George Gershwin
b. Brooklyn, NY, USA
d. July 11, 1937, Beverly Hills, CA, USA.
Inoperable Brain Tumor. né: Jacob Gershowitz.
One of America's greatest Pop composers. It is interesting to note that his music is played by 'Jazz' musicians more than any other composer. His brother Ira (very) often did the lyrics. Essentially self-taught, he was first a song plugger in Tin Pan Alley and an accompanist. In his teens he began to compose popular songs and produced a succession of musicals from 1919 to 1933 (Lady, be Good! , 1924; Oh, Kay!, 1926; Strike up the Band, 1927; Funny Face, 1927; Girl Crazy, 1930); the lyrics were generally by his brother Ira (1896 1983).
In 1924 he became famous: he wrote Rhapsody in Blue as a concerto for piano and Paul Whiteman's jazz band.
Its success led him to devote increasing energy to 'serious' composition. His more ambitious works include the Piano Concerto in F (1925) and the tone poem An American in Paris (1928). But he contiuned composing for the musical theatre, and some of his most successful musicals (Strike up the Band, Girl Crazy, Of Thee I Sing ) date from this period.
In 1934-5 he wrote his 'American folk opera' Porgy and Bess, which draws on African-American idioms; given on Broadway, it was only a limited success. Gershwin went to Hollywood in 1936 and wrote songs for films. He was a sensitive songwriter of great melodic gifts and did much to create syntheses between jazz and classical traditions in his concert music and black folk music and opera in Porgy and Bess.

Vaughn De Leath vocals. 
d. 1943
Vaughn DeLeath, although forgotten today, was a household name in the 1920s. She was born in Mt. Pulaski, IL, in 1894 (according to her birth certificate -- most sources say 1896) and her origins in show business are obscure. However in 1921, she was in on the ground floor of radio, singing in Chicago over WJZ.

DeLeath's success on the air in the earliest days of radio was largely due to her endurance; able to accompany herself on banjo, ukulele, guitar, and piano, DeLeath could literally entertain for hours at a time when there was an excess of programming time and scant material to go on the air with.  
By 1923, DeLeath's power and popularity in radio grew to where she was the first woman executive in the medium, running WJZ and a small network of low power stations. This proved a bit much for even her considerable ability, and by 1925 DeLeath returned to performing full-time. She made her debut on recordings in 1922, and made dozens of records under her own name and a plethora of pseudonyms; most frequently as "Gloria Geer," but also as Mamie Lee, Sadie Green, Betty Brown, Nancy Foster, Marion Ross, Glory Clark, Angelina Marco, and Gertrude Dwyer. She literally appeared under one name or another for just about every record label active in the 1920s.

In 1928, DeLeath appeared on experimental television broadcasts, and in 1928 or 1929 DeLeath was the featured guest when the Voice of Firestone Radio Hour went on the air for the first time. For some time Vaughn DeLeath had billed herself as "the First Lady of Radio," and in 1931 DeLeath sued singer Kate Smith for co-opting this tag. Smith withdrew, instead using her other trademark "the Sweet Songbird of the South," although after Vaughn DeLeath died Smith resumed her use of "the First Lady" designation. It was a bittersweet victory, as after a final session for Eli Oberstein's Crown label in 1931, Vaughn DeLeath disappeared from entertainment altogether. Little is known about DeLeath's last decade, but it is a matter of record that at her death at age 48 the "First Lady of Radio" was living in poverty as an alcoholic.
Vaughn DeLeath is something of an acquired taste, as she sang in a low, reedy voice and sometimes favored mawkish, sentimental material. DeLeath claimed to have created the vocal style of crooning, as it registered better on early radio sets than did the high soprano voice in which she was trained. Her best-known recording over the years was probably the version of "The Man I Love" she sang with Paul Whiteman's Concert Orchestra for Columbia, however in 1999 her recording of "Ukulele Lady" was used in the film The Cider House Rules. On recordings where DeLeath accompanies herself, she demonstrates a high level of instrumental ability, and possesses an amazing vocal range.

