Ella Logan, Actress/Vocals
b. Glasgow, Scotland
d. May 1, 1969, Burlingame, CA. (Cancer)
née: Ina Allan.
She Married Fred Finkelhoff in 1951 and Divorced him in 1956. C'est La Guerre!
Scottish-born actress/singer Ella Logan achieved her greatest renown playing an Irishwoman, Sharon McLonergan, and singing "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" in the Broadway musical Finian's Rainbow in 1947. Before that, however, she had spent three decades performing on-stage, in radio and recording studios, and on film sets.
Logan was born Ella Allan into a theatrical family in Glasgow, Scotland, on March 6, 1913. She made her stage debut at the age of three at the Grand Theater in Paisley, Scotland, singing 
"The End of a Perfect Day."
During the 1920s, she attracted attention as a band singer, appearing in England and traveling to Germany and Holland. In 1929, she was cast in Open Your Eyes, a musical with music by Vernon Duke that opened in Edinburgh, but closed before it could move to London. Nevertheless, Logan herself got to London the following year. She made her recording debut there, shortly before her 17th birthday, on February 26, 1930, serving as the vocalist for the Jack Hylton Orchestra on the songs "Moanin' Low" and "Can't We Be Friends?" recorded for HMV Records. She made her first sides under her own name in April, recording two songs from the English version of the Folies Bergerie revue De La Folie Pure, "Hold Your Glasses With Bottoms Up," and "Bigger and Better Than Ever." Also in 1930, she made her West End stage debut in the musical Darling! I Love You.
Logan moved to the U.S. in the early 1930s, bringing with her her young niece, Annabelle McCauley Allan Short, who went on to appear in the Our Gang film comedies among other child roles and, changing her name to Annie Ross, to become a noted jazz vocalist as an adult. Logan worked as a singer for various bands; in 1933 and 1934, she recorded with Abe Lyman's California Orchestra, and with Adrian's Ramblers, led by Adrian Rollini. She made her Broadway debut in the musical revue Calling All Stars, which opened December 13, 1934, and ran for 36 performances, closing on January 12, 1935. She worked in radio, then got a movie contract and went to Hollywood, where she appeared in a series of motion pictures within a year: Flying Hostess (December 1936), Top of the Town (March 1937), Woman Chases Man (June 1937), and 52nd Street (October 1937).
Her next part came in The Goldwyn Follies, the film for which George Gershwin was writing songs when he died of a brain tumor on July 11, 1937. The music and the film were completed after Gershwin's death, and in anticipation of its release in February 1938, Logan recorded a session for Brunswick Records on December 30, 1937, that included the Gershwin songs "I Was Doing All Right" and "Love Is Here to Stay" from the film, as well as "Oh Dear! What Can the Matter Be?" and "Jingle (Bingle) Bells." The latter two songs were paired on a single, and "Oh Dear! What Can the Matter Be?" became a hit in February 1938. This led to further Brunswick recording sessions and further hits during 1938: "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" in August; "Come to the Fair" in October; and "Two Sleepy People," a duet with the song's composer, Hoagy Carmichael, in November.
Logan returned to Broadway in the musical revue George White's Scandals, which opened on August 29, 1939, and ran 120 performances, closing December 9. The original Broadway cast album had not become a popular medium yet, but on September 26, Logan recorded four of the show's songs for Columbia Records, which had absorbed Brunswick: "Are You Havin' Any Fun" "Waikiki," "Goodnight, My Beautiful," and "Something I Dreamed Last Night." While working in nightclubs, she continued to do recording sessions for Columbia regularly over the next two years, including one that paired her with the Spirits of Rhythm on a version of "It's a Long Way to Tipperary." In the fall of 1940, she was part of a musical intended for Broadway called Hi Ya, Gentlemen that closed out of town in Hartford, CT. The show's co-librettist was Fred Finklehoffe, whom Logan would go on to marry in 1942. The marriage would last 12 years and produce a daughter; it would end in divorce in 1954.
Logan succeeded in returning to Broadway in Sons o' Fun, a revue starring the comedy team of Olsen and Johnson that opened December 1, 1941, and ran 742 performances, closing August 9, 1943. She did not stay with the show that long, however. On September 16, 1942, she moved to another Broadway revue, Show Time, produced by Finklehoffe, whom she married a week later. It ran 342 performances, until April 3, 1943.
As the tide turned toward the Allies in World War II and it became possible for entertainers to travel to visit the troops, Logan joined the USO and went to Africa and Italy to sing for the enlisted men. Her Columbia Records contract having lapsed, she recorded an album at her own expense backed by Frank DeVol and His Orchestra in 1945; it was issued by the tiny Majestic Records label and had little distribution. Otherwise, she maintained her nightclub career until she was cast in Finian's Rainbow, a musical fantasy and political satire with lyrics by E.Y. Harburg (who co-wrote the libretto with Fred Saidy) and music by Burton Lane.
Logan starred as the daughter of an Irishman who, having stolen a pot of gold, comes to America trailed by the leprechaun from whom he stole it. She sang the lion's share of the show's songs: "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?," "Look to the Rainbow," "Old Devil Moon," "Something Sort of Grandish," "If This Isn't Love," "(That) Great Come-and-Get-It Day," and "When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich." Opening on Broadway January 10, 1947, the show ran 725 performances, closing on October 2, 1948. Columbia Records issued the original Broadway cast album, which Logan dominated.
Despite the success of Finian's Rainbow, Logan did not return to the Broadway stage again. In the 1950s, she became a top international nightclub performer, appearing in the U.S. at such top venues as the Copacabana and the Waldorf-Astoria in New York as well as in London and Paris. She also appeared on television. In 1954, she was cast in a proposed animated film adaptation of Finian's Rainbow and re-recorded the score with Frank Sinatra, among others. But the film was canceled, and the recordings did not see a legitimate release until the appearance of the box set Sinatra in Hollywood 1940-1964 in 2002. 
She recorded the show's songs for a second time in 1954 for the LP Finian's Rainbow released by Capitol Records in 1955, the second of her two solo albums. In May 1956, she appeared in London with Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars. She continued to work occasionally in clubs, on television, and in theatrical stock productions, into the 1960s. She died of cancer at age 56 on May 1, 1969.
~ William Ruhlmann
Billy Austin, songwriter
b. Denver, CO, USA.

