russ morgan


Everett Barksdale, Guitar
b. Detroit, MI, USA.
d. Jan. 29, 1986, Inglewood, California, USA.
Worked with Erskine Tate's dance band in the early 1930s, and for the rest of the '30s (mostly) he played in Eddie South's band before joining Benny Carter's orchestra. During the 1940s, he was living in New York city where he worked (and often recorded) with various small groups In the very late 1940s, he joined Art Tatum, remaining with Tatum into the mid-1950s. In the 1960s, he mostly freelanced, but did appear with Buddy Tate's band and others. The 1970s found him living and working in California.
Everett Barksdale

Mario Bauza, Trumpet
b. Havana, Cuba
d. July 11, 1993, New York, NY, USA
~by Scott Yanow
A talented section player who rarely soloed, Mario Bauzá's main importance to music was behind the scenes as one of the main instigators of Afro-Cuban jazz, the potent mixture of Latin rhythms with jazz improvisation. A multi-instrumentalist, Bauzá played clarinet and oboe with the Havana Philharmonic before moving to New York in 1930. During a stint with Noble Sissle in 1932, he switched to trumpet. As musical director with Chick Webb (1933-1938), Bauzá helped convince the drummer of the potential greatness of Ella Fitzgerald. He was with Don Redman during 1938-1939, and then Cab Calloway (1939-1941). Bauzá was largely responsible for Calloway hiring Dizzy Gillespie, and in 1947 he would introduce Gillespie to Chano Pozo.
Bauzá became the longtime musical director of his brother-in-law Machito's orchestra (1941-1976), encouraging Machito to add jazz solos to his music. In the 1980s and early '90s as the head of his own Afro-Cuban orchestra, Mario Bauzá (who had long since given up playing trumpet) recorded three excellent albums of his arrangements and finally received some recognition for his important contributions to music.
John "Dad" Crockett Sr.
C&W Banjo/Fiddle
b. West Virginia, USA.
Member of the string band: 'Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers' 

George Ewing Lee, Saxophone/Vocals
b. Kansas City, MO, USA
d. Oct. 31, 1958, Kansas City, MO, USA.
~by Scott Yanow 
For a period in the late 1920's, George E. Lee's Orchestra was a close competitor of Bennie Moten's in Kansas City. The older brother of singer-pianist Julia Lee, George E. Lee played with an Army band in 1917, sang with a vocal quartet and in 1920 formed a combo. That group (which soon featured Julia Lee) played regularly for years at Lyric Hall in Kansas City.
In 1927 the band (an octet which by then included Jesse Stone on piano) cut two titles for the Merritt label including Julia Lee's first recorded vocal ("Down Home Syncopated Blues").

In 1929 the ensemble (which was up to ten pieces including Budd Johnson on tenor) recorded six numbers for Brunswick: four under George E. Lee's name and two as a support group for Julia Lee ("He's Tall, Dark And Handsome" and "Won't You Come Over To My House"). As it turned out, that would be the highpoint for the George E. Lee Orchestra. In 1933, Lee's outfit became part of the Bennie Moten Orchestra. He led a new shortlived big band in 1935, toured with a combo for a few years, moved to Jackson, Michigan in 1940, managed a Detroit nightclub in 1942 and in the mid-1940's settled in San Diego, retiring from music at a time when ironically Julia Lee started becoming famous. 

*Russ Morgan, Trombone/leader
b. Scranton, PA, USA.
d. Aug. 8, 1969, Las Vegas, NV, USA. 
~by Ron Wynn

Russ Morgan was a major arranger and composer in the pre-rock era. He played in New York groups during the early '20s and did arrangements for Victor Herbert and John Philip Sousa. He was a music director on radio in Detroit in 1926, doing arrangements for Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb, Louis Armstrong, the Boswell Sisters, and the Dorsey brothers. Later, Morgan wrote Cotton Club reviews, conducted an orchestra on Broadway, and served as music director for Brunswick. He played with Freddy Martin in 1934 and formed his own band in 1936.
During the late '30s,'40s, and '50s, he led an extremely successful orchestra. The songs were simple, coy, and often embarrassingly contrived, but radio audiences loved them. Morgan introduced The Ames Brothers singing group in 1949. The coming of rock & roll ended Morgan's reign, but he kept doing concerts and shows in Las Vegas during the '50s and '60s. His son Jack kept the band going into the mid-'80s.
*Some sources give April 29th for his DOB.

