Happy Birthday 
Slam Stewart!


Slim & Slam
Leroy Elliott "Slam" Stewart, bass
b. Englewood, NJ, USA.
d. Dec. 10, 1987, Binghamton, NY, USA.
Part of the team of "Slim" Gaillard and "Slam" Stewart. "Slam" got that fascinating tone by humming along an octave apart while bowing his Bass. He got the idea while studying at the Boston Conservatory when he heard Ray Perry huming along with the violin. In 1936 Stewart was with Peanuts Holland's band, but the following year he and guitarist/singer/comedian Slim Gaillard formed a duet team which calling themselves "Slim and Slam." They recorded a tune called "Flat Foot Floogie" (Bud Green composer) which became such a huge hit and that it kept them working as a team into the early '40s.

After the team's dissolution, Stewart went on to play with Art Tatum's trio, was featured on records with the Benny Goodman Sextet, Red Norvo and Lester Young, and led his own group, - which for a period featured the up-and-coming pianist Erroll Garner. At a 1945 Town Hall concert, Stewart performed a couple of stunning duets with tenor saxophonist Don Byas. He later worked with other groups headed by pianist Billy Taylor, Trumpeter Roy Eldridge, and guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and many others. He also appeared with The Newport All-Stars and even recorded two albums with bassist Major Holley (who also "bowed and hummed" but in unison).

Del Courtney, bandleader
Del was bandleader for the King Sisters TV show [ Del Courtney Orch. ]
b: ??Sept. 22, 1910, Oakland, CA, USA. (still very active in 2002)
d: Feb 11th, 2006
Born in Oakland California in 1910, and who would become one of the biggest name bands in the "city across the bay", San Francisco. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, he formed his first band at the Claremont Hotel in 1933. His popularity in the bay area was unequaled, earning various record deals and radio show contracts, (The Kodak Camera Show, for example) often with large cash advances. He first toured the hotels and ballrooms of Seattle in the mid 1930's, and though it was less than commercially successful, he returned to California with some popularity. He recorded regularly and packed local hotel ballrooms with his simple and sweet melodies.
In 1938, his orchestra was heard on local radio remote broadcast from the Rainbow Room of the New Kenmore Hotel in Albany, New York. Joe Martin was the vocalist on "Sometimes I'm Happy", and other tunes. The crowds came well into the 1940's! The bands most notable songs include the, "An Apple for the Teacher," "Monstro the Whale," "The Singing Hill" with vocals by Joe Martin and "Hawaiian War Chant." In 1944, the M. M. Cole publishing company brought out a book of Boogie Woogie Tunes transcribed for piano by Courtney. Unbelievably, Del included "Boogie" versions of "Il Bacio", "Turkey in the Straw", and "The Skater's Waltz".
In the 1950's he recorded two long playing albums that were real received, Dancing 'Till Daybreak and The Bay Area At Night. By the late 1940's, Del was touring again, with much better luck. The band played the New Yorker and Ambassador Hotels in New York, Edgewater and Stevens in Chicago, the Roosevelt in New Orleans, the Royal Hawaiian in Honolulu and their longest engagement, which was the famous Blackhawk Restaurant in Chicago, where the band played for thirty-two weeks. However, the band always returned to San Francisco and their loyal fans.
After the end of the band era, Del Courtney opened a television dealership in Oakland, CA, and also worked on KSFO radio as a disc jockey. Actually, during 1965, KSOL, which was formerly KSAN, was a "Top 40 station" featuring popular rock-and-roll music, and was in fact owned by Lee Malloy and Del Courtney, both, by that time, well known San Francisco entertainers. Courtney's desire to lead a band never left him, he soon led a new band while working on radio.
In the 1970's he led the band for the Oakland Raiders Football Team. Rollanda Lee may have been the vocalist with the band at that time. The Courtney band was led by various musicians when Del took time off to work on TV (The King Family Show), and during his vacations in Hawaii. In Feb. 20, 1986, Courtney's orchestra was playing for a Tea Dance at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii, when when Dave Brubeck walked in and sat in with the band for a couple of numbers, "Take Five" and "Take the 'A' Train." Courtney and Brubeck were old pals -- fraternity brothers (Rho Lambda Phi) at the University of the Pacific. (Brubeck's brother, Henry, had played drums in an early Courtney orchestra.) His ghost band still performs at the Hyatt in San Francisco, and currently --2002 -- at 92 years of age, Del still appears with his band at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu.

Ted Daffan, C&W songwriter/leader
b. Beauregard Parish, LA, USA 
d. Oct. 6, 1996.
né: Theron Eugene Daffan.
Daffan originally owned a Houston, Texas musical instrument repair shop, before "Western Swing" bandleader Milton Brown persuaded him to close the shop and to become a performer. Very soon afterwards, he began composing a string of hit "Western" songs. His first song, "Truck Drivin' Blues," was such a big hit for bandleader Cliff Bruner, that it enabled Daffan to form his own band ("The Texans"). In the 1940s, he composed "Worried Mind", and "Born To Lose," among others. By the 1960s, was no longer composing tunes. He, and his good friend, C&W star Hank Snow had formed a successful Music publishing company in Nashville, TN. Eventually, Daffan retired and returned to his home in Houston, Texas. It is interesting to note that his "Truck Drivin' Blues" became the prototype of all the subsequent C&W "Truck Drivin'"songs that followed.

