Sunday

AUGUST 21ST

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COUNT BASIE!!



BIRTHDAYS




I don't dig that Two Beat Jive the New Orleans cats play because my boys and 
I have to have four heavy beats to a bar, and NO Cheatin'.
--Count Basie.
1904
William "Count" Basie
Leader/piano
b. Red Bank, NJ, USA.
d. April 26, 1984, Hollywood, CA, USA.
né: William Basie.
He learned the piano from his mother and the organ from Fats Waller. At one time he was a theater organist at a Kansas City theater (1927). Wound up working in Benny Moten's Kansas City Orchestra; finally took over leadership of the band upon Moten's demise.
Count Basie - Throughout his career the name of Count Basie was synonymous with swing. Basie, whose influence remains huge over a decade after his death, not only led two of the finest jazz orchestras ever but he redefined the role of the piano in the rhythm section.
Basie pared down his style drastically, eliminating the oom-pah timekeeping function of his left hand. With bassist Walter Page, rhythm guitarist Freddie Green and drummer Jo Jones filling in the spaces, Count stuck to simple phrases that were strategically placed to add momentum to the ensembles and he unwittingly acted as a transitional figure towards the bop of Bud Powell.
1919
Savannah Churchill, Singer
New Orleans, LA, USA.
d. 1974 Savannah Churchill (nee Valentine) was born in Colfax, LA, August 21, 1920, but raised in Brooklyn, NY. The Creole beauty with the luxurious pipes enjoyed a happy life before and during her 30 plus years in the music career, but tragedies marred her entry and exit from the music business. She scored a number one hit in 1947 with "I Want to Be Loved (But Only by You)," it stayed on the charts for eight weeks; like most singers from the '40s/early '50s she's a forgotten soul deserving of recognition. 
~ Andrew Hamilton 

1895
Benny Davis, composer
b. New York, NY, USA.
d. Dec. 20, 1979, Miami, FL, USA.
A vaudeville performer barely into his teens, lyricist Benny Davis composed hundreds of songs during the heyday of Tin Pan Alley. Though only "Baby Face" became a worldwide standard, hits like "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You," "There Goes My Heart," and "With These Hands" were covered many times by important vocalists up to the mid-'60s. Born in New York City in 1895, Davis was on the vaudeville circuit before 1910 and later toured as Blossom Seeley's accompanist. He began composing songs along the way and wrote several successful songs during the early '20s before his biggest success, "Baby Face," in 1926.

He scored the Broadway show Sons o' Guns in 1929, and continued composing moderate period hits until the mid-'30s. Voted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Davis lived in Miami until his death in 1979.

~ John Bush




1906
Luke Kessinger, vocals
b. Kanawha County, WV, USA
d. May 6, 1944, USA.
né: Luches W. Kessinger.
Member: 'The Kessinger Brothers'
The Kessinger Brothers


1868
Sylvester "Vess" Louis Ossman, banjo
b. Hudson, NY, USA.
d. Dec. 8, 1923, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
Tag: "The Banjo King". The following is Excerpted from liner notes to 'G.E. 31 Vess L. Ossman 5 String Banjo 1900-1916 CD' "In 1880 he began to study the banjo. After a couple of teachers, in 1886 he met with E. M. Hall who was a renowned banjoist,and together they engaged in professional work. Ossman said to Walter Jacobs, the publisher of the Cadenza magazine, that 1888 was his peak year.
By the 1890s he became the best selling maker of banjo records. In the 1896 Columbia catalog of cylinder recordings there were 15 of his songs listed. Ossman had the honor of appearing before President Theodore Roosevelt, with whom he scored a big hit with "Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight". In 1903 or 1904. he entertained King Edward VII in two command performances. While in England he played at the Palace, Tivoli & Alhambra theaters as well as other famous music halls. In the course of his career he performed with other celebrated banjoists such as Parke Hunter (Jack Tar March on this CD), then William "Bill" Farmer.
In 1904 he formed his 'Ossman Banjo Trio' with Hunter & Farmer. In 1906 the Ossman-Dudley Trio (banjo, mandolin and harp-guitar) was formed and they recorded dozens of titles for Columbia & Victor records. Vess Ossman was a friend of Clifford Essex and in his studio they were joined by other English luminaries such as Charlie Rogers, Joe Morley & Burt Earle. In an interview published at the time, Vess said: I'm addicted to grace notes & appoggiaturas, and like to play them on the 5th string, because it is so taut". .........Thomas E. Gylnn was another of the many banjoists, with whom Ossman collaborated. 

