"Wild Bill" Davison, Cornet
b. Defiance, Ohio, USA.
d. Nov. 14, 1989, Santa Barbara, CA, USA.
né: William Edward Davison. U.S. Celebrated jazz cornet player. 
Recorded more than 800 songs in an active career. Biography

~by Scott Yanow 
One of the great Dixieland trumpeters, Wild Bill Davison had a colorful and emotional style that ranged from sarcasm to sentimentality with plenty of growls and shakes. His unexpected placement of high notes was a highlight of his solos and his strong personality put him far ahead of the competition. 
In the 1920s, he played with the Ohio Lucky Seven, the Chubb-Steinberg Orchestra (with whom he made his recording debut), the Seattle Harmony Kings , and Benny Meroff.
After he was involved in a fatal car accident that ended the life of Frankie Teschemacher in 1932 (his auto was blindsided by a taxi), Davison spent the remainder of the 1930s in exile in Milwaukee. By 1941, he was in New York and in 1943 made some brilliant recordings for Commodore (including a classic version of "That's a Plenty") that solidified his reputation. After a period in the Army, Davison became a fixture with Eddie Condon 's bands starting in 1945, playing nightly at Condon's. In the 1950s, he was quite effective on a pair of albums with string orchestras, but most of his career was spent fronting Dixieland bands either as a leader or with Condon. Wild Bill toured Europe often from the 1960s, recorded constantly, had a colorful life filled with remarkable episodes, and was active up until his death.

A very detailed 1996 biography (The Wildest One by Hal Willard) has many hilarious anecdotes and shows just how unique a life Wild Bill Davison had.
Bill Davison - Wikipedia

Ace Brigode in the 1920s
Ace Brigode
Athos C. (Ace) Brigode (January 5, 1893 – February 3, 1960) was a United States dance band leader who enjoyed his greatest popularity in the 1920s.

Ace Brigode was born in Illinois. His band began playing professionally in early 1921 as "Ace Brigode & His 10 Virginians"; a bit later they were renamed "Ace Brigode & His 14 Virginians"; this name stuck although the band varied between having 9 to 19 members over the years. The band played in the moderately jazz-influenced peppy dance band style called "Collegiate Hot" that to many people exemplifies the music of the "Roaring Twenties". The most noted musician who played with Brigode was trombonist Abe Lincoln.

Brigode hosted the "White Rose Gasoline Show" on radio, featuring his band. The band also made gramophone records for various record labels, including OKeh, Edison, Cameo and Pathé Records; their biggest hit was a 1925 version of "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" for Columbia Records. The band's theme song was "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny". Dwight Eisenhower was among the band's fans.

Brigode himself played violin and clarinet, but mostly acted as master of ceremonies. The band toured widely around the United States. Brigode kept the band current with newer style arrangements into the early swing music era, before disbanding the group in 1945.

After this Ace Brigode worked as promotions manager for Cleveland, Ohio's Chippewa Lake Park, and also did television commercial voice work.
Ace Brigode Recordings


Dorothy Claire, vocals
b. LaPorte IN, USA.
Blonde vocalist Dorothy Claire sang with Bob Crosby before joining Bobby Byrne 's orchestra in 1939. Glenn Miller enticed her to leave Byrne in October 1941, where she replaced the departed Marion Hutton . A feud erupted between Byrne and Miller over the incident, and Claire was sued for breach of contract. She returned to Byrne, however, in April 1942 after Miller decided she wasn't a good fit. In 1943 Claire joined Sonny Dunham.

In 1945 she performed as part of the floor show in New York's Copacabana, and in 1950 she began appearing regularly on The Speidel Show, which later became The Paul Winchell-Jerry Mahoney Show. The program aired for four years.

Solid! -- Dorothy Claire
A star is born in LaPorte: Dorothy Claire

Libba Cotten, guitar
b. Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (January 5, 1895 – June 29, 1987) was an American blues and folk musician, singer, and songwriter.
A self-taught left-handed guitarist, Cotten developed her own original style. Her approach involved using a right-handed guitar (usually in standard tuning), not re-strung for left-handed playing, essentially, holding a right-handed guitar upside down. This position required her to play the bass lines with her fingers and the melody with her thumb. Her signature alternating bass style has become known as "Cotten picking".
Roger Quincy Dickerson, Trumpet
b. Paducah, KY, USA. d. Jan. 21, 1951
Roger Dickerson went to a lot of gigs throughout his adult life, but in his last 20 years he was most likely driving someone else there than playing. A fine trumpeter who performed at many St. Louis theatres beginning around 1918, Dickerson wound up a cab driver in New York City and died of a throat ailment. He first became known nationally as a member of Wilson Robinson's Bostonians, the band that in 1923 provided the travel fare to get him out of St. Louis. This was the same group, with the violinist Andrew Preer in command, that became the house band at New York City's Cotton Club.
In the spring of 1927 Preer died, resulting in leadership coups within the group as well as name changes on the marquee. The ensemble was formalized as the Cotton Club Orchestra, but then changed loyalties to The Missourians. In 1929 a new leader stepped into the picture and the air would soon fill with songs of reefer and moochers named Minnie. That was Cab Calloway, with whom Dickerson lasted exactly one year. Soon thereafter he left full-time music and began the ritual of looking into people's eyes and asking
"Where to, Mac?" He was not related to the younger Roger Dickerson, a pianist who appears on recordings with his brother Dwight Dickerson in the '90s.
~ Eugene Chadbourne
Woolf Phillips
b. London, England, UK.
Orchestra leader who epitomised postwar big band style on the radio and at the Palladium.