George "Red" Callendar, Bass/Tuba
b. Haynesville, VA, USA.
d. March 8, 1992
~by Scott Yanow
A busy studio musician who appeared on a countless number of recordings during his productive (and generally lucrative) career, Red Callender is the only player to turn down offers to join both Duke Ellington's Orchestra and the Louis Armstrong All-Stars. After briefly freelancing in New York, Callender settled in Los Angeles in 1936, debuting on record the next year with Louis Armstrong. In the early '40s, he was in the Lester and Lee Young band, and then formed his own trio. Callender, in the 1940s, recorded with Nat King Cole, Erroll Garner, Charlie Parker, Wardell Gray, and Dexter Gordon, among many others, and can be seen and heard taking a bebop break on bass in the 1946 film New Orleans (which was supposed to depict the city's music scene of 1915).
After a period spent leading a trio in Hawaii, Callender returned to Los Angeles, becoming one of the first black musicians to work regularly in the commercial studios. On his 1954 Crown LP Speaks Low, Callender was one of the earliest modern jazz tuba soloists, and he would occasionally double on that instrument in future years. His composition "Primrose Lane" became a Top Ten hit in 1959 when recorded by Billy Wallace. Keeping busy up until his death, some of the highlights of the bassist's later career include recording with Art Tatum (1955-1956), playing with Charles Mingus at the 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival, working with James Newton's avant-garde woodwind quintet (on tuba), and performing as a regular member of the Cheatham's Sweet Baby Blues Band. Callender's mid-'80s autobiography Unfinished Dream is quite informative and colorful.

Dave Clark
b. Jackson, TN, USA.
Born in Jackson, Tennessee, Clark became interested in music after a teacher gave him piano and violin lessons. He later learned band music and performed as a teenager with traveling minstrel shows. He graduated from Lane College in Jackson and attended Juilliard School in New York. He began promoting for Decca Records in 1938, beginning with Jimmie Lunceford. This launched a career as a promoter for most major labels that recorded African-American music. He worked for Duke/Peacock for 17 years,and spent time with Chess, Alladin, Apollo, United, Stax, and TK, before landing at Malaco in 1980.
Clark also served as the musical consultant for several movies, including The Color Purple. He wrote a column for Downbeat during the 1960s called "Swing Row Is My Beat". Clark had over 60 songs to his credit, including B.B. King's "Why I Sing The Blues". He was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1993.

