Eddie South, Violin 
b. Louisiana, MO, USA.
d. April 25, 1962, Chicago, IL, USA.
Intensive study of music from age 10, then at Chicago College of Music, and in Paris, and Budapest. He may have been best musician to play authentic jazz violin (although other violinists such as Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli, and Stuff Smith wasn't slouches either). A very happy-go-lucky personality made him a favorite wherever he went.

One of the top violinists of the pre-bop era, Eddie South was a brilliant technician who, were it not for the universal racism of the time, would probably have been a top classical violinist. A child prodigy, South graduated from the Chicago Music College. Since classical positions were not open to black violinists in the 1920s, South learned to play jazz (helped out by Darnell Howard).

In the early to mid-'20s, he worked in Chicago with Jimmy Wade's Syncopators, Charles Elgar, and Erskine Tate. South's 1928 visit to Europe (where he studied at the Paris Conservatoire) made a deep impression on the violinist, particularly his visit to Budapest; later on, he would often utilize gypsy melodies as a basis for jazz improvising.

Mr. and Mrs. Eddie South, Chicago c.1933

In 1931, South returned to Chicago, where his regular band included the young bassist Milt Hinton. In 1937, he visited Paris and had the opportunity to record with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. However, South never really had a major breakthrough commercially in his career. He did work on radio and television, but spent most of his life in relative obscurity, gigging in New York, Los Angeles, and especially Chicago. Eddie South's early recordings (covering 1927-1941) have been reissued on a pair of Classics CDs. In later years he recorded for Chess and Mercury, and also made a final set released by Trip.~ Scott Yanow

Johnny Aladdin, leader 
b. Monessen, PA, USA.
d. Jan. 14, 1987 Hilton Head, SC, USA.


Joe Bishop, Trumpet/Flugelhorn 
b. Monticello, AR, USA
d. May 12, 1976, Houston, TX, USA.
In the late 1920s, after graduating from Hendrix College, he began playing tuba with the Louisiana Ramblers; then mellophone (hybrid of the tuba and the euphonium) with Mart Britt's Band. Back to the Tuba with the Al Katz, Austin Wylie, and Isham Jones bands. Also played with Cow Cow Davenport, and Jimmy Gordon. In 1931, it was the arrangements by Bishop and Gordon Jenkins that gave the Isham Jones band their excellent ensemble sound. With the disbanding of the Isham Jones band, clarinetist Woody Herman used the nucleus to form his own first orchestra. (Musicians referred to the orchestra as "the Isham Jones Alumni Band".)
Bishop was Woody's chief arranger, and arranged (and co-wrote with Herman) Woody's all-time favorite, "Woodchopper's Ball." Other Bishop compositions and arrangements include "Be Not Disencouraged", "Ain't It Just Too Bad", "Out of Space", "Blue Prelude", "Blue Evening", and "Blue Flame," which was used as the Herman band theme in the early 1940's.

Cristopher "Black Happy" Goldston, drums 
b. New Orleans, LA, USA.
d. March 17, 1968, New Orleans, LA, USA.
Played with Papa Celestin; Crescent Orchestra; Octave Crosby; Golden Leaf Band; Bill Matthews; Onward Brass Band; Tulane Orchestra.
Ray Herbeck, Leader/Sax 
d. Jan. 17, 1989.
Both Ray and his vocalist/wife - Lorraine Benson - are buried in the Veteran's Admin. Cemetary in Phoenix, AZ, USA.
Over his career, Ray and his various bands recorded over 200 sides for Okeh, Vocalion, and Columbia. His son, Ray Jr., still has the original "book" and has produced a "Live" CD with the 1943 band including his mother Lorraine Benson singing.
Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in 1935, the Ray Herbeck Orchestra soon relocated to Chicago to pursue the lucrative Midwest one-nighter circuit. With their theme song, ‘Romance’, Herbeck’s was one of the most commercially orientated orchestras of the day. Having previously worked with Leighton Noble, Herbeck recruited musicians George Van, Whitney Boyd, George Winslow, Benny Stabler, Bob McReynolds, Jay Stanley, James Baker, Jim Hefit, Bunny Rang, Art Skolnick, Louis Math, Tom Clark, Al Ciola, Chi Chi Crozza, Bob Hartzell and Leo Benson, alongside vocalists Betty Benson, Hal Munbar, Kirby Brooks, Ray Olson, Lorraine Benson, Roy Cordell and Irene Wilson. Herbeck later married his vocalist Lorraine Benson (b. 19 April 1920, Pocatello, Idaho, USA, d. 10 August 1996, San Dimas, California, USA). With a supporting tag of ‘Ray Herbeck And His Music With Romance’, they offered a steady stream of sentimental numbers cultivated to the specific requirements of slow dancing, including songs such as ‘Time Stood Still’. 

