Andy Kirk, Leader/Saxophone
b. May, 28, 1898, Newport, KY, d. 1992.

One of the great Kansas City Bands -'Andy Kirk and His Twelve Clouds of Joy Orchestra'. Pha Terrell was the vocalist.

In 1928 Andy Kirk took over the Terrence Holder Orchestra renaming it Andy Kirk and his Dark Clouds Of Joy and then Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds Of Joy.
The band went on to become one of the most popular of all the territory bands and maintained a successful career that lasted for over twenty years. Mary Lou Williams rose to prominence in the band. She first recorded with them in 1929 when the regular piano player missed the recording session and her husband John Williams who played saxophone in the band suggested that she take his place. 

In 1931 she joined the band fulltime and continued to play with them until 1942. In 1936 the band had a big hit record with the song "Until The Real Thing Comes Along" and another one in 1942 with "Hey Lawdy Mama".


Dave Barbour
b. Flushing, NY, USA.
d. Dec. 11, 1965, Malibu, CA USA.
Guitarist, composer, arranger and band leader. Guitarist with many jazz combos during 1930s-'40s.
Began career with Wingy Manone in 1934. 1935-'36 played with Red Norvo, 1936-'37 with Lennie Hayton, 1938 with Hal Kemp, In 1939 with both Artie Shaw and Raymond Scott. In early 1940s with Lou Holden and also began to freelance, accompanying singers and making guest appearances on radio shows. During1942-'43, played with Benny Goodman and married Goodman's vocalist Peggy Lee. He and Peggy teamed and composed some very successful songs including "I Don't Know Enough About You" (1946), and in 1947 they wrote both "It's a Good Day" their biggest hit, "Manana" which was the number one song on the charts for nine weeks. His drinking habit caused marriage breakup. In 1945 he became musical conductor for the Curt Massey radio show. In the early 50s he settled on the west coast and led his own band briefly. He used "Forever Nicki" as his theme song. After his divorce from Peggy he was mostly inactive in music.

Dave Barbour - Wikipedia

"Papa" John Creach
b. Beaver Falls, PA, USA.
Member groups: 'Jefferson Airplane', 'Hot Tuna', 'Jefferson Starship'
Papa John Creach - Wikipedia

Reginald Foresythe, Piano
b. London, England, d. 1958

Reginald Foresythe (May 28, 1907, London - December 28, 1958, London) was a British jazz pianist, arranger, composer, and bandleader.
Foresythe's father was Yoruban barrister and his mother was Englishwoman of German descent. He played piano from age eight, and worked in the second half of the 1920s as a pianist and accordionist in dance bands in Paris, Australia, Hawaii, and California. He also wrote music for films by D.W. Griffith, among others, and played in Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders. 

In 1930 he moved to Chicago, and while there Earl Hines made one of his songs, "Deep Forest", a regular part of his repertory. Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller also recorded Foresythe-penned tunes. He worked in New York in 1934-35, where he arranged for Paul Whiteman and recorded with Benny Goodman, John Kirby, and Gene Krupa. However, he spent much of his career on the dance band scene in Britain, later serving in the Royal Air Force duringWorld War II and working as an accompanist to vocalists and a solo pianist in London in the 1950s. He had been largely forgotten by the time of his death in 1958.
Besides his song compositions, Foresythe was known for assembling a studio recording group called "The Music Of Reginald Foresythe". Between 1933-1936 he recorded for UK Columbia and UK Decca, usually spotlighting his own unusual jazzy tone poems. Among the more well known were "Serenade To A Wealthy Widow", "Garden Of Weed", "Dodging a Divorcee", and "Revolt Of The Yes-Men". His recordings featured all reeds and sax, no horns. They were generally considered among the most advanced recordings of the era, although they didn't sell very well.
In January, 1935, he assembled a one-off session in New York which featured Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa recording 4 of his compositions. Foresythe also recorded a number of piano duets with Arthur Young.
Elisabeth Welch, an Afro-American singer and a friend of Foresythe stated in 1996 that "Reggie was confirmed bachelor...I know he had liasons with men, but they were always very discreet."
Foresythe did some collaborative work with songwriters Andy Razaf and Ted Weems, including "Be Ready" (with both), "Please Don't Talk About My Man" (with Razaf), and "He's a Son of the South" (with Razaf and Paul Denniker).
Reginald Foresythe - Wikipedia
Reginald Foresythe at All About Jazz


