Beatrice Lillie
b. 1893 or 1894, Toronto, Canada.
d. Jan 20, 1989.
Nee: Constance Sylvia Gladys Munston (Lady Peel).
Bea Lillie (May 29, 1894 – January 20, 1989) was a comic actress. She was born as Constance Sylvia Gladys Munston in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Following her marriage in 1920 to Sir Robert Peel, she was known in private life as Lady Peel. Often billed as "Funniest Woman in the World", she could maintain her decorum amidst vulgarity. Part of her comedy was singing off-color songs with double entendre lyrics. Popular with both London and New York audiences.

Early career
She began performing in Toronto and other Ontario towns as part of a family trio with her mother and older sister, Muriel. Eventually, her mother took the two girls to London, England where she made her West End debut in 1914.

She was noted primarily for her stage work in revues, especially those staged by André Charlot, and light comedies, and was frequently paired with Gertrude Lawrence, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley. Beatrice (or Bea) Lillie, as she would be known professionally, took advantage of her gift for witty satire that made her a stage success for more than 50 years. In her revues, she utilized sketches, songs, and parody that won her lavish praise from the New York Times after her 1924 New York debut.

In some of her best known bits, she would solemnly parody the flowery performing style of earlier decades, mining such songs as "There are Fairies at the Bottom of our Garden" and "Mother Told Me So" for every double entendre, while other numbers ("Get Yourself a Geisha" and "Snoops the Lawyer", for example) showcased her exquisite sense of the absurd. Her performing in such comedy routines as "One Double Dozen Double Damask Dinner Napkins", (in which an increasingly flummoxed matron attempts to purchase said napkins) earned her the frequently used sobriquet of "Funniest Woman in the World". Lillie never performed the "Dinner Napkins" routine in Britain, because British audiences had already seen it performed by the Australian-born English revue performer Cicely Courtneidge, for whom it was written.

Relationships and marriages
During her early career she was rumoured to have been involved in affairs with actresses Tallulah Bankhead, Eva Le Gallienne, and Judith Anderson. She was married, on January 20, 1920, at the church of St. Paul, Drayton Bassett, Fazeley, near Tamworth in Staffordshire, to Sir Robert Peel, 5th Baronet. She eventually separated from her husband (but never divorced him): he died in 1934. Their only child, Sir Robert Peel, 6th Baronet, was killed in action aboard HMS Tenedos in Colombo Harbour, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), in 1942.During World War II, Lillie was an inveterate entertainer of the troops. Before she went on stage, she learned her son was killed in action. She refused to postpone the performance saying "she would cry tomorrow."

In 1948 she met singer/actor John Philip Huck, almost three decades younger than she, who became her friend and companion. Bea Lillie met John Phillip Huck while on tour with the Broadway show Inside USA. She was generous, sweet and endearing. There was an open invitation to her hotel suite after performances where she provided food and entertainment. Her easel was always up and she painted on a regular basis; flowers mostly. Besides her “butch” haircut there was no evidence of lesbian orientation contrary to rumor. She carried an unopened letter from her dead son in her bible. She told mildly risqué jokes and seemed open to heterosexual interest and action. This devolved eventually into her relationship with John. Huck has been described by biographers and friends of Lillie's as a no-talent, obsessive control freak who used Lillie as his ticket to a brush with fame. Though apparently devoted to her, Huck isolated her from her friends and family in her later years and exerted almost total control over her life and financial affairs.

She retired from the stage due to Alzheimer's disease and died on January 20, 1989, which was also the date of her wedding anniversary, at Henley-on-Thames. Huck died of a heart attack 31 hours later, and is interred next to her in the Peel family estate's cemetery near Peel Fold, Blackburn. For her contributions to film, Beatrice Lillie has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6404 Hollywood Blvd.

