"Barrelhouse "Buck" McFarland, piano
b. Alton, IL, USA.
Thomas “Barrelhouse Buck” McFarland (1903–1962) was raised in St. Louis, where many of his contemporaries played a gutsy style of boogie-woogie piano known as “barrelhouse.” McFarland's playing had a rougher and more insistent rhythm, perhaps inspired by his early days as a drummer.
Charles "Chick" Bullock, Vocal
b. Butte, MT, USA.
d. Sept. 15, 1981, CA, USA.
As the in-house vocalist for the American Record Corporation (ARC), Chick Bullock (1908 - 1981) had one of the most well-known singing voices in America during the 1930s. Today he is all but forgotten.
The onset of the Great Depression, combined with the increasing popularity of radio, was devastating for the American record industry. For example, in 1928 the Victor Talking Machine Company sold 37.7 million records. By 1932 annual Victor sales had dropped over 90% to a mere 3.1 million. People were reluctant to spend their precious pennies on records when they could hear the popular tunes of the day over the airwaves for free. Victor - under the ownership of the powerful Radio Corporation of America since 1929 - managed to survive the Great Depression. Virtually all of the other 1920s record labels, however, either ceased to exist or were absorbed by ARC.
ARC was formed in 1929 when the Plaza Music Company merged with Cameo Records. Cameo itself had only recently merged with American Pathe. In 1932 ARC acquired Brunswick Records which became the company's flagship label. The once mighty Columbia label was acquired in 1934 for a mere $70,500. All of the record companies ARC acquired had a number of subsidiary labels - most of which were phased out. After the Romeo, Perfect, Banner and Oriole labels were eliminated in 1935, ARC's main labels were Brunswick, Vocalion and Melotone. In 1938, ARC was acquired by the Columbia Broadcasting System and Columbia became the new flagship product. 

Bullock's show business career was limited to records and radio by a disfiguring ailment that caused the white of one of his eyes to turn black. His "Levee Loungers" were, in reality, the ARC studio orchestra. The staff changed from session to session, but often included some of the era's top jazz talent. Bullock retired in the early 1940s to pursue a career in real estate.

Lieutenant Earl Carroll, prominent composer, is now a full-fledged aviator in the U.S. Service. He is shown beside... - NARA - 533718.tif
Carroll as pilot during World War I, c. 1918
Earl Carroll
Producer, Writer, Lyricist, Composer, Director, Designer, Performer
b. Pittsburg, PA, USA. 
d. June 17, 1948, Mt. Carmel, PA, USA.
Carroll as pilot during World War I, c. 1918
Carroll produced and directed numerous Broadway musicals, including eleven editions of Earl Carroll's Vanities, Earl Carroll's Sketch Book, and Murder at the Vanities, which was also made into a film starring Jack Oakie. Known as "the troubadour of the nude", Carroll was famous for his productions featuring the most lightly clad showgirls on Broadway.
In 1922 he built the first Earl Carroll Theatre in New York, which was demolished and rebuilt on a grander scale in 1931. He built a second theatre on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California in 1938.
In 1926 Carroll became involved in a scandal due to a party he threw in honor of Harry Kendall Thaw, who came from Pittsburgh and was a potential investor in Broadway shows. During the private party a bathtub was brought out in which there was a nude young woman bathing in illegal liquor. One of the guests at the party was Philip Payne, editor of the New York Mirror. Although Carroll expected his guests would be circumspect about what happened at the party, Payne published a report. This was noted by federal authorities, and they subpoenaed Carroll to appear (with others) before a grand jury. 

The authorities were apparently determined to learn the source of the illegal alcohol. Carroll denied the incident happened, but others at the party confirmed it. The federal government prosecuted Carroll for perjury, and he was convicted and sent to the Atlanta Penitentiary for six months.
Carroll wrote the scores for Broadway shows including So Long, Letty, Canary Cottage, and The Love Mill for which he also wrote the libretto. As a writer of popular songs, his credits include Isle d'Amour, So Long, Letty, Dreams of Long Ago, Give Me All of You, Just The Way You Are, and Dreaming, for which he supplied lyrics to the waltz by Archibald Joyce.
Earl Carroll died in the crash of United Airlines Flight 624, which also took the life of his companion, Beryl Wallace, on June 17, 1948, in Aristes, Pennsylvania.

Jack McCormick, Leader
b: Bootle, Liverpool, England
d: 1953 age: 47 (Coronary Arrest) (UK) 

Jack McCormick directed the very popular "Ambassadors" at the Rialto Ballroom and at Lewis's Restaurant, Liverpool from the early 1930s until his untimely death in 1953 (with a break during WWII). 

Jack was a multi-instrumentalist, but usually played clarinet and alto-saxophone with the band. The Ambassadors made few recordings, 8 titles for Panachord in 1936 being pretty much the whole output, though there is a rare 1933 recording for local company "Majestic" too.

Jean Paques, Piano
b. Liege, Belgium
d. 1974
Jean Paques became a musician of ragtime after the First World War. In 1920, he moved to Paris where he composed his first musical works in the register of novelty piano. In the late 1920s, he left for London where he joined a band of hit music.
Subsequently, he was an interpreter of music of many famous atmosphere and recorded during his long career of nearly forty albums.

