"Little Brother Montgomery"
(Blues) piano/vocals
b. Kentwood, LA, USA.
d. Sept. 6, 1985, Champaign, IL, USA.
Influencing the likes of "Sunnyland Slim", and Otis Spann, pianist "Little Brother's" lengthy career spanned both the earliest years of Acoustic blues history, and Chicago's electrified scene of the 1950s.
"Little Brother" Montgomery"
Born: Eurreal Montgomery on Apr 18, 1906 in Kentwood, LA.
Died: Sep 6, 1985 in Champaign, IL

A notable influence on the likes of Sunnyland Slim and Otis Spann, pianist Little Brother Montgomery's lengthy career spanned both the earliest years of blues history and the electrified Chicago scene of the 1950s.

By age 11, Montgomery had given up on attending school to instead play in Louisiana juke joints. He came to Chicago as early as 1926 and made his first 78s in 1930 for Paramount, including two enduring signature items, "Vicksburg Blues" and "No Special Rider," recorded in Grafton, WI. Bluebird recorded Montgomery more prolifically in 1935-1936 in New Orleans.

In 1942, Little Brother Montgomery settled down to a life of steady club gigs in Chicago, his repertoire alternating between blues and traditional jazz (he played Carnegie Hall with Kid Ory's Dixieland band in 1949). Otis Rush benefited from his sensitive accompaniment on several of his 1957-1958 Cobra dates, while Buddy Guy recruited him for similar duties when he nailed Montgomery's "First Time I Met the Blues" in a supercharged revival for Chess in 1960. That same year, Montgomery cut a fine album for Bluesville with guitarist Lafayette "Thing" Thomas that remains one of his most satisfying sets.

With his second wife, Janet Floberg, Montgomery formed his own little record company, FM, in 1969. The first 45 on the logo, fittingly enough, was a reprise of "Vicksburg Blues," with a vocal by Chicago chanteuse Jeanne Carroll (her daughter Karen followed in her footsteps around the Windy City).
~ Bill Dahl, Rovi

Little Brother Montgomery - Wikipedia
Little Brother Montgomery - Rhapsody Music
Smithsonian Folkways - Blues - Little Brother Montgomery

Al Lewis (lyricist)
Al Lewis (April 18, 1901 – April 4, 1967) was an American lyricist, songwriter and music publisher. He is thought of mostly as a Tin Pan Alley era lyricist; however, he did write music on occasion as well. Professionally he was most active during the 1920s working into the 1950s. During this time, he most often collaborated with popular songwriters Al Sherman and Abner Silver. Among his most famous songs are "Blueberry Hill" and "You Gotta Be a Football Hero".
Songwriters on Parade
Between 1931 and 1934, during the last days of Vaudeville, Lewis and several other hitmakers of the day performed in a revue called "Songwriters on Parade", performing all across the Eastern seaboard on the Loew's and Keith circuits.[citation needed]
Career revival in the 1950s
Lewis's career received a boost in 1956 when "Blueberry Hill", a song he had co-written in the 1940s with Larry Stock, became a big hit for Fats Domino. Two years later Lewis and Sylvester Bradford, a blind African-American songwriter, wrote "Tears on My Pillow", which was a hit for Little Anthony and the Imperials.
Hit songs
1926 "Gonna Get a Girl" composed by Howard Simon
1929 "He's So Unusual"
1929 "Good Morning, Good Evening, Good Night"
1930 "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight"
1931 "Ninety-Nine Out of a Hundred", a Rudy Vallee hit vocal.
1931 "Got the Bench, Got the Park"
1933 "Now's the Time to Fall in Love", an Eddie Cantor hit vocal.
1933 "You Gotta Be a Football Hero"
1936 "Hypnotized"
1940 "Blueberry Hill"

