Harold Adamson, lyricist
b. Greenville, NJ
d. Aug., 17, 1980, Beverly Hills, CA.
Among his lyrics are: "Time on My Hands," "Winter Wonderland," "Everything I Have Is Yours," and, in 1943, World War II inspired "Comin' In on a Wing and a Prayer"
Biography ~by John Bush
Lyric writer Harold Adamson wrote dozens of standards during the 1930s and '40s, including "Time on My Hands," "Winter Wonderland," "An Affair to Remember," "Everything I Have Is Yours," "I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night," "It's a Wonderful World," "Manhattan Serenade," "There's Something in the Air," and "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth." Born in Greenville, NJ, in 1906, Adamson began writing verse while in high school. Still, he spent more time on his acting career while at the University of Kansas and later, Harvard. After graduation, one of his lyrics -- "Time on My Hands," co-written by Mack Gordon and Vincent Youmans -- earned a place in Florenz Ziegfeld 's 1930 production Smiles. 

During the rest of the decade, Adamson placed many songs in the popular canon, collaborating with excellent tunesmiths like Burton Lane, J. Fred Coots ,Walter Donaldson, and Jimmy McHugh (many of his songs were written as part of a 1933 songwriting contract with the film giant MGM). During World War II, he wrote the patriotic song "Comin' In on a Wing and a Prayer," and contributed two lyrics, "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening" and "I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night," to the Frank Sinatra vehicle Higher and Higher. Near the end of his career, Adamson wrote songs for the movies A Date with Judy, Around the World in 80 Days, and An Affair to Remember. 
Harold Adamson - Wikipedia
Songwriters Hall of Fame

Erkki Aho, Trumpet
b. Loviisa (or Lapinjarvi), Finland 
~by Eugene Chadbourne

It's a Finnish name, and by name alone Erkki Aho could pass for a character from Star Wars, not to mention the sounds made by someone who has dropped a hammer on their foot. Which goes to show how misleading humorous tangents based on foreign names can be. Aho is a legend as a brass player, bandleader, and champion of swing in his homeland. In fact, he is the man who introduced that style of jazz to a land where rabbits are sometimes the size of small deer. Both animals were shut out of the popular dances where he cut his teeth as a teenage musician, at this point sitting in the trombone section. It was the '30s, and bandleaders such as Eugen Malmsten had the most popular dance bands in Helsinki.
Just like many European jazz fans, Aho found the birth of swing to be a source of relief as well as an entrancing musical notion. It motivated him to become a bandleader on his own, and he was the first fellow in his country to kick off his snow boots and organize his own swing big band. That put him in the same position as the first hungry person at the fish buffet in terms of the growing Finnish swing fan base. In fact, he may have eaten up the entire smorgasbord, since the history of what was something of a thriving scene has been described as completely obscure by experts in European big band history. Does the name Jaako Vuormaa ring a bell? By 1944, Aho and his Rytmiorkestreri -- that's Finnish for rhythm orchestra -- were well ahead of any such competition and had their own series of records. The group did their own version of W.C. Handy 's "St. Louis Blues," a standard that continually provokes interpretations from international musicians, including Japanese pianist Aki Takase in 2002.
Rather than spend his entire career with what would have eventually developed into a swing revival rather than a birthing, Aho switched courses dramatically in the early '60s. He made the move from trombone to trumpet and also played mostly classical music, performing with the Tampere Symphony Orchestra through 1971.

Lew Brown, Lyricist
b. Odessa, Russia
d. Feb. 5, 1958, New York, NY, USA.
né: Louis Brownstein - Team of De Sylva, Brown and Henderson. 
Biography ~by Joslyn Layne
Pop and show tunes lyricist Lew Brown is best known for his work in the songwriting team Henderson -De Sylva -Brown, who captured the Roaring '20s spirit and were without equal from 1926 through 1930. Born on December 10, 1893, in Russia, Brown came to the U.S. with his parents when he was five years old. He started writing lyrics and song parodies while in his teens, and his first hit came in 1912 with "I'm the Lonesomest Gal in Town," a song written with veteran composer Albert Von Tilzer . Brown had other hits that year, including "Kentucky Sue," but no standout songs for a few years, until 1916's "If You Were the Only Girl."

