Carroll Gibbons
b. Clinton, MA, USA
d. May 10, 1954, London, UK
Biography  ~by Greg Prato
Pianist and bandleader Carroll Gibbons was born in Clinton, MA, sometime during 1903, and it wasn't until he relocated to England in 1924 that he found acclaim for his musical talents. While playing piano at the Savoy Hotel, Gibbons helped form the Savoy Orpheans, a jazz outfit that included such other American players as Howard Jacobs on alto sax and Joe Brannelly on banjo.

The group went their separate ways by 1928, as Gibbons focused on bandleading, including the New Mayfair Dance Orchestra. After a brief return to his original homeland, Gibbons departed for England once more in 1931, where he re-formed the Savoy Orpheans and led them until his death in May of 1954. 

The late '90s/early 21st century saw the release of several Gibbons collections, including 1998's Oh That Kiss: 1932-1945 , 2000's Calls the Tunes, and 2001's Broadway Rhythms, Vol. 2.
Bulee "Slim" Gaillard
b. Jan 4, 1916 * Detroit, MI, USA,
d. Feb. 26, 1991 (cancer).
*(NOTE: Some sources list January 1, as his birth date).
Gaillard sometimes claimed he was born in Santa Clara, Cuba, instead of Detroit, MI. Gaillard's father, a steward on a cruise ship, occasionally brought young Slim along. Once, Slim's dad accidentally left his young son behind on the island of Crete, when the cruise ship departed the port.) Gaillard worked as a professional boxer, a mortician, and ran bootleg rum for the 'Purple Gang' during the late 1920s - early 1930s. He then worked up a vaudeville act in which he simultaneously played guitar and tap danced. 1936 found him in New York where he teamed up with bassist Slam Stewart (b.Sept. 21, 1914 in Englewood, NJ, USA) working as 'Slim & Slam'.
In 1938, their recording of "Flat Foot Floogie" brought them national fame, and the song was soon 'covered' by the Benny Goodman and Fats Waller orchestras. In 1941, the team appeared in the film "Hellzapoppin'" In 1944, during WWII, Gaillard served in the U. S. Airforce, while Stewart served in the Army. 1945 found Gaillard in Hollywood, - now working with bassist Bam Brown.
In 1945 he scored a huge hit with "Cement Mixer (Putty Putty)". During 1945, Gaillard frequently recorded with a quartet featuring Bam Brown, pianist Dodo Marmarosa, and drummer Zutty Singleton, and in late 1945, with bebop greats Charlie "Yardbird" Parker and 'Dizzy' Gillespie. In the late 1940s, he appeared in several films. His 1951 release "Yep Roc Heresay" was another huge success. From 1951-1953, he performed mostly in New York city and even appeared in Norman Granz's 'Jazz at the Philharmonic' (1953). In the mid-'50s, both his popularity, and the Big Band era, were waning.
In the late '50s, he toured with Stan Kenton, and in 1958, recorded for the Dot label (he would not record again for 24 years). In the 1960s, he worked as a hotel manager in San Diego, before buying an orchard near Tacoma, WA. In the late 60s, he was back in Los Angeles, CA, playing in local clubs before drifting into TV acting roles. He appeared in such shows as 'Mission Impossible', 'Marcus Welby, M.D.', 'Along Came Bronson', 'Charlie's Angels', and 'Medical Center'. 

At the 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival, he was briefly reunited with 'Slam' Stewart. In 1979, he was an actor in the TV miniseries 'Roots: The Next Generation'. In 1982, after trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie talked him into returning to music, Gaillard toured first to the U.K., then Europe, and, in 1983. made London, England his new home base. During this time, he also recorded for the Hep label, - his first recordings since 1958. In 1986, he appeared in the cult film 'Absolute Beginners', In 1989, he was the subject of the BBC multipart TV special 'The World of Slim Gaillard'. Cancer finally stilled his voice on February 26, 1991.

Joe Marsala
b. Chicago, IL, USA
d. Feb. 3, 1978, Santa Barbara, CA, USA.
An excellent swing clarinetist who could fit into Dixieland settings yet welcomed Dizzy Gillespie to a memorable session in 1945, Joe Marsala was the older brother of trumpeter Marty Marsala (1909-1975) and the husband of the great jazz harpist Adele Girard (1913-1993). He freelanced around Chicago starting in the late '20s, including with Wingy Manone and Ben Pollack. He recorded with Manone in the mid-'30s, playing with Wingy on 52nd Street during 1935-1936.
Marsala soon became a leader himself and during the next ten years (much of which was spent playing at the Hickory House), he featured such side players as Adele Girard, Buddy Rich (his first important job), Red Allen, Eddie Condon, Joe Bushkin, Dave Tough, Shelly Manne, Max Kaminsky, and his brother, Marty, among others. He retired from full-time playing in 1948, working instead in music publishing. However, Joe Marsala continued playing on an occasional basis into the 1960s. His studio recordings from 1936-1942 are all collected on a Classics CD. Other sessions have been released on IAJRC, Aircheck, Jazzology, Savoy, Black & White, Musicraft, and a 1957 album for Stereo-Craft.
~ Scott Yanow
Joe Marsala - Wikipedia

Tommy McClennan, guitar
Born: January 4, 1905, Durant, MS
Died: May 9, 1961, Chicago, IL
McClennan was born on a farm near Yazoo City, Mississippi and grew up in the town. He played and sang blues in a rough, energetic style.
He made a series of recordings for Bluebird Records from 1939 through 1942 and regularly played with his friend Robert Petway. He can be heard shouting in the background on Petway's 1942 recording "Boogie Woogie Woman".

