Lale Andersen (Brunnenberg), vocals.
d. 1972.
Best known for her release: "Lili Marlene".
Lale Andersen (23 March 1905 – 29 August 1972) was a German chanson singer-songwriter born in Bremerhaven, Germany. She is best known for her interpretation of the song "Lili Marleen" in 1939, which became tremendously popular on both sides during the Second World War.

Jim Anglin
C&W songwriter
b. Franklin, TN, USA.
Member Of: Anglin Brothers
(Perhaps best known tunes: "Ashes Of Love" and "One By One")
"Fiddlin'" John Carson
violin/vocals, b. Fannin County, GA, USA.
d 1949.
Between 1923 and 1931, Carson made over 150 recordings for the Okeh Label.
Fiddlin' John Carson (born March 23, 1868 in Fannin County, Georgia – died December 11, 1949 in Atlanta, Georgia) was an American old time fiddler and an early country musician.


~by John Bush
Fiddlin' John Carson was already 55 when in 1923 the OKeh label released "Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane"/"The Old Hen Cackled" -- the first recording by a strictly country artist and arguably the beginning of the country music recording industry. Carson was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia in 1868, and worked in cotton mills for over 20 years until his fiddling talents won several contests. He began performing in minstrel shows, and came to be quite popular around the Georgia area -- so much so that Atlanta furniture salesman Polk Brockman recommended Carson's name to OKeh field recorder Ralph Peer. Though Peer agreed to record the fiddler, he was disgusted with the results and sent only a few copies to the furniture store -- then the only outlet for records. Brockman sold out of several pressings, convincing Peer that there was a market for hillbilly recordings. 

Carson was brought to New York late in 1923 to begin recording the first of his over 150 sides for the label. The following year, Carson updated his old-timey sound by recording with a string band called the Virginia Reelers. He also recorded as a comedy duo with his daughter, Rosa Lee (known as Moonshine Kate). Carson's fortunes declined during the Depression, however; his final recordings were for Victor Bluebird in 1934. He later worked as an elevator operator at the Georgia State Capitol, a job he received from governor Eugene Talmadge in return for the popular musician's campaign help. Rounder has released a compilation of the fiddler's recordings with the Virginia Reelers and Moonshine Kate.

Johnny Guarnieri, Piano
b. New York, NY, USA.
d. Jam. 7, 1985.
Livingston, New Jersey, USA.
(while onstage during a performance with Dick Sudhalter.)
né: John Albert Guarnieri
One of the most talented pianists of the 1940s, Johnny Guarnieri had the ability to closely imitate Fats Waller, Count Basie, and even Art Tatum. Not too surprisingly, he was in great demand during his prime years. Guarnieri started classical piano lessons when he was ten and soon switched to jazz. In 1939, he joined Benny Goodman's orchestra, recording frequently with both the big band and B.G.'s sextet. In 1940, Guarnieri became a member of Artie Shaw's orchestra and gained fame playing harpsichord on Shaw's popular Gramercy Five recordings.

Dorsey (1942-1943) and then freelanced. Among Guarnieri's many recordings during this era were important dates with Lester Young ("Sometimes I'm Happy"), Roy Eldridge, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Rex Stewart, Don Byas, and Louis Armstrong ("Jack-Armstrong Blues"). He also recorded frequently as a leader during 1944-1947, including one date on which Lester Young was his sideman. Guarnieri joined the staff of NBC in the late '40s, appeared in the Coleman Hawkins/Roy Eldridge television pilot After Hours (1961), moved to California in the '60s where he often played solo piano, and a few times in the 1970s toured Europe. Guarnieri's later records often found him playfully performing stride in 5/4 time. He recorded as a leader through the years for such labels as Savoy, Majestic, Coral (1956), Golden Crest, Camden, Dot, Black & Blue, Dobre, and Taz-Jazz (1976 and 1978).
~ Scott Yanow

Harry Hayes
alto sax/clarinet.
d. March 18, 2002, Stoneleigh, Surrey, England.
Age: 92
Harry was a very familiar figure on the British jazz scene from its earliest days until his retirement in 1965, Played with several well known bands English bands including Fred Elizalde, Bert Ambrose, Geraldo, Syd Lipton. Later (1944), Harry led his own band. In 1947, after retiring from active performing, he open his own music shop. Harry was also a highly regarded saxophone teacher.
Harry Hayes Saxophonist and early exponent of British jazz who ...