Brown continued to collaborate with Tilzer , among others, and had several more hits such as "Dapper Dan" (1921), before teaming up with composer and pianist Ray Henderson in 1922. Three years later, lyricist Buddy De Sylva joined them and the trio successfully established themselves with their second Broadway score, George White's Scandals of 1926. They then scored the 1927 stage productions Good News and Manhattan Mary, followed the next year by Hold Everything, more George White's Scandals in the late '20s, and Flying High in 1930. Off the stage, the songwriting trio had several hit songs, in addition to their movie credits for songs in early Al Jolson films (including Sonny Boy and It All Depends on You ) and the popular 1929 film Sunny Side Up , which they went to Hollywood to score. After De Sylva left in 1931, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson continued scoring Broadway shows, and Brown worked with other composers, too, including Sammy Fain . A movie based on Henderson -De Sylva -Brown entitled Best Things in Life Are Free came out in 1956.
Songwriters Hall of Fame
Lew Brown - Wikipedia

Sam Chatmon
Sam Chatmon (January 10, 1897 – February 2, 1983) was a Delta blues guitarist and singer. He was a member of the Mississippi Sheiks and may have been Charlie Patton's half brother.
Life and career
Chatmon was born in Bolton, Mississippi. Chatmon's family was well known in Mississippi for their musical talents; Chatmon was a member of the family's string band when he was young. He performed on a regular basis for white audiences in the 1900s.

The Chatmon band played rags, ballads, and popular dance tunes. Two of Sam's brothers, fiddler Lonnie Chatmon and guitarist Bo Carter, performed with guitarist Walter Vinson as the Mississippi Sheiks.

The Mississippi Sheiks, 1936: Bo Carter, Walter Vincson, and Sam Chatmon.
Chatmon played the banjo, mandolin, and harmonica in addition to the guitar. He performed at parties and on street corners throughout Mississippi for small pay and tips. In the 1930s he recorded both with the Sheiks, as well as with sibling Lonnie as the Chatman Brothers.

Chatmon moved to Hollandale, Mississippi in the early 1940s and worked on plantations in Hollandale. He was re-discovered in 1960 and started a new chapter of his career as folk-blues artist. In the same year Chatmon recorded for the Arhoolie record label. He toured extensively during the 1960s and 1970s. While in California in 1970 he got together and made several recordings with Sue Draheim, Kenny Hall, Ed Littlefield, Lou Curtiss, Kathy Hall, Will Scarlett and others at Sweet's Mill Music Camp, forming a group he called "The California Sheiks". He played many of the largest and best-known folk festivals, including the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. in 1972, the Mariposa Folk Festival in Toronto in 1974, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1976.

During an interview Chatmon explained that he started playing the guitar with 3 years of age, by laying it flat on the floor and crawling under it.

A headstone memorial to Chatmon with the inscription "Sitting on top of the World" was paid for by Bonnie Raitt through the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund and placed in Sanders Memorial Cemetery, Hollandale, Mississippi on March 14, 1998 at a large ceremomy held at the Hollandale Municipal Building, celebrated by the Mayor and members of the City Council of Hollandale as well as over 100 attendees.

Sam Chatmon

Irving Fazola, Clarinet
b. New Orleans, LA, USA
d. 1949 Biography
~by Ron Wynn

A great clarinetist, particularly skilled at counterpoint and playing the blues. Irving Fazola began to study C-melody sax and clarinet at 13, and performed in New Orleans with Candy Candido, Louis Prima ,Sharkey Bonano, and Armand Hug before joining Ben Pollack in 1935. He went north with Pollack 's orchestra in 1936. During the late '30s and '40s, Fazola returned periodically to New Orleans, while playing with a number of big bands. These included Augie Schellang, Gus Arnheim ,Glenn Miller, Pollack, Bob Crosby ,Jimmy McPartland, Tony Almerico, Claude Thornhill, Muggsy Spanier, Teddy Powell, and Horace Heidt.

He resettled in New Orleans after 1943 due to poor health, ad played with various small groups as well as reuniting with Almerico and both Leon and Louis Prima. 

