"Texas" Alexander, vocals
b. Jewett, TX, USA.
His recordimg career began
in 1927 with the Okeh label.
The recordings were quite notable.
Unable to play any instrument, Alexander used a variety of accompanists, ranging from guitarists "Little Hat" Jones, Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang, to the string band Blues of 'The Mississipi Sheiks', and even 'King Oliver's New Orleans band'. His performing and recording career continued into the 1930s with sessions for Vocalion. In 1940, after killing his wife, he was sent to the state prison at Paris, TX. 

In 1945, after his release (5 years in jail for killing his wife!), he joined his cousin Lightnin' Hopkins in Houston, TX, for live shows and recording for the Freedom label with pianist 'Buster' Pickens. By 1954, he was back in the Brazos River bottomlands where he died a debilitated victim of the ravages of syphillis.

Gus Cannon, banjo/jug/singer
b. Red Banks, MS, USA
d. 1979, age 96 (in poverty).
Gus Cannon (September 12, 1883 – October 15, 1979) was an American blues musician who helped to popularize jug bands (such as his own Cannon's Jug Stompers) in the 1920s and 1930s. There is doubt about his birth year; his tombstone gives the date as 1874.
Born on a plantation at Red Banks, Cannon moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi, then the home of W. C. Handy, at the age of 12. Cannon's musical skills came without training; he taught himself to play using a banjo that he made from a frying pan and raccoon skin. He ran away from home at the age of fifteen and began his career entertaining at sawmills and levee and railroad camps in the Mississippi Delta around the turn of the century.

While in Clarksdale, Cannon was influenced by local musicians Jim Turner and Alec Lee. Turner's fiddle playing in W. C. Handy’s band so impressed Cannon that he decided to learn the fiddle himself. Lee, a guitarist, taught Cannon his first folk blues, "Po' Boy, Long Ways from Home", and showed him how to use a knife blade as a slide, a technique that Cannon adapted to his banjo playing.

Cannon left Clarksdale around 1907. He soon settled near Memphis, Tennessee and played in a jug band led by Jim Guffin. He began playing in Memphis with Jim Jackson. He met harmonica player Noah Lewis, who introduced him to a young guitar player named Ashley Thompson. Both Lewis and Thompson would eventually become members of Cannon's Jug Stompers. The three of them formed a band to play parties and dances. In 1914 Cannon began touring in medicine shows. He supported his family through a variety of jobs, including sharecropping, ditch digging, and yard work, but supplemented his income with music.

Cannon began recording as "Banjo Joe" for Paramount Records in 1927. At that session he was backed up by Blind Blake. After the success of the Memphis Jug Band's first records, he quickly assembled a jug band featuring Noah Lewis and Ashley Thompson (later replaced by Elijah Avery). Cannon's Jug Stompers first recorded at the Memphis Auditorium for the Victor record label in January 1928. Hosea Woods joined the Jug Stompers in the late 1920s, playing guitar, banjo and kazoo, and also providing some vocals. Modern listeners can hear Cannon's Jug Stompers recording of "Big Railroad Blues" on the compilation album The Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead.

Although their last recordings were made in 1930, Cannon's Jug Stompers were one of Beale Street's most popular jug bands through the 1930s. A few songs Cannon recorded with Cannon's Jug Stompers are "Minglewood Blues", "Pig Ankle Strut", "Wolf River Blues", "Viola Lee Blues", "White House Station" and "Walk Right In" (later made into a pop hit by The Rooftop Singers in the 1960s, and later a hit rock/pop version by Dr. Hook in the 1970s). By the end of the 1930s, Cannon had effectively retired, although he occasionally performed as a solo musician.

He returned in 1956 to make a few recordings for Folkways Records. In the "blues revival" of the 1960s, he made some college and coffee house appearances with Furry Lewis and Bukka White, but he had to pawn his banjo to pay his heating bill the winter before the Rooftop Singers had a hit with "Walk Right In".

In the wake of becoming a hit composer, he recorded an album for Stax Records in 1963, with fellow Memphis musicians Will Shade, the former leader of the Memphis Jug Band, on jug and Milton Roby on washboard. Cannon performs a series of traditional songs, including "Kill It," "Salty Dog," "Going Around," "The Mountain," "Ol' Hen", "Gonna Raise A Ruckus Tonight," "Ain't Gonna Rain No More," "Boll-Weevil," "Come On Down To My House," "Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor," "Get Up In The Morning Soon," and "Crawdad Hole" along with his own "Walk Right In," plus various stories and introductions between the songs. The album is almost an audio documentary tour through different corners of Cannon's life and career that, ideally, might've run to several volumes.