McClennan made an immediate impact in 1940 with his recordings of "Shake 'Em On Down", "Bottle It Up and Go", "Whiskey Head Woman" and "New Highway No.51". He left a powerful legacy that included "Bottle It Up and Go," "Cross Cut Saw Blues" (covered by Albert King), "Deep Blue Sea Blues" (aka "Catfish Blues"), and others whose lasting power has been evidenced through the repertoires and re-recordings of other artists.
Although nothing is known of what happened to Petway, McClennan was occasionally seen in Chicago with Elmore James and Little Walter, two other artists who came from the Delta. McClennan is reported to have died from alcoholism in poverty in Chicago, Illinois, in 1962.

Lionel Newman

d. 1989.

~by Hal Erickson 
While still a teenager, Connecticut-born musician Lionel Newman secured a conductor's job with the Los Angeles-based Earl Carroll's Vanities. For several years thereafter, he was the accompanist for Mae West. Hired as rehearsal pianist at 20th Century-Fox in 1943, Newman spent the next four decades at that studio, working in such capacities as conductor, composer, arranger and musical supervisor. The recipient of eleven Oscar nominations, Newman was finally honored with the gold statuette for his scoring of 1969's Hello Dolly. His last screen assignment was 1984's Unfaithfully Yours, a remake of one of the few Fox films of the 1940s that he didn't work on. Lionel Newman was the brother of composer Alfred Newman and the uncle of musician Randy Newman.

Frankie Newton
b. Emory, VA, USA.
d. March 11, 1954

~by Scott Yanow
Trumpeter Frankie Newton, whose mellow and thoughtful style sometimes seemed somewhat out of place in the swing era, had a relatively brief but artistically rewarding career. He had stints with Lloyd Scott (1927-1929), Cecil Scott (1929-1930), Chick Webb, Elmer Snowden, Charlie Johnson, and Sam Wooding, and appeared on Bessie Smith's final recording session in 1933. 

Newton worked with Charlie Barnet 's short-lived integrated band in 1936 and with Teddy Hill, before briefly becoming closely associated with bassist John Kirby and his associates. The eventual John Kirby Sextet would have been the logical place for the trumpeter, but a falling out in 1937 ended up with the younger Charlie Shavers getting the spot in the commercially successful group. Newton instead played for Mezz Mezzrow and Lucky Millinder, led a few record dates (including participating in a set for Hugues Panassie ), and worked at Cafe Society, accompanying Billie Holiday on several of her records (most notably "Strange Fruit"). 

As the 1940s progressed, Newton became less interested in music and gradually faded from the scene, painting more than playing, dying a forgotten and under-utilized talent.

Playboy Venson
b. Belzoni, MS, USA.

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

NBC Radio network debuted one of radio's first variety shows, 'The Dodge Victory Hour'. starring Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra, singer Al Jolson, and monologist Will Rogers.

Billboard magazine publishes first pop music chart (based on national sales). Jazz violinist Joe Venuti's "Stop! Look! Listen!" was the chart topper.

"Uncle" Homer Walker, banjo
died in Princeton, W. Va, USA.
Teddy Grace, vocals
died in La Mirada, CA, USA.
Age: 86

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Raderman's Jazz Orchestra


Ted Lewis and his Band - “The Memphis Blues”, (W.C. Handy)


The Georgians - “If You Do - What You Do”, (Turk / Handman / Cantor)

    Waring's Pennsylvanians - “Young And Healthy”, (Warren / Dubin)”

    • “I'm Somebody Nobody Loves”


    Louise Vant accompanied by Perry Bradford's Mean Four

    John Sylvester and his Orchestra

    • “Dinah”, (Sam M. Lewis / Joe Young / Harry Akst)


    Bessie Smith - “Sweet Mistreater”, (Henry Creamer / James P. Johnson)

    Charleston Chasers - After You've Gone”(Henry Creamer / J. Turner Layton)

    Arkansas Travelers - “Boneyard Shuffle”, - (Hoagy Carmichael /Irving Mills)

    Harry Reser and his Orchestra - “(You Know - I Know) Everything's Made For Love”, (Tom Stacks vocal)


    Lizzie Miles - “If You Can't Control Your Man”
    “Lonesome Ghost Blues”, (Andy Razaf, - Lizzie Miles)

    Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra - “Ramona”, (Theme Song of the motion Picture production "Ramona") (L. Wolfe Gilbert / Mabel Wayne)


    Ikey Robinson and his Band with Jabbo Smith


    Arthur Schutt and his Orchestra - “I'm Following You”


    Andrews Sisters - Rum And Coca-Cola


    Young and Healthy (From 42nd Street)
    ~(Warren / Dubin)

    I know a bundle of humanity,
    She's about so high;
    I'm nearly driven to insanity,
    When she passes by.
    She's a sunny little honey,
    But oh so hard to kiss;
    I'll try to overcome her vanity,
    And then I'll tell her this:

    I'm young and healthy,
    And you've got charms;
    It would really be a sin
    Not to have you in my arms.
    I'm young and healthy,
    And so are you;
    When the moon is in the sky
    Tell me what am I to do?

    If I could hate "yuh,"
    I'd keep away;
    That ain't my nature,
    I'm full of vitamin "A," say!

    I'm young and healthy,
    And you've got charms;
    It would really be a sin
    Not to have you in my arms.
    I'm young and healthy,
    And so are you;
    When the moon is in the sky
    Tell me what am I to do?

    If I could hate "yuh,"
    I'd keep away;
    That ain't my nature,
    I'm full of vitamin "A," say!

    I'm young and healthy,
    So let's be bold;
    In a year or two or three,
    Maybe we will be
    Too old.

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