Woolf Phillips

Mike Riley, Trombone
b. Fall River, MA. USA.
d. Sept. 2, 1984.
Mike Riley was proficient on both trumpet and trombone and enjoyed a certain amount of success as a bandleader, but is best remembered for co-writing the top hit of the year 1935, a head-spinning ditty entitled "The Music Goes 'Round and Around". The song inspired a variety of cover versions including recordings by rockers NRBQ, vintage vocal group the Boswell Sisters and a host of jazz stars including Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. It was the sole hit Riley came up with whilst wearing his songwriting cap, however. Riley's date of birth seems to be a matter of opinion, with jazz biographer John Chilton estimating 1907 in Brooklyn while other sources place the year about three years earlier and the locale up north in Massachusetts.
In 1927 Riley was chewing on the Big Apple for sure, working as a trumpeter in a band that pianist, singer and comedian Jimmy Durante led at the Parody Club. Within a short time Riley was also playing the trombone in several big bands. His move to bandleading status took place as a result of a collaboration with a player who had similar talents, trumpeter and singer Eddie Farley.
The duo collaborated on a small band in the early '30s and tried their hand at a songwriting partnership, resulting in the single previously described bulls-eye. The Onyx Club kept the Farley and Riley outfit working steadily until ambitions led the partners to each start up their own groups. Through the '40s the Riley band was able to gig not only in New York but on the west coast and in the midwest as well. Riley became a sideman in Chicago in the early '50s before going back to bandleading, developing more of a variety revue than a strict jazz group. This ensemble toured throughout North America in the '50s and '60s. Other performers named Mike Riley, not to be confused with this performer, include a jazz guitarist who made several recordings in the '70s and a blues bassist whose nickname is "Sleepy."
~ Eugene Chadbourne
Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


Thomas Edison applies for a patent, No 382,416, in connection with a feed and return mechanism for his sound reproducing invention, the phonograph. (1888).

Billie Holiday in a Wm. T. Gottlieb photo with her 
famous and beloved dog, “Mister,” New York, Feb 1947.
Eleanora Gough, later known to the world as Billie Holiday, appears before a juvenile court in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, for truancy. She is nine years old, and described as “a minor without proper care and guardianship”. She is sent to the House Of The Good Shepherd for Colored Girls. (1925) 

Major E.H. Armstrong demonstrated his invention of the "FM" radio before the U. S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). One year later, in 1941, the first commericial FM transmitter went into operation.
Austin Allen, Singer
Banjo, Guitar, Tenor Banjo died.
Age: 57.
(Member of the Allen Brothers, a duo of "Austin" né: Austin Ambrose Allen, and Lee William Allen, Singer, Guitar, Kazoo, Piano, b. June 1, 1906, both brothers born Sewanee, Tennessee, USA.) The Allen Brothers were an American country music duo popular in the 1920s and 1930s. They were nicknamed "The Chattanooga Boys" since many of their songs mentioned Chattanooga.

Allen Brothers

Cecil Scott, clarinetist and tenor sax
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 58.
Cecil Scott

Cecil Scott (November 22, 1905, Springfield, Ohio - January 5, 1964, New York City) was an American jazz clarinetist, tenor saxophonist, and bandleader.
Scott played as a teenager with his brother, drummer Lloyd Scott. They played together as co-leaders through the end of the 1920s, holding residencies in Ohio, Pittsburgh, and in New York City at the Savoy Ballroom. Among the members of this ensemble were Dicky Wells, Frankie Newton, Bill Coleman, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Hodges, and Chu Berry. Cecil took full control over the group in 1929, though Lloyd continued to manage the group.
Scott was hurt badly in an accident in the early 1930s, and his career was temporarily sidelined. After his recovery he played with Ellsworth Reynolds in 1932-33 and then with Teddy Hill (from 1936), Clarence Williams, and Teddy Wilson (1936-37); in the latter gig he accompanied Billie Holiday. In the early 1940s he played with Alberto Socarras, Red Allen, Willie "The Lion" Smith before assembling his own band in 1942, which at times included Hot Lips Page and Art Hodes. He also played with Slim Gaillard later in the 1940s.
In 1950 he disbanded the group, and worked with Jimmy McPartland as a sideman. He occasionally led groups and continued to play as a sideman up until the time of his death in 1964. He is credited on some 75 albums.
Cecil Scott

Charles Mingus, bass
died in Cuernavaca, Mexico

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include: 


Ray Miller's Black And White Melody Boys 


Harry Reser and his Orchestra
  • “Gotta Getta Girl”


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra

Jessie Stafford and his Orchestra
  • “The Spell Of The Blues”, (Ruby / Dreyer / Johnston)
  • “You'll Never Know”


Luis Russell and his Burning Eight - Savoy Shout


Louisiana Rhythm Kings
  • “At Last I'm Happy”, (Friend / Clare / Conrad)
  • “If You Haven't Got A Girl”


Fats Waller and his Rhythm


What's The Reason I'm Not Pleasin' You 
~[Written by Coy Poe, Jimmie Green 
Pinky Tomlin and Earl Hatch]

Why don’t we get along
everything I do is wrong
Tell me what’s the reason
I’m not pleasin’ you

I may kiss you but then
You don’t say kiss me again
Tell me what’s the reason
I’m not pleasin’ you

If you must keep me in doubt
How will I know what to do
You can change me about

I’ll be what you want me to
Though I try and I try
Still I never satisfy
Tell me what’s the reason
I’m not pleasin’ you

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