Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy


Barclay Allen, Leader
b., d. dec. 7, 1966
Pianist and bandleader whose brilliant career was tragically cut short by an auto accident. Allen worked with Freddie Martin briefly in 1946 before forming his own group. He became popular for his Latin-esque theme song, ''Cumana,'' which he co-wrote with Harold Spina and Roc Hillman. In 1949 Allen was paralyzed when he lost control of his car while driving all night between performances.

Erhard Bauschke, Bandleader
b: Silesia Breslau, Germany
(after 1945, called Wroclaw, Poland).
d: Oct. 10, 1945, Frankfurt am Main Praunheim

Photo of Teddy Brannon Trio.
Humphrey J. "Teddy" Brannon
b. Moultrie, GA, USA
d. Feb. 24, 1989
Humphrey "Teddy" Brannon (September 27, 1916, Moultrie, Georgia - February 24, 1989, Newark, New Jersey) was an American jazz and blues pianist.
Brannon began on piano at age nine. He played in dance bands in high school and worked locally in nightclubs in Newark from 1937-42. From 1942 to 1945 he was a member of Benny Carter's ensemble, after which time he freelanced on 52nd Street in New York City. In the 1950s and 1960s Brannon worked in the studios with doo wop groups and played extensively in jazz idioms, including with Don Byas, Roy Eldridge, Buddy Rich, Bennie Green, Johnny Hodges, and Illinois Jacquet. He also accompanied singers such as Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, Billie Holiday, and Babs Gonzales, the last of which was Brannon's cousin.

John Carter, guitar
b. Nassau, Bahamas

Archie "Skip" Hall, Arranger/Piano
b. Portsmouth, VA, USA.
d. 1980
(Played with Buddy Tate Orch.)
Archie "Skip" Hall (September 27, 1909, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - November 1980, Ottawa, Canada) was an American swing jazz musician (piano, organ). Hall received music lessons from the age of eight by his father and later at the Martin Smith School in New York City. He initially appeared in Harlem from 1931 to 1938 and led a band in Cleveland. He was then in private practice in the 1940s as an arranger, including for Jay McShann (1940-1944).

During his military service in World War II, he led the 132nd Band, with which he was stationed in the UK. As a pianist, he then worked for many years with Buddy Tate, with whom he was in 1968 and in Europe. Hall also led his own groups, with whom he recorded 1949, at Two Left Feet / Skip a Page, which he recorded for Jamboree, he was playing with Tate, Buck Clayton, George Stevenson, Vincent Bair-Bey, Dave McRae, Walter Page and Herbert Lovelle. Next he can be heard on recordings of his brother Sy Oliver, but also with Clyde Bernhardt, Thelma Carpenter, Don Redman, Dicky Wells, Buck Clayton, Hot Lips Page, Wynonie Harris, Hot Lips Page and Charlie Shavers.

Joseph McCarthy, Lyricist.
Joseph McCarthy (born September 27, 1885 in Somerville, Massachusetts – died December 18, 1943 in New York City) was an American lyricist whose most famous songs include You Made Me Love You, and I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, based upon the haunting melody from the middle section of Chopin's "Fantasie Impromptu". He was a frequent collaborator of composers Harry Tierney (1890 - 1965) and Fred Fisher (1875 - 1942). He was the director of ASCAP from 1921 to 1929, and is not to be confused with infamous U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy (1908-57).
Music scores:
  • 1919 Irene (musical)
  • 1926 Irene (film)
  • 1930 Movietone Follies of 1930
Joseph McCarthy - at the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Joseph McCarthy - at the Internet Movie Database

Mary McCarty
b. Winfield, KS, USA.