Irving Fazola - Wikipedia

Morton Gould, Composer
b. Richmond Hill, NY, USA.
d. Feb. 21, 1996
Morton Gould was an American composer, conductor, arranger, and pianist. Born in Richmond Hill, New York, Gould was recognized early as a child prodigy with abilities in improvisation and composition. His first composition was published at age six. Gould studied at the Institute of Musical Art, although his most important teachers were Abby Whiteside and Vincent Jones. 
During the Depression, Gould, while a teenager, worked in New York City playing piano in movie theaters, as well as with vaudeville acts. When Radio City Music Hall opened, Gould was hired as the staff pianist. 
By 1935, he was conducting and arranging orchestral programs for New York's WOR radio station, where he reached a national audience via the Mutual Broadcasting System, combining popular programming with classical music.
In the 1940s, Gould appeared on the Cresta Blanca Carnival program as well as The Chrysler Hour on CBS where he reached an audience of millions. Gould composed Broadway scores such as Billion Dollar Baby and Arms and the Girl; film music such as Delightfully Dangerous, Cinerama Holiday, and Windjammer; music for television series such as World War One; and ballet scores including Interplay, Fall River Legend, and I'm Old Fashioned. Gould's music, commissioned by symphony orchestras all over the United States, was also commissioned by the Library of Congress, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the American Ballet Theatre, and the New York City Ballet. His ability to seamlessly combine multiple musical genres into formal classical structure, while maintaining their distinctive elements, was unsurpassed, and Gould received three commissions for the United States Bicentennial.
As a conductor, Gould led all of the major American orchestras as well as those of Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, and Australia. With his orchestra, he recorded music of many classical standards, including Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" on which he also played the piano. He won a Grammy Award in 1966 for his recording of Charles Ives' first symphony, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 1983, Gould received the American Symphony Orchestra League's Gold Baton Award. In 1986, he was president of ASCAP, a position he held until 1994. In 1986 he was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
Incorporating new styles into his repertoire as they emerged, Gould incorporated wildly disparate elements, including a rapping narrator and a singing fire department into commissions for the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony. In 1993, his work "Ghost Waltzes" was commissioned for the ninth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In 1994, Gould received the Kennedy Center Honor in recognition of lifetime contributions to American culture.
In 1995, Gould was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Stringmusic, a composition commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra in recognition of the final season of director Mstislav Rostropovich. In 2005, he was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He also was a member of the board of the American Symphony Orchestra League and of the National Endowment for the Arts music panel. Most of his compositions and arrangements were issued by RCA Records, some of which are available from BMG. Gould died in 1996 in Orlando, Florida.
Kennedy Center: Biographical information for Morton Gould

Arthur Johnston (composer)
Arthur Johnston (January 10, 1898 – May 1, 1954) was a composer known for such works as “Mandy, Make Up Your Mind,” "Pennies From Heaven," and many others. He worked for a time with Irving Berlin, Johnny Burke, Sam Coslow, and Bing Crosby.
Johnston and Burke were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1936 for "Pennies From Heaven".
Major songs
"Moon Song (That Wasn't Meant For Me)"—lyrics by Sam Coslow
"Black Moonlight"—lyrics by Sam Coslow
"Cocktails for Two"—lyrics by Sam Coslow
"Lotus Blossom"—lyrics by Sam Coslow
"My Old Flame"—lyrics by Sam Coslow
"Pennies From Heaven"—lyrics by Johnny Burke
"One, Two, Button Your Shoe"—lyrics by Johnny Burke
Songwriters Hall of Fame

Ray Willis Nance
b. Chicago, IL, USA. d. Jan. 28, 1976.
A Duke Ellington Orchestra stalwart. 
~by Scott Yanow

Ray Nance was a multi-talented individual. He was a fine trumpeter who not only replaced Cootie Williams with Duke Ellington's Orchestra, but gave the "plunger" position in Duke 's band his own personality. In addition, Nance was one of the finest jazz violinists of the 1940s, an excellent jazz singer, and even a dancer. He studied piano, took lessons on violin, and was self-taught on trumpet. After leading a small group in Chicago (1932-1937), spending periods with the orchestras of Earl Hines (1937-1938) and Horace Henderson (1939-1940), and a few months as a solo act, Nance joined Duke Ellington 's orchestra. His very first night on the job was fully documented as the band's legendary Fargo concert.
A very valuable sideman, Nance played a famous trumpet solo on the original version of "Take the 'A' Train" and proved to be a fine wa-wa player; his violin added color to the suite "Black, Brown and Beige" (in addition to being showcased on numerous songs), and his singing on numbers such as "A Slip of a Lip Will Sink a Ship" and "Tulip or Turnip" was an added feature. Nance was with Ellington with few interruptions until 1963; by then the returning Cootie Williams had taken some of his glory. The remainder of Nance's career was relatively insignificant, with occasional small-group dates, gigs with Brooks Kerr and Chris Barber (touring England in 1974), and a few surprisingly advanced sideman recordings with Jaki Byard and Chico Hamilton . 
Ray Nance - Wikipedia
Ray Nance: Information from Answers.com

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

Avery Parrish, piano
died in New York, NY, USA.