On her (1923) recording of "Comin' Home" for the Plaza Music Company, DeLeath even scat sings a whole chorus, anticipating Louis Armstrong by almost a decade. Although jazz critics have never taken her work seriously, DeLeath must have been an astounding talent on radio in the days of crystal sets and cat's whiskers, and was a major talent within vaudeville-styled pop singing traditions. The jury is still out on the issue, yet Vaughn DeLeath may have had a minor, though significant, impact on the development of early jazz singing as well.

George Brazier
b. St. Louis, MO, USA.

Frank Crummit
Born: September 26, 1889, Jackson, OH

Died: September 7, 1943, New York City, NY 
Frank Crumit (September 26, 1889 – September 7, 1943) was an American singer, composer, radio entertainer and vaudeville star. He shared his radio programs with his wife, Julia Sanderson, and the two were sometimes called "the ideal couple of the air."
Crumit was born in Jackson, Ohio, the son of Frank and Mary (née Poore) Crumit. He made his first stage appearance at the age of five in a minstrel show.

Attending local schools, Crumit graduated from high school in 1907. After briefly attending an Indiana military academy, he entered Ohio University and later Ohio State University.[3] His primary purpose for entering Ohio University was to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, Dr. C. K. Crumit, who had been a medical doctor. He instead graduated from Ohio University with a degree in electrical engineering. This career did not last long, as his passion seemed to be music and the old ballads of the 19th century; his love of music and theater dated back to his early years in the Methodist Church choir and led him to pursue a musical career. He studied voice in Cincinnati and then tried out unsuccessfully for opera in New York City.
By 1913, in his early 20s, he was performing on the vaudeville stage, first with a trio and then a year later on his own, playing ukulele; he was referred to as "the one-man glee club" in New York City's night spots. He appeared in the Broadway musical Betty Be Good in 1918, where he was the first to play the ukulele on Broadway.
He was a success there and went on to Greenwich Village Follies of 1920, which featured his song, "Sweet Lady," written with David B. Zoob. Crumit began making records for American Columbia in 1919, using the acoustic or "horn" method of recording (he also occasionally added vocals and banjo to recordings by the Paul Biese Trio on the same label). By the end of 1923, Crumit was singing at Victor Talking Machine.
He met Julia Sanderson, then a musical comedy star, in 1922. Sanderson, 38, was sued for divorce in September of that year by her then-husband, U.S. Navy Lieut. Bradford Barnette, with Crumit, 33, named as co-respondent. Crumit was married to a Connecticut woman at the time.

Crumit and Sanderson were married in 1928, and they retired briefly to a country home near Springfield, Mass., but two years later they began working as a radio team, singing duets and engaging in comedy dialogues. The couple starred in Blackstone Plantation, which was broadcast on CBS (1929-1930) and on NBC (1930-1934). They performed as the "Singing Sweethearts of the Air."
In 1930, they continued with a popular quiz show, The Battle of the Sexes, which ran 13 years, Crumit and Sanderson drove from Massachusetts to New York City, a four-hour trip, twice a week to do their radio show. Their final broadcast was aired the day before Crumit's death from a heart attack in New York City on September 7, 1943.
Frank Crumit - Wikipedia

Gus Deloof, Trumpet
b. Brussels, Belgium
d. May 8, 1974 

Tommy Spike Doss, guitar/vocals
né: Lloyd Thomas Doss.
member: 'The Sons of The Pioneers'
The Sons of the Pioneers BIO

"Shug" Fisher, C&W Fiddle (Comedy)
Vocals/Songwriter/Synclavier/Upright Bass
b. Grady County, OK, USA, d. March 16, 1984. né: George Clinton Fisher.
Member: "Sons of the Pioneers" Character actor/singer, supporting player in countless film and TV westerns over a 40 year career. He began his career as a member of the legendary western vocal group Sons of the Pioneers .
Ted Weems, leader
b. Pitcairn, PA, USA.
d. May 6, 1963, Tulsa, OK, USA.
né: Wilfred Theodore Weymes Bandleader, violinist and trombonist Ted Weems and his orchestra were among the most popular attractions on the Midwest music circuit throughout the period separating the two World Wars, earning their greatest success with the novelty hit "Piccolo Pete." Weems was born September 26, 1901 in Pitcairn, PA; he organized his first band in 1922 with the aid of his trumpeter brother Art, and the following year they notched their first hit with "Somebody Stole My Gal." The orchestra moved to Chicago in 1929, and the Windy City remained their primary base of operations throughout their lengthy career. Although the Weems band frequently toured the vaudeville and ballroom circuits, they were perhaps best known for their regular radio appearances on hit programs including The Jack Benny Show and Fibber McGee and Molly.

