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HOAGY

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"PEARLY in January the Decca Record Company issued an album containing some of the outstanding works of Hoagy Carmichael, who is . .

perhaps the best known and admired of a**’ ™ playing of Bix Beiderbecke, all contemporary American composers excee<Jed Hoagy anr! his friends’ wildest of this thing called jazz. expectations. Of this event, one of

Hoagy's fraternity members has written

follows : “ The Wolverines came

Hoagland Howard Carmichael, who ^ __

was born in 1899 in Bloomington, dr0^""p'7n a

Indiana, owes most of h,s early tram- and a|| ^ instruments ¡„j oveyr J

np n mnsif! tn hie mnthpr- fnr it wac • .

ing in music to his mother; for it was sjdes she, an excellent pianist herself, who ' taught him from an early age the theory of harmony and the importance of practice. In fact, so concerned was she over this, that she would keep him back from baseball games in order that he might practise scales.

The Wolverines

“ We were all worried at this introduction, because not even Hoagy had heard

make their debut

When still quite a kid at High School

them play. So the boys decided they ought to hear the band before the dance. .. But when theY P^yed, their dubious

Hoagy became interested in jazz, which Ji"trance, wa? »orSotle/<. and the entire

had drifted up to Indiana from New , u ?Jam £ne fratermty

Orleans via the river boats, and he would ca-c , e mus,c- Bix was in the

spend a great deal of his spare time listen- _.. ’. . ow!n8 down into his lap an old

ing outside local night clubs. Later, while

at the University of Indiana to study law, he not only formed the Collegians band but also made a point of associating himself with the coloured graduates and absorbing their ideas, and in fact it was from these friends of his and a local coloured pianist named Reggie Duval that Hoagy learnt and developed the art of improvising.

Up till this time, about 1924, the most

second-hand brass cornet he had picked up for eight dollars. Hoagy went nuts . . . and began the Bix cult that had the band back on the campus ten week-ends in a row.” (Quoted by Edward Nichols in Jazzmen).

Hoagy Carmichael.

Hoagy’s First Compositions

of practising law and joined Gene Gold-kette’s orchestra as pianist and cornetist, an instrument that, inspired by Bix, he had been trying to master. With the Goldkette band he can be heard on several recordings, notably So Tired (Victor 21150) and Birmingham Bertha In turn the Wolverines became very 22077) issued around 1928.

discussed bands at the University had interested in Hoagy and when Dick ,ls’ !°°’ was /I16 Petiod that produced been the Original Dixieland Band and the Voynow heard him tinkle out one of his a ^ s. manV composi-

New Orleans Rhythm Kings, thus it was own compositions called Free Wheeling 'ons> ™ ^ of a Man is

with some trepidation that Hoagy invited he offered to record it. This was done ou’ ™ann of the Hoodlums, My Sweet, a new band called the Wolverines to play some time later at the old Gennett , oc. !n Lnair Oeorgta on My Mind, and at the spring dance on Indiana Univer- Studios at Richmond, Indiana, and the cfs . Stardust Originally

sity campus. The Wolverines, and above title was changed to Riverboat Shuffle. a' us I*0 wo s ant» was written

But Hoagy still had three years of ° rePresent the mood induced through - - „ . . _ V taking roraint* ctorrlnct karn» *

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study ahead of him, for his father was co,<Lal!'j stariuSt

determined that he should be a barrister. , ,,ru£' son8 !aX on t*le

being current _ ung lay on the

However, during those years when Hoagy jhelf !?r yearf untl1 Michael

was leading the Collegians, other ideas Barlsh added words and thereby changed were forming in his mind. He felt he if*'*"1lfi‘jancef ofu Ihe One curious

could never hope to play like Bix or any , ,h8 °ut abo“‘ |bls melody, which

other of the great players of that period, * 'V' ^ "?e Goldkette Band used but perhaps it was in him to compose. -ere 'i-00 record 'H existence

You didn’t need great technical ability jW* th,s- tune’ *h!<:h ,'vouId

for that, but something deeper, and above unique style ideally,

all, an understanding of the negro and Tkp Dpafh his music—and this Hoagy had.

Just before leaving college an un- of BlX

expected break came his way in the form — r

of a recording contract from the Gennett While with the Goldkette Band, Hoagy

Company, which earned him a certain became associated with Frankie Trum-amount of publicity. Unfortunately, the bauer and Eddie Lang, and made several sides recorded by the Collegians, which records wilh a pick-up band led by these included his waltz signature tune and two- Many well-known artists began to Watch Your Hornin’ were never issued record his works, notably Louis Arm-owing to a technical fault. cf«-•« • ■

Down South

strong, while Mildred Bailey adopted

Continued on page 7

to take up Law

But Irving Mills, always on the lookout for new talent, recognised Hoagy's capabilities and offered to publish his latest composition Washboard Blues and give him a job in his publishing office. Hoagy refused the job and instead went down South to Florida to practise law. However, he soon discovered that law suited him even less than he thought it would, and back he came to Indianapolis where luck was with him once more in the shape, and a big shape at that, of Paul Whiteman.

