Will Bradley
Leader/trombone b. Newton, NJ, d. 1989
Wilbur Schwichtenberg (July 12, 1912July 15, 1989) was an American trombonist and bandleader who performed under the name Will Bradley. He was known for swing and sweet dance music, as well asboogie woogie songs, many of which were written by Don Raye.
Born in Newton, New Jersey, he and drummer Ray McKinley formed a big band in 1939 which became well known for boogie-woogie, particularly its hit record, "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar," with Freddie Slackon piano. This record, along with another big-band boogie woogie number, "Scrub Me Mamma With A Boogie Beat," and the original version of the classic, "Down the Road a Piece," were all three in the top 10 on the Billboard popular music charts at the same time, in late-1940. Down the Road a Piece was recorded with a pared-down trio called the "Will Bradley Trio," made up of McKinley, Doc Goldberg, and Freddie Slack, with guest vocals by songwriter Don Raye, and would become a rock and roll standard recorded by over 100 artists.
In 1942 McKinley left to form his own band and a few months after joined the United States Air Force, where he played in the Glenn Miller Air Force band. Bradley tried to maintain the band, but problems caused by the war forced it to close. Bradley became a studio musician, and played for many years in theTonight Show band during the Johnny Carson era.

Roy Grant Butler
Tenor sax/clarinet and oboe b.Richmond, IN, USA.
d. March 28, 1997, Chicago, IL, USA. (age: 97)
Roy Butler, an African-American jazz musician, was born on this date in 1899. He was born in Richmond, IN, the son of George Butler and Amanda Wylie. Roy Grant Butler learned how to play the tenor saxophone and began playing music in carnivals, minstrel shows, and small bands during his early years in Columbus, Ohio. He joined Sammy Stewart's Orchestra and went to Chicago in 1922, playing local clubs. It was with this band that he made his first recordings and began clarinet and oboe lessons. Among his influences were Barney Bigard and Fletcher Henderson. In 1925, he joined Jimmy Wade's band, which was fronted by the famed jazz violinist, Eddie South. Butler was with the band when it went to play the Club Alabam in New York.
In 1928, Butler was invited to join Levi Wine's revue, which was then touring Europe. He performed in Berlin, Zurich, and Copenhagen before joining another revue in 1932. This revue was led by trombonist Herb Flemming, who reorganized the group, which included Butler, and called them the International Rhythm Aces. In 1933, while touring South America with the Aces, Butler made a few recordings on the Brunswick label. Eventually, Butler left, in mid 1942, to lead a band in Bombay, rejoining Teddy in 1943. During the war, he was invited to play with the Bombay Symphony Orchestra. Butler returned to the United States in 1944 and got a day job. While he worked for 20 years at the U. S. Post Office, he remained active in bands and orchestras. He took further studies on the oboe at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and played with the Chicago City Symphony, the Hyde Park Woodwind Quintet and in the pit of the Schubert Theater for the revival of “No, No, Nanette.” In 1956, he married Elizabeth P. Mitcham. The following words were written about Butler in Storyville 71, "Roy epitomizes the steady, absolutely reliable sideman, without whom no orchestra would ever be able to function.” Roy Butler died March 28, 1997 in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 97. Reference: A Century of Jazz by Roy Carr Da Capo Press, New York Copyright 1997 ISBN 0-306-80778-5
African American Registry
July 12 TOP BIRTHDAYS 1957 Eddie Allen, trumpet, flugelhorn 1912 ...

Left to right: Bob Jenney, Conrad Gozzo, Lyle Dedrick,
Claude Thornhill
Rusty Dedrick, Trumpet b. Delavan, NY, USA.
Lyle "Rusty" Dedrick (born December 7, 1918) is an American swing and bop jazz trumpeter and composer born in Delevan, New York, probably better known for his work with musicians like Bill Borden, Dick Stabile, Red Norvo, Ray McKinley or Claude Thornhill, among others.
Rusty Dedrick

Paul Gonsalves, Tenor Sax
b. Boston, MA, USA.
d. May 14, 1974, London, Eng., U.K. He joined Count Basie in 1946 (his first big job) upon his release from the U. S. Army following WWII, In 1950, he joined the Duke Ellington Orch., remaining with the Duke for 24 years.
Oscar Hammerstein II, Lyricist
b: New York, NY, USA
d. Aug. 23, 1960, Doyleston, PA, USA.
né: Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein. II Part of the Rodgers and Hammerstein team. He joined Richard Rodgers when Lorenz Hart's drinking became a problem.
Oscar Hammerstein II (pronounced /ˈhæmərstaɪn/; July 12, 1895 – August 23, 1960) was an American writer, producer, and (usually uncredited) director of musicals for almost forty years, collaborating on many of the most important pieces of musical theatre of the twentieth century.

Hammerstein won eight Tony Awards and was twice awarded an Academy Award for "Best Original Song", and much of his work is considered to be part of the unofficial Great American Songbook. He wrote an estimated 850 songs, dozens of which have become standards. Hammerstein was the lyricist and playwright in his partnerships; his collaborators wrote the music. Hammerstein collaborated with a number of famous composers, including Jerome Kern,Vincent Youmans, Rudolf Friml and Sigmund Romberg, but his most famous collaboration was with Richard Rodgers.
Oscar Hammerstein II - Wikipedia
Ed "Jack Raggs" Johnson
trombone/arranger b. Baltimore, MD, USA