Earl "Bud" Powell
b. New York, NY, USA.
d. July 31/Aug. 1, 1966, New York, NY, USA.
Age: 41.
One of the true giants of the big bands era, Powell changed the way that virtually all post-Swing era pianists play. Prior to Powell, a 'striding' left hand was considered to be "de riguer" for pianists. Powell did away with the left hand stride and instead used his left hand to state chords on an irregular basis. His right often played speedy single-note lines. In the early 1940s, Powell often played with his friend Thelonious Monk at jam sessions. Then, during 1943-'45, while a member of Cootie Williams' orchestra - he was severely beaten on the head by police in a racial incident. Powell never fully recovered and throughout the remainder of his life suffered from bad headaches and mental breakdowns.
During 1947-'51, he recorded for the Roost, Blue Note and Verve labels. He also composed such works as "Un Poco Loco", "Dance of the Infidels", "Tempus Fugit", "Hallucinations" (also known as "Budo"), and "Bouncing with Bud". His erratic behavior resulted in many lost opportunities. One story going around at the time had Charlie Parker supposedly telling Miles Davis that he would not hire Powell because "he's even crazier than me!". In 1951, Bud had a mental breakdown, and suffered electroshock treatments during his hospitalization. Still, his musical artistry during this period was extraordinary. He could, albeit intermittently, still play wonderfully, -most notably at the 1953 Massey Hall Concert. During 1959-'64, he was warmly welcomed in Paris, France. Yet even here, Powell spent part of 1962-'63 in the hospital. In 1964, Powell returned to New York city where he disappeared after a few concerts and did not live through 1966. He remains one of the finest Jazz pianists of all time.

Charley West, piano
b. Andalusia, AL, USA.

Vincent Youmans, composer
b. New York, NY, USA
d. April 5, 1946, Denver, CO USA. (Tuberculosis).
A famed composer of the '20s and '30s, Vincent Youmans wrote popular songs and became famous for his Broadway musical hits. Among his Broadway hit songs are "Who's Who With You," "Country Cousin" and "Oh Me, Oh My, Oh You."
Vincent Youmans' career began when he was four-years-old. He was born in New York to a hat chain owner and a housewife. His parents encouraged his musical genius when they gave him piano lessons at age four. His education took him to Trinity College, Heathcote Hall, and finally to Yale University where he studied engineering. With no interest in engineering, he dropped out of Yale. He then entered the U.S. Navy preparing musical shows for the troops. One of his songs was used by John Philip Sousa and renamed "Hallelujah" in 1927.
After his stint in the Navy, Youmans concentrated heavily on his musical career. His first Broadway hit "Who's Who With You" was performed in the 1918 show From Broadway to Piccadilly. In 1920 his song, "Country Cousin," was published and earned him a job at Harms Music as a pianist and songplugger. Youmans then worked with Victor Herbert, assisting him in rehearsing singers for his musicals. The experience he gained in his first two jobs made him one of many successful composers of his time.
In 1923 Youmans collaborated with Herbert Stothart for the musical The Wildflower. Another show for the duo, Mary Jane McKane, was unsuccessful in 1923 but garnered much musical success for Youmans under its 1925 title No, No Nanette. It featured the songs "Tea for Two" and "I Want to Be Happy." During the late '20s Youmans did several Broadway musicals including Oh, Please, Hit the Deck, Rainbow and Great Day.
Success came for Youmans with Flying Down to Rio. The cast included such film legends as Gene Raymond, Delores Del Rio, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. With hits such as "Carioca," "Music Makes Me," "Flying Down to Rio" and "Orchids in the Moonlight," it is no wonder Youmans, along with Edward Eliscu and Gus Kahn, earned a 1935 Oscar nomination for Best Music in the film.
Unfortunately, in 1933 Youmans contracted tuberculosis and entered a sanatorium in Colorado. After a few years he was able to leave and parted to Louisiana where he began to compose again. In 1943 he opened The Vincent Youmans Ballet Revue in Boston. The show was full of ballet, puppets, music and costumes. Not a rousing success, the show ended without playing New York City as Youmans planned.
In 1945 Youmans was forced to return to the Colorado sanatorium because of his failing health. At the age of 48 he died in Denver, Colorado. "Through the Years" was played at his funeral. A popular musical figure on the Broadway circuit, Vincent Youmans was also a member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.
~ Kim Summers

Mel Zelnick, drums
b. New York, NY, USA.
Among the Stars with whom Mel has played are Benny Goodman (his first 'fame'), Marion McPartland, Stan Getz, Les Elgart, Boyd Raeburn, "Chubby" Jackson, Pete Rugolo, Peggy Lee and Nat "King" Cole. In the 1940s and '50s, he worked as a Jazz musician, staff drummer in New York radio stations, and also worked in the the Paramount Theater Orchestra (NYC). In the '60s and '70s, he was a music store owner. In the '80s, Mel was the district manager for Slingerland Drums. And add to all this, he was Clare Willey's drummer for 20 years.

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

NBC radio debuted Waltz Time,
featuring the orchestra of Abe Lyman.
The program continued on the network
until 1948.

Harry Reser, Leader/banjo
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 69.

