William Alsop
Alto Sax/ clarinet
b. West Philadelphia, PA, USA
A journeyman alto saxophonist, William Alsop is best known for a number of recordings with the bands of Fats Waller, but he also was a member of a variety of Dixieland or New Orleans jazz combos beginning in the mid '20s. These included Bobby Neal's Dixieland Ramblers, whom he joined in 1926, as well as King Joe and His Jokers, Fess Finlay's Band and Major Bowes' Band. Alsop blew a different style of music during the second World War, serving as a member of the Camp Kilmer Service Band. Eventually Alsop developed into a kind of shadowy freelance presence in New York City. He gigged steadily, but his presence on recordings drops off completely. With Waller, Alsop drops into some delightful small combos that feature stalwart members of this performer's band such as Sedric Wallace and Harry Dial.
~ Eugene Chadbourne

Betty Bennett, Vocals
b. Lincoln, NE, USA.
Her pianist mother had a Jazz band in 1920s. Betty Married guitarist Mundell Lowe. An experienced, sometimes sultry singer, Betty Bennett also studied piano while attending Drake University. She sang with Georgie Auld in 1943, then performed in a number of bands after completing time in the navy in 1945. These included orchestras led by Claude Thornhill, Alvino Rey, Charlie Ventura, Woody Herman, Charlie Barnet and Stan Kenton. She married Andre Previn in the mid-'50s, made two recordings with him directing. She later divorced Previn and married Mundell Lowe. By the late '80s she was touring Europe with Lowe, and was a featured performer for opening night of Wolsey's club in London.
~ Ron Wynn

"Speckled Red" , piano
b. Hampton, GA, USA.
d. Jan. 2, 1973.
né: Rufus Perryman
Pianist Speckled Red (born Rufus Perryman) was born in Monroe, LA, but he made his reputation as part of the St. Louis and Memphis blues scenes of the '20s and '30s. Red was equally proficient in early jazz and boogie woogie -- his style is similar to Roosevelt Sykes and Little Brother Montgomery. Speckled Red was born in Louisiana, but he was raised in Hampton, Georgia, where he learned how to play his church's organ. In his early teens, his family -- including his brother Willie Perryman, who is better-known as Piano Red -- moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout his childhood and adolescence he played piano and organ and by the time he was a teenager, he was playing house parties and juke joints. Red moved to Detroit in the mid-'20s and while he was there, he played various night clubs and parties. After a few years in Detroit, he moved back south to Memphis. 

In 1929, he cut his first recording sessions. One song from these sessions, "The Dirty Dozens," was released on Brunswick and became a hit in late 1929. He recorded a sequel, "The Dirty Dozens, No. 2," the following year, but it failed to become a hit. After Red's second set of sessions failed to sell, the pianist spent the next few years without a contract -- he simply played local Memphis clubs. In 1938, he cut a few sides for Bluebird, but they were largely ignored. In the early '40s, Speckled Red moved to St. Louis, where he played local clubs and bars for the next decade and a half. In 1954, he was rediscovered by a number of blues aficianados and record label owners. By 1956, he had recorded several songs for the Tone record label and began a tour of America and Europe. In 1960, he made some recordings for Folkways. By this time, Red's increasing age was causing him to cut back the number of concerts he gave. For the rest of the '60s, he only performed occasionally. Speckled Red died in 1973.
~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Michael G. Nastos
Roy Emile Zimmerman, piano
b. New Orleans, LA, USA.
Fate Marable helped start him in music.

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

Ben Bernie died. Ben Bernie (May 30, 1891 – October 23, 1943), born Bernard Anzelevitz, was an American jazz violinist, bandleader, and radio personality, often introduced as "The Old Maestro". He was noted for his showmanship and memorable bits of snappy dialogue.

Al Jolson, vocals/actor
died in San Francisco, CA, USA.
Age: 64

Connie Immerman, club owner
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 74.
In the 1920s/1930s, he owned "Connie's Inn", -Harlem, NYC.
Connie's Inn - Wikipedia

"Mother" Maybelle Carter, guitar/vocals
died in Nashville, TN, USA.

James C. Petrillo
Pres. Amer. Federation of Musicians union
died in Chicago, IL, USA.

Gene Rodgers, piano/arranger
died in St. Albans, NY, USA.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Ted Lewis and his Band - “Marie”


Bailey's Lucky Seven
  • “Covered Wagon Days”
  • “Easy Melody”
  • “That Bran' New Girl Of Mine”
  • “Tommorrow Morning”


The California Ramblers
Harry Reser and his Orchestra - “Fond Of You”


Lee Morse and her Bluegrass Boys - “Don't Be Like That”

Lee Morse and her Bluegrass Boys “Old Man Sunshine, Little Boy Bluebird”


The Captivators
  • “Sweet Jennie Lee”


Adrian Rollini and his Orchestra


Somebody Loves Me
~George Gershwin

Somebody loves me
I wonder who
I wonder who she can be;
Somebody loves me
I wish I knew,
Who can she be worries me
For ev’ry girl who passes me
I shout, hey! maybe, 
You were meant to be my loving baby;
Somebody loves me I wonder who,
Maybe it’s you.

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