Benny De Weille
b. Lubeck, Germany
d. Dec. 17, 1977.

Jay C. Flippen
Born: March 6, 1899
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, U.S.
Died February 3, 1971 (aged 71)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1928-1971
Jay C. Flippen (March 6, 1899 in Little Rock, Arkansas – February 3, 1971 in Los Angeles, California) was an American character actor who often played police officers or weary criminals in many films of the 1940s and 1950s.
Flippen was an established and respected vaudeville singer and stage actor before his film career. He had been discovered by famed African-American comedian Bert Williams in the 1920s. He called himself "The Ham What Am," and performed occasionally in blackface. Flippen attained the most coveted booking in vaudeville, headlining at the Palace Theatre in New York, not once but six times between March 1926 and February 1931.

At one time he was also a radio announcer for New York Yankees games and was one of the first game show announcers. Between 1924 and 1929, Flippen recorded more than thirty songs for Columbia, Perfect and Brunswick.
His first film, the 1928 Warner Brothers short subject "The Ham What Am", captures his vaudeville performance, and there are other shorts in the 1930s, but his film career started in earnest in 1947.
Flippen also appeared on television, including a 1960 guest-starring role as Gabe Jethrow in the episode "Four Came Quietly" on the CBS western series Johnny Ringo, starring Don Durant. In 1962, he guest starred on the ABC drama series Bus Stop as Mike Carmody in "Verdict of 12" and Follow the Sun as Fallon in "The Last of the Big Spenders." He also appeared on ABC's The Untouchables as Al Morrisey in "You Can't Pick the Number" (1959) and as Big Joe Holvak in "Fall Guy" (1962).
In the 1962-1963 season, Flippen was cast as Chief Petty Officer Homer Nelson on the NBC sitcom Ensign O'Toole, with Dean Jones in the starring role. He also guest starred on CBS's The Dick Van Dyke Show in its first season, playing Rob Petrie's former mentor Happy Spangler. In 1964, he appeared as Owney in an episode of CBS's Gunsmoke with James Arness. In 1963, he guest starred on Bonanza. He appeared four times on NBC's The Virginian in the 1960s; in 1966, he appeared on the ABC comedy western The Rounders. In 1967, he and Tom Tryon guest starred in the episode "Charade of Justice" of the NBC western series The Road West.

Later in life, Flippen continued acting although he used a wheelchair after an amputation like in Ironside (Season 1 "A Very Cool Hot Car"). He was married for 25 years to screenwriter Ruth Brooks Flippen.

Flippen died February 3, 1971 during surgery from an aneurysm caused by a swollen artery, one month before his 72nd birthday. He was interred in a crypt in the Corridor of Memories section at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles near the grave of Marilyn Monroe.
Jay C. Flippen
Jay C. Flippen

Floyd "Salty" Holmes
b. Glasgow, KY, USA.
Member: "The Prarie Ramblers," formed 1930's with original members: "Salty" Holmes, "Chick" Hurt (Charles Hurt, Mandolin, Mandola, Tenor Banjo, b. Willowshade, Kentucky, USA), Jack Taylor ( Guitar, b. Summershade, Kentucky, USA) and "Tex" Atchison ( Shelby David Atchison, Fiddle, Vocals, b. Rosine, Kentucky, USA).

Walter "Furry" Lewis
b. Greenwood, MI, USA.
d. Sept. 14, 1981, Memphis, TN, USA.
Sadly, "Furry" lost a leg while 'hitching' a ride on a freight train. In Chicago, IL, 1927, he recorded for the first time (Vocalion label), along with guitarist Landers Walters and mandolin player Charles Johnson. He seems to have dropped from sight until 1959, when Vocalion released his first Album, after his his "discovery" by Sam Charters. 1963 found him appearing at some Folk festivals with Gus Cannon and Willie Borum, both fellow veterans of the 1920's and 30's Memphis scene.