Bill Cox, the "Dixie Songbird" died.1976.
Willie Trice, guitar
died in Durham, NC, USA.
Age: 66

Charlie Teagarden
died in Las Vegas, NV, USA.

Leroy Elliott "Slam" Stewart, bass
died in Binghampton, NY, USA.
Age: 73,
Member duo: 'Slim & Slam' (Slim was "Slim" Gaillard, né: Bulee Gaillard, guitar/piano, b. (most likely) January 4, 1916, Detroit, MI, USA. (Slim claimed b. in Santa Clara, Cuba, instead of Detroit. His father worked as a steward on a cruise liner), d. Feb. 26, 1991, (cancer) 

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Virginia Liston
  • “Jailhouse Blues”, Clarence Williams /Bessie Smith )

Bessie Smith - “Easy Come Easy Go Blues”, (W. Jackson / E. Brown)


Lloyd Scott and his Orchestra
  • “Happy Hour Blues”, (Lloyd Scott / Don Frye)

Lloyd Scott and his Orchestra - “Harlem Shuffle”, (Kenneth A. Roane)

Lloyd Scott and his Orchestra - “Symphonic Scronch”, (Lloyd Scott / Hurbert Mann / Don Frye)


Husk O'Hare and his Footwarmers
  • “Milenburg Joys”, (Jelly Roll Morton )
  • "My Daddy Rocks Me”, (J.Berni Barbour)


Bee Palmer
  • “Don't Leave Me, Daddy" (take 2), (Joe Verges) - (Paul Whiteman presents Bee Palmer with the Frank Trumbauer Orchestra)
Bee Palmer - “Singin' The Blues” (take 1) - (Sam Lewis / Joe Young / Con Conrad / J. Russell Robinson / special lyrics - Ted Koehler) - (Paul Whiteman presents Bee Palmer with the Frank Trumbauer Orchestra)

Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra

  • “Don't Leave Me Daddy”, (Joe Verges)


Waring's Pennsylvanians - “Tea For Two” (Vincent Youmans / Irving Caesar)

Ted Lewis and his Band - "The Lonesome Road” (Talkie Hit from Universal Production "Showboat") - (Nat Shikret / Gene Austin) -


Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
  • “Solitude”, (Duke Ellington / Eddie De Lange)


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
  • “Piggy Wiggy Woo”, (Four Modernaires w/Swing Wing), (Abel Baer / Ira Schuster / Paul Cunningham)


Glenn Miller Orch.

  • Dearly Beloved
  • Moonlight Becomes You


~Lew Brown

You’re the cream in my coffee,
You’re the salt in my stew
You will always be my necessity,
I'd be lost without you.

You’re the starch in my collar,
You’re the lace in my shoe
You will always be my necessity,
I'd be lost without you.

Most men tell love tales,
And each phrase dovetails
You’ve heard each known way,
This way is my own way:

You’re the sail in my loveboat,
You’re the captain and crew,
You will always be my necessity
I'd be lost without you.

You’re the cream in my coffee,
You’re the salt in my stew
You will always be my necessity,
I’d be lost without you.

You’re the starch in my collar,
You’re the lace in my shoe
You will always be my necessity,
I’d be lost without you.

You give life savor,
Bring out its flavor,
So this is clear, dear,
You’re my worcestershire, dear!

You’re the sail in my loveboat,
You’re the captain and crew,
You will always be my necessity,
I’d be lost without you.

You will always be my necessity
I’d be lost without you.

Tea For Two
Music: Vincent Youmans
Lyrics: Irving Caesar + Otto Harbach

Picture you upon my knee
Just tea for two
And two for tea
Just me for you
And you for me alone
Nobody near us to see us or hear us,
No friends or relations
On weekend vacations,
We won't have it known, dear,
That we own a telephone, dear...

Day will break and you'll wake,
And start to bake a sugar cake
For me to take for all the boys to see.
We will raise a family
A boy for you
And a girl for me
Oh, can't you see how happy we would be...

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