Giuseppi "Joe" Venuti, violin
b. shipboard on way to America
d. August 14, 1978 Seattle, WA, USA.
Giuseppe "Joe" Venuti (September 16, 1903 – August 14, 1978) was an Italian-American jazz musician and pioneer jazz violinist.
Birth name: Giuseppe Venuti
Born: September 16, 1903, 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: August 14, 1978, 
Seattle, Washington
Genres: Jazz
Occupation(s): Musician
Instruments: Violin
Associated acts: Eddie Lang, Benny Goodman, Dorsey Brothers, Bing Crosby, Bix Beiderbecke, Jack Teagarden, Boswell Sisters, Zoot Sims
Considered the father of jazz violin, he pioneered the use of string instruments in jazz along with the guitarist Eddie Lang, a friend since childhood. Through the 1920s and early 1930s, Venuti and Lang made many recordings, as leader and as featured soloists. He and Lang became so well known for their 'hot' violin and guitar solos that on many commercial dance recordings they were hired to do 12- or 24-bar duos towards the end of otherwise stock dance arrangements. In 1926, Venuti and Lang started recording for the OKeh label as a duet (after a solitary duet issued on Columbia), followed by "Blue Four" combinations, which are considered milestone jazz recordings. Venuti also recorded commercial dance records for OKeh under the name "New Yorkers".
He worked with Benny Goodman, Adrian Rollini, the Dorsey Brothers, Bing Crosby, Bix Beiderbecke, Jack Teagarden, Frank Signorelli, the Boswell Sisters, and most of the other important white jazz and semi-jazz figures of the late 1920s and early 1930s. However, following Lang's death in 1933, Venuti's career began to wane, though he continued performing through the 1930s, recording a series of commercial dance records (usually containing a Venuti violin solo) for the dime store labels, OKeh and Columbia, as well as the occasional jazz small group sessions. He was also a strong early influence on western swing players like Cecil Brower. Many of the 1920s OKeh sides continued to sell and remained in print through 1935 when ARC discontinued the OKeh label and reissued selected sides on the 35-cent Vocalion label (the OKeh label was revived by CBS in 1940).
After a period of relative obscurity in the 1940s and 1950s, Venuti played violin and other instruments with Jack Statham at the Desert Inn Hotel in Las Vegas. Statham headed several musical groups that played at the Desert Inn from late 1961 until 1965, including a Dixieland combo. Venuti was with him during that time, and was active with the Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra during the 1960s. He was 'rediscovered' in the late 1960s. In the 1970s, he established a musical relationship with tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims that resulted in three recordings. In 1976, he recorded an album of duets with pianist Earl Hines entitled Hot Sonatas. He also recorded an entire album with country-jazz musicians including mandolinist Jethro Burns (of Homer & Jethro), pedal steel guitarist Curly Chalker and former Bob Wills sideman and guitarist Eldon Shamblin. Venuti died in Seattle, Washington.
Songs Recorded or Released 
On This Day Include...


Art Hickman and his Orchestra
Take It Easy
All Star Trio 
Alcoholic Blues 
(Introducing, "Everybody's Crazy Over Dixie")


Ted Lewis and his Band
To-morrow (I'll Be In My Dixie Home Again)


The Georgians - Somebody's Wrong


The Wolverine Orchestra - Sensation
The Wolverine Orchestra - Lazy Daddy

The California Ramblers - I Want To Be Happy (matrix 1881)
The California Ramblers - Tea For Two


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
Peaceful Valley

Paul Specht and his Orchestra
Lonesome Me

Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards
47th Street Stomp
Idle Hour Special

The Red Heads - A Good Man Is Hard To Find
The Red Heads - Baltimore
Nothin' Does-Does Like It Used To Do Do Do

Alex Jackson's Plantation Orchestra - Jack Ass Blues


Jessie Stafford and his Orchestra - Cinderella Blues
I'm Writing You This Little Melody

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra - Mississippi
Annette Hanshaw - What Wouldn't I Do For That Man (from "Applause")


Bud Billings and Carson Robison
Tell Me You Love Me Dear
Song of the Silver Dollar

Casa Loma Orchestra - Blue Kentucky Moon

Victor Young and his Orchestra
Love letters in the sand

Red Nichols and his 5 Pennies
Oh Peter (you're so nice)

Don Redman and his Orchestra 
Pagan Paradise

Dick Powell and his Orchestra

Andy Iona Islanders
Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra

Featured in the films "Applause" and
"Glorifying the American Girl" (1929)
(E.Y. Harburg / Jay Gorney)
As recorded by ANNETTE HANSHAW:

Love was blind to me, now it's kind to me
Love has opened my eyes
Since it came to me, life's a game to me
With the sweetest surprise
I never knew how good it was to be
A slave to one who means the world to me

I loved that man from the start
And way down deep in his heart
I know he loves me, Heaven knows why
And when he tells me he can't live without me
What wouldn't I do for that man?

He's not an angel or saint
And what's the odds if he ain't
With all his faults I know he'll get by
I'll be so true to him, he'll never doubt me
What wouldn't I do for that man?

Oh, when he lets me lean my, my weary head on his shoulder
I close my eyes right there and wish I never grow older

I'll never leave him alone
I'll make his troubles my own
I love that man as nobody can
I'm just no good when his arms are about me
What wouldn't I do for that man?
Oh, what wouldn't I do for that man?

(Instrumental Break)

I'll never leave him alone
I'll make his troubles my own
I love that man better than I do myself
I'm just no good when his arms are about me
What wouldn't I do for that man?
Oh, there's not a thing I wouldn't do for my man

That's all!

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