Beatrice Lillie returned to England in April, 1944, by happenstance, on the same airplane that took Ernest Hemingway back to report on yet another war. Gertrude Lawrence was on the same plane.
Beatrice Lillie


Sam Dutrey, Clarinet and Saxophone

(*March or May 1909, New Orleans - August 27, 1971) was an American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist.
Dutrey's father (1888-1941) had played clarinet in the Excelsior Brass Band and worked on riverboats with Fate Marable. His uncle was Honore Dutrey. He played with Isaiah Morgan, then with Sidney Desvigne and John Robichaux in the 1930s and 1940s. He toured with Freddie Kohlman in 1947, and played in Japan in 1970. He appears on the 1961 album New Orleans Creole Jazz Band.

Bob Hope, Actor/Vocals
b. Eltham, London, England
d. July 27, 2004.
In 1998, a TV station reported his demise but made a fast correction an hour later.
Bob was awarded Honorary Knighthood in May 1998. Bob Hope, KBE, KCSG (born Leslie Townes Hope; May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003) was an American comedian and actor who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in radio, television and movies. He was also noted for his work with the US Armed Forces and his numerous USO tours entertaining American military personnel. 
Throughout his career, he was honored for his humanitarian work.

In 1996, the U.S. Congress honored Bob Hope by declaring him the "first and only honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces." Bob Hope appeared in or hosted 199 known USO shows.
Jack Palmer 
Jack Palmer, a self-educated pianist and composer, was born in Nashville, Tennessee. Amongst jazz standards, his best known songs include “Everybody Loves My Baby” (1924) and “I’ve Found a New Baby” (1926), both written with Spencer Williams. 

Working as a Tin Pan Alley staff writer, Palmer co-wrote dozens of songs, many for motion picture soundtracks, including the two hits, “Boog It” (1940) with Cab Calloway and Buck Ram and “Jumpin’ Jive” (1939) with Cab Calloway and Frank Froeba. The composer Jack Palmer should not be confused with trumpeter Jack Palmer (1913-2000) who played in the Red Norvo, Harry James, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw bands.
-- Jeremy Wilson
Dick Stabile, Leader/Alto Sax b. Newark, NJ, USA,
d. Sept. 18, 1980, New Orleans, LA, USA.
Considered one of the outstanding saxophonists of the big band era, Dick Stabile had his own signature line of musical instruments and was once featured in ''Ripley's Believe It or Not'' for being the ''only'' sax player to hit the highest note possible on that instrument. Stabile began his career in the mid-1920s working in Broadway theater bands. In 1928 he landed a spot in Ben Bernie's orchestra, where he earned a reputation as one of the most respected saxophonists in the business. Deciding to cash in on his popularity he struck out on his own in early 1935, recording on the Panachord label with a studio group called Dick Stabile and His Saxophones. In early 1936 he recorded for Decca with another studio group that featured Bunny Berigan. He then formed his own orchestra in late 1936. Vocalists included Burt Shaw, future Modernaire Paula Kelly, and Gracie Barrie, a.k.a. Mrs. Stabile. The band recorded for Bluebird, Decca, ARC and Vocalion/Okeh. Though Stabile's musical technique was admired by his peers it often frustrated his listeners, and his orchestra never achieved the level of popularity of a Tommy Dorsey or a Benny Goodman. 
The group nonetheless did find an attractive sound, once Stabile gave up trying to overblow his sax and instead focused on shading and coloring. 

The band finally came into its own at the 1939-1940 World's Fair, which led to work in prominent New York hotels. Stabile fell victim to the draft in 1942 and entered the Coast Guard, where he led a dance band. Barrie continued to lead the orchestra in his absence. After his discharge he settled in Los Angeles, where in 1949 he was hired by Ciro's and began a working relationship with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis that would continue until his death. He backed the duo on recordings, radio, television, and in the movies. After the comedy team broke up, he continued to serve as musical director for both, leading orchestras on Martin's television programs and on Lewis' telethons. Stabile also worked with Jimmy Dorsey and Vincent Lopez during the post-war years. In the late 1960s he led orchestras at the Ambassador and Glendora ballrooms in Los Angeles. From the mid-1970s until his death from a heart attack in 1980 his orchestra resided at the Hotel Roosevelt in New Orleans.
Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


Philadelphia's Curtis Publishing Company 
dismissed 15 women employees 
for dancing the "Turkey Trot" while on the job! 
(Oh mama! Ain't Jazz hot!). 

