Tuesday

AUGUST 2ND




HAPPY BIRTHDAY HELEN MORGAN!!


BIRTHDAYS


1900
Helen Morgan, vocals
b. Danville, IL, USA.
d. October 9, 1941, Chicago, IL, USA. (liver ailment)
née: Helen Riggins A very renowned singer and actress who, during the 1920's and '30's, worked on Broadway and in New York nightclubs. She also starred in ten Hollywood films of the early sound era, including the first Hollywood isssue of Jerome Kern's historic play "Showboat".
Helen made her screen "debut" in the sound prologue to the 1929 part-talking film of "Show Boat", she sang the songs that she made famous in the original Broadway stage version, but didn't appear on the the screen (the role of Julie LaVerne was played silently by Alma Rubens) . But in 1936, Morgan finally got the chance to both act and sing the role of Julie in the first all-talking film version of "Show Boat". Unfortunately, it was her last film. She died (Alcoholism) just five years later. Her spouses were : Maurice Maschke, Jr. (1933 - 1935, divorced), and Lloyd Johnston (1941 - 1941, 'til her death).


2.
Born in Danville, Illinois, on August 2, 1900, Helen Riggins took the name Morgan in her childhood when her divorced mother remarried.
Various conflicting accounts of her entry into show business survive, but she apparently obtained some voice training, sang in speakeasies, and in 1920 got a job in the chorus of Florenz Ziegfeld's Sally.
More nightclub singing in Chicago and perhaps a beauty contest in Montreal led to a small role in George White's Scandals in 1925. In that year she had an engagement at Billy Rose's Backstage Club, where the crowded conditions obliged her to perch on her accompanist's piano, an informal touch that soon became a trademark.
1923
"Bixie" Crawford, vocals
b. Oklahoma City, OK, USA.
Sang with the Count Basie band.



1896
Anatie "Natty" Dominique, trumpet
b. New Orleans, LA, USA.
d. Aug. 30, 1982, USA.
In the 1920s, he recorded with "Jelly Roll" Morton and Johnny Dodds, et al, and even in the 1940s, he was still active and recorded with Dodds and Jimmy Noone. Very early on, he worked in Emmanuel Perez's Imperial Band (Perez taught him to play the trumpet). When WW1 ended, he went to Chicago and worked (2 years) with Jimmy Noone, then Carroll Dickenson's band for 4 years, and along with such N.O. Jazzmen as George Filhe and the Dodds brothers played various Chicago clubs. He eventally retired, became a 'redcap' at the Chicago airport, - but would occasionally play with the Dodds' and others. : ) 
Natty Dominique - Wikipedia
Red Hot Jazz Bio


1924
Joe Harnell, composer/arranger
b. New York (The Bronx), NY, USA.
Joe Harnell (August 2, 1924, The Bronx, New York City - July 14, 2005, Sherman Oaks, California) was an American easy listening composer and arranger.



1896
Lorenzo Herrera
Lorenzo Esteban Herrera (August 2, 1896 – 1960) is a Venezuelan singer and composer of the first half of the 20th century.



1915
Johnny Long, Leader/Left Handed-Fiddle
b. Parkersburg, W. VA
d. Oct. 31, 1972, Parkersburg, W. VA.
Johnny Long was an American violinist and bandleader, known as "The Man Who's Long on Music". He was raised on a farm in Newell, North Carolina, currently a subdivision of Charlotte. Wikipedia
1905
Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993) was an American actress. Trained as a dancer, she devoted herself fully to an acting career following a few minor roles in silent films. Originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp or a woman of Asian descent, her career prospects improved following her portrayal of Nora Charles in The Thin Man (1934). Her successful pairing with William Powell resulted in 14 films together, including five subsequent Thin Man films.

Myrna Loy - Wikipedia




1844
Polk "Pork" Miller, banjo
b. Burkeville, VA, USA.
Member: 'Old South Quartette'
Polk Miller was a Virginian slave-owner's son and Confederate army veteran who led the African-American vocal group the Old South Quartette, backing their spiritual and secular tunes with his banjo and guitar. 



1907
Andy Secrest
Trumpet-Cornet
b. Muncie, IN, USA
d. 1977
Biography ~ Eugene Chadbourne
Andy Secrest played in both jazz combos and studio orchestras from the '20s through the early '50s. He then left music to become a real estate agent, a move that places him firmly within the mini-grouping of players who have made the same career choice, some of whom may have been inspired by the lyrics to Col. Bruce Hampton's song entitled "Real Estate." This isn't the only category of players that Secrest fits into, either. The brass specialist often comes under observation as one of bandleader Paul Whiteman's long-term sidemen. As a result of the Whiteman connection, Secrest also makes the list of instrumentalists who get confused with other instrumentalists. In this case his non-doppelgänger is Frank Siegrist, who also played with Whiteman. 

 Secrest seems to have started his professional career in Cincinnati, working in an orchestra under the direction of Freda Sanker. For several years beginning in 1927, Secrest played both trumpet and cornet in the Jean Goldkette band at a ballroom in Kansas City. The association with Whiteman began shortly thereafter and lasted until 1932. The next move for Secrest was heading to California and the studios of Hollywood. He began working for studio bandleaders such as Victor Young, John Scott Trotter, and Billy Mills, and can be heard on many vintage recordings by Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, Anita O'Day, and others. Secrest was in the brass section of Ben Pollack's excellent band in the late '30s and also performed at jazz festivals on the West Coast during the '50s.
The Virtual Victrola: Andy Secrest Centenary



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Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


1911.
Robert Allen Cole, songwriter
died in Catskill, NY, USA.
1937.
RCA Victor recorded Benny Goodman and his quartet playing "Smiles".
Benny Goodman on clarinet, Lionel Hampton on vibes, Teddy Wilson on piano, and Gene Krupa on drums.
(DAMN! SUCH BIG STARS IN ONE ROOM!)


1977.
Clyde "Porkchop" Lasley, vocalist
died in Chicago, IL, USA.
Age: 61
Recorded for: "Bea & Baby Records"


Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:



1917

Frisco Jass Band - All I Need Is Just A Girl Like You
1926


University Six - I Ain't Got Nobody

Seattle Harmony Kings - Breezin' Along (With The Breeze)
1929


Fats Waller - Ain't Misbehavin'

1930




Red Nichols' Five Pennies - My Future Just Passed


1934



Lucille Bogan - Changed Ways Blues

Marion Harris - Singin' The Blues


1935



LYRICS:



Singin' The Blues

Oh, Daddy, I've been weepin'
Just like a willow tree
Without a wink of sleepin'
Where is your sympathy?
All is glad round the (???)
Since you said goodbye to me
Oh, I'm just singin' the blues
Til my Daddy comes home
The meanest feeling pursues
Since he left me all alone
For every blue strain cuts new pain
Right into my heart
And I just sigh at that cryin' part
It sure gets your nerves
When you hear yourself moan
If I got all I deserve
I wouldn't be here all alone
I wouldn't walk all night
And sit by the window in the candlelight
Singin' the blues
Till my Daddy comes home
I'm singin' the blues
Till my Daddy comes home
Don't know what else I can do
Since he left me here all alone
I watch & wait all night
Just sittin' by the window in the candlelight
Just singin' the blues
Till my Daddy comes home
Oh, Daddy



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