Leo Parker
Alto/Baritone Sax
b. Washington, DC, USA.
d. 1962, USA.
Among the groups with whom he worked are Billy Eckstine's Big Band, "Sir" Charles Thompson, Illinois Jacquet's Band, and with Dizzy Gillespie.
Biography by Richard S. Ginell.
Leo Parker was the proud owner of a big, beefy baritone sax tone and a fluent technique that struck a great match between the gritty, down-home feeling of R&B and the advanced harmonies of bebop. 
At first, he studied alto in high school, even recording with Coleman Hawkins' early bebop band at age 18 on that instrument in 1944. But upon joining the legendary Billy Eckstine bop band in 1944-1945 and 1946, Parker switched to baritone and began to garner notice.
He worked with Dizzy Gillespie's band on 52nd Street in 1946 and Illinois Jacquet's group in 1947-1948, and recorded with Fats Navarro, J.J. Johnson, Dexter Gordon, and Sir Charles Thompson; he scored a hit with Thompson, "Mad Lad," on the Apollo label. Parker seemed to be on his way, but drug problems -- an epidemic in the bop community -- kept interfering with his career, and he recorded only sporadically in the 1950s. In September and October 1961, Parker began a comeback on the Blue Note label with two lively albums that successfully combined his blues, gospel, and bop backgrounds. But only a few months later, a heart attack felled him at the age of 36.

The Weaver Brothers vaudville act.
Frank on the left Leon "Abner" on the right.
Leon "Abner" Weaver
C&W vocals
b. Ozark, MO, USA.
Member group: 'The Weaver Bros. & Elviry'
Leon Abner Weaver (1882 - 1950) - Find A Grave Memorial

Notable Events Occurring

On This Date Include:

Gene Autry recorded
"Back In The Saddle Again."

pioneer Western Swing leader/vocalist
died in Crystal Springs, TX, USA.
Age: 32.
"Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies"

Willie "The Lion" Smith, piano
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 75.
William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith (23 November 1893 – 18 April 1973), a.k.a. "The Lion", was an American jazz pianist and one of the masters of the stride style, usually grouped with James P. Johnson and Thomas "Fats" Waller as the three greatest practitioners of the genre from its Golden Age, c. 1920–1943.
Willie "The Lion" Smith

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Frank Westphal and his Rainbo Orchestra
  • Birdie
  • Where The Volga Flows

Johnny Dunn's Original Jazz Hounds - Hawaiian Blues


The California Ramblers - It Had To Be You
  • Shine

Waring's Pennsylvanians - Stack O' Lee Blues


Fletcher Henderson Orchestra - Memphis Bound
  • When You Do What You Do


Clarence Williams' Washboard Five - Log Cabin Blues
  • Sweet Emmalina


Red Nichols' Five Pennies - On The Alamo - Vocal refrain by Scrappy Lambert
  • Dinah


Fess Williams and his Royal Flush Orchestra
  • Hot Mama
I'm Feeling Devilish
'Leven-Thirty Saturday Night
  • She's Still Dizzy

Ted Lewis and his Band - The Yellow Dog Blues (He's Gone Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog)


Irving Aaronson and his Commanders
  • An Evening In June
  • Commanderism
  • Jazzeroo
  • 'Way Back Home


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
  • Concerto in F - 1st Movement
  • Concerto in F - 2nd, 3rd Movements


© 1921
~Lyrics: Roy Turk; Music: Otto Motzan and M.K. Jerome
~Sheet Music: Waterson, Berlin & Snyder, New York

Every day I dream of Honolulu's tropic shore
Every day I seem to get Hawaiian blues
Near that shore there lives a hula maid whom I adore
That's why I've got Hawaiian blues

Down where the ukelele night and daily's playing
And where a hula maiden waits, I long to be
Just to be near the silver beach at Waikiki
Where I can hear my sweet Hawaiian croon to me
Her little song of love while stars above are shining
Until I go, I know I'll have Hawaiian blues

It just seems I hear the strumming of a sweet guitar
In my dreams I see a big Hawaiian moon
I can hear the rippling of the waters from afar
I long to hear my hula croon

Down where the ukelele night and daily's playing
And where a hula maiden waits, I long to be
Just to be near the silver beach at Waikiki
Where I can hear my sweet Hawaiian croon to me
Her little song of love while stars above are shining
Until I go, I know I'll have Hawaiian blues

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