The 40s saw the band take engagements at famous hotels such as the Peabody, New Yorker, Muehlbach and Brown Palace, and there were few major ballrooms who did not book the band during their extensive tours. With recordings issued by Vocalion Records, Columbia Records and OKeh Records among many others, further exposure arrived during World War II with Herbeck’s band making over 300 USO camp show appearances to entertain the forces. They also appeared several times on Coca Cola’s Spotlight Bands radio show during this time. After the war Herbeck returned to California to play a year’s residency at the Riverside Hotel in Reno, then two years at the Last Frontier in Las Vegas. But by the early 50s he had given up music to concentrate on real estate businesses in California and Phoenix. 

John "Papa John" Joseph 
bass/clarinet/guitar/tenor sax

b. St. James Parish, LA, USA.
d. Jan. 22, 1965, New Orleans, LA, USA. Papa John Joseph was an early New Orleans jazz string bass player.
Joseph was born in St. James Parish, Louisiana and moved to New Orleans by 1906.
He played with Buddy Bolden early on. Somewhat later he played in the Claiborne Williams band and the Original Tuxedo Orchestra.
For years in mid life he worked professionally as a barber playing music occasionally on the side. He returned to music full time in his later years. He was a regular at Preservation Hall until he famously dropped dead there after finishing a rousing version of When the Saints Go Marching In.


Muzzy Marcellino, leader/violin 
d. 1997
If you've ever noticed the haunting whistling featured in "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," the theme composed by Ennio Morricone for the Sergio Leone spaghetti Western of the same name starring Clint Eastwood, then you've heard Muzzy Marcellino's famous whistle at its best. He also whistled The High and the Mighty theme, and his mellifluous pucker also is featured on Esquivel's Latin-esque album. Hollywood and advertising agencies routinely called on Marcellino's distinctive talent for whistling throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s. Even Disneyland got in on the act, using the famous whistler's birdcalls for its Tiki Room. Recorded whistles were not Marcellino's only connection to the music world. During the early '30s, he lent his talents to the Lofner-Harris Orchestra and played the Hotel St. Francis in San Francisco.

He also worked with other ensembles, among them the Ted Fio Rito Orchestra in 1935. The gig with Fio Rito led to appearances in a few films, including Twenty Million Sweethearts and The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi. Toward the end of the decade, Marcellino led his own ensemble, accompanied by vocalist Gloria De Haven, who later moved on to a successful film career. He employed his talent for whistling only infrequently with his band. After a decade, Marcellino disbanded his group of musicians. He worked for a time on radio with Dick Powell before Art Linkletter hired him to lead an ensemble on House Party, Linkletter's television program. Marcellino held the position of Linkletter's musical director for almost two decades, leaving in 1969. Capitol issued a recording of Marcellino from his House Party years. He also co-wrote several numbers for the Mickey Mouse Club with Jimmy Dodd.
~ Linda Seida

Liza Morrow, vocalist 
b. New York (Brooklyn), NY, USA.
Married to Dale McMickle.
Played with actor/cellist Morrie Amsterdam; Bobby Hackett; Robert Q. Lewis; Mitchell Ayers; Eddie Condon; Benny Goodman; George Paxton; and was heard on NBC & CBS radio programs.

