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JANUARY 20TH


Huddie Ledbetter (Lead Belly) and Martha Promise Ledbetter, Wilton, Connecticut, February 1935.

BIRTHDAYS



1888
Lead Belly

Birth name: Huddie William Ledbetter
Also known as:  Lead Belly, Leadbelly
Born:  January 20, 1888, Mooringsport, Louisiana, United States
Died:  December 6, 1949 (aged 61), New York City, New York, U.S.
Huddie William Ledbetter (January 20, 1888 – December 6, 1949) was an American folk and blues musician notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced. He is best known as Lead Belly. Though many releases list him as "Leadbelly", he himself wrote it as "Lead Belly". This is also the spelling on his tombstone, as well as of the Lead Belly Foundation.
Although Lead Belly usually played the twelve-string guitar, he could also play the piano, mandolin, harmonica, violin, and "windjammer" (diatonic accordion). In some of his recordings he sings while clapping his hands or stomping his foot.


The topics of Lead Belly's music covered a wide range, including gospel; blues about women, liquor, prison life, and racism; and folk songs about cowboys, prison, work, sailors, cattle herding, and dancing. He also wrote songs about people in the news, such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Jean Harlow, the Scottsboro Boys, and Howard Hughes. Lead Belly was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2008.



1918

Juan Garcia Esquivel, leader
b. Jan. 20, 1918, Tampico, Mexico
d: Jan. 3, 2002, Jiutepac, Morelos, Mexico (age: 83).
Often called "King of Space Age Pop". However, his most played composition is perhaps the "Universal Emblem," a three-second-long flurry of sound that has for decades accompanied the Universal Studios logo at the end of hundreds of television shows. For the last 10 years of his life, a broken hip and aggravated spinal injury left him bedridden and unable to walk. In May 2001, at the age of 82, he married his 25-year-old home health care worker, Carina Osario, his sixth wife. In September 2001, he suffered a stroke that left him unable to speak and caused paralysis in one-half of his body. He had a second stroke on December 30 that led to his death.

Juan García Esquivel - Wikipedia
Having a Ball with Juan Garcia Esquivel: NPR
Solid! -- Juan Garcia Esquivel
Esquivel | AllMusic




1919
Lucille Dumont, singer
b. Montreal, PQ, Canada.
(but found fame singing in Quebec).

Quebec Info Musique



1865
Yvette Guilbert
Yvette Guilbert (20 January 1865 – 3 February 1944) French cabaret singer and actress.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yvette_Guilbert



1922
Connie Haines, Vocals
b. Savannah, GA, USA.
née: Yvonne Marie Jamais
Biography
~by John Bush
Often appearing next to Frank Sinatra while with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra during the early '40s, Connie Haines delivered a few of Dorsey 's chart hits and recorded on her own during the '50s and '60s. Born Yvonne Marie Antoinette Ja Mais in Savannah in 1922, she learned the art of vocals quite early; her mother was both a voice and dance teacher. Living in Jacksonville after her parents divorced, she began airing over the radio before the age of ten. In 1931, she appeared over NBC radio as Baby Yvonne Marie, the Little Princess of the Air, sang with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra one year later, and in 1934 won a vocal contest on The Fred Allen Show.

Haines first big band contract was with Howard Lally , though by the age of 16 she was singing with Harry James ' band (her first professional gig with Frank Sinatra). Financial problems forced James to fire both Sinatra and (later) Haines, though both found work with the same leader: Tommy Dorsey.

Beginning in 1940, Haines, Sinatra , and the Pied Pipers made Dorsey's one of the strongest bands from a pop standpoint, and Haines appeared on several hits: "Two Dreams Met," "Oh, Look at Me Now," "Kiss the Boys Goodbye," and "What Is This Thing Called Love?"

After leaving Dorsey 's band, Connie Haines sang with the Bob Crosby Orchestra during 1941. As a solo singer, she recorded singles and LPs for a variety of labels (Coral, Capitol, Mercury, Columbia, and Dot) during the next few decades, and continued performing into the '90s.
Connie Haines
Connie Haines - Wikipedia


