Georgia White with Bumble Bee Slim


Georgia White, piano
b. Sandersville, GA, USA
Georgia White was an African American blues singer, most prolific in the 1930s and 1940s.
Little is known of her early life. By the late 1920s she was singing in clubs in Chicago, and she made her first recording, "When You're Smiling, the Whole World Smiles With You," with Jimmie Noone's orchestra in 1930. She returned to the studio in 1935, and over the next six years recorded over 100 tracks for Decca Records, usually accompanied by the pianist Richard M. Jones and also, in the late 1930s, by guitarist Lonnie Johnson. Her output exceeds that of her rivals Lil Johnson and Merline Johnson, and even Memphis Minnie, during those years.
She also recorded under the name Georgia Lawson. Many of her songs were mildly risqué, including "I'll Keep Sitting on It," "Take Me for a Buggy Ride," "Mama Knows What Papa Wants When Papa's Feeling Blue," and "Hot Nuts." Her best known song was "You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now."

In the 1940s, Georgia White formed an all-women band, which never recorded, and also performed with Bumble Bee Slim. In 1949 she joined Big Bill Broonzy as pianist in his Laughing Trio. "She was very easy to get along with," said Broonzy. "Real friendly." She returned to singing in clubs in the 1950s, and her last known public performance was in 1959 in Chicago. One of her songs, "Alley Boogie" (recorded November 9, 1937), is used as the theme song for the British romantic comedy drama series Love Soup.

Bernhard Christensen
b. Copenhagen, Denmark, d.
Bernhard Christensen was a Danish composer and organist.
He studied music at University of Copenhagen from 1926. In 1929 he graduated and was organist until 1945 at Christiansborg Slotskirke. Then he was hired as organist by Vangede Church from 1945 - 1976. He also worked as a music teacher from 1950 - 1976 , notably for young jazz enthusiasts in a kindergarten.

Ornette Coleman
Alto-tenor sax/trumpet/violin/composer/leader
b. Ft Worth, TX, USA.

Joe Daniels, Drums/Leader
b. Zeerust, South Africa
d. July 2, 1993.
Age 84
Joe Daniels (1908-2003), born in Zeerust South Africa, was a British drummer and performer whose career began in the early 1920s. Daniels played with Sid Roy (brother of Harry Roy), and formed his own band with Max Goldberg. Around 1930, he started recording as "Joe Daniel's Hot Shots" (with Billy Mason), and they became a popular recording band. The band performed on BBC radio shows many times.
At the outbreak of World War II, Daniels joined the Royal Air Force where he organized an Air Force band, and produced shows for the troops. After the war and throughout the '50s, '60s, and '70s, he played in both small and in big bands, including recording under the name "Washboard Joe and the Scrubbers".
Joe Daniels (jazz drummer)

Herschel Evans
Tenor Sax
b. Denton, TX, USA.
d. 1939.
~Scott Yanow
One of the earliest "tough Texas tenors," Herschel Evans' hard sound was a perfect contrast to that of the cool-toned Lester Young in the Count Basie Orchestra. He started out playing in territory bands, including Troy Floyd (1929-1931) with whom he made his recording debut, and Benny Moten (1933-1935). In 1936, Evans had stints with Lionel Hampton and Buck Clayton in Los Angeles and then joined Count Basie just in time to enjoy the band's success and participate on many recordings; his most famous solo was on a ballad feature "Blue and Sentimental" from 1938. Sadly, Herschel Evans died of a heart ailment before his 30th birthday.

Raquel Meller, Actor and Singer
Raquel Meller (9 March 1888 – 26 July 1962), born as Francisca Romana Marqués López, was a Spanish diseuse, cuplé, and tonadilla singer. She was an international star in the 1920s and 1930s, appearing in several films and touring Europe and the Americas. 
Early life and career
Francisca Romana Marqués López was born in Tarazona, Aragón in the neighborhood of Cinto. Her father, Telesforo Marqués Ibañez, worked as a blacksmith and her mother, Isabel López Sainz, ran a grocery store. Her family was one of the oldest in Aragón and were quite wealthy before becoming impoverished during the Carlist Wars. At the age of four, her family moved to Barcelona. Her father died when she was not yet 10 years old and she was placed under the care of her aunt, Sister María del Carmen, an abbess in the convent at Figueras. When her aunt asked her to become a nun, she escaped from the convent with the help of a gardener's ladder.
She moved back to Barcelona where she worked as a seamstress, embroidering the robes of priests and bishops. She sang as she worked, eventually drawing crowds who would stand on the street outside of the dressmaker's shop. Aged 13, she sang at a small cabaret in Valencia. She later appeared in Madrid where she attracted the attention of the King and Queen of Spain.

Painting of Raquel Meller by Joaquín Sorolla (1918)
It was at that time that she met the famous singer Marta Oliver, a regular at the clothes shop. Under the tutelage of Oliver, the young chanteuse made her debut in the lounge La Gran Peña in February 1908 under the name La Bella Rachel. Subsequently, she changed her name to Raquel Meller. On 16 September 1911 she made her grand debut at the Teatro Arnau in Barcelona.

In 1917, she met the Guatemalan journalist and diplomat Enrique Gómez Carrillo, whom she married in 1919. Unable to bear children, the couple adopted. The same year, Meller held her first concerts in Paris (Olympia), Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. Meller secured a divorce from Carrillo in 1922.

In 1919, Meller appeared in her first film, Los arlequines de seda y oro. In the next few years, she would star in her most successful and silent films Violettes impériales (1923) and Carmen (1926). She quickly became popular throughout the Western world and was a darling of the media. Meller was known to wear slender gold bracelets on her right wrist, each representing a significant step in her stage career. Spanish senator Emilio Junoy alleged that Meller betrayed the spy Mata Hari to the French police in an apparent fit of jealousy over her husband Gómez Carrillo, who had penned a biography of Mata Hari. He denied the rumor, pointing out that Mata Hari was executed in 1917, two years before he married Meller.