Vess L. Ossman died .......one week after appearing for a charity at a theater in Minneapolis, where he had taken ill."The liner notes credit: Except where the Cadenza is mentioned, the majority of the information was derived from a December 1951 article from the series called "The Banjo in America", written by W. M Brewer, for the B. M. G. magazine in London, England. W. M. Brewer was an extraordinary banjo historian, having in his possession or having access to the S.S. Stewart Banjo & Mandolin journals printed in the late 19th century among all the rare documents he perused. This B.M.G. magazine that is the foundation of this biography is from the J. McNaughton collection, who was the last editor of that magazine. (FFSI archives)
1917
Rodney Richardson, bass/guitar
b. New Orleans, LA, USA.
Played with Count Basie.



1918
James T. Wise, bass/clarinet
d. Aug. 15, 2002, Gary, IL., USA.
Best recalled for his work with the Duke Ellington orch.




Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


1975.
Sam Mcgee, Country guitarist
died in Franklin, TN, USA.
Age: 81 (Tractor accident on his farm).





1985.
Hoyle Nix
C&W fiddler/bandleader/songwriter
died.
Age 87.



Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:



1922


Ladd's Black Aces - April 14th, 1922, left to right: Phil Napoleon, Frank Signorelli, Miff Mole, Jimmy Lytell, Jack Roth.
Ladd's Black Aces

1923



Benson Orchestra of Chicago
  • After All, I Adore You
  • Sing A Little Song

1925



The Cotton Pickers

1928




Ethel Waters - My Handy Man
Ethel Waters - West End Blues

J.C. Cobb And His Grains Of Corn - Endurance Stomp

Winegar's Pennsylvania Boys
  • Imagination

1929




Helen Savage accompanied by The Dixie Syncopators - It's Bad For Your Soul

Helen Savage accompanied by The Dixie Syncopators For Just A Little Love From You


Ted Lewis and his Band - Farewell Blues

Ted Lewis and his Band - Wabash Blues

Lonnie Johnson - Best Jockey In Town

LYRICS:


BLUE -
FROM MY HEAD
TO MY SHOES.
I`M BLUE TODAY,
I`VE GOT A MEAN,
EVIL FEELING,
AND I`M FULL OF GIN.
ON MY WAY
TO THE WEST END,
AND THAT`S WHERE TROUBLES
WILL BEGIN.
MY MAN,
MY DAMN
LOW-DOWN
MEAN HOUND,
IN TOWN
WITH MY BEST FRIEND
RUNNIN` AROUND.
OH, THE UNDERTAKER MAN,
GONNA` KNOCK
UPON HIS DOOR.
WOE IN THE WEST END,
WOE IN THE WEST END,
GONNA SEE SOME SHOOTIN`
LIKE THEY NEVER SEEN BEFORE.
I MEAN MY MAN
AND BEST FRIEND
WILL NEVER CHEAT
IN WEST END
ANY MORE.
BLUE -
FROM MY HEAD
TO MY SHOES,
SO BLUE TODAY,
I`VE STILL GOT
THAT MEAN,
LOW-DOWN FEELING
I`M GONNA HEAR BAD NEWS.
I`M ON MY WAY
TO THE WEST END,
TO THOSE OLD, OLD,
UGLY WEST END BLUES,
THOSE WEST END BLUES.
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