“Bye Bye Blues” is a popular and jazz standard written by Fred Hamm, Dave Bennett, Bert Lown, and Chauncey Gray and published in 1930.
The year it was introduced it was sung by The Vikings on the NBC radio series, The Vikings. It has been recorded by many artists, but the best-known recording is one made in 1952 by Les Paul and Mary Ford.
This perennial favorite song, Blue Skies, was introduced by Belle Baker in the 1926 musical Betsy. The following year the tune went big with the public, especially the version by Ben Selvin and His Orchestra recording under the pseudonym, The Knickerbockers.
Pianist and composer Spencer Williams titled Basin Street Blues after the street where he lived as a youngster with his aunt. But the house he lived in was no ordinary house: it was Mahogany Hall, probably the most famous brothel of Storyville, New Orleans’ red light district. And Spencer’s aunt was the notorious madam Lulu White. Lees verder →
When it comes to standards written before 1920, none has enjoyed more recordings by jazz artists than W.C. Handy’s classic, “St. Louis Blues.” Considered the most famous blues composition, the song was the most-recorded of all time from the 1930’s until “Star Dust” took the title over twenty years later. Lees verder →
Duke Ellington and Otto Hardwick’s sophisticated song from 1933 was a hit following its introduction. Two bands considered to be Ellington rivals, those of Don Redman and Jimmie Lunceford, recorded the tune in 1933 and 1934, respectively, while the great jazz trio of the Boswell Sisters did a superb job also in 1934. Lees verder →
Duke Ellington’s Orchestra introduced “Mood Indigo” at New York’s Cotton Club in 1930. Although composer credit for the tune was Albany Bigard, Duke Ellington, and Irving Mills (Ellington’s manager at the time), the complete story is a bit more complicated. The orchestra’s first recordings of the tune were made in October and December, 1930. Lees verder →
Gus Arnheim’s orchestra was the most popular dance band on the West Coast in the late 1920s and early ‘30s, and they were the house band at the posh Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles. With vocal honors by vocalist Donald Novis, Arnheim’s version of “Sweet and Lovely” scored a prime spot in the charts for 14 weeks in 1931.
Todays song is the all famous: Body and Soul. While in London, Hollywood songwriter/conductor Johnny Green wrote “Body and Soul” for Gertrude Lawrence. Jack Hylton & His Orchestra recorded the ballad first in Britain, but it was Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra (Jack Fulton, vocal) who popularized it. Their recording hit the charts on October 11, 1930, and held the number one spot for six weeks.
Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees – Victor 22506-A, Confessin’ (That I Love You) written by Doc Daugherty, Ellis Reynolds & Al Neiburg.
Les Paul and Mary Ford
Lionel Hampton and his orchestra (1937)
Count Basie and Oscar Peterson
Tony Bennet and KD Lang
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
Django Rheinhardt &Stephane Grapelli
Lester Young and Oscar Peterson trio
The Easy Riders Jazz Band: Personnel: George Lewis [clarinet] Big Bill Bissonnette [trombone], Fred Vigorito [cornet] Dick Griffith [banjo] Mouldy Dick McCarthy [string bass] Noel Kalet [piano] Art Pulver [drums]
Al Bowlly and New Mayfair Dance Orchestra.
Ray Noble, directing: Max Goldberg-Bill Shakespeare/Trumpets, Jack Fleming And Another Trombone, Reeds probably: Laurie Payne, Harry Hines, George Smith, Bob Wise, Eric Siday-Reg Pursglove-Jean Pougnet-Violins, Harry Jacobson/Piano, Bert Thomas/Guitar
Jack Evetts/String Bass, Bill Harty/Drums.