The Russian outfit Films Albatros conceived of the 1926 film Carmen as a star vehicle for Meller, whose portrayal of the main character was a great success despite being at odds with the vision of director Jacques Feyder. Though she rose to fame singing bawdy cuplés, Meller was known to be prudish. Feyder later recalled how Meller's attitude led to problems while filming:
One morning, in the famous stone bullring of Ronda, pearl of Andalusia, we argued over a kiss she thought inappropriate just when we were about to shoot. Maybe because I felt for the 600 walk-ons waiting under a leaden sun, or maybe it was the sun's effect on me, unusually for me I raised my voice. She raised her arms to the sky, her bracelets tinkling, and cried out: "I don't give a fig about this Mr. Mérimée; anyway, where does he live, this Mérimée? I'll phone him!"

Meller appeared on the 26 April 1926 cover of Time magazine.
Meller was twice booked to perform in the United States, but canceled both appearances. In 1926 she finally arrived under contract to theatrical producer E. Ray Goetz, who assured her appearance by requiring her to put up a bond of $100,000. Meller arrived via the SS Leviathan, on which she attempted to book a deluxe suite for her five Pekingese. She visited New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Baltimore and Los Angeles.
The sight and sound of Meller were captured for the Fox Movietone sound system, first demonstrated to the public at the Sam H. Harris Theatre in New York City on 21 January 1927. The clip, not quite synchronized, was shown by a movie projector equipped to play sound-on-film, and preceded the feature film What Price Glory? originally released by Fox in November 1926.

On her 1926 visit to Los Angeles, Meller attracted the attention of Charlie Chaplin, who tried to secure her to costar with him. Though he was unsuccessful, Chaplin did incorporate the melody of the song "La Violetera" as a major theme in his 1931 film City Lights.

Raquel Meller as Violetta in the 1932 version of Violettes impériales.
In 1932 Meller shot a second version of Violettes impériales for the talkies, and in 1936 began shooting Lola Triana, whose production was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War. In the 1930s Meller lived in France. She was friends with Maurice Chevalier and Sarah Bernhardt, who described Meller as the "greatest actress in Europe—after myself." In 1937 Meller traveled to Argentina where she remained until 1939. After the Civil War she moved to Barcelona and again achieved popularity with the play of José Padilla's Violetera, and there remarried to French businessman Edmond Saiac.

Later years

Meller faded from public view after the late 1930s. Her legend was rekindled with the films El último cuplé (1957) and La Violetera (1958) starring Sara Montiel, who sang songs popularized by Meller.
In 1962, Meller suffered a heart attack and died a month later on 26 July after falling into a coma, aged 74. Her funeral procession in Barcelona the following day numbered 100,000 people. She is interred in the Montjuïc Cemetery in Barcelona.
Meller's hometown of Tarazona houses a permanent museum exhibition for Meller in the Fine Arts Theater of the town hall.
Raquel Meller

J. D. Suggs, guitar
b. Kosciusko, MS, USA

Lee Williams, Bandleader
d. Sept. 4, 1995
Age: 77.
né: William Brammer Leacox.
Active Midwest region late 1920s - '30s.
His wife, Laura Beth Leacox was the band's vocalist.

Notable Events Occurring 
On This Date Include:

Singing trio The Gumm Sisters play the first of seven nights at the Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA. One of the sisters, Frances Gumm, will find stardom after a name change to Judy Garland.

Tommy Dorsey Orchestra recorded
"Well, Git It!" (Victor) with Ziggy Elman on trumpet.
Sy Oliver arrangement.

Wilbur C. Sweatman
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 79

Henry Stuckey, guitar
died in Jackson, MS, USA.
Age: 69

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Husk O'Hare's Super Orchestra of Chicago


Bailey's Lucky Seven


Coon Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra - Deep Henderson

Ray Miller's Orchestra

Harry Reser and his Orchestra - Horses - (Tom Stacks vocal)


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra - It All Depends On You
  • Who Do You Love?


Texas Alexander - Bantam Rooster Blues
Lonnie Johnson - I'm So Tired Of Living All Alone

Waring's Pennsylvanians


Al Starita And The Piccadilly Players
  • Up In The Clouds
  • Happy-Go-Lucky Bird
  • Thinking Of You
  • Who Did?


Louis Armstrong and his Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra - Just A Gigolo


Bennie Krueger and his Orchestra
  • Sheltered By The Stars Cradled By The Moon - Vocal refrain by Paul Small
  • I'm So In Love! - Vocal Chorus by Fran Frey
  • Somebody Loves You - Vocal refrain by Phil Neely

Ambrose And His Orchestra - Was That The Human Thing To Do?


Hoagy Carmichael and his Orchestra - Judy


Al Bowlly, accompanied by Ray Noble and his Orchestra - Flowers For Madame


Vincent Lopez And His Orchestra
  • Gloomy Sunday


Judy Garland - Everybody Sing



(Murray Mencher / Charles Newman / Charles Tobias)
Al Bowlly, with Ray Noble & his Orchestra

Flowers for Madame,
I bring you lovely flowers, sweet Madame
And though they may be beautiful to see
They could never be as beautiful as you

Every tender rose
May tell you what I’m trying to disclose
So won’t you press them closely to your heart
That they may impart the love I hold for you

These precious moments when we meet
Are like a glorious bouquet
But they would be complete
If you gave me the right to say, “I adore you”.

Flowers for Madame
I bring you lovely flowers, sweet Madame
And in my heart I’m hoping that perchance
They will start romance, these flowers for Madame.

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