AUGUST 17TH

*** HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAE WEST ***

BIRTHDAYS


1893
Mae West, singer/actror/playwright
b. New York (Brooklyn), NY, USA.
d. Nov. 22, 1980, Hollywood, CA, USA.
(complications from strokes).
née: Mary Jane Mae West.
During her career, Mae appeared in Burlesque, vaudeville, Broadway and movies. Among her films are 'She Done Him Wrong' (1933, a film which made Cary Grant a star), and 'My Little Chickadee' (1940, co-starring W. C. Fields). As a playwright, her works include 'Sex' (1926, for which she was arrested and spent ten days in jail on obscenity charges), and 'Diamond Lil' (1928, a huge Broadway success).


The 1978 film 'Sextette' was her last. Her demise came when she suffered a series of Strokes. Her autobiography, entitled "Goodness had nothing to do with it", is a line she spoke in her very first film "Night After Night". A hat check girl, after seeing Mae's jewlery. exclaimed, "Goodness! What lovely diamonds!" Mae replied, "Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie." Although Mae had only a small part, she displayed a wit that would to make her world famous. Movie-goers fell in love with the first woman to make racy comments on film. Her co-star, George Raft, said of Mae, "She stole everything but the cameras."
1917
Walter Brown, vocals
b. Dallas, TX, USA.
Worked with Jay McShann Blues singer Walter Brown fronted the roaring Jay McShann Orchestra (which included young alto saxist Charlie Parker) in 1941, when the roaring Kansas City aggregation cut their classic "Confessin' The Blues" and "Hootie Blues" for Decca. The Dallas native remained with McShann from 1941 to '45 before going solo (with less successful results).
~ Bill Dahl

 
1909
Larry Clinton, leader/arranger/composer
b. Brooklyn, NY, USA.
d. May 2, 1985, Tucson, AZ, USA.
Tag: "The Old Dipsy Doodler".
Larry Clinton (August 17, 1909May 2, 1985) was a trumpeter who became a prominent American bandleader.
Clinton was born in Brooklyn, New York. He became a versatile musician, capable of playing trumpet, trombone, and clarinet. While in his twenties, he became a prolific arranger for dance orchestras; bandleaders Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Glen Gray, Louis Armstrong, and Bunny Berigan all used Larry Clinton charts.
His first stint as a bandleader was from 1937 to 1941, and he recorded a string of hits for Victor Records. The Clinton band's repertoire was split between pop tunes of the day ("I Double Dare You," "Summer Souvenirs," etc.), ambitious instrumentals penned by Clinton (the most popular, "A Study in Brown," begat four sequels in different "colors"). and swing adaptations of classical compositions. This last category swept the industry, and orchestras everywhere were "swinging the classics" by adding pop lyrics to melodies by Debussyand Tchaikovsky. His version of Debussy’s "Reverie", with vocalist Bea Wain, was particularly popular. Entitled "My Reverie", his version peaked at #1 on Billboard's Record Buying Guide in 1938.
Clinton's band was predominantly a recording group that also played college proms and hotel ballrooms. On the strength of Clinton's record hit "The Dipsy Doodle," Vitaphone and Paramount Pictures signed the band to star in three 10-minute theatrical films. All three were filmed in New York.
In 1941 Clinton and his band appeared in six short musical films, designed for then-popular "movie jukeboxes." (The films were ultimately released as Soundies in 1943.) This was one of his last jobs as a bandleader; he quit the music business upon the outbreak of World War II, and became as a flight instructor. He resumed his musical career and enjoyed further success as a bandleader from 1948 to 1950. He remained active in the music business until 1961. He died in 1985 inTucson, Arizona, at the age of 75.

1908
Jimmy Sherman
Piano/Arranger
b. Williamsport, PA, USA.
d. 1975
Jazz pianist James Sherman played in various swing groups from the mid- to late '30s, but is best known for his hand in composing the jazz standard "Lover Man." Co-written with Jimmy Davis and Roger Ramirez, "Lover Man" was first recorded by Billie Holiday, and has since been recorded by countless jazz vocalists, including Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Lena Horne, Betty Carter, Shirley Horn, and more. In addition to playing with Billie Holiday, Sherman also played piano for other swing groups recording during the mid- to late '30s, including bands fronted by Stuff Smith, Lil Armstrong, and Mildred Bailey.
~ Joslyn Layne

1901
Frank Sylvano
Frank Francesco Lanzalotti Sylvano
B. Aug. 17, 1901, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
D.  Sep. 1, 1964, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
The son of Joseph Lanzalotti, and Mary Magdelene Sylvano, his surname transitioned from his father's to his mother's with the name Sullivan also used briefly in the midst of the transitions. In the 1920 US Census he is listed as a railroad laborer but by the 1930 Census he is married to Lenore with daughters Jean and Joan. Brother Scotty is also living with them. His occupation is listed a singer with an orchestra. He was a well known jazz vocalist in his day and the band's recordings are still in demand.



