Thursday

OCTOBER 12TH


BIRTHDAYS

Jimmy Archey, Earl “Fatha” Hines, and Pops Foster
PHOTO: Photo William Claxton
James "Jimmy" Archey, Leader/Trombone
b. October 12, 1902, Norfolk, VA, USA.
d. Nov. 16, 1967, New Jersey. USA. 
A valuable sideman for decades, Jimmy Archey was a major if underrated trombonist for nearly 40 years. Archey began playing when he was 12 and was landing professional jobs within a year. He studied music at the Hampton Institute (1915-19), played in Atlantic City for a period, and then moved to New York in 1923. He freelanced with minor but musical bands for the next six years, including Edgar Hayes in 1927. 

Archey joined King Oliver in 1929, making his recording debut with Oliver in 1930. He was in Luis Russell's various orchestras from much of 1931-37 including the 1935-37 period when Russell's ensemble was essentially functioning as Louis Armstrong's backup group. Archey had stints with the orchestras of Willie Bryant, Benny Carter (1939), Ella Fitzgerald, and Coleman Hawkins, subbed with Cab Calloway, and spent 1944-45 with Claude Hopkins. Archey spent two years (1946-48) with Noble Sissle's commercial orchestra but did appear regularly on Rudi Blesh's famed This Is Jazz radio series in 1947.
After touring France with Mezz Mezzrow in 1948, Archey joined Bob Wilber's band in December of that year at the Savoy Cafe in Boston. When Wilber left in April 1950, Archey became the bandleader. During the next few years, he headed the sextet, which in 1952 had trumpeter Henry Goodwin, Benny Waters on clarinet and pianist Dick Wellstood; this was one of the few times in his career when he led his own group. He visited Europe with Mezzrow again (Nov. 1954-Feb. 1955) and then spent most of 1955-62 as a member of Earl Hines' San Francisco-based Dixieland band, also playing occasionally with Muggsy Spanier. Archey freelanced for the remainder of his life with New Orleans-style pickup groups. A Storyville CD features Archey's early-'50s band on some Dr. Jazz broadcasts; otherwise his only sessions as a leader were for Nec Plus Ultra (1952), the French Barclay label (1955) and 77 (1966).
Alfred "Tubby" Hall, Drums
b. Sellers, LA, USA.
d. May 13, 1946
The older brother of the fine drummer Minor Hall, Tubby Hall started playing in New Orleans with the Crescent Orchestra in 1914. After performing with the Eagle Band, the Silver Leaf Orchestra and other notable local groups, Hall moved to Chicago where he played briefly with Lawrence Duhe's band in 1918 before being drafted. After his discharge, Hall performed with Carroll Dickerson's Orchestra for several years (recording with it in 1927) and also worked at various times with King Oliver, Tiny Parham and Boyd Atkins. His later associations included Louis Armstrong (recording with his big band in 1931-32), Johnny Dodds and Jimmie Noone (making records with the clarinetist in 1936 and 1940).

Otherwise Tubby Hall (who did not head any record sessions of his own) freelanced and occasionally led his own groups.


ON THIS DAY...



1974.
Pink Anderson, guitar
died in Spartanburg, SC, USA.
Age: 74.
Pinkney "Pink" Anderson (February 12, 1900 – October 12, 1974) was an American blues singer and guitarist.

Life and career
Anderson was born in Laurens, South Carolina, and raised in nearby Greenville and Spartanburg. He joined Dr. William R. Kerr of the Indian Remedy Company in 1914 to entertain the crowds while Kerr tried to sell a concoction purported to have medicinal qualities. He also toured with Leo "Chief Thundercloud" Kahdot and his medicine show, often with the harmonica player Arthur "Peg Leg Sam" Jackson, who was based in Jonesville, South Carolina.

Anderson was recorded by the folklorist Paul Clayton at the Virginia State Fair in May 1950. He recorded an album in the early 1960s and performed at some live venues. He appeared in the 1963 film The Bluesmen. He reduced his activities in the late 1960s after a stroke. Attempts by the folklorist Peter B. Lowry to record Anderson in 1970 were not successful, although apparently he could occasionally summon up some of his past abilities.

A final tour took place in the early 1970s with the aid of Roy Book Binder, one of his "students", taking him to Boston and New York.

Cemetery marker for Anderson in Lincoln Memorial Garden, with a Gibson J-50 guitar and a harmonica
He died in October 1974 of a heart attack, at the age of 74. He is interred at Lincoln Memorial Gardens, in Spartanburg.
Anderson's son, known as Little Pink Anderson (b. July 13, 1954), is a bluesman living in Vermillion, South Dakota.
1989.
Bandleader/pianist Carmen Cavallaro died.
Carmen Cavallaro (May 6, 1913 – October 12, 1989) was an American pianist. He established himself as one of the most accomplished and admired light music pianists of his generation.

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Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:

1921


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Mamie Smith
  • Let's Agree To Disagree - Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds
    • Rambling Blues
1926


  • Nick Lucas - I'd Love To Call You Sweetheart
  • Nick Lucas - 
  • Precious
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    Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra - Hush-a-Bye (Vocal Refrain by Frank Bessinger)
    • Idolizing (Vocal Refrain by Frank Bessinger)

    1927



    Original Wolverines - A Good Man Is Hard To Find

    Original Wolverines - Royal Garden Blues

    Original Wolverines - Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble

    Original Wolverines - The New Twister

    Lizzie Miles - Mean Old Bedbug Blues
    Red and Miff's Stompers - Feeling No Pain

    1928

    Waring's Pennsylvanians - 1922 Left to Right: Fred Waring, Tom Waring, Curly Cockerill, Poley McClintock, Freddy Buck, Ernie Radal, Art Horn, Bill Townsend, Jim Gilliland, Nelson Keller.
    Waring's Pennsylvanians

    • I Want The World To Know - from the Musical comedy "Hello Yourself"


    Waring's Pennsylvanians - I'm Sorry, Sally

    1930



    Red Nichols' Five Pennies - Corrinne Corrina

    LYRICS:


    Lizzie Miles
    Mean Old Bedbug Blues
    Mean old bedbug sho' is evil, he don't mean me no good 
    Mean old bedbug sho' is evil, he don't mean me no good 
    He thinks I'm a woodpecker and he takes me for a chunk o' wood 
    When I lay down at night I wonder how can a poor man sleep 
    When I lay down at night I wonder how can a poor man sleep 
    With one hole in your head while the other one in your feet 
    Bedbug's big as a jackass, he will bite you, stand and grin 
    Bedbug's big as a jackass, will bite you and stand and grin 
    Drink a bowl of bedbug poison, come back and bite you again 
    Saw one morn' in a corner, Lord I tried so hard to see 
    Saw one morn' in a corner, Lord I tried so hard to see
    It was a mother bedbug Lord, prayin' for some oat to eat 
    I had to sit up all night long, my feet can't touch the floor 
    I had to sit up all night long, my feet can't touch the floor 
    Cause the mean old bedbug told me I can't live there no more
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