Ted Daffan

Yvonne King , vocals
né: Yvonne Driggs - another King Sisters Best recalled for their work with the Alvino Rey Orchestra.

Papa Jack Laine
Birth name: George Vital "Papa Jack" Laine
Also known as: Papa Jack Lain
Born: September 21, 1873, New Orleans
Origin: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: June 1, 1966 (aged 92), Jackson, Louisiana
Genres: Rag-time, Traditional jazz, Jazz, Blues, Marching band

Instruments:  cornet

George Vital "Papa Jack" Laine (September 21, 1873 – June 1, 1966) was an American musician and a pioneering band leader in New Orleans in the years from the Spanish-American War to World War I.[1] He is often credited with being instrumental in the development of jazz music as his Reliance Brass Band was the first to fuse European, African and Latin music together. The earliest jazz musicians can be traced back to playing within the Reliance Brass Band or being influenced from those who had.
Many of the New Orleans musicians who first spread jazz around the United States in the 1910s and 1920s got their start in Laines band, including the members of the Original Dixieland Jass Band. Laine was a drummer, but was more noted for his skills at arranging and booking bands. Laine's musicians included individuals from most of New Orleans' many ethnic groups such as African American, English, French, German, Italian, Jewish, Latin American, Scottish etc. Laine started leading bands in 1885 before the Jim Crow laws went into effect in New Orleans. Due to the diverse background of many of his bands members such as their cultural background, socioeconomic status, age variations from young to old as well as musical experience (some having none at all) a broad range of ideas were developed and fused together leading to the early beginnings of jazz music.

Even after segregation laws started demanding "whites" and "colored" be kept separate, Laine continued to hire light- and medium light-skinned African-American musicians, claiming that they were "Cuban" or "Mexican" if any segregationist tried to start trouble. As such his band attracted a large and diverse group of people such as Mexican clarinetist Lorenzo Tio Sr who was a pioneer of the jazz solo. Laine believed music brought people together.

Laine retired from the music booking business by 1920, but he was interviewed a number of times, providing first hand accounts of the early days of the development of New Orleans jazz. He had hired well over 100 musicians to play in his bands, including the following:
  • Chink Martin Abraham
  • Achille Baquet
  • Abbie Brunies
  • George Brunies
  • Merrit Brunies
  • Richie Brunies
  • Emile Christian
  • Frank Christian
  • Johnny Dedroit
  • Eddie Edwards
  • Marcus Kahn
  • Nick LaRocca
  • Ray Lopez
  • Arnold Loyacano
  • Joe Loyacano
  • Leonce Mello
  • Gussie Mueller
  • Alcide Nunez
  • Dave Perkins
  • Alphonse Picou
  • Harry Shannon
  • Larry Shields
  • Henry Ragas
  • Tony Sbarbaro
  • Ragbaby Stephens
Papa Jack Laine Biography by Scott Yanow

Frank H. Orchard, Dixieland-oriented trombonist/violin/banjo/tuba
b. Chicago, IL, USA.
d. Dec 27, 1983.
(Note: some sources show Aug. 21, 1914, and some show Sept. 21, 1914, as date of birth.)
In the 1940s, Orchard became a part of New York city's 'Dixieland' scene working with Jimmy McPartland, Bobby Hackett, Max Kaminsky, Wingy Manone, Joe Marsala and the Eddie Condon gang. He also recorded with a group headed by the wonderful pianist Willie "The Lion" Smith. In the mid-1950s, he first moved to Dayton, OH, and eventually to St. Louis, MO. In the 1960s, he returned to New York city, where, from 1970-'71,.worked regularly at Jimmy Ryan's club, and then worked with Billy Butterfield in 1979. Sadly, Orchard never led his own recording date.

Thomas Charles "Tommy" Potter, bass
b. Philadelphia, PA, USA.
d. 1988 (Played with Charlie Parker.)