Arthur Herbert
Arthur Herbert (May 28, 1907, Brooklyn - date of death unknown) was an American jazz drummer.
Both of Herbert's parents were of Trinidadian heritage. He worked in a silver and gold refinery as a young man, playing local gigs in New York nightclubs and hotels in his spare time. He left industry in 1935 to join Eddie Williams's band, and soon after started his own band, the Rhythm Masters. In the 1930s and 1940s he worked as a sideman with musicians such as Pete Brown, Coleman Hawkins, Hot Lips Page and Sidney Bechet.
In the 1950s Herbert went into semi-retirement as a musician and started up his own pest extermination business. He played in various swing jazz revival ensembles, and toured with Lem Johnson in Poland in the 1960s.
Herbert taught his nephew, drummer Herb Lovelle, whom he insisted should know how to read sheet music, something black musicians were then not held to know. He got his nephew his first gig with Hot Lips Page. He also taught drummer Shelly Manne, according to Herb Lovelle.


Skeets Herfurt
Skeets Herfurt (nĂ© Arthur Relsmond Herfurt; 28 May 1911 in Cincinnati – 17 April 1992 in New Orleans) was an American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist.
Career highlights
Herfurt was raised in Denver and played in bands while attending the University of Colorado. He performed with Smith Ballew (1934), Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey (together 1934–1935, Jimmy 1935–1937, and Tommy 1937–1939), and Ray Noble. After moving to California, he worked with Alvino Rey, then served in the Army from 1944 to 1945. After the war, he flourished as a studio musician in Hollywood, led his own band, and performed with Benny Goodman from 1946 to 1947 and Earle Spencer in 1946.

His studio credits, into the 1960s, include sessions with Billy May, Louis Armstrong, Georgie Auld, Jack Teagarden, and Stan Kenton. He worked with Goodman again in 1961 and 1964. End of the 1960s he joined the Ray Conniff orchestra for several tours (a. o. Japan and Germany) and recording sessions during the 1970s. Herfurt was a member of Lawrence Welk's orchestra and weekly television show from 1979 to 1982, performing on lead alto saxophone.

Tommy Ladnier, Trumpet
b. Florenceville, LA, USA.
d. 1939 USA. (Cardiac Arrest).
In 1917, Ladnier left Louisiana for Chicago, IL, USA.
In 1921 he was in St. Louis, MO, working with the Charlie Creath, and Fate Marable bands, before returning to Chicago to work with King Oliver. In 1925, he toured Europe with the Sam Wooding Orchestra. 1926 found him working in New York with Fletcher Henderson's band. In 1928, he was again in Europe, where in 1928 he worked again with Wooding, and in 1930 with the Benny Peyton and Noble Sissle bands.

Sam Wooding Orchestra
In 1932, back in New York City, he played (and recorded) with Sidney Bechet's New Orleans Feetwarmers. 
Ladnier and Bechet remained in New York city during the great economic Depression of the 1930s, where they opened the 'Southern Tailor' shop from 1933 to 1934, which like so many other depression businesses failed in due time, and Ladnier drifted about New York at various menial jobs.
In 1938, French Jazz critic Hughes Panassie "rediscovered" him and Ladnier, along with Bechet and Mezz Mezzrow were recorded on the "Panassie Sessions". Tommy died suddenly in 1939.
Lew Stone (1898–1969) was a bandleader and arranger of the British dance band era, and was well known in Britain during the 1930s.

Early life and career
Stone learned music at an early age and became an accomplished pianist. In the 1920s, he worked with many important dance bands. Some arrangements attributed to Stone can be heard on particular records by the Savoy Orpheans (1927) and Ray Starita and his Ambassador's Band (1928).

During 1927–1931, Stone's arrangements for the Bert Ambrose Orchestra made it virtually the best in Europe. The HMV discs are today sought after as much for those arrangements as for the superb instrumentalists or vocals.

Stone continued to work with other bands like Jack Hylton's and Jack Payne's BBC Dance Orchestra, and he also took several top musicians into the studio to make a few recordings that were issued on the Duophone label as 'Stoneis Stone and his Orchestra'.

The 1930s
Roy Fox's Band opened at the Monseigneur Restaurant in 1931 and Stone took up the position of pianist and arranger. When Fox became ill in October he was sent to Switzerland to rest and Stone assumed leadership of the band. The main vocalist at the Monseigneur was the very popular Al Bowlly who had already sung on over 30 recordings.

Stone began to use other band members for vocal refrain and this proved successful, particularly when trumpeter Nat Gonella sang "Oh! Mo'nah". Sales of the record Decca F.2763 were huge and may have kept Decca in business.