Arnold Johnson, piano
Not to be confused with the actor of the same name who essayed the memorable title role in the 1969 film Putney Swope, this Arnold Johnson began his musical activities a bit more than a half-a-century earlier. At only 14-years-old, he was employed as a pianist in a Chinese restaurant, putting him much closer than usual to many musicians' favorite type of food on the road. Johnson studied at the Chicago Music College and the American Conservatory of Music, and landed his first job in a band courtesy of saxophonist Rudy Wiedoft.

Following a brief hiatus attempting to cash in on the Florida real estate market, Johnson returned to the music scene with a vengeance. Arnold Johnson and His Orchestra was an early signing for the Brunswick label in the '20s, on a roster with other ensembles such as Paul Ash and His Granada Orchestra, and the Castlewood Marimba Band. One important way in which Johnson seriously influenced 20th century music was his coaching and motivation of several sidemen who went on to become important in their own right. The list is topped by songwriter Harold Arlen, who had triple duty in the Johnson group as a pianist, vocalist, and arranger. Another important player to come out of the Johnson group was the fine trumpeter Jack Purvis.
The music of Johnson's group itself has continued to be of interest to collectors of vintage big band material, naturally, but sides such as the 1928 "Radio Impressions" and "Big City Blues Breakaway" have gotten airplay from notorious disc jockeys such as Dr. Demento -- indicating that there can't be anything particularly dull or dated about these recordings. Joining a songwriting team with Russ Morgan and Mitchell Parish, Johnson helped concoct musical questions such as "Does Your Heart Beat for Me?." The team's songs were recorded by artists including Bing Crosby, the Mills Brothers and even country singer Patsy Cline.
~ Eugene Chadbourne

Notable Events Occurring 
On This Date Include:

The first "Jazz" (or at least "Pop") concert was held at Carnegie Hall when 'James Reese Europe and his Clef Club Orchestra' introduced the music of black America to new audiences. 26 years later, in 1938, Benny Goodman's orchestra thrilled Carnegie Hall audiences with his big-band 'Swing'.
James Reese Europe

The stage musical Paris, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, comes to the end of its first Broadway run, at the Music Box theatre, New York City, USA, after 195 performances. It is perhaps best-remembered for introducing the song, Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love, which was sung by the show's star, Irene Bordoni. 

Mort Dixon, songwriter
died in Bronxville, NY, USA.
Age: 64.

Bill Samuels, piano
died in Minneapolis, MN, USA.
Age: 52.
Best recalled for his work with
group 'The Cats 'N Jammers'.

Pete Johnson, piano
died in Buffalo, NY, USA.
Age: 62.

Ken Maynard
Singing Cowboy/actor
died in California, USA.
Age: 77.

Bill Kenny, vocals
died in New Westminister, BC, Canada.
Age: 63.
Member: 'Ink Spots'

Sonny Greer, drums
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 87.

Tenor sax man "Zoot" Sims
died of cancer in New York city
Age: 59.

"Big" Al Sears, tenor sax
died in St. Albans, NY, USA.
Age: 80.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


All Star Trio


Club Royal Orchestra


The Collegians - That Red-Head Gal

Great White Way Orchestra with Billy Murray - Yes, We Have No Bananas


Anthony Parenti's Famous Melody Boys
  • Dizzy Lizzy
  • French Market Blues

The Savoy Orpheans - Everybody Loves My Baby

  • The Only Only One For Me
  • I Know That Someone Loves Me


Anthony Parenti's Famous Melody Boys
  • Georgianna
  • Sittin' Around
  • What A Man!

