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Lillian Roth, actress/vocals
d. May 12, 1980
Lillian Roth was an American singer and actress.

Early life
[lillian+and+anna.jpg]Roth was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She was only 6 years old when her mother took her to Educational Pictures, where she became the company's trademark, symbolized by a living statue holding a lamp of knowledge. In her autobiography, she described being molested by the man who painted her as a statue.

The following year she made her Broadway debut in The Inner Man. Her motion picture debut came in 1918 in Pershing's Crusaders. Together with her sister Ann she toured as "Lillian Roth and Co." At times the two were billed as "The Roth Kids". One of the most exciting moments for her came when she met U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. The President took Lillian and her sister for a ride around the block in his chauffeur driven car, after attending a performance of their vaudeville act.

Roth entered the Clark School of Concentration in the early 1920s. She appeared in Artists and Models in 1923 and went on to make Revels with Frank Fay. During production for the former show, she told management she was nineteen years of age.
In 1927, when Roth was seventeen years old, she made the first of three Earl Carroll Vanities, which was soon followed by Midnight Frolics, a Florenz Ziegfeld production.
Soon the young actress signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures. Among the films she made with Paramount were The Love Parade (1929) with Maurice Chevalier, The Vagabond King (1930), Paramount on Parade (1930), Honey (1930; in which she introduced "Sing, You Sinners"), Cecil B. DeMille's Madam Satan (1930) with Reginald Denny and Kay Johnson, Sea Legs with Jack Oakie, and the Marx Brothers second film, Animal Crackers (1930). She took over Ethel Merman's stage role in the film version of Take a Chance, singing "Eadie Was a Lady". After leaving Paramount, she had a supporting role in the women's prison film Ladies They Talk About (Warner Brothers, 1933) with Barbara Stanwyck.
She headlined the Palace Theatre in New York City and performed in the Earl Carroll Vanities in 1928, 1931, and 1932. She continued to make strides as a singer in an era when so much was being set to music.

Unfortunately, her personal life was increasingly overshadowed by her addiction to alcohol. Although her parents were not stereotypical stage parents, as a response to their influence Roth came to rely too much on other people. In her books and interviews, she said she was too trusting of husbands who made key decisions concerning her money and contracts.
Roth was out of the limelight from the late 1930s until 1953, when she appeared on a special episode of the TV series This Is Your Life with Ralph Edwards. In response to her honesty in relating her story of alcoholism, she received more than forty thousand letters. Her theme song, which she began singing as a child performer, was "When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)".
In 1962, she was featured as Elliott Gould's mother in the Broadway musical I Can Get It for You Wholesale, in which Barbra Streisand made her Broadway debut. Despite the acclaim for Streisand, producer David Merrick realized that Roth's name still sold tickets, and he elevated her to above-title star billing after the show's opening, with Gould, Streisand and Sheree North listed below. Roth remained with the show for its full run of 301 performances and recorded the cast album for Columbia Records.
She was also featured as Mrs. Brice in the national touring company of Funny Girl in 1964, again getting top billing, though a feud with co-star Marilyn Michaels led to her being brought up on charges by Actors Equity. She was signed for a non-singing role in Neil Simon's comedy The Prisoner of Second Avenue, but was replaced prior to the opening.

Roth was married at least five times, to aviator William C. Scott ("Willie Richards"), Judge Benjamin Shalleck, Eugene J. Weiner ("Mark Harris"), Edward Goldman ("Vic"), and Burt McGuire. Prior to her marriages, she was engaged to David Lyons, who died of tuberculosis. She divorced W. C. Scott in May 1932 after 13 months of marriage (Pittsburgh-Post Gazette 5-6-1932). In 1955 she met Thomas Burt McGuire, scion of Funk and Wagnalls Publishing Company at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
Roth joined Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) in 1946. The two were married and McGuire managed Roth until September 1963. At this time she received a note from him stating that their marriage was finished. According to Roth, he left her penniless after withdrawing all funds from their joint bank account.
Later years
In 1970, Roth was sharing a penthouse on Manhattan's West Fifty-Eighth Street. Her fellow occupants were another woman, three poodles, a police dog, a chihuahua, and three dachsunds. Her last employment included work as a bakery employee, hospital attendant, and package wrapper and she cut pies at the Automat.
In 1971, however, she made a triumphant return to Broadway in the Kander and Ebb musical 70, Girls, 70, which despite its short run was recorded by Columbia and has remained a popular cast album. She also returned to feature films, which she had left in 1934, to play a pathologist in the cult horror classic Alice, Sweet Alice (also known as Communion) in 1976. Her last film was Boardwalk, with Lee Strasberg, Ruth Gordon and Janet Leigh (1979). A successful concert at Town Hall was released as an album by AEI Records after her death. One of her final appearances was in a well reviewed club act at the legendary N.Y.C. night club, Reno Sweeney.

