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Claire Waldoff, 1905
Claire Waldoff

Claire Waldoff (born October 21, 1884 in Gelsenkirchen; January 22, 1957) (Clara Wortmann) was a German singer. She was a famous cabaret singer and entertainer in Berlin during the 1910s and 1920s.
Clara Wortmann was born in 1884 the eleventh child of 16. Her parents owned a tavern in Gelsenkirchen. After completing school, she studied theatre and chose as her pseudoynm Claire Waldoff. In 1903, she got her first theatre jobs in Bad Pyrmont and in Kattowitz. In 1907, she went to Berlin, where she performed at the Figaro-Theater on Kurfürstendamm. In 1907, she also began a working as a cabaret singer. Rudolf Nelson gave her a job at the theatre Roland von Berlin on Potsdamer Straße. She had great success during the next several years in German cabaret. She sang at Chat Noir on Friedrichstraße and at the Linden-Cabaret on Unter den Linden. Waldoff was known for singing her songs in distinctive Berliner slang. Waldoff's success reached its peak in the 1920s. She performed at the two great Berlin varietés, Scala and Wintergarten, sang together with Marlene Dietrich, and had her songs played on the radio. Her repertoire included around 300 original songs.

Waldoff lived together with Olga von Roeder. The lesbian couple lived happily in Berlin during the 1920s. Together they met often other lesbian friends in the club, Damenklub Pyramide, in Berlin. After the German Nazis won the elections 1933 and Hitler came to power, Waldoff's success ended. In 1939, she and Olga von Roder left Berlin together, and they lived in Bayerisch Gmain. After World War II, she lost her money in German Monetary reform in 1948. In 1953 she wrote her autobiography. 1954 she got a little monetary support by senate of city Berlin. Waldoff died in 1957 and she was buried on the cemetery Pragfriedhof in Stuttgart. Waldoff has a star in Walk of Fame of Cabaret.

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Owen Bradley
C&W producer/guitar
Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas, tenor sax
b: October 21, 1912, Muskogee, OK, USA
d. Aug. 24, 1972, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Played with Andy Kirk, Count Basie, Nat Jaffe Later led own small groups. Silver Award for tenor sax in 1946.
One of the greatest of all tenor players, Don Byas' decision to move permanently to Europe in 1946 resulted in him being vastly underrated in jazz history books. His knowledge of chords rivalled Coleman Hawkins, and, due to their similarity in tones, Byas can be considered an extension of the elder tenor. He played with many top swing bands, including those of Lionel Hampton (1935), Buck Clayton (1936), Don Redman, Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk (1939-1940), and most importantly Count Basie (1941-1943). An advanced swing stylist, Byas' playing looked toward bop. He jammed at Minton's Playhouse in the early '40s, appeared on 52nd Street with Dizzy Gillespie, and performed a pair of stunning duets with bassist Slam Stewart at a 1944 Town Hall concert.
After recording extensively during 1945-1946 (often as a leader), Byas went to Europe with Don Redman's band, and (with the exception of a 1970 appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival) never came back to the U.S. He lived in France, the Netherlands, and Denmark; often appeared at festivals; and worked steadily. Whenever American players were touring, they would ask for Byas, who had opportunities to perform with Duke Ellington, Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke, Dizzy Gillespie, Jazz at the Philharmonic (including a recorded tenor battle with Hawkins and Stan Getz), Art Blakey, and (on a 1968 recording) Ben Webster. Byas also recorded often in the 1950s, but was largely forgotten in the U.S. by the time of his death.
~ Scott Yanow

Cosimo DiCeglie, Guitar
b. Andria, Italy
d. 1980.
As a child he studied guitarand later performed with various groups in his home town of Andria. He also recorded with American Herb Flemming's orchestra, then touring Italy and elsewhere in Europe. In 1936, he recorded with the Orchestra del Circolo Jazz Hot di Milano; during 1936-'37, he recorded with the clarinetist Piero Rizza; and from 1938 on, with his own groups. (Di Ceglie's playing may be heard to advantage on his 1938 recording of the Hoagy Carmichael - Mitchell Parrish song Star Dust - Odeon 19427). Perhaps his best recordings are those he made with the pianist Enzo Ceragioli and with Kramer Gorni (1938-41). During World War II he was heard on Italian radio with a sextet, and post-WW2, he made some excellent recordings in 1949, 1956, and 1959 as a leader.