Waring's Pennsylvanians


The Dixie Stompers (Fletcher Henderson Orchestra)St. Louis Shuffle

The Six Hottentots - I'm In Love Again

Waring's Pennsylvanians

Ted Lewis and his Band - Dark Town Strutters Ball
  • Wah! Wah!

Harry Reser and his Orchestra - I Wonder How I Look When I'm Asleep ? - (Tom Stacks vocal)


Sol Hoopii's Novelty Trio
  • E Mama Ea (A Hawaiian Love Song)

Boyd Senter and his Senterpedes

Jimmy Blythe

W.E. "Buddy" Burton
  • Time Enough

Ted Lewis and his Band - I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares For Me)
  • Laugh! Clown! Laugh!

Waring's Pennsylvanians - Lila - (vocal refrain by Tom Waring)


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra


Ben Pollack and his Orchestra - Goin' To Heaven On A Mule


Harry Roy and his Orchestra - Let’s Face The Music And Dance


Mildred Bailey and her Orchestra - Rockin’ Chair (Hoagy Carmichael)


Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds Of Joy - I'll Never Fail You


Great White Way Orchestra with Billy Murray -Yes We Have No Bananas (Silver/Cohn), Victor 1923
From the show "Make It Snappy" 
(Frank Silver / Irving Cohn)

There's a fruit store on our street
It's run by a Greek.
And he keeps good things to eat
But you should hear him speak!
When you ask him anything, he never answers "no".
He just "yes"es you to death, and as he takes your dough
He tells you
"Yes, we have no bananas
We have-a no bananas today.
We've string beans, and onions
Cabbageses, and scallions,
And all sorts of fruit and say
We have an old fashioned to-mah-to
A Long Island po-tah-to
But yes, we have no bananas.
We have no bananas today."

Business got so good for him that he wrote home today,
"Send me Pete and Nick and Jim; I need help right away."
When he got them in the store, there was fun, you bet.
Someone asked for "sparrow grass" and then the whole quartet
All answered
"Yes, we have no bananas
We have-a no bananas today.
Just try those coconuts
Those walnuts and doughnuts
There ain't many nuts like they.
We'll sell you two kinds of red herring,
Dark brown, and ball-bearing.
But yes, we have no bananas
We have no bananas today."

Yes, we are very sorry to inform you
That we are entirely out of the fruit in question
The afore-mentioned vegetable
Bearing the cognomen "Banana".
We might induce you to accept a substitute less desirable,
But that is not the policy at this internationally famous green 
I should say not. No no no no no no no.
But may we suggest that you sample our five o'clock tea
Which we feel certain will tempt your pallet?
However we regret that after a diligent search 
Of the premises
By our entire staff
We can positively affirm without fear of contradiction
That our raspberries are delicious; really delicious
Very delicious
But we have no bananas today.

Yes, we gotta no banana
No banana
We gotta no banana today.
I sella you no banana.
Hey, Marianna, you gotta no banana?

The Wang Wang Blues
(As performed by The Dixie Stompers, 1927)
~Composer: Gus Mueller, Buster Johnson, Henry Busse
~Lyricist: Leo Wood

I got the bluest blues (He's got the bluest blues)
I'm just as blue as can be (He's got the blues)
Just got the awful news (He's got some awful news)
My sweetie sweet has left me (She left him flat)
I love her so (He loves her so)
And now I know (And now he knows)
This awful blow (That awful blow)
Will lay me low (Will lay him low)
Oh Lordy, Lord, what she did to me (Lord, what she did to he)
I'm just as sad as can be (Oh, sad is he)

I got those Wang Wang blues (He's got the blues)
Those awful Wang Wang blues (Those dirty blues)
Oh brother I never knew I'd be so blue
Until she went away (Oh, mercy me)
I got those Wang Wang Blues (As blue as blue)
Those lonesome Wang Wang Blues (So sad and blue)
I wish my sweet sweetie would come back
And chase away those Wang Wang Blues

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