Starting in 1968, he produced six albums over an eighteen month period. In 1972, a trio called 'The Alabama State Troupers' released the live album "Road Show".
In 1975, Furry was seen in the film 'W.W and the Dixie Dance Kings', starring Burt Reynolds.
In 1976, singer Joni Mitchell met Furry, and soon afterwards recorded the song 'Furry Sings the Blues'. "Furry" was 88 when he died in 1981.
Bob Wills, Fiddle/Vocal/Leader
b. (near) Kosse, TX, USA.
d. May 13, 1975, Fort Worth, TX, USA.
né: James Robert Wills.
American bandleader, fiddler, singer, and songwriter whose Texas Playboys popularized western swing music in the 1930s and ’40s. Taught to play the mandolin and fiddle by his father and other relatives, Wills began performing in country string bands in Texas in the late 1920s. In 1933 he formed the Playboys (later His Texas Playboys) as a traditional string band, to which he added drums, amplified steel and standard guitar, and horns—instruments theretofore foreign to country music.
Gathering a stellar combination of players (whose number varied from 6 to 22), Wills became the King of Western Swing, an up-tempo country jazz that drew on Dixieland, big band, minstrelsy, pop, blues, and various ethnic (Czech, German, Cajun, and Mexican) styles. Among the key Playboys were vocalist Tommy Duncan, steel-guitarist Leon McAuliffe (famous for “Steel Guitar Rag”), and arranger Eldon Shamblin, one of the pioneers of the electric guitar. During performances Wills gleefully called out the names of the musicians as they were featured and, when the spirit moved him, hollered his trademark “ah-ha!”
~Britannica Online Encyclopedia
Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

America's first college orchestra founded, - at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA.)
Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra

A San Francisco newspaper used the word "jazz"perhaps for the first time in print.
*The word ‘jazz’ is first used in print, by journalist Scoop Gleason in the San Francisco Bulletin. Gleason is, however, not writing about music. He is describing the return home of a baseball team, with the words, ‘Everybody has come back to the old town, full of the old ‘jazz’ and they promise to knock the fans off their feet.”


Banjo soloist Olly Oakley records The College Rag for The Gramophone Company in London, UK.

Isham Jones And His Orchestra open at the Rue de la Paix nightclub, Manhattan, New York City, USA. Jones had recently moved his base of operations from Chicago to New York.

Ma Rainey And Her Paramount Flappers play the second of three nights at the Douglass Theatre, Macon, Georgia, USA.

George Formby
George Formby, British singing comedian and ukulele player who on this day in 1961.made many films.

Eddie Durham
died in New York (Brooklyn), NY, USA.
Age: 80.
Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Bailey's Lucky Seven
  • Dancing Fool
  • Kicky-Koo (You For Me - Me For You)
  • Those Longing For You Blues


Ray Miller's Orchestra - Where Is That Old Girl Of Mine?


Dixieland Jug Blowers

Eddie Peabody
  • At Sundown
  • Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider


Ethel Waters - Second-Handed Man

The California Ramblers

Jack Padbury's Cosmo Club Six
  • Hot Bricks
  • Deep Hollow

Art Gillham (aka The Whispering Pianist)


Jimmie Lunceford and his Chickasaw Syncopaters - In Dat Mornin' - with preaching by Moses Allen
Jimmie Lunceford and his Chickasaw Syncopaters Sweet Rhythm


© 1921
Lyrics: Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young; Music: Geo. W. Meyer
Sheet Music: J Albert & Son
Recording: Perfect Record by the Apollo Quartet

Underneath Hawaiian skies
Land of many sad goodbyes
Where the rippling waters play
Whisp'ring 'Why don't you stay?'
There beneath a coral moon
I heard someone croon:

Nestling in a crystal sea
Lies this isle of memory
Ev'ry ship that passes by
Hears somebody softly sigh
Wait for me my Kicky-koo
I'll return to you:

Kicky-koo Kicky-koo
You for me, me for you
Who will do your wooing;
When I'm gone all night long
I will miss your sweet song
Kicky-koo say you love me too
All the little stars above you
In Honolulu love you
Because I told them of you
They're gonna light my way back to you
Kicky-koo koo, Kicky-koo

Kicky-koo Kicky-koo
You for me, me for you
You'll be true, won't you

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