Wednesday

OCTOBER 11TH


BIRTHDAYS



1903
Bobbe Arnst 
Bobbe Arnst (October 11, 1903 -November 25,1980) 
Ziegfeld Girl, Bobbe Arnst performed in Ziegfeld's musicals "Rosalie" (1928) and "Simple Simon" (1930). In Rosalie, she introduced the song "How Long Has This Been Going On".

Bobbe Arnst (1903–1980)


1891
Amzy Asbell, piano
b. Fulton County (Havana), IL USA.
d. ca. 1962, Dayton, OH, USA.
(Buried in the Veterans Cemetary).
Amzy is perhaps best recalled for playing the Piano with Clyde "Sugar" McCoy's orchestra. His wife was Laura Belle (née: Hughes), b. Nov. 3, 1909, Corydon, Harrison, IN, USA; d. March 23, 2000, New Albany, Floyd, IN, USA. One of their sons, Charles G. Asbell (now deceased) was a cousin to William Foley Jr., the son of William James Foley who played organ, piano, and calliope.



1897
Leo Reisman
Leo (F.) Reisman (October 11, 1897 - December 18, 1961) was an American violinist and bandleader in the 1920s and 1930s. Born and reared in Boston, he was of Jewish ancestry; from German immigrants who immigrated to the USA in the 19th century. Reisman studied violin as a young man, and formed his own band in 1919. He became famous for having over 80 hits on the popular charts during his career. Jerome Kern called Reisman's orchestra "The String Quartet of Dance Bands".

Biography
Mr. Reisman's first recording was on a 10" in. 78rpm record for Columbia Records, recorded on January 10, 1921 - the two titles being "Love Bird", with a catalog issue of Columbia A-3366, mx.79634 and the other title being "Bright Eyes", with a catalog issue of Columbia A-3366, mx.79635.
Reisman recorded for Columbia exclusively from July 1923 through March 11, 1929, when he signed with Victor and stayed until October 1933. He then signed with Brunswick and stayed until 1937 when he re-signed with Victor. During his 1929-1933 Victor period, Reisman recorded many lesser-known period Broadway songs, some of which were recorded by no other band. Due to his popularity, he was always one of the prominent bands during his time at Columbia, Victor and Brunswick, and he recorded prolifically.

Reisman also had the habit of featuring composers and Broadway performers as band vocalists, including Harold Arlen, Fred Astaire, Clifton Webb, and Arthur Schwartz. He also featured Lee Wiley in 1931-32 for her first 3 recordings. More often than not, his vocalists were Frank Luther, Dick Robertson and later Sally Singer and George Beuler. A notable recording from this era was "Happy Days Are Here Again" in November 1929, with vocals by Lou Levin.
Among his more popular hits were his #1 recordings of Cole Porter's "Night and Day" (1932) and Con Conrad's "The Continental" (1934), and Astaire's recording of Irving Berlin's "Cheek to Cheek" (1935).
Reisman's was primarily a dance orchestra; he was not a fan of jazz music, but some of his early 1930s 78 RPM recordings were a bit "hot". (However, Reisman employed the legendary trumpet player Bubber Miley in 1930-31, who had been a featured member of Duke Ellington's orchestra.)

Eddy Duchin was a member of Leo Reisman's orchestra; it was Reisman who gave Duchin his big break.1 The band leader and TV personality, Mitch Miller, also was a member of Reisman's orchestra.
Leo Reisman died in New York City on December 18, 1961 at the age of 64.
Leo Reisman
Leo Reisman And His Orchestra Discography at Discogs

Teddy Weatherford & The Hutson Sisters

1903
Teddy Weatherford, Piano
b. Pocahontas, VA, USA. USA.
d. April 25, 1945 

Teddy Weatherford was one of the greatest jazz pianists that no one has ever heard of! Weatherford learned to play piano during his period living in New Orleans (1915-20) and he soon became an impressive virtuoso. After moving to Chicago, he worked with several top jazz orchestras including those led by Jimmie Wade and Erskine Tate. He recorded with both of the groups including "Static Strut" and "Stomp Off, Let's Go" with the latter at a time when Louis Armstrong was also a member of Tate's Vendome Orchestra.


A brilliant enough player to be Earl Hines' chief rival in Chicago, Weatherford in Aug. 1926 sailed to the Orient with Jack Carter's Orchestra and, except for a brief visit in 1934 and stays in Paris and Sweden in the summer of 1937, Weatherford spent the remainder of his life in Asia; thus his near-anonymity. However Teddy Weatherford was never inactive for he led bands in Singapore, Manila, Shanghai and eventually India where he died of cholera at the age of 41. Teddy Weatherford recorded as a soloist in Paris in 1937 and then in a variety of settings in Calcutta during 1941-44.
~ Scott Yanow

REST IN PEACE CONNEE BOSWELL
Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

1976.
Connie Boswell, vocals
died in New York, NY, USA

Age: 68.

Member: 'The Boswell Sisters'
Constance Foore "Connee" Boswell (December 3, 1907, Kansas City, Missouri – October 11, 1976, New York) was an American female vocalist born in Kansas City but raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. With her sisters, Martha and Helvetia "Vet" Boswell, she performed in the 1930s as The Boswell Sisters and became a highly influential singing group during this period via recordings and radio. Connee herself is widely considered one of the greatest jazz female vocalists and was a major influence on Ella Fitzgerald who said, "My mother brought home one of her records, and I fell in love with it....I tried so hard to sound just like her."

In 1936, Connee's sisters retired and Connee continued on as a solo artist (having also recorded solos during her years with the group).
Connee Boswell - WikipediaBoswell Sisters - Wikipedia
Boswell Sisters website Bozzies.com

1961.
Leonard "Chico" Marx, of The Marx Brothers
died at age 74. A good pianist as well as comic actor.


Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:

1923

Sara Martin and Clarence Williams' Harmonizing Four - A Green Gal Can't Catch On

Edna Hicks - Save Your Man And Satisfy Your Soul - Porter Grainger at the Piano

Harry Reser and his Orchestra
  • If I Can't Get The Sweetie I Want (I Pity The Sweetie I Get)
  • You Darling, You
1924


Bix Beiderbecke - Flock O' Blues

Bix Beiderbecke - I'm Glad


1928


Fred Hall's Jazz Band - "Missouri Squabble"

Alphonso Trent and his Orchestra - "Louder And Funnier"
  • "Gilded Kisses"
1929

Bessie Smith - "Blue Spirit Blues"
1939
Coleman Hawkins "Body and Soul"

Abe Lyman and his Californians
  • All In Favor Say "Aye" - Vocal refrain by Rose Blane
  • Honestly - Vocal chorus by Eddie Holly
LYRICS:

If I Can't Get The Sweetie Want (I Pity The Sweetie I Get)

~Words by Joe Young & Sam M. Lewis
~Music by Jean Schwartz


Now you can speak your heart, say what you think
But don’t get smart with pencil and ink
So if I can’t get the sweetie I want
I pity the sweetie I get
Oh, I don’t want a Sheik
No they’re too dumb
They think your cheek is just chewing gum
So if I can’t get the sweetie I want
I pity the sweetie I get

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