Roth's autobiography, I'll Cry Tomorrow, was written with author-collaborator Gerold Frank in 1954, and a toned-down version of it was made into a hit film the following year starring Susan Hayward, who was nominated for an Academy Award. The book became a bestseller worldwide and sold more than seven million copies in twenty languages, and the film renewed the public's interest in Roth. She recorded four songs for the Coral label (the first commercial recordings of her career), which were followed by an LP for Epic and another for Tops.
She also headlined a vaudeville revival at the Palace on Broadway. 
A highlight of her act was an imitation of Susan Hayward imitating her (Roth) singing "Red, Red Robin".
In 1958, Roth published a second book, Beyond My Worth, which was not as successful as its predecessor, but told the compelling story of what it was like to be placed on a pedestal that she could not always live up to. Roth had managed to re-invent herself as a major concert and nightclub performer. She appeared at venues in Las Vegas and New York's Copacabana and was a popular attraction in Australia.

Roth died from a stroke in 1980, at the age of 69. The inscription on her marker in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Westchester County, New York, reads: "As bad as it was it was good."



Betty Bradley, Vocal
b. New York, NY, USA.
d. 1988.

Sonny Greer, Drums
b. Long Branch, NJ, USA.
d. March 23, 1982, USA.
Drummer with Duke Ellington for over a quarter of a century.
He was never the greatest timekeeper, but Sonny Greer was perfect for Duke Ellington's Orchestra during 1924-1951, adding color and class to the rhythm section. He met Ellington in 1919 when he was a member of the Howard Theatre's orchestra in Washington, D.C. Greer visited New York for the first time with Elmer Snowden and was an original member of Ellington's Washingtonians, which was a five-piece group at its start. Greer's playing grew with the band, and his large array of sounds (using a drum set that included a gong, chimes, timpani, and vibes) added to the Ellington band's "jungle sound."

He was with the orchestra until 1951 when, after a few arguments with Ellington over his drinking and increasing unreliability, Greer left to join Johnny Hodges' new group. He later worked with Red Allen, Tyree Glenn, and J.C. Higginbottham; in 1967 led his own band; and played with Brooks Kerr's trio in the 1970s.

~ Scott Yanow
Sonny Greer - Wikipedia

Drummerworld: Sonny Greer


George "Tiger" Haynes, guitar/bass
b. St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
No formal musical training. Father and brother taught him. First fame in 1945 when he joined The Three Flames playing at NY's Bon Soir for 3 years. Had his own NBC series for 39 weeks.
Tiger Haynes (December 13, 1914 - February 14, 1994) was an American actor and musical performer. (sometimes billed as Colonel Tiger Haynes).

He was born as George Haynes in Frederiksted, St. Croix, and moved to New York when he was a boy. An ex-boxer, Haynes played guitar with The Three Flames from 1945 to 1956, a group which had its own NBC radio show in the mid-1940s and a television show on NBC television in 1949. He made his mainstream Broadway debut in Leonard Sillman's musical revue New Faces of 1956. He is best known for his portrayal of the Tin Man in the original Broadway cast of the Wiz. He also made several television appearances on programs such as The Cosby Show (1989) and In the Heat of the Night (1989), as well as numerous minor film appearances in films such as All That Jazz (1979) and Ratboy (1986).
Tiger Haynes - Wikipedia

Marcelle - Music by Gustav Luders

Gustav Luders
b. Bremen, Germany
d. January 1913, New York, NY, USA.
Luders, Gustav (1865–1913), composer. A thoroughly trained musician, he immigrated from his native Bremen in 1888, settling first in Milwaukee and then in Chicago. Luders was a theatre conductor there when he wrote his first score for Little Robinson Crusoe (1899). Thereafter he wrote most of his shows with either Frank Pixley or George Ade. His most notable musicals were The Burgomaster (1900), King Dodo (1902), The Sho‐Gun (1904), Woodland (1904), The Grand Mogul (1907), The Fair Co‐ed (1909), and The Old Town (1910), but his finest score was for The Prince of Pilsen (1903).
Although popular in their era, none of his songs is remembered today. Luders's range as a melodist was restricted, and he appeared not to grow artistically. Nevertheless, at his best his was a small, clear, and enchantingly sweet musical voice.
Gustav Luders - IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information

Emil Seidel and his Orchestra
Emil Seidel, composer/pianist/publisher
b. Ashland, PA, USA.
In 1920, he cust a piano roll of "Home Again Blues", by Irving Berlin and Harry Akst. In 1927, Seidel's orchestra was the first to record Hoagy Carmichael's song "Stardust", in a ragged, up-tempo instrumental rendition with Hoagy playing piano. Emil Seidel and his Orchestra also recorded "Beautiful" on Jan. 9, 1928. Seidel also published a good many "Rags".

