Millie Good
(Western) vocals/guitar
b. Mount Carmel, IL, USA.
née: Mildred Goad.
Member: 'The Girls of the Golden West', a duo of Dorothy Laverne "Dolly" Good (b. 1915), and Mildred Fern "Millie" Good (b. 1913). One of the most popular acts in early country music,'The Girls of the Golden West' achieved nationwide fame in the 1930s with appearances on such shows as the 'National Barn Dance', the 'Boone County Jamboree' and the 'Midwestern Hayride'.

The girls continued performing heavily through the 1940s, with occasional appearances up until 1967 when Dolly died. They were recorded by RCA, Columbia and Conqueror labels. in the 1980's, the 'Old Homestead' label released some of their work.

Nick La Rocca, Cornet
b. New Orleans, LA, USA.
d. Feb. 22, 1961
The founder and leader of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Nick LaRocca did much to help popularize jazz during the band's existence, although he hurt his own cause decades later by claiming to have been one of jazz's main originators. LaRocca, who had a good tone but was not a major improviser, was self-taught. He co-led a kids band with violinist Henry Young in 1905, freelanced (with Dominic Barocca, Bill Gallity and the Brunies Brothers, among others), and occasionally headed his own group. During 1912-1916, LaRocca frequently played with Papa Jack Laine's Reliance Band. He worked with drummer Johnny Stein in 1915 and left New Orleans to join Stein in Chicago on March 1, 1916. Less than three months later, he broke away and formed the ODJB, which soon included trombonist Eddie Edwards, clarinetist Larry Shields, pianist Henry Ragas (replaced by J. Russell Robinson after his death in 1919), and drummer Tony Sparbaro (later often known as Tony Spargo).
The band became quite popular in Chicago and then caused a sensation in New York in 1917 when they opened at Reisenweber's. They became the first jazz band to ever record and, although their style seems very primitive today (playing all ensembles with no solos, and lots of repetition from chorus to chorus with LaRocca largely sticking to the melody), they were light years ahead of all of the other bands that had previously recorded.
Their "Livery Stable Blues" (which found the horn players emulating barnyard animals) was a major hit, many of the band's songs (including "Original Dixieland One Step," "At the Jazz Band Ball," "Clarinet Marmalade," "Jazz Me Blues," "Fidgety Feet," and "Tiger Rag") became standards, and their visit to London during 1919-1920 helped introduce jazz to Europe, causing another sensation overseas.
Personality conflicts and the rapid evolution of jazz made the Original Dixieland Jazz Band fairly irrelevant by 1923, and in January 1925, when LaRocca suffered a nervous breakdown, the group broke up. LaRocca returned to New Orleans and had a day job outside of music (running a contracting business).
Renewed interest in the group in 1936 found him re-forming the ODJB. LaRoca recorded six remakes with the band that year and also made nine titles with a 14-piece big band that includes Shields, Robinson ,and Sbarbaro. However the "comeback" soon ended and in February 1938, LaRocca retired from music permanently. While other bandmembers occasionally returned to playing (and Tony Spargo did not retire), Nick LaRocca never had any desire to play music again. His voice was recorded in 1959 introducing the musicians on a Southland LP featuring Sharkey Bonano and other New Orleans players; it was released by "Nick LaRocca & His Dixieland Jazz Band," but he did not play a note.
~ Scott Yanow

Harty Taylor (C&W) guitar/vocals
b. Mt. Vernon, KY, USA.
Member shows:
'Cumberland Ridge Runners', and WLS's 'National Barn Dance'
Hillbilly-Music.com - Cumberland Ridge Runners
Paul "Hezzie" Trietsch, (hillbilly) vocals
b. Arcadia, IN, USA.
Member group: "Hoosier Hot Shots,"
Hezzie was born on a farm near Arcadia, Indiana on 4/11/05. He started working as an entertainer in 1922, married his wife Bessie nee Burk 2/27/04) 3/15/24 and stayed married and entertaining the rest of his life. In his early days with Ezra Buzzington's Rube Band (see picture with top hat) his wife Bessie, mother of Paul, Jr., worked on stage along with a group that included 3 of Paul's brothers. He did blackface, silly-kid, and toby characters, and though famous for his "zither", picture a washboard after being hit by a parade of antique cars, he was well versed on any number of instruments. His custom slide whistle set the tone for the instrument for eternity.

In the mid 40s Hezzie and the group left Chicago and the National Barn Dance for the comfort of California, where Hezzie made a home in North Hollywood. He started a pawn/jewelry business in the 50s and kept musicians alive between gigs. The store survives to this day.
Hezzie's death in 1979 brought the end to the 50 years of America's greatest novelty band.