Bill Reinhardt, clarinet/french horn
b. Chicago, IL, USA.
d. Jan. 23, 2001.
Age: 92.
Early in his career, he recorded (in Chicago) with Wingy Manone (possibly the Sept. 4, 1928 date credited to Wade Foster with Bud Freeman and Gene Krupa on the Brunswick label). After relocating to New York, he met Joe and Marty Marsala, then playing at the Hickory House on 52nd Street, and soon after recorded with Marty. Bill also led his own Jazz group in New Rochelle (NY) with Joe Mooney on piano. During this period, Bill's clarinet was heard at many of the smaller New York Jazz Clubs, such as the Nut Club, Club 18, and Nick's (in Greenwich Village, with Frank Orchard, tb; and Danny Alvin, dms).
He met his first wife, Ruth Sato (whom newspaper columnist Walter Winchell once described as "a Japanese doll with brains"). Ruth had performed with dance Fred Astaire and comedian Milton Berle. She and Bill were married in Norfolk, VA, USA, after Bill had joined the U. S. Navy, during WWII. In 1945, Bill was mustered out of the navy. On June 11, 1947, he and Ruth, opened their own club, "Jazz, Ltd" (at 11 East Grand in Chicago). The tiny club (it only held 85 people) found almost-immediate success. Bill played clarinet in the club band (he couldn't get Omer Simeon). Subsequently, other clarinetists played at the club including Edmund Hall, Frank Chace, Pete Fountain, Darnell Howard, Bob Schroeder, Bobby Gordon, and Chuck Hedges.
On August 25, 1948, Sidney Bechet played at 'Jazz, Ltd' and would continue to play there for a total of 11 months over a two-year period. On January 12, 1949, trumpeter Muggsy Spanier played the club, and also appeared on and off for 15 months over the next two years. (Muggsy met his wife, writer and publicist Ruth O'Connell at the club.) Some of the famous people who visited the club included comedian Bert Lahr, actress Tallulah Bankhead Dan Daily, Nelson Algren, Jan Sterling, Miguel Covarrubias, and poet Carl Sandburg. The club closed February 26, 1972. After the death of his first wife, Bill married Patricia, on September 23, 1994. In Feb. 1998, while taking his daily 'constitutional', Bill was mugged suffering a fractured pelvis and knife cut. He did recover from that, and lived to age 92 when he died in 2001.

Jay Stone Toney, vocals
b. Columbia, TN, USA.
Member: 'The Southernaires', a gospel music vocal group comprised of Homer Quincy Smith, Lowell Peters, Jay Stone Toney, William Edmondson.

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

Trixie Smith, vocals
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 48.
Bo Carter, Blues guitar/vocals
died in Memphis, TN, USA.
Age: 71.
né: Armenter Chatmon
b. Mar. 21, 1893, Bolton, MS, USA).

Babe Stovall, guitar
died in New Orleans, LA, USA.
Age: 66.
Babe Stovall

Walter Brennan
Character actor/singer
died Oxnard, CA, USA.

"Symphony Sid", DJ
died in Miami, FL, USA.
Age: 75.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


  • Moon Winks (3 step)
  • Dainty Dolly Two Step
  • Southern Beauties Rag


Peerless Quartet - He's A Rag Picker


Benson Orchestra of Chicago - Chili Bean Introducing: "I Told You So"

Benson Orchestra of Chicago Railroad Blues


Johnny Dunn's Original Jazz Hounds - Four O'Clock Blues

Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra


Manhattan Merrymakers
  • Songs of Yesterday Medley Fox Trot No. 1 "On San Francisco Bay" - "She Was Bred in Old Kentucky" -"In Dear Old Georgia" - "My Old New Hampshire Home"

Bessie Smith - Jail-House Blues - Jimmy Jones at the Piano


The Get Happy Band - On The Puppy's Tail
Original Indiana Five

Whispering Jack Smith

Whispering Jack Smith - Cecelia


Isham Jones and his Orchestra
Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers

Colonial Club Orchestra (Haring orch.) Are You Lonesome Tonight (voc. Vaugn DeLeath)

Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra

Bix Beiderbecke and his Gang
Fred Hall and his Sugar Babies
  • (I Like What She Likes She Likes What I Like) Ev'rything We Like We Like Alike
  • It Goes Like This

Colonial Club Orchestra (Haring orch.)
  • Where the Shy Little Violets Grow

Herb Gordon hotel Adelphia Orchestra
  • Jo Anne

Cliff Edwards - Good Little Bad Little You
  • Roses of Yesterday
  • Just A Night For Meditation

Ray Miller's Orchestra - Anything You Say - Vocal refrain by Harry Maxfield
  • If I Had You

Ted Weems and his Orchestra
  • Come On, Baby!

Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra

Slatz Randall and his Orchestra - I'd Do Anything for You

Ipana Troubadors (s.lanin orch.)
  • You're My Only Sweetheart


Cab Calloway and his Orchestra - Hot Toddy


Harry Reser's Syncopators - When You Were The Girl on the Scooter

Cab Calloway and his Orchestra

Alberta Hunter vocal with 
Jack Jackson and His Orchestra
(Rec'd: London, England)

Ben Pollack and his Pick-A-Rib Boys


Mills Brothers

Miss Otis Regrets

Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today, madam,
Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today.
She is sorry to be delayed, but last evening down in 
Lover's Lane she strayed, madam,
Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today.
When she woke up and found that her dream of love was gone, madam,
She ran to the man who had led her so far astray,
And from under her velvet gown,
She drew a gun and shot her love down, madam,
Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today.
When the mob came and got her and dragged her from the jail, madam,
They strung her upon the old willow across the way,
And the moment before she died,
She lifted up her lovely head and cried, madam......
Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today.
Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today

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