1895
Eva Jessye, (gospel) vocals
b. Coffeyville, KS, USA.
(Eva Jesse Gospel Choir)
Eva Jessye, an African-American singer, composer, choral director and actress.
She was one of the few musical phenomenons of the twentieth century. She was born Eva Alberta Jessye in Coffeyville, Kansas, near Oklahoma. Her father supported the family as a chicken picker. She was an avid reader as a child. She sang, she wrote her first poem at the age of seven. She won a contest at thirteen. Jessye studied choral music and music theory at the now-defunct Western University in Quindaro, Kansas, graduating in 1914.
She also received a degree from Langston University. She taught at an elementary school in Taft, Oklahoma, and spent classroom time in Haskell and Muskogee as well. In 1926, Jessye moved to New York to pursue a career in music and theater, getting her first break at the Capitol Theater playing with Major Bowles. It was here that she met and became a protégé’ of Black Classic composer Will Marion Cook.
An expert in harmonics, Jessye’s literary and musical accomplishments spanned over 75 years. She was world renowned as a poet and composer. In 1935, she was appointed the original choral conductor of George Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess" and is regarded as the unofficial guardian of the musical score. Jessye’s authentic touches to the piece deepened the cultural flavor of the Black experience for the fine translation by composer George Gershwin. She was featured in the 1944 first annual "I Am an American Day" initiated by the mayor of New York City.
The Eva Jessye choir performed in concert at major universities and colleges throughout America for more than forty years. In 1963, Jessye directed the official choir for the historic March on Washington. The Afro-American Studies Department at the University of Michigan awarded her a Degree in Determination in 1976. In 1987, after receiving an honorary Doctor or Art from Eastern Michigan University at the age of ninety-two, she wrote, “You see I am still cuttin’ cane and choppin’ cotton--with might and main--with wide acclaim!”
During her lifetime she shared her wisdom and talents. Her resonant voice, twinkle in her eye, and alertness and depth of mind spoke of her greatness. Eva Jessye died on February 21, 1992.
~Reference:
Black Women in America An Historical Encyclopedia
Volumes 1 and 2, edited by Darlene Clark Hine
Copyright 1993, Carlson Publishing Inc., Brooklyn, New York
ISBN 0-926019-61-9


Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


1906.
Alexander Muir, who wrote
the "The Maple Leaf Forever,"
died in Toronto, Canada.
Age: 75.
Alexander Muir - Wikipedia




1922.
A blues singing contest is held in the Manhattan Casino, New York City, USA. The winner, Miss Trixie Smith, is immediately signed to the recently founded Black Swan Records




1930.
Will D. Cobb, songwriter
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 53.
Will D. Cobb - Wikipedia


1940.
Jazz clarinettist Johnny Dodds opens at the 9750 Club, 9750 South Western Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. According to the weekly Magazine – Jazz Information, around this time, “Baby Dodds' band still sounds good out at the 9750 Club. Johnny Dodds plays on Saturday nights only, as his, health forbids more. His teeth have been fixed and he sounds as good as ever, sometimes even better. The band finishes at the 9750 on March 18th and there is no booking in sight. Manager of the 9750 says they just can't afford a band, which is very true. He is trying to get Baby booked elsewhere, but with no success as yet.” 


1989.
"Whistling" Alex Moore, piano
died in Dallas, TX, USA.
Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:



1922





Marion Harris
"I've Got The Wonder Where He Went And When He's Coming Back Blues"
(Little / Lyman)


Marion Harris Collection 1925-1934 Complete




1926




Irving Aaronson's Crusaders - "Don't Wake Me Up (Let Me Dream)"
(Singing by Frank Cornwell), ( L. Wolfe Gilbert / Mabel Wayne / Abel Baer)
  • Five O' Clock Blues
  • Johnson Trio Stomp
  • Nile Of Genago
  • Love Story Blues

Lonnie Johnson - "Love Story Blues" (Lonnie Johnson) 


The Dixie Stompers


Bennie Krueger And His Orchestra



The Troubadours
  • Only A Broken String Of Pearls
  • Down By The Winegar Woiks
  • Princess Flavia: Medley

1927



Harry Reser and his Orchestra

The Dixie Stompers - "Snag It" (King Oliver ) 



Gowan's Rhapsody Makers 

  • "Sunny Hawaii" (Stept / Bernard) 

1930




Louisiana Rhythm Kings


Ted Lewis and his Band - "Aunt Hager's Blues" (W.C. Handy) 


1931




Annette Hanshaw - "Would You Like To Take A Walk?" (Warren / Dixon / Rose) 



1944


Harry James Orch.
  • Cherry

Guy Lombardo Orch.
  • Speak Low

LYRICS:


Sweet Sue - Just You!

Every star above, baby,
Knows the one I love:
Sweet Sue - just you!

And the moon on high, baby,
Knows the reason why:
Sweet Sue - is you!

No one else it seems,
Ever shared my dreams,
Without you I don't know what I'd do.

In this heart of mine,
You live all the time,
Ooh, Sue - just you!



Would You Like to Take a Walk
~Words by Mort Dixon and Billy Rose
~Music by Harry Warren

Mm-Mm-Mm Would you like to take a walk?
Mm-Mm-Mm Do you think it's gonna rain?
Mm-Mm-Mm How about a sasparilla?
Gee the moon is yeller
Sump'n good'll come from that.
Mm-Mm-Mm Have you heard the latest song?
Mm-Mm-Mm It's a very pretty strain
Mm-Mm-Mm Don't you feel a little thrilly?
Gee it's getting chilly
Sump'n good'll come from that.
When you're strolling thru the wherezis
You need a whozis to lean upon.
But when you have no whozis
To hug and whatzis gosh darn.
Mm-Mm-Mm Would you like to take a walk?
Mm-Mm-Mm Do you think it's gonna rain?
Mm-Mm-Mm Ain't you tired of the talkies?
I prefer the walkies
Sump'n good'll come from that.



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