The King of Jazz was playing one of the theatres in Indianapolis, and when Hoagy tried over Washboard Blues on him, Paul Whiteman was so impressed that a week later he and Hoagy and the band all trekked off to record it in Chicago. It was to be a twelve-incher and Hoagy was to play piano and vocalise, but when they were rehearsing, the arrangement was found to be too short. So Hoagy sat down at the piano and improvised a short introduction which he had used a year previously on recording with Curt Hitch's Happy Harmonists. In 1933 that same melody came to be known all over the world as Lazybones.

After this Hoagy gave up all thought

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ITMA-Bnim Opening

Landseer spends the week-end with his Camera at the Midland Capital Revjewed

BAVT» WVOOV, March 2. 1940. Tu« f

TX) a crowded house on Monday last, that elusive personality “ Funf ” made his first stage “ appearance ” at the Birmingham Hippodrome in the Jack Hylton presentation of the popular radio feature, “ It’s That Man Again.”

“Funf” seems likely to become as popular “on the green” as he has been

“on the air,” in company with all the other characters that have helped to give

“ Itma ” the longest run of any radio light entertainment.

In transplanting “Itma” to the stage, producer Robert Nesbitt has retained all the familiar radio personalities, and Tommy Handley as “ Minister of Aggravation ” at the “ Office of Twerps," whose object is to provide an antidote to war-time officialdom and is the intended victim of “ Funf,” scores a personal success.

The theme throughori the show, although rather thin, gives all the characters every opportunity to play the roles familiar to thousands of listeners, and both Maurice Denham in a brilliant impersonation of “ Mrs. Tickle,”

Pli

Jack -‘Funf” Train caught at the mike in his impression o “ Haw Haw ” in the Radio Fakenburg scene.

JITTERBUGS

Brighton. 11/fARCH 6 L the date fixed for the South of England Jitter-* bug Rally to be held at Sherry’s.

From seven-thirty till midnight fans will face the Empire Jitterbug champions (picture on page seven), who are coming down from the Paramount, London, to adjudicate.

Cash prizes and cups are the incentive.

.\ More Jitterbug news on back page.

Stage manager Billy Logan looked very something or other at the dress rehearsal. He is Ella Logan’s brother.

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the “ char,” whose endeavour is “ to do well for all my gentlemen,” and Jack Train as “Fusspot” are outstanding in their performances.

Young Johnny Lockwood, a Brian Michie discovery, shows promise of a big future. As the “ Office Boy,” his interspersions throughout the show and his stories got a good reception. Although her part is rather weak with very little scope, charming June Malo, Hylton singer, makes most of it supplying the feminine attraction in company with the “Twelve Twerplets.”

Outstanding feature is undoubtedly the appearance of Billy Cotton and his band, who, incidentally, narrowly missed a serious accident whilst travelling through the black-out in their coach to the show.

Having lost his way, the driver left the coach to investigate a road-sign. Somehow the brakes released, the coach made off down hill without a driver, and only the presence of mind of drummer Arthur Baker, who managed to reach the driver’s cab and apply the brakes again, averted a calamity.

Cotton’s show is brimful of fun; the cheerful spirit of the whole performance is infectious and in keeping with the rest of “ Itma." Both Allan Breeze and

Peter Williams sing exceptionally well. The dancing of Ellis Jackson, the sidesplitting “Can-Can ’’ by four of the boys in “ Park Parade,” and Billy’s buffoonery culminate in a triumph for Bill and his boys.

Winner All The Way

Jack Train and Maurice Denham give further impersonations in a “ broadcast ” from “ Radio Fakenburg,” and Train's impersonation of “ Haw Haw ” is perhaps, the best to date.

“Itma” and his gang of “Twerps” are eventually exacuated to the country on “Jollop’s” farm in an attempt to evade “ Funf,” who, in company with his father, make a final “ appearance ” in the form of a cow (?) and a farcical scene is provided by “ Mrs. Tickle” and her “horse.” with “ancient Jollop" chasing June Malo and the "Twerplets,” and Tommy Handley mixed in the confusion.

Tommy Handley is well looked after in the show by his two secretaries.

Once again Hylton chooses a winner lhat should take him all the way.

Incidentally, it should be remarked that the pictures on this page are part of a set that Jack Hylton specially commissioned Landseer to take in Birmingham over the week-end.

Oldham.

T^ORTHERN maestro Phil Coupe with his Collegians are having a grand reception wherever they appear.

Phil Coupe leads the band on tenor sax. The rest of the line-up includes Geoff Kellett (piano), Albert Bardsley, Tom Martin. Phil Jones (saxes), George Strudgeon, Harry Marshall (brass). Alan Stevenson (drums), Bris Orford (bass) and Vernon Shaw' (guitar).

All-star group, taken in the empty stalls before the show on Monday, shows producer Robert Nesbitt, Jack Hylton, Billy Cotton and Dave Toff.

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