When Fox returned to London in April 1932, he found that his band was the most popular in the city. A contemporary article in The Gramophone magazine described events.

In 1932, Stone also worked with a studio band and several recordings were issued on the flexible Durium Records featuring vocals by Al Bowlly, Sam Browne and Les Allen. Some of the arrangements on Durium were by Stan Bowsher.

In October 1932, when Roy Fox's contract at the Monseigneur ended, Stone was offered the post of bandleader and this story filled the pages of the music press. An article from Rhythm magazine describes how this happened.

The Tuesday night broadcasts from the Monseigneur established Stone's band as a great favourite with the listening public, who recognised the sheer quality of the music, and the royal clientele attracted an unsurpassed reputation. Rave reviews were common in the music press, for example Melody Maker.

The popularity of vocalist Al Bowlly increased; he was a regular on broadcasts, his name was credited on many of the Decca records and he toured with the band including an appearance before of royalty at the London Palladium.

There is a very good cartoon of Stone's Band with Al Bowlly at the microphone and the other musicians from the band of 1933 are: Nat Gonella and Alfie Noakes (trumpets), Stone Davis and Joe Ferrie (trombones), Joe Crossman, Jim Easton, Ernest Ritte, Harry Berly (reeds), Eddie Carroll (piano), Harry Sherman (guitar), Tiny Winters (string bass) and Bill Harty (drums). Some arrangements were by Phil Cardew, Stan Bowsher, Con Lamprecht.

In 1933, Stone's Monseigneur Band was involved in an interesting competition designed to test the popularity in Britain of British vs US dance bands. It was run by the 'News Chronicle' newspaper and was based on the sales of specially recorded dance tunes by Stone's band, Jack Hylton's, Guy Lombardo's and Wayne King's. The songs were "What More can I Ask?" and "Can't We Meet Again?".

From late 1931 until 1934, Stone was also musical director for British & Dominions Film Corporation, working mostly from Elstree Studios, and later worked with other film companies. About 40 pre-1947 films which involved Stone with his band or as Musical Director are included in the listings of British musical films on the British Dance Bands on Film, British Entertainers on Film, British Musical Directors website.

In November 1933, Stone transferred his band to the Cafe Anglais and in February 1934 started a very successful tour for the Mecca Agency. The band returned to the Monseigneur in March 1934 until the summer when the Monseigneur was sold to become a cinema. In September 1934, Al Bowlly and Bill Harty left to join Ray Noble in USA.

For about a year from November 1934, Stone moved to the Regal Zonophone record label, continued with theatre tours, and the band was resident for a time at the Hollywood Restaurant. Alan Kane became the main vocalist while there were also vocal contributions from Nat Gonella, Joe Ferrie, Tiny Winters and Joe Crossman. When Gonella left to concentrate on his own Georgians band in March 1935, trumpeter Tommy McQuater joined Stone's band. On 12 October, Stone featured Sam Browne as vocalist for the first time with "Cheek To Cheek" and Isn't This A Lovely Day?. In November, Stone and his band returned to the Decca record label.

In 1936, Stone stopped touring and formed a smaller band which opened on 30 March at the Cafe de Paris. The band also began to broadcast regularly for commercial radio stations Radio Normandy and Radio Luxembourg. In October, Stone became musical director for the show On Your Toes (opened February 1937). The band continued at the Cafe de Paris until 31 July 1937. In September, Stone became musical director of the show Hide and Seek at the London Hippodrome starring Cicely Courtneidge and Bobby Howes.

Al Bowlly returned to England at the end of 1937 and in February 1938 he began recording with Stone again. Recordings with Bowlly in 1938 are as good as those made during the earlier years. Stone's band played music of all kinds, for all tastes, and for all the dance tempos, but today it is particularly their playing of the sentimental ballads that is recognised and in demand for re-issue on CD, especially the titles featuring Bowlly. In his own arrangements, Stone was particularly careful to match Bowlly's voice with appropriate ensemble phrasing and short instrumental solos resulting in very pleasant recordings which make much more satisfying listening than many other bands' recordings of the standard tunes.

Stone was not afraid to work with modern music and was also an innovator. His recordings of the Gene Gifford/Casa Loma Orchestra titles are not mere copies but careful interpretations which make full use of the superb musicians in his band. The skills of Stone Davis, Joe Crossman and Nat Gonella are particularly evident on several of Stone's earlier jazz titles, some of which were issued in USA.