"The Isham Jones band made a series of popular gramophone records for Brunswick throughout the 1920s. He led one of the most popular dance bands in the 1920s and 1930s.
From 1929 to 1932, his Brunswick recordings became even more sophisticated with often very unusual arrangements (by Gordon Jenkins and others; Jones was his own arranger early on, but cultivated others for offbeat arrangements). During this period, Jones started featuring violinist Eddie Stone as one of his regular vocalists. ... His other vocalists included Frank Sylvano, Billy Scott, Arthur Jarrett and Stone."
~quoted from the Wikipedia article about Isham Jones.
Frank Sylvano

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

1922.
James "Buddy" Butts, vocals
died in Norfolk, VA, USA.
Age: 25
Member: 'Norfolk Jubilee'

1971.
Tab Smith, arranger/alto sax
died in St. Louis, MO, USA.

1983.
Lyricist Ira Gershwin
1984.
Hammie Nixon, Blues harmonica
died in Brownsville, TN, USA.
Age: 76
1990.
Pearl Bailey, actress/singer
died in Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Age: 72 (Coronary).

1995.
"Wild" Bill Davis, organ/piano/arranger
died in Moorestown, NJ, USA.
Age: 77
Worked with Louis Jordan
Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:

1917

Borbee's Jass Orchestra Paddle-Addle

Original Dixieland Jass Band - Barnyard Blues

Wilbur Sweatman's Jazz Orchestra - Rock-ABye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
1921

The Happy Six - South Sea Isles (Introducing "She's Just A Baby" from George White's Scandals of 1921)

1922


Bailey's Lucky Seven - Chicago
1923

Benson Orchestra of Chicago - Sobbin' Blues

1926


Thomas Morris and his Seven Hot Babies - Ham Gravy
Sissle and Blake - Ukelele Lullaby


The Little Ramblers - And Then I Forget

My Cutey's Due At Two-To-Two Today
1927


Texas Alexander - Evil Woman Blues

Isham Jones and his Orchestra - Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia
Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra
1934


Fats Waller and his Rhythm - Don't Let It Bother You
LYRICS:

You're Not the Only Oyster in the Stew
 (Johnny Burke / Harold Spina)

You're not the only oyster in the stew,
Not the only tea leaf in the tea;
However, I'm convinced,
Completely, fully, firmly convinced,
You're the only one for me!
You're not the only wrinkle in the prune,
You're not the only apple on the tree;
Judging all the facts,
Perfectly logical positive facts,
You're the only one for me!

 So well supplied, the first things I see, (oh mercy baby!)
Your smile is refreshing, kisses so unique!
When I'm 'round I'm susceptible and weak,
I loves ya, I loves ya, so to speak!

There's seven million people in New York,
Fifty million Frenchmen in Paree,
Not to mention serfs,
And English, Irish, Italians and Turks,
But you're the only one for me!
There's seven million people in New York,
Fifty million Frenchmen in Paree,
Not to mention English, Irish, Turks,
You're the only one for me!
Oh, (scat),
You're not the only oyster in the stew!

From the film "She Done Him Wrong" (1933)

Anyone can see what's the matter with me
I've been hurried and rushed off my feet
Never had a minute's repose from walking the street
So I've thought it out and there isn't any doubt
My conclusion is all for the best
I need someone who can supply comfort and some rest
A guy what takes his time, I'll go for any time
I'm a fast movin' gal who likes them slow
Got no use for fancy drivin', want to see a guy arrivin' in low.
I'd be satisfied, electrified to know a guy what takes his time
A hurry-up affair, I always give the air
Wouldn't give any rushin' gent a smile.
I would go for any singer who would condescend to linger awhile
What a lullaby would be supplied to have a guy what takes his time
A guy what takes his time, I'd go for any time
A hasty job really spoils a master's touch
I don't like a big commotion, I'm a demon for slow motion or such
Why should I deny that I would die to know a guy who takes his time
There isn't any fun in getting something done
If you're rushed when you have to make the grade
I can spot an amateur, appreciate a connesseur in his trade
Who would qualify, no alibi, to be the guy who takes his time

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