In the wake of "Piccolo Pete," a major hit in 1929 (it soon spawned a sequel, "Harmonica Harry"), Weems and his orchestra enjoyed new popularity; any number of singers passed through their ranks, the most notable among them including future Hollywood star Marilyn Maxwell, Red Ingle and Art Jarrett. In 1935 the band welcomed a then-unknown Perry Como, who remained their featured vocalist until 1941, when Weems dissolved the group after he and many of his musicians joined the Merchant Marines to fight in World War II. In 1947 the reconstituted orchestra enjoyed an unlikely hit when their original 1933 recording of "Heartaches" became a favorite on a North Carolina station, with their promotional push eventually launching the song to national success. By the middle of the following decade Weems was working as a disc jockey in Memphis; he died in Tulsa, OK on May 6, 1963. 
~ Jason Ankeny 

Ted Weems - Wikipedia
Songwriters Hall of Fame

Nelson "Cadillac" Williams, Trumpet
b. Birmingham, AL, USA, d. 1973
Best recalled for his work with
Tiny Bradshaw's orchestra.

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

Emile Berliner patented a disk recording device
that made mass production of phonograph records

John Philip Sousa, "The King of Marches",
was introduced to the public in Plainfield, NJ, USA.
His band played the "Liberty Bell March".

An ad for the Edison Phonograph
appeared in The Saturday Evening Post,
offering buyers free records by both the
Democratic and Republican U.S.
presidential candidates!

Bessie Smith, vocals
died in Clarksdale, MS, USA.
Age: 43.
Called: 'The Empress Of The Blues'

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


American Quartet - Mysterious Rag
  • Honey Man
  • Mammy's Shuffling Dance


American Quartet
  • Its a Long Way to Berlin


Art Hickman and his Orchestra
  • Hold Me (Introducing: "Midnight Maid")
  • Patches


The Happy Six
  • Fancies
  • Yoo-Hoo


The Cotton Pickers - Just Hot

Bessie Smith - Cemetery Blues

Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra

Sara Martin - Cage Of Apes

Jules Herbuveaux and his Orchestra


Clarence Williams' Washboard Five

Harry Reser and his Orchestra


Jimmie Noone's Apex Club Orchestra
  • Satisfied
  • Through (How Can I Say We're Through?)

The California Ramblers - Love Ain't Nothin' But The Blues


Lee Morse and her Bluegrass Boys - When The Organ Played at Twilight


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra

Joe Sullivan


New Orleans Rhythm Kings
Red Norvo Swing Septet

Swing and Sway With Sammy Kaye
  • Tell Me With Your Kisses


Bob Zurke Delta Rhythm Band
Eddy Duchin and his Orchestra
  • Goody Goody

Orrin Tucker and his Orchestra
  • Stop! It's Wonderful

Louise Massey and Westerners
  • Ragtime Cowboy Joe


Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra

Enric Madriguera and his Orchestra - Brazil
  • A Million Times A Day


Gene Krupa and his Orchestra
  • Chickery Chick
  • Lover


(Barris / Clifford)

We've played the game of 'stay away'

But it costs more than I can pay
Without you I can't make my way
I surrender, dear
Little mean things we were doin'
Must have been part of the game
Lending a spice to the wound
Oh, but I don't care who's to blame
When stars appear and shadows fall
Why then you'll hear my poor heart call
To you my love, my life, my all
I surrender, dear
Oh, to you my love, my life, my all
I surrender, dear

It was winter in Manhattan
Falling snowflakes filled the air
The streets were covered with a film of ice
But a little simple magic that I'd heard about somewhere
Changed the weather all around, just within a trice
You bought me violets for my furs
And it was spring for a while, remember?
You bought me violets for my furs
And there was april in that december
The snow drifted on the flowers and melted where it lay
The snow looked like dew on the blossoms
As on a summer day
You bought me violets for my furs
And there was blue in the wintry sky
You pinned the violets to my furs
And gave a lift to the crowds passing by
You smiled at me so sweetly
Since then one thought occurs
That we fell in love completely
The day you bought me violets for my furs

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