Rose "Chee Chee" Murphy
b. Xenia, OH, USA.
If ever there was a jazzy singer whose songs would benefit from being randomly shuffled among a few thousand others on an ipod, it's Rose Murphy. Her delicious piano style may be reminiscent of Fats Waller (whose Honeysuckle Rose and Rosetta she essays on this album) but that resemblance ends the moment she opens her mouth. Out comes a high-pitched, chirrupy, little-girl voice, with bits of scat and sound effects thrown in, as well as percussive floor stomps. One Rose Murphy number on its own can be delightful. But a whole album at one sitting? It's like a CD of nothing but Sara Crowe or Sandra Dickinson.

Even the sleeve notes admit that Murphy is very much a love-her-or-loathe-her singer. One who loved her was Richard Attenborough. While it was the old Jimmy McHugh old song, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, that was her big 1947 American hit, here in the UK she was known for Busy Line, chirping the engaged tone. That's mainly because young Dickie, then a radio DJ, kept plugging it. As a result Murphy packed out the Palladium on her debut in 1950.
Even after her death we could still hear her, for Cellnet used Busy Line for an ad, combining her with Peter Skellern. A little Rose Murphy is truly fine. Too much though, and you want to put her on hold - or shuffle.
~Simon Rose
Rose Murphy - Wikipedia 
Rose Murphy | AllMusic
Rose Murphy, 76, Dies; Jazz Pianist and Singer - New York Times

Notable Events 

On This Date Include:

Charley Patton, the first great
star of Delta blues died in
Indianola, Mississippi, USA,.
About age 43.
(chronic heart condition). 
Charlie Patton - Wikipedia

Sonny White, piano
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 63.

Odell Thompson, banjo
died in Mebane, NC, USA.
Age: 82.
Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Bessie Smith - Mamas Got The Blues - Fletcher Henderson at the Piano
Outside Of That - Fletcher Henderson at the Piano


Roger Wolfe Kahn and his Orchestra - One Summer Night

Art Hickman and his Orchestra


Chicago Rhythm Kings - (Clarence Williams / Charles Warfield ) Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?

Frank Teschemacher's Chicagoans - Jazz Me Blues


Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders - Moonlight Blues


Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra

Harry Reser and his Orchestra


Lee Morse and her Bluegrass Boys
  • When Lights Are Soft And Low

Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
  • Grand Canyon Suite - Sunset
  • Grand Canyon Suite - Cloudburst
  • Toselli's Serenade


Louis Armstrong and His Orch. - I Come From A Musical Family


Jack Teagarden and his Orchestra



I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you!
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you!
You know you done me wrong,
You done stole my wife and gone.
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you!

I'm gonna kill you just for fun, you rascal, you!
I'm gonna kill you just for fun, you rascal, you!
I'm gonna kill you just for fun;
The buzzards gonna have you when I'm done.
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you!

You asked my wife for some cabbage, you dog,
I said you asked my wife for some Cabbage, you old rascal,
You asked my wife some cabbage,
And you ate just like a savage you ol'rascal.

Ain't no use to run, you rascal, you.
Ain't no use to run, you rascal, you.
Ain't no use to run,
I done went to the barn and got my gun,

You done messed with my wife, you rascal, you!
You done messed with my wife, you rascal, you!
You done messed with my wife,
And I'm gonna take your life.
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you!

Dorothy Fields
Blue Again
~Songwriters: Fields, Dorothy; Mchugh, Jimmy

Blue again, blue again
And you darn well it's you again
You said last night we were through again
And now I'm blue again

I'm alone again, alone again
I'm out around on my own again
There's a mocking bird that's flown again
And I'm alone again

Now baby, though I said I hate you
I love you more everyday, babe
Though I aggravate you
All that I'm dyin' to say that it's new again

You again and we'll meet today
At half past two again
And tonight we'll fight again
And I'll be blue again

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