Charlie Monroe, Bluegrass guitar, died.
Age: 72.
Charlie was the brother of Bill Monroe, the father of 'Bluegrass'.
Bill invented the name, the style, and was the principal proponent
of that musical genre for most of the 20th century.

Edgar Williams, piano/trumpet
died in Detroit, MI, USA.
Age: 65.

Billy Bowen, vocals
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 70.
Member: 'The Ink Spots'.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Ted Lewis and his Band - Bee's Knees
  • Fate


Viola McCoy - Mistreatin' Daddy

Original Memphis Five - Last Night on the Back Porch - Chorus by Billy Jones


Ray Miller's Orchestra
  • Adoring You - From Ziegfeld's "Follies of 1924"
  • Doodle-Doo-Doo


  • Jackie Souders and his Orchestra
  • By the Alamo
  • Every Little Thing
  • I Never Knew What The Moonlight Could Do
  • Kiss Me And Then Say Goodbye


Jack Crawford and his Orchestra - Baltimore
  • Hurricane

Bessie Smith
A Good Man Is Hard To Find
Mean Old Bed Bug Blues

Harry Reser and his Orchestra
Joe Green's Novelty Marimba Band
  • That's My Girl

The California Ramblers

Eddie Lang - I'll Never Be The Same

Thelma Terry and Her Playboys

Joe Venuti's Blue Four/Five/Six


Memphis Jug Band - Feed Your Friend With a long Handle Spoon

Will Osborne and his Orchestra
  • Same Old Moon

Ben Pollack and His Park Central Orchestra - From Now On

Ben Pollack and His Park Central Orchestra You've Made Me Happy Today

Ray Ventura et ses Collegiens - I'm Doing What I'm Doing For Love


Anglo-Persians - Siboney
  • The Peanut Vendor


Isham Jones and his Orchestra
  • Was I Wrong?


Dorsey Brothers Orchestra - Sing (It's Good For You)


Dick Powell

  • By a Waterfall


Louis Prima and his Gang
Benny Goodman and his Orchestra

  • Goodbye - (Benny's out-theme)

Roy Newman and his Boys


Ted Weems and his Orchestra
  • Darling, Not Without You
  • Picture Me Without You
  • Rainbow On The River - Vocal Refrain by Perry Como
  • (Trouble Ends) Out Where The Blue Begins


I'll Never Be The Same
~Matty Malneck / Frank Signorelli / Gus Kahn

I'll never be the same
Guys have lost their meaning for me
I'll never be the same
Nothin's what it once used to be
And when the song birds that sing
Tell me it's spring
I can't believe their song
Once love was king
But kings can be wrong
I'll never be the same
There is such an ache in my heart
I'll never be the same
Since we're apart
But there's a lot that a smile can hide
And I know deep down inside
I'll never be the same
Never be the same again

The Peanut Vendor

In Cuba, each merry maid

Wakes up with this serenade

Peanuts! They're nice and hot

Peanuts! I sell alot

If you haven't got bananas, don't be blue

Peanuts in a little bag are calling you

Don't waste them, no tummy ache

You'll taste them when you awake

For at the very break of day

The peanut vendor's on his way

At dawning that whistle blows

Through ev'ry city, town, and country lane
You'll hear him sing his plaintive little strain
And as he goes by to you he'll say:
"Big jumbos, big double ones
Come buy those peanuts roasted today
Come try those freshly roasted today!"
If you're looking for a moral to this song
Fifty million little monkeys can't be wrong
In Cuba, his smiling face
Is welcome most ev'ry place
Peanuts! They hear him cry
Peanuts! They all reply
If you're looking for an early morning treat
Get some double jointed peanuts good to eat
For breakfast or dinner time
For supper, most anytime
A merry twinkle in his eye
He's got a way that makes you buy
Each morning that whistle blows
The little children like to trail along
They love to hear the peanut vendor's song
They all laugh with glee when he will say
"They're roasted, no tiny ones
They're toasted, peanuts in the shell
Come buy some, I eat more than I sell!"
If an apple keeps the doctor from your door
Peanuts ought to keep him from you ever more
In Cuba, each merry maid
Wakes up with this serenade
Peanuts! They're nice and hot,
Peanuts! I sell alot,
"Peanuts! We'll meet again
Peanuts! This street again
Peanuts! You'll eat again
Your peanut man."
That Peanut man's gone
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