In June 1938, the band was the first name band to play at Butlins Holiday Camps and in September they were back at The Cafe de Paris and broadcasting regularly from there.

In October, Stone became musical director for the Jack Hulbert show Under Your Hat which continued into 1939 and featured the Rhythm Brothers (Clive Erard, Jack Trafford, Frank Trafford). His band played at the El Morocco Club, London.

The 1940s and 1950s

In June 1940, Stone opened at the Dorchester Hotel with a seven piece band which he led on the novachord. This band was much praised for its original style. Later Stone also made several records with his jazz group the Stonecrackers which featured Britain's finest soloists. Broadcasting and recording with his large band continued and he toured the country during the rest of the war years.

After the war, his band resided at various places including The Embassy Club, The Pigalle Restaurant and Oddenino's Restaurant up to 1955. In this period he made several recordings with the King of Jiddish Music Leo Fuld. Stone continued to work round the ballrooms and broadcast with his fourteen piece band until 1959 when the BBC told him that he could not expect to broadcast as frequently as he would wish unless he reduced the size of his band. So, Lew Stone and his sextet was born.

The 1960s
For the next eight years they played frequently for 'Music While You Work' also appearing weekly, for nearly two years in 'The Bands Played On'- a breakfast-time programme. Lew was also concentrating on his entertainments agency in the 1960s.

At the time of his death in 1969 Stone's music from the 1930s was just beginning to gather a whole new following.
Lew Stone


Arthur Trappier
Arthur "Traps" Trappier (May 28, 1910, Georgetown, South Carolina – May 17, 1975, New York City) was an American jazz drummer.
Trappier played with Charlie Skeets and Blanche Calloway in the late 1920s. After working steadily through the 1930s, he joined Fats Waller in 1941-42 before serving in the military during World War II. He led his own trio in various hotels in New York City in the 1950s, and played as a sideman into the 1970s. Among those he played with are Josh White, Wilbur De Paris, Edmond Hall, Sy Oliver, Hot Lips Page, Buddy Johnson, Wingy Manone, Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman, and Red Allen.
Arthur Trappier

T-Bone Walker, guitar/singer
d. March 17, 1975, USA.
nee: Aaron Thibeaux Walker.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Dolly Kay

Rosa Henderson accompanied by Fletcher Henderson's Club Alabam Orchestra

Ben Selvin Orch.

  • "Dreamy Carolina Moon"


Lil's Hot Shots
Erskine Tate's Vendome Orchestra - Stomp Off, Let's Go
  • Static Strut

Laura Smith - Jack Ass Blues

The Clicquot Club Eskimos


Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards
  • Easy Come Easy Go Blues
  • If You Wanna Be My Sugar Papa

Tom Gates and his Orchestra
  • Wabash Blues

Baby Aristocrats Band


Red McKenzie and his Music Box - From Monday On
  • My Baby Came Home

Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike" - Orange Blossom Time
  • Singin' In The Rain - From Talking Picture Production "Hollywood Revue of 1928"
  • Sophomore Prom - Talkie Hit from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's "So This Is College"


Clarence Williams' Jazz Kings - In Our Cottage Of Love
  • Them Things Got Me


Don Redman and his Orchestra
  • Sweet Sue, Just You
  • Swingin' With The Fat Man


Ben Selvin Orch. - "I Found A Million Dollar Baby In The 5 and 10 Cent Store"


Tommy Dorsey Orchestra - "This Love Of Mine" - Frank Sinatra vocal


Singin' in the Rain
(As performed by Cliff Edwards)
~Nacio Herb Brown (music)
~Arthur Freed (lyrics)

I'm singin' in the rain,
Just singin' in the rain,
What a glorious feeling,
I'm happy again!
I'm laughing at clouds
So dark up above,
The sun's in my heart and I'm ready for love!
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place,
Come on with your rain,
I've got a smile on my face!
I'll walk down the lane
With a happy refrain,
Just singin', singin' in the rain!

Why am I smiling and why do I sing?
Why does December seem sunny as Spring?
Why do I get up each morning to start
Happy and head-up with joy in my heart?
Why is each new task a trifle to do?
Because I am living a life full of you!


Hey, I'm singin' in the rain,
Just singin' in the rain,
What a glorious feeling,
I'm happy again!
I'm laughing at clouds
So dark up above,
The sun's in my heart and I'm ready for love!
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place,
Come on with your rain,
I've got a smile on my face!
I'll walk down the lane
With a happy refrain,
Just singin', singin' in the rain!

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