Cannon can be seen in the King Vidor produced film, Hallelujah! (1929), during the late night wedding scene.
A very young Maurice Chevalier. He began his
show business career in 1901 at age 13.
Maurice Chevalier, vocals/actor
b. Paris, France, d. Jan. 1, 1972.
né: Maurice Auguste Chevalier.
This charismatic French actor is best remembered for his work in American Films. He introduced many songs including, "Mimi", "Louise", "You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me", and so many more.
In the eyes of many film-buffs, actor Maurice Chevalier, with his sophisticated charm, zest for life, and wit, is the consummate movie Frenchman. Chevalier, born in Paris, was the youngest of nine children. His father was a house painter and did not work steadily. To help out, the 11-year-old Chevalier quit school to work as an apprentice engraver and a factory worker. After performing briefly as an acrobat, he was injured and unable to continue his acrobatics so began singing in Paris cafes and halls. It is odd that he should turn to music as Chevalier had a notoriously weak, and average singing voice; to compensate, he added a touch of comedy to his act and soon became the toast of the town.
Though only 21, he got his biggest break when he became the revue partner of the infamous musical star Mistinguett in the Folies-Bergere. Soon she became his lover as well. While serving in World War I, Chevalier was captured and spent two years in a POW camp; later he was awarded a Croix de Guerre. After the war he rose to world fame as a star of music halls.
His trademarks were his boulevardier outfit of a straw hat and bow tie, his suggestive swagger, and his aura of Epicurean enjoyment. Having appeared in a number of silent films, he moved to Hollywood in 1929 and was popular with American audiences as the light-hearted, sophisticated star of romantic films. He left Hollywood in 1935, but continued making movies elsewhere.
In 1938 he was decorated a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. In 1951 he was refused re-entry to the United States because he had signed an anti-nuclear-weapons document, the "Stockholm Appeal." In 1958 he was allowed to return to Hollywood and receive a special Oscar "for his contributions to the world of entertainment for more than half a century."
~ Rovi
Maurice Chevalier with Jeannette MacDonald in Love Me Tonight
Billy Daniels, vocals
d. 1988.
Song and dance man

Shep Fields
(and his Rippling Rhythm)
Tenor Sax/clarinet/Leader
b. New York (Brooklyn), NY, USA, d. Feb. 23, 1981, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
A leader of dance bands in the '30s and '40s. His groups jazz content varied, but it was very popular and featured on several radio broadcasts and recordings. Some material has been reissued on Hindsight, Circle and Jazz Archives.
~ Ron Wynn

Abbie at the Silver Slipper, Bourbon Street. L-R: Joe “Hook” Loyacano, unknown, unknown,
Sidney Arodin, Dave Winstein, Monk Hazel, Abbie Brunies. (Frank Driggs Collection)
Joe Loyacano
alto sax/trombone/tuba/bass
b. New Orleans, LA, USA.
d. Nov. 30, 1967, New Orleans, LA. USA.
Age 74.
né: Hook Loyacano.
There were other Loyacanos all working in Jazz bands in both New Orleans and later in Chicago, - all in the same time frame - and often in the same bands. Among them Arnold Deacon Loyacano and Bud Loyacano -both on string bass (Arnold Deacon Loyacano also played piano); Bud Loyacano - string and brass bass; and both Freddie Loyacano, Steve Loyacono -banjo/guitar.

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include: 

Harry Thacker Burleigh, (gospel) vocals/arranger
died in Stamford, CT, USA. 
Age: 83.

Frank Stokes, guitar
died in Memphis, TN, USA.
Age: 67.

Abbey "Chinee" Foster, drums
died in New Orleans, LA, USA.
Age: 60.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Louisiana Five - Clarinet Squawk


Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds - Fare Thee Honey Blues

Bailey's Lucky Seven
  • Oh ! You Little Sun-uv-er-gun
  • Stealing To Virginia
  • Tell All The Folks In Kentucky (I'm Coming Home)
Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra - Chansonette


Henry Halstead and His Orchestra
Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra

Ethel Waters and her Ebony 4 - Pickanniny Blues


Annette Hanshaw - Blackbottom

Annette Hanshaw Six Feet Of Papa


Harry Reser and his Orchestra - Look In The Mirror (And See Just Who You Love)


Victoria Spivey - My Handy Man

Victoria Spivey Organ Grinder Blues

King Oliver's Dixie Syncopators - I'm Watching The Clock

Waring's Pennsylvanians
  • My Window Of Dreams - Vocal refrain by Tom Waring
  • Paradise

Emmett Miller accompanied by his Georgia Crackers
Ruben "River" Reeves and his River Boys
  • Do I Know What I'm Doing?
  • Shoo Shoo Boogie Boo
Clara Smith

Isham Jones and his Orchestra
Isham Jones and his Orchestra

Bennie Krueger and his Orchestra - As You Desire Me - Vocal refrain by Paul Small
Annette HanshawSay It Isn't So

Annette Hanshaw - You'll Always Be The Same Sweetheart To Me


Williams Washboard Band
  • Kelseys Hot Nuts

Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra - It's Only a Paper Moon - Vocal refrain by Peggy Healy


New Orleans Rhythm Kings - Jazz Me Blues
Fletcher Henderson Orchestra - Down South Camp Meetin'

Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds Of Joy


Say It Isn't So ~Irving Berlin

Say it isn't so,
Say it isn't so,
Everyone is saying
you don't love me,
Say it isn't so.
Everywhere I go,
Everyone I know,
Whispers that you're growing tired of me,
Say it isn't so.
People say that you,
Found somebody new,
And it won't be long
before you leave me,
Say it isn't true,
Say that everything is still okay,
That's all I want to know,
and what they're saying,

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