"Mr. Q" piano/harmonica 
b. Winston Salem, NC, USA.
Early on, he played piano (self taught), and later, after migrating to Harlem (New York), he got a job playing harmonica with the Savoy Sultans, then the house band (1937-'46,) at the famed Savoy ballroom. (Leader was reedman Al Cooper (né: Lofton Alphonso Cooper, 1911-'81), his half-brother bassist Grachan Moncur (b. Sept. 2, 1915), Rudy Williams on reeds (b 1909, Newark NJ, USA; d Sept. 1954, and drummer Razz Mitchell, who used a riveted Chinese sizzle cymbal.)

Warren Vache, Sr., acoustic bass 
b. New York (Brooklyn), NY, USA.
d. Feb. 4, 2005, Rahway, NJ, USA
In 1997, Warren and his wife Madeline (née: Sohl) celebrated their 'Golden Wedding Anniversary'. The couple had two sons, flügelhorn and cornetist Warren Jr., and clarinetist Allan Robert, both professional Jazz musicians. For many years, Vache led his own Jazz band, "The Syncopatin' Six."

* Rest In Peace Evelyn Preer *

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Evelyn Preer, born Evelyn Jarvis (July 16, 1896 – November 27, 1932), was a pioneering African-American stage and screen actress and blues singer of the 1910s through the early 1930s. Evelyn was known within the black community as "The First Lady of the Screen."
She was the first black actress to earn celebrity and popularity. She appeared in ground-breaking films and stage productions, such as the first play by a black playwright to be produced on Broadway, and the first New York-style production with a black cast in California in 1928, in a revival of a play adapted from Somerset Maugham's short story, Rain.

Preer, Evelyn (1896-1932)

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Evelyn Preer, pioneer Black actor in race film and theater
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Evelyn Jarvis Preer (1896 - 1932) - Find A Grave Memorial

"You Made Me Love You" was recorded by Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong. (Okeh Records) 

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Fletcher Henderson Orchestra - Shake Your Feet- (Dave Stamper) from "Ziegfeld Follies of 1923"


Roger Wolfe Kahn and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra - Down And Out Blues - (W. Earthman Farrell / Arthur Sizemore) “Lucky Boy”
  • Lucky Boy - (from the Musical Comedy "Cocoanuts")


Five Harmaniacs
  • Carolina Bound

Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five


Coon Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra - Smilin' Skies

Coon Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra - Who Wouldn't Be Jealous Of You?


    Annette Hanshaw
    Annette Hanshaw - I Have To Have You

    Annette Hanshaw - When I'm Housekeeping For You - (from "The Battle Of Paris")


      Ben Selvin and his Orchestra - Bend Down, Sister
      "Lucky Boy" 
      ~Irving Berlin

      Your smiling face is an open book, young man
      We know that look, young man
      You must be oh, so happy
      It's just a case of love that took, young man
      There are quite a few who envy you

      Lucky boy, she's a beautiful thing
      Lucky boy, will you give her a ring

      Lucky boy, we suppose in the Spring
      You will take your pride and joy

      On a train and her leather suitcase
      Will contain bits of satin and lace

      It's as plain as the nose on your face
      How we envy you, lucky boy

      I must confess that you pave the way for me
      You really say for me
      The things I want to tell you
      You'll never guess what a lucky day for me
      When I found that she had chosen me

      Lucky boy, she's a beautiful thing
      Lucky boy, I'm as proud as a king

      Lucky boy, when I give her the ring
      Can't you see me jump with joy

      With a cheer and a "whatta we care"
      We'll appear in a bungalow where

      In a year, maybe three of us there
      How we envy you, lucky boy

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