, Mary and I went to another club. As we entered , the orchestra leader started playing 'Love in bloom.' Obviously, he had seen the item in the paper. The thing just caught on, so I decided to adopt it as my theme song. Let's face it, it's also a pretty easy tune to play on the fiddle. I love it from that aspect, but actually 'Love in Bloom' has nothing to do with a comedian. I mean, 'Can it be the breeze that fills the trees with rare and magic perfume ...' sounds more like it should be the theme song of a dog -- not a comic!" (Mary Livingstone Benny, Jack Benny, p71) 
"Love in Bloom" was the first Oscar-nominated song that Bing introduced in his movies, but after Benny fiddled it to death perhaps Bing regretted having done so.

(Robin, Rainger)

Blue nights and you
Alone with me.
My heart has never known such ecstasy.

Am I on earth?

Am I in Heaven?

Can it be the trees

That fill the breeze

With rare and magic perfume?

Oh no, it isn't the trees

It's love in bloom.

Can it be the spring

That seems to bring

The stars right into this room

Oh no, it isn't the spring

Its love in bloom.

My heart was a desert
You planted a seed
And this is the flower
This hour of sweet fullfillment.
Is it all a dream, a joy supreme
That came to us in the gloom?
You know it isn't a dream
It's love in bloom.
My heart was a desert
But you planted a seed
And this is the flower
This hour of sweet fullfillment.
Is it all a dream, a joy supreme
That came to us in the gloom?
You know it isn't a dream
It's love in bloom.

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