McKinney's Cotton Pickers in 1928. left to right: Cuba Austin, Prince Robinson, George Thomas, Don Redman, Dave Wilborn, Todd Rhoades, Bob Escudero, seated: John Nesbitt, Claude Jones, Milton Senoir, Langston Curl.
Dave Wilborn, Banjo/Guitar
b. Springfield, OH, USA. d. 1982
The banjoist and singer for McKinney's Cotton Pickers in the ‘20s and ‘30s, Wilborn also recorded with Louis Armstrong. Wilborn began playing piano at age 12, but picked up the banjo shortly thereafter and made it his primary instrument. He worked with Cecil and Lloyd Scott in 1922, then joined drummer William McKinney's Synco Septet, which later became the Cotton Pickers.

Wilborn recorded with Armstrong in 1928. McKinney's Cotton Pickers disbanded for a time in 1934, then reformed; Wilborn stayed until 1937, then fronted his own band until around 1950, when he quit playing music full-time. In 1971 alto saxophonist David Hutson built a new version of the Cotton Pickers around Wilborn, who was purportedly the last surviving member of the original group. From 1972 he sang and recorded with the New McKinney's Cotton Pickers; his singing can be heard on the albums New McKinney's Cotton Pickers (1972) and You're Driving Me Crazy (1973), both on the Bountiful label.
~ Chris Kelsey

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

Ethel Park Richardson
(C&W) singer/autoharp
(C&W) songwriter
died. Age: 83.

Catherine ("Princess Aloha") Basie
vocals, died in Freeport, Bahamas.
Age: 67.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Benson Orchestra of Chicago
Benson Orchestra of Chicago - Scandanavia
  • Toddle (Introducing: Maori)


Bessie Smith - Baby Won't You Please Come Home
Bessie Smith accompanied by her Down Home Trio - Aggravatin' Papa

Viola McCoy

Johnny Dunn and his Original Jazz Band

Johnny Dunn


Ray Miller's Orchestra
  • Phoebe Snow


Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra - Just For You Dear, I'm Crying

Joe Manone's Harmony Kings
  • Cat's Head
  • Ringside Stomp
  • Sadness Will Be Gladness
  • Up The Country Blues

Sophie Tucker accompanied by Miff Mole's Molers - After You've Gone

Sophie Tucker accompanied by Miff Mole's Molers - I Ain't Got Nobody


Frank Melrose - Distant Moan

Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra - Double Check Stomp

Harry Reser and his Orchestra


Fats Waller and his Rhythm - Little Curly Hair In A High Chair


Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra - Hey Lawdy Mama

After You've Gone
~Composed by Turner Layton
~lyrics written by Henry Creamer

Now won't you listen honey, while I say,
How could you tell me that you're goin' away?
Don't say that we must part,
Don't break your baby's heart

You know I've loved you for these many years,
Loved you night and day...
Oh! honey baby, can't you see my tears?
Listen while I say:

After you've gone and left me cryin'
After you've gone there's no denyin'
You'll feel blue, you'll feel sad
You'll miss the dearest pal you've ever had

There'll come a time, now don't forget it
There'll come a time when you'll regret it
Someday, when you grow lonely
Your heart will break like mine and you'll want me only
After you've gone, after you've gone away

After you've gone and left me cryin'
After you've gone there's no denyin'
You're gonna feel blue, and you're gonna feel sad
You're gonna feel bad
And you'll miss, and you'll miss,
And you'll miss the bestest pal you ever had

There'll come a time, now don't forget it
There'll come a time when you'll regret it
But baby, think what you're doin'
I'm gonna haunt you so, I'm gonna taunt you so
It's gonna drive you to ruin
After you've gone, after you've gone away.

I Ain't Got Nobody
(Roger Graham / Dave Peyton / Spencer Williams)

There's been a sayin' goin' round
And I begin to think it's true
It's awful hard to love someone
When they don't care about you

Once I had a lovin' gal
The sweetest little thing in town
But now she's gone and left me
She done turn me down

Now I ain't got nobody, and nobody cares for me!
That's why I'm sad and lonely,
Won't somebody come and take a chance with me?

I'll sing you love songs, honey, all the time,
If you'll only say you'll be sweet gal of mine,
Oh, I ain't got nobody, nobody cares for me!

(Instrumental Break)

I'll sing you love songs, honey, all the time,
If you'll only say you'll be sweet gal of mine,
Oh, I ain't got nobody, nobody cares for me!

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