Tom Rockwell, agency owner
(General Artists Corp)
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 57.

Goddard Lieberson, ceo/CBS/SONY
died in New York, NY, USA. Age: 66.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Frank Westphal and his Orchestra
  • The Duck's Quack

Bennie Krueger and his Orchestra - 1920 - Left to right:
Herman Farberman (trumpet); Happy Reis (drums); Unknown
(cello and bass; Fred Shilling (tb); Bennie Krueger (sax and leader);
Harry Reser (banjo); unknown (piano); Ruby Greenberg (violin).
Bennie Krueger and his Orchestra
  • First, Last And Always
  • I Cried For You


Sara Martin - If I Don't Find My Brown I Won't Be Back At All
  • Too Late To Get My Baby Back


Fletcher Henderson Orchestra - Sugar Foot Stomp

Fletcher Henderson Orchestra What-Cha-Call-'Em Blues


Virginia Liston - Evil Minded Blues
Virginia Liston - I'm Gonna Get Me A Man That's All

Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards - Little Bits

King Oliver's Dixie Syncopators - Wa Wa Wa


Clarence Williams' Jazz Kings
  • I Need You

Coon Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra Indian Cradle Song - Vocal refrain by C.A. Coon


Luis Russell and his Orchestra - Louisiana Swing

Memphis Jug Band - Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues


    Ben Pollack and his Orchestra - Freckle Face, You're Beautiful

    Luis Russell and his Orchestra


    Evil Minded Blues

    ~written by Virginia Liston (1890-1932)

    Feeling bad this morning all evil and blue

    Feeling bad this morning and evil and blue

    An evil-minded man, will keep you evil minded too

    Some folks get evil because there’s nothing else to do

    Some folks get evil because there’s nothing else to do

    They get mad at someone else and take the spite out on you

    If you try to be good men will make a fool out of you

    If you try to be good men will make a fool out of you

    But if you are evil minded he’ll stand for anything you do

    Superstitious men have a sign for everything you do

    Superstitious men have a sign for everything you do

    But there’s a good excuse they’ve got when they’re mistreating you

    You can call me bad luck call me anything you choose

    You can call me bad luck call me anything you choose

    I’m disagreeable and mean and I’ve got the Evil Minded Blues

    Dan Dougherry (m) Phil Ponce (l) 1928

    There's a man, 

    Has the old maids wishin'

    For new ambition,

    Every time they see him passing along.

    What a man!

    What a man!

    He's a real live petter,

    A sweetheart getter,

    When I tell you I'm not telling you wrong!

    Has he arms that are big and strong?

    Does he know where those arms belong?

    Oh! You have no idea!

    Has he ways that I love so much?

    Does he speak with his sense of touch?

    Oh! You have no idea!

    He's got a million in the bank,

    And that helps a lot!

    But say, that million in the bank

    Is only part of what he got!

    Gosh oh gee, do I wanna swear!

    Could he answer a maiden's prayer?

    Oh! You have no idea!

    Has he lips all the girls adore?

    Does he know what he's got 'em for?

    Oh! You have no conception!

    Has he eyes that are full of love?

    Do they show what he's thinking of?

    Oh! You have no idea!

    He's got that whatsy-whatsy-what

    What people can't name,

    And say, that whatsy-whatsy-what

    Would make the wildest woman tame!

    Hot as fire, all the girls agree,

    Does he spark when he's out with me?

    Oh! You have no idea!

    Does he love like a desert sheik?

    When he necks, can he make 'em weep?

    Oh! You have no realisation!

    Has he got what the girls all crave?

    When they're with him, does he behave?

    Come to me for information"

    He claims he's travelled quite a lot

    In far distant lands;

    I don't know if it's true or not,

    But boy, he sure has travellin' hands!

    Like an auto, he changes speed,

    Has he got what his Sophie need?

    Oh! You have no idea!

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