The Original New Orleans Jazz Band, 1918. L-R: Johnny Stein, Frank Lhotak, Alfred Laine, Achille Baquet, Jimmy Durante. Photo: © Mark Berresford 
Alfred Laine, Cornet
b. New Orleans, LA, USA.
d. 1957.
Alfred Laine, who played both cornet and the alto horn, was the son of famous New Orleans brass band leader Papa Jack Laine. The son also had a nickname -- he was known as "Pantsy" -- but was simply never as famous as his father. "Papa" was considered the capo or czar of white brass bands in a city segregated so thoroughly that such a distinction was important. The first of these pale outfits was formed in 1890; within two years Papa Jack Laine had settled on the name of the Reliance Brass Band for his group, which would keep on truckin' until well into 1917. That was, coincidentally, the year that the very first record considered to be jazz was cut by what was called the Original Dixieland Jass Band. Alfred Laine didn't get in on that historic event, but has been awarded a yellow ribbon for coming in close. In 1919 he guested with the Louisiana Five, an ensemble whose recording activities should also appear on the first page of any complete history of jazz.
Young Laine also played with his father, of course. While his later activities with the Louisiana Five and a New York City stint with Alcide Nunez involved the cornet, the instrumentation of the Reliance Brass Band had evolved directly from military musical marching units, involving some instruments that wound up barely being played at all as jazz developed. Alfred Laine was one of several alto horn players in the band from about 1912 onward; the group also featured bass and baritone horns as well as the rare bass tuba. While some critics think that Laine vastly improved the sound of the Louisiana Five with his cornet guesting on the tune "Slow and Easy," others have insisted it isn't even Laine, crediting Doc Behrendson for the spot. "Papa" outlived his son "Pantsy" by nearly a decade.
~ Eugene Chadbourne
Sydney Robin, songwriter
New York, NY USA.
Worked with: LOUIS Jordan

Sam "The Man" Taylor, Tenor Sax
b. Lexington, TN, USA.
A certified honking sax legend, Sam "The Man" Taylor's non-stop drive and power worked perfectly in swing, blues, and R&B sessions. He had a huge tone, perfect timing, and sense of drama, as well as relentless energy and spirit. Taylor began working with Scat Man Crothers and the Sunset Royal Orchestra in the late '30s. He played with Cootie Williams and Lucky Millinder in the early '40s, then worked six years with Cab Calloway.
Taylor toured South America and the Caribbean during his tenure with Calloway. Then, Taylor became the saxophonist of choice for many R&B dates through the '50s, recording with Ray Charles, Buddy Johnson, Louis Jordan, and Big Joe Turner, among others. He also did sessions with Ella Fitzgerald and Sy Oliver. During the '60s, Taylor led his own bands and recorded in a quintet called the Blues Chasers. He currently has one session available on CD, recorded in the late '50s with Charlie Shavers and Urbie Green.
~ Ron Wynn

Notable Events Occurring
On this date include:

Jimmie Lunceford
died in Seaside, OR, USA.
Age: 45.

Ted Mack
host of the Major Bowes Amateur Hour show
died in North Tarrytown, NY, USA.
Age: 72

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Marion Harris


All Star Trio and their Orchestra - The French Trot


Sara Martin - Tired O' Waitin' Blues

Rosa Henderson - Afternoon Blues
The California Ramblers - I Love Me (I'm Wild About Myself) (matrix 81130-1)


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.

McKinney's Cotton Pickers - Cherry

McKinney's Cotton Pickers Nobody's Sweetheart

McKinney's Cotton Pickers  Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble

McKinney's Cotton Pickers  Some Sweet Day

Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike" - I Can't Give You Anything But Love from "Blackbirds of 1928"

Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike" - That's My Weakness Now
Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra - Just Imagine

Jelly Roll Morton's and his Orchestra - Down My Way
Miff Mole and his (Little) Molers - Birmingham Bertha

Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
  • Maybe - Who Knows
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra - Singin' In The Rain


(Roy Turk / Lou Handman)

I`ve Got A Lovesick Tale To Tell To You,

Tho' It's No Affair Of Mine
It's 'Bout A Gal Named Sue And Boy Named Lou
They Were Fighting All The Time
Lou Came Home One Afternoon
Found An Empty Dining Room
Without A Word His Turtledove Had Flown
So He Began To Moan.
My Sweetie Went Away
But She Didn;T Say Where
She Didn't Say When
She Didn't Say Why
Or Bid Me Goodbye
And I'm As Blue As Can Be
I Know She Loves Another One
But She Didn't Say Who
She Didn't Say Which
She Didn't Say What
That Rascal Has Got
That Took My Sweetie From Me
I'm Like A Little Lost Sheep
And I Can't Sleep
But I Keep
Tryin' To Forget
The One I Love Has Gone
And Left Me All Alone
I Moan My Sweetie Went Away
But She Didn't Say Where
She Didn't Say When
She Didn't Say Why
I Know That I'll Die
Why Don't She Hurry Back Home
You Oughta See
This Lovesick Fellow, Lou
Doesn't Do A Thing But Sigh
And While He's Wond'ring
What Became Of Sue
He's A Sight For Any Eye
Bought Some Poison
Bought A Gun
Says Goodbye To Ev'ryone
And While He's Doping Out Some Way To Die
He Can't Forget To Cry
My Sweetie Went Away
But She Didn`T Say Where
She Didn't Say When
She Didn't Say Why
Or Bid Me Goodbye
And I'm As Blue As Can Be
I Know She Loves Another One
But She Didn't Say Who
She Didn't Say Which
She Didn't Say What
That Rascal Has Got
That Took My Sweetie From Me
I'm Like A Little Lost Sheep
And I Can't Sleep
But I Keep
Tryin' To Forget
The One I Love Has Gone
And Left Me All Alone
I Moan My Sweetie Went Away
But She Didn't Say Where
She Didn't Say When
She Didn't Say Why
I Know That I'll Die
Why Don`T She Hurry Back Home

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