Tommy Dorsey, trombone/leader
b. Shenandoah, PA, USA.
d. Nov. 26, 1956, Greenwich, CT, USA.
Age: 51.
Tommy was almost 2 years younger than brother Jimmy (reeds). In early 1920s, they first played with the Scranton Sirens orch. In 1925 they joined the California Ramblers Orch. They went on to play with Jean Goldkette and Paul Whiteman Orchestras. Began recording under their own names in 1928. Formed a touring band in 1934. Tommy Quit the Dorsey Bros band in 1935. They were re-united in 1950s. Tommy died 1 week after his 51st birthday.
Radio Hall of Fame - Tommy Dorsey, Music/VarietyTommy Dorsey 

Blue Barron, bandleader
b. Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Blue Barron led one of the most popular sweet bands of the swing era, forging a two-decade career built upon his orchestra's credo, "music of yesterday and today, styled the Blue Barron way." Born Harry Friedland in Cleveland on March 22, 1911, he played violin in a campus band while attending Ohio State University but first pursued a career in music management, not performing. After a brief stint managing the young Sammy Kaye, Friedland changed course in 1936, adopting the moniker Blue Barron and founding his own big band. Favoring a slick, brassy sound that prompted some critics to lump them in with the so-called "Mickey Mouse bands," Barron's orchestra was nevertheless enormously popular with audiences. According to Russ Carlyle, the group's first featured vocalist, "We introduced a song by singing an old song that had something to do with the number we were going to play," hence the "music of yesterday and today" motto.

Following the success of its 1938 RCA hit "At a Perfume Counter," the Barron band became a New York ballroom mainstay and spent much of the 1940s headlining the Edison Hotel, headquarters of its coast-to-coast radio broadcasts. In the wake of cutting the orchestra's hit theme song, "Sometimes I'm Happy," Carlyle exited in 1941, making way for vocalist Clyde Burke. Soon after, Barron was drafted to serve with the U.S. Army Airborne Division during World War II, naming singer Tommy Ryan to assume bandleader duties until his return. Following Barron's return from duty, in 1949 he scored his biggest hit with the chart-topping "Cruisin' Down the River." However, the big-band era was by now drawing to a close, although he kept the orchestra afloat until 1956. After a subsequent career in real estate management, Barron died in Baltimore on July 16, 2005; he was 91.
~ Jason Ankeny

Blue Barron - Wikipedia
Blue Barron, 91, Big-Band Leader, Dies - The New York Times

Sheet Music - Bud Green
Bud Green, Songwriter
b: Austria
d: Jan. 2, 1981, Yonkers, NY, USA.
Age: 84.
Best known song: "Flat Foot Floogie"
Lyricist Bud Green was born in Austria on November 19, 1897; raised primarily in the U.S., he scored his first major hit in 1924 with "Alabamy Bound," a collaboration with B.G. DeSylva and Ray Henderson. In 1928, Green began a hugely successful partnership with composer Sam Stept, inaugurated with Helen Kane's hit "That's My Weakness Now." Writing primarily for Hollywood in the years to follow, the duo generated an impressive series of popular favorites, including "Love Is a Dreamer," "The Wearing of the Green," "When They Sang," "The World Is Yours and Mine," "There's a Tear for Every Smile in Hollywood," "For the Likes of You and Me," "Liza Lee," "Do Something," and "I'll Always Be in Love With You."
Apart from Stept, Green paired with composer Michael Edwards for the 1937 hit "Once in a While," teaming with Slim Gaillard and Slam Stewart the following year for "Flat Foot Floogee." His biggest hit, however, remains "Sentimental Journey," the 1944 standard authored with Ben Homer and bandleader Les Brown. Green died in Yonkers, NY, on January 2, 1981.
~ Jason Ankeny

Willie Anderson "Smokey" Hogg, guitar
b. Centerville, TX, USA.
Worked with singer Victoria Spivey. Smokey Hogg was a rural bluesman navigating a postwar era infatuated by R&B, but he got along quite nicely nonetheless, scoring a pair of major R&B hits in 1948 and 1950 and cutting a thick catalog for a slew of labels (including Exclusive, Modern, Bullet, Macy's, Sittin' in With, Imperial, Mercury, Recorded in Hollywood, Specialty, Fidelity, Combo, Federal, and Showtime).
During the early '30s, Hogg, who was influenced by Big Bill Broonzy and Peetie Wheatstraw, worked with slide guitarist Black Ace at dances around Greenville, TX. Hogg first recorded for Decca in 1937, but it was an isolated occurrence -- he didn't make it back into a studio for a decade. Once he hit his stride, though, Hogg didn't look back. Both his chart hits -- 1948's "Long Tall Mama" and 1950's "Little School Girl" -- were issued on Modern, but his rough-hewn sound seldom changed a whole lot no matter what L.A. logo he was appearing on. Hogg's last few sides were cut in 1958 for Lee Rupe's Ebb label.
Smokey's cousin John Hogg also played the blues, recording for Mercury in 1951.
~ Bill Dahl

