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Dance Band Diary/April 1952 to June 1952 17.
APRIL 1952
Blizzard prevents tenor-saxist Ronnie Scott reaching Paris Jazz Festival, where the fans boo^ his leaderless All Stars. Ella Fitzgerald steals the show in Stockholm at debut of Jazz At The Philharmonic. which offers to play free in Britain to aid the
funds of the MU, but is rejected. Paul Adam and Frank Weir in a switch of bands
involving Paul going to the Astor and Frank to the Milroy. Pianist-leader George Webb reforms his Dixielanders for recordings at the Catford Jazz Club. Charles Chilton is to edit a new-style BBC Jazz Club alternating live shows with records. Guitarist-leader Malcolm Mitchell and his bassist Teddy Broughton are momentarily paralysed and seriously injured by an electric shock while playing at London's Bnpire Rooms. Jazz
trumpeter Kenny Baker is to lead an all-star band, called Baker's Dozen, in a no-pop
air series'! EMI will start issuing LPs in October. Red Hot Momma Sophie Tucker makes her 11th visit to London. Cab Calloway denies "malicious lie" stories of South American dope charge arrest. University of California produces jazz film covering 1919 to 1922. Singer Eve Lombard leaves Harry Roy after eight years to freelance in London. Decca sign the Joe Saye Trio. MU restrictions veto appearances by Norman Bums Quintet at Birdland and the Embers in New York. Singing star Steve Conway dies aged 31 after a major heart operation. Peruvian singer Yma Sumac makes her British debut at the Festival Hall on May 31...Ken Deacon says : "It was said that she was a descendant of Inca Kings and her real name was Zoila Imperatriz Charrari Sumac Del Casmuo.. .she went to the USA from Peru in 1947.. .others claimed she was simply an ordinary housewife named Amy Camus, which is Yma Sumac backwards! - Whatever the truth, she had an amazing voice range of four octaves". Fletcher Henderson has a serious heart attack. Noble Sissle suffers spinal injuries in a fall at a band rehearsal. Popular songs include Be My Life's Companion, Dance Me Loose, I Thought Of You Last Night. Never. Tell Me Why and We Won't Live In A Castle.
MAY 1952
Surprise appearances by Sophie Tucker at MM Poll Winners concert at the Empress Hall. George Melachrino Orchestra will back singer Yma Sumac on tour. American, Swedish and Dutch jazz stars for NFJO International Jazz Festival at London's Festival Hall on June 28. BBC gives broadcast bandleaders a 10% pay increase. Bandleader Reggie Goff has a remarkable escape when his car hits an army lorry. Editor-producer Charles Chilton lines up the first six new-style BBC Jazz Clubs, with producers John Hooper. Jimmy Grant and Jack Dabbs. Big jazz festivals due at Antibes. South of France, and Knockke. Belgium. Young singing sensation from Oregon, Johnny Ray, whose first LP has sold almost 250,000 copies, with his earnings rocketing to 85,000 a week, needs a six-man police bodyguard for his appearances at New York's Copacabana. Death of old-time jazz pianist 43-year-old Zinky Cohn. Sparkling vocal discovery, 19-year-old Alma Cogan. makes her first records for HMV which bring her international fame. Mecca book the entire Geraldo Orchestra for an 11-week nationwide dance-hall tour. Brilliant 17-year-old jazz tenorist Tubby Hayes joins the Tito Bums Sextet. MU ban on entry of US jazzmen is upheld by London District Committee. Bassist Jack Fallon forms a cowboy band for Harringay Arena Rodeo featuring American horse-riding singer Tex Ritter. US bandleader Cab Calloway is to play the lead role of Sporting Life in the West End of London production of Porgy and Bess. EMI may issue 45 r.p.m. records in addition to 33 1/3 LPs. Pianist-leader Ralph Sharon, "sick of brick walls", quits Britain to take up a big recording offer in USA. Publication of Artie Shaw's soul-seeking book, The Trouble With Cinderella. Harry Gold says, "these antiquated Sunday laws must go", and stages a concert in full make-up by his Pieces of Eight. Veteran bandleader Debroy Somers. first leader of the Savoy Orpheans in 1924, and in recent years MD of West End musicals, dies aged 62 after suffering a stroke. Action has been taken to stop the release of illegal albums of Glenn Miller...these were only intended for GIs but got into the hands of small recording companies...law suits are being prepared by lawyers ' of the Glenn Miller Estate. Popular songs include The Blacksmith Blues, A Guy Is A Guy. I'm Gonna Live Till I Die. Trust In Me and The Wheel Of Fortune.
JUNE 1952
Bandleader Jack Pamell is offered a Scandinavian tour with Lena Home. Cab Kaye Trio attract capacity business in jazz venture at Islington's Macclesfield Arms. MU warns British bandleaders not to appear with American or Continental guests at NFJO concerts at the Festival Hall. Death of 62-year-old bandleader Bertini, famous for his long run at Blackpool Tower and his economy-price records for Broadcast and Eclipse.