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, Trumpet/leader
b. Cheraw, SC, USA
d. Jan. 6, 1993
Dizzy Gillespie

Isa Kremer
Isabelle Yakovlevna Kremer (21 October 1887 – 7 July 1956) was a soprano of Russian Jewish descent who at various times of her life held citizenship in Russia, the United States, and Argentina. She first drew notice as a teenager for her revolutionary poetry which was published in an Odessa newspaper. She began her professional singing career as an opera singer in Europe during the second decade of the 20th century. By the time of her relocation to the United States in 1924, she had abandoned her opera career in favor of performing as a concert soloist and recitalist.

As a recitalist Kremer not only sang works from the classical repertoire, but also performed folk music from a variety of countries and in many languages. She was possibly the first woman to perform Yiddish song on the concert stage. In 1927 she began performing as a vaudeville artist while continuing to perform extensively as a recitalist. In 1938, she moved to Argentina where she lived the last 18 years of her life. In 2000 her life was the subject of a television documentary entitled Isa Kremer: The People's Diva which was made for The Jewish Channel.

Isa Kremer
Isa Kremer | Jewish Women's Archive

Tommy Magness, C&W fiddler
b. Mineral Bluff, GA, USA.
Crown Prince Waterford, vocals
b. Jonesboro, AR, USA.

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

"The Saturday Evening Post' magazine
carried an advertisement for a brand new product, -
a TWO SIDED record. (Columbia).

In New York's Cinderella Ballroom, the crowd
loved the Wolverine Orchestra from Chicago.
The 'kid' on the cornet was a youngster by the
name of Bix Beiderbecke.

Barbecue Bob
(né: Robert Hicks), guitar
died in Lithonia, GA, USA.
Age: 29.
Monette Moore, piano
died in Garden Grove, CA, USA.
Age: 60

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Herb Wiedoeft's Cinderella Roof Orchestra

    Saint Louis Lowdowns (California Ramblers) - “Eliza”


    Georgia Strutters - “Original Black Bottom Dance” 

    Eddie Lang - “Melody Man's Dream’

    Winegar's Pennsylvania Boys

    Dixie Washboard Band
    • “Dark Eyes”
    • “Gimmie Blues”


    Roy Acuff

    Billie Holiday and her Orch. - "Easy To Love"

    Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (w Billie Holiday) "The Way You Look Tonight"


    Hard Hearted Hannah

    In old Savannah, I said Savannah,
    The weather there is nice and warm!
    The climates of a Southern brand,
    But here's what I don't understand:
    They got a gal there, a pretty gal there,
    Who's colder than an Arctic storm,
    Got a heart just like a stone,
    Even ice men leave her alone!
    They call her Hard Hearted Hannah,
    The vamp of Savannah,
    The meanest gal in town;
    Leather is tough, but Hannah's heart is tougher,
    She's a gal who loves to see men suffer!
    To tease 'em, and thrill 'em, to torture and kill 'em,
    Is her delight, they say,
    I saw her at the seashore with a great big pan,
    There was Hannah pouring water on a drownding man!
    She's Hard Hearted Hannah, the vamp of Savannah, GA!
    They call her Hard Hearted Hannah,
    The vamp of Savannah,
    The meanest gal in town;
    Talk of your cold, refrigeratin' mamas,
    Brother, she's a polar bear's pajamas!
    To tease 'em, and thrill 'em, to torture and kill 'em,
    Is her delight, they say,
    An evening spent with Hannah sittin' on your knees,
    Is like travelin' through Alaska in your BVDs.
    She's Hard Hearted Hannah, the vamp of Savannah, GA!
    Can you imagine a woman as cold as Hannah
    She's got the right name, The vamp of Savannah
    Any time a woman can take a great big pan
    And start pouring water on a drownin' man
    She's hard hearted Hannah
    The Vamp of Savannah GA
    Ohh she's sweet as sour milk

    Teddy Wilson Orch.
    (Billie Holiday voc)
    "The Way You Look Tonight"

    Some day, when I'm awfully low,
    When the world is cold,
    I will feel a glow just thinking of you...
    And the way you look tonight.
    Yes you're lovely, with your smile so warm
    And your cheeks so soft,
    There is nothing for me but to love you,
    And the way you look tonight.
    With each word your tenderness grows,
    Tearing my fear apart...
    And that laugh that wrinkles your nose,
    It touches my foolish heart.
    Lovely ... Never, ever change.
    Keep that breathless charm.
    Won't you please arrange it ?
    'Cause I love you ... Just the way you look tonight.
    Mm, Mm, Mm, Mm,
    Just the way you look to-night.

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