Emil Seidel - Wikipedia


Wesley Tuttle, C&W bandleader/Singer-Songwriter/Guitar
b. Lamar, Colorado, USA.
Wesley, a left-handed guitarist, played with a slight handicap, -he had only two fingers. However, he could keep us a good rhythm and did quite a bit of sessions work. At one time, Wesley led the house band at the Painted Post, a nightclub owned by old-time cowboy star Hoot Gibson. He also played with Merle Travis (then with the 'Drifting Pioneers'), and subsequently played with the 'Sons of the Pioneers'.

During the 1940รข€™s, he appeared in several "B" musical Westerns, and recorded many songs for the Capitol until leaving the label in 1957. That's when he left his music career, and entered the ministry. He and his wife Marilyn did turn out some duet albums on the Sacred label. (Marilyn had been a member of the the 'Sunshine Girls', a Western back-up group with, at various times, June Weidner, Vivian Earls and Colleen Summers (Mary Ford). The ladies had appeared in Shirley Temple movies as well as some Western films.)

Notable Events Occurring

On This Date Include: 


After an 11-1/2-month strike, musicians belonging to the American Federation of Musicians went back to work.

"Pigmeat" Markham, comedy
died in New York (Bronx), NY, USA.
Age: 77.
b. 1904, Dewey, NC, USA, Basically, recalled as a fine comedian. His catch phrase, 'Here Comes The Judge', became a 'standard' and was used by many other comedians, including on the 'Rowan and Martin Laugh-In' shsow. Markham began his career in 1917, working in touring Minstrel Shows. Also worked the southern 'race' circuit with Blues singer Bessie Smith and subsequently appeared on Burlesque bills with future comedy stars Eddie Cantor, Milton Berle, and Red Buttons. In the 1960s, he was signed by the Chess label who issued several of his "in concert" albums. His comedic song, "Here Comes The Judge" was also covered by Shorty Long, but Pigmeat's version did enjoy a Top 20 place in both the USA and in England.)

Songs Recorded/Released

On This Date Include:


Esther Bigeou(Esther Bigeou / Clarence Williams )

  • “You Ain't Treating Me Right

The Virginians - “You May Be Fast, But Mama's Gonna Slow You Down”, Duet with Aileen Stanley - Billy Murray, (Gilbert Cooper / Bud Cooper)

Ray Miller's Orchestra - “Keep A Goin'”


Bessie Smith(Jack Gee) “Dying Gambler's Blues”

The California Ramblers
  • “Me And The Boy Friend”
  • “Oh! Mabel”


Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra - “Yazoo Blues”, (Bennie Moten )


Coon Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra - “Wabash Blues”, Vocal refrain by C.A. Coon and J.L. Sanders, (Dave Ringle / Fred Meinken)

Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five - “Hotter Than That”, (Lil Hardin)

 Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five - “Savoy Blues”, (Kid Ory)

Waring's Pennsylvanians - “Keep Sweeping The Cobwebs Off The Moon”, Vocal refrain by Tom Waring, (Lewis / Young / Levant) -
  • “If I Can't Have You (I Want To Be Lonesome, I Want To Be Blue)”, Vocal refrain by Tom Waring, (Walter Donaldson)


Tom Gerunovitch and his Roof Garden Orchestra “I Found You Out When I Found You In (Somebody Else's Arms)”, (O'Flynn / Ponce) 

  •  “(You're Not Asking Me) I'm Telling You”, (Rose / Lewis / Young)

Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra - “Ta Ta Daddy”, (Papa Celestin )


Fred Hamm and his Orchestra

  • “Remarkable Girl”, (Henry Creamer / Lou Handman) -
  •  “We Love Us”, (Sanders / Moore)

Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra - “Rockin' Chair”, Hoagy Carmichael

Annette Hanshaw - “When I'm Housekeeping For You”, (Howard / Gorney)


Paul Whiteman's Orchestra ON THE AIR
  • “Basin Street Blues" (vocal by Jack Teagarden)
  • “Dance For Me” (vocal by Ken Darby)
  • “Once Upon A Time”, (vocal and piano by Ramona Davies)
  •  “No, No, A Thousand Times No!" (vocal by the King's Men)


Will Bradley Orch. - Down The Road A Piece

Glenn Miller Orch.

  • A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square


Vaughn Monroe Orch and vocal


Bing Crosby


Oh, those Wabash Blues

I know I got my dues.

A lonesome soul am I.
I feel that I could die.\
Candle light that gleams
Taunts me in my dreams.
I'll pack my walking shoes
To lose those Wabash Blues. 

Down The Road A Piece 

If you wanna hear some Boogie, then I know the place
It's just an old piano and a knocked out bass
The drummer man's a guy they call eight beat Mac
You remember Doc and old Beat Me Daddy Slack
Mammy's sellin' chicken fried in bacon grease
Well come along with me boys it's just down the road a piece.

Now there's a place you really get your kicks
It's open every night about twelve to six
If you wanna hear some boogie then you'll get your fill
Puts the eight beat to you like an old steam mill
Come along with me boys 'fore they lose their lease
It's just down the road, down the road a piece.


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