Frederic H. "Keg" Johnson, Trombone
b. Dallas, TX, USA.
d. 1967.
Studied music with daughter of Booker T. Washington, and also worked with Lucky Millinder Orch.The older brother of saxophonist Budd Johnson, Keg Johnson's tone was a bit weak but he could be a fluent soloist. He played several instruments (including cornet which he learned from his father) before settling on the trombone. Keg and Budd worked together in local bands in Texas in the late 1920's including the Blue Moon Chasers, William Holloway's Merrymakers, Ben Smith's Blue Syncopators and Terrence Holder's 12 Clouds Of Joy. He was with Jesse Stone in 1929, traveling to Kansas City where he joined George E. Lee. During the next couple of years Johnson had short stints with bands led by Grant Moore, Eli Rice, Jabbo Smith, Cassino Simpson, Ralph Cooper and Eddie Mallory.
The trombonist played in Chicago with Louis Armstrong (with whom he recorded) and in 1933 moved to New York. Johnson was with the orchestras of Benny Carter (1933-34) and, Fletcher Henderson (1934) before spending a long period with Cab Calloway (1935-48). After leaving Calloway, Johnson worked with Lucky Millinder (1948-50) and Eddie Wilcox (1951) before moving to California. He played with Benny Carter and for a short time with Duke Ellington (1953) and then became a part-time player in order to work as a house decorator. Johnson still gigged now and then, often on guitar (including with Wardell Gray). In the late 1950's he moved back to New York and became more active in music, working with Eddie Barefield (1959), recording with Gil Evans in 1960 and for much of his last few years (starting in 1961) he was a member of Ray Charles' big band before he died unexpectedly. Keg Johnson never led his own record date but he can be heard in fine form during his period with Louis Armstrong
~ Scott Yanow

Andre Paul Stephane "Andy" Pesiany (né: Persiani)
Piano, b. Paris, France, d. Jan. 3, 2004.
Father was musical comedy composer. Andy played with Bechet, Mezzrow, Clayton, etc.

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

Stepin Fetchit, vocals/comedy
died in Woodland Hills, CA, USA.
Age: 83

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include: 


Billy Murray - You'd Be Surprised


Arkansas Travelers - “Those Panama Mamas (Are Ruining Me)”

Varsity Eight - Why Did I Kiss That Girl?

Margaret Young - Insuficient Sweetie


Art Landry and His Orchestra - “Everybody Stomp!”

Roger Wolfe Kahn and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra 


Cecil Scott and his Bright Boys - “Lawd, Lawd”

Harry Dial's Bluesicians - “Poison”, (Smith)


Teddy Wilson Orch. (Billie Holiday voc.) - "Pennies From Heaven"
Teddy Wilson Orch. (Billie Holiday voc.) - "I Can't Give You Anything But Love"


(What Did I Do to be so) Black and Blue
~ (Andy Razaf / Fats Waller )

Old empty bed...springs hard as lead
Feel like ol’ Ned...wished I was dead
What did I be so black and blue

Even the mouse...ran from my house
They laugh at you...and scorn you too
What did I be so black and blue

I'm white...inside...but, that don't help my case
’cause I...can't hide...what is in my face
(jazzman sounds)

How would it end...ain't got a friend
My only in my skin
What did I be so black and blue

(instrumental break)

How would it end...ain't got a friend
My only in my skin
What did I be so black and blue 

Pennies From Heaven

~ johnny burke, arthur johnston

A long time ago
A million years BC
The best things in life
Were absolutely free.
But no one appreciated
A sky that was always blue
And no one congratulated
A moon that was always new.
So it was planned that they would vanish now and them
And you must pay before you get them back again.
That's what storms were made for
And you shouldn't be afraid for
Every time it rains it rains
Pennies from heaven.
Don't you know each cloud contains
Pennies from heaven.
You'll find yor fortune falling
All over town.
Be sure that your umbrella is upside down.
Trade them for a package of sunshine and flowers.
If you want the things you love
You must have showers.
So when you hear it thunder
Don't run under a tree.
There'll be pennies from heaven for you and me 

~ Music: Jimmy McHugh
~Words: Dorothy Fields

Gee but it's tough to be broke kid
It's not a joke kid,
It's a curse,
My luck is changing it's gotten from simply roten
To something worst
Who knows someday i will win too
I'll begin to reach my pride
Now that i see what our end is
All can spend is just my time

I can't give you anything but love, baby.
That's the only thing I've plenty of, baby.
Dream a while. Scheme a while.
We're sure to find,
Happiness, and I guess
all those things you've always pined for.

Gee I'd like to see you looking swell,
My little baby
Diamond bracelets Woolworth's doesn't sell, baby.
till that lucky day you know darn well, baby.
I can't give you anything but love.


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