Ned Washington was an American lyricist born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Washington was nominated for eleven Academy Awards from 1940 to 1962, he won the Best Original Song award twice: in 1940 for "When You Wish upon a Star" in Pinocchio and in 1952 for "High Noon" in High Noon. Washington had his roots in vaudeville as a master of ceremonies. Having started his songwriting career with Earl Carroll's Vanities on Broadway in the late 1920s, he joined ASCAP in 1930. In 1934, he was signed by MGM and relocated to Hollywood writing full scores for feature films. During the 40s, he worked for a number of studios, including Paramount, Warner Brothers and Republic. During these tenures, he collaborated with many of the great composers of the era, including Hoagy Carmichael, Victor Young, Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin. Washington served as a director of ASCAP from 1957 until 1976, the year; some of Washington's songwriting credits include: "Town Without Pity", sung in the movie by Gene Pitney "Rawhide", sung in the T.
V. show by Frankie Laine "Wild Is the Wind" sung in the movie by Johnny Mathis "Gunfight at the O. K. Corral", sung in the movie by Frankie Laine "The 3:10 to Yuma", sung in the movie by Frankie Laine "The High and the Mighty" Lyrics from the musical numbers in the film Let's Do It Again, 1953. "High Noon" in the film High Noon, sung by Tex Ritter. "My Foolish Heart" "On Green Dolphin Street" "Stella by Starlight", 1944), recorded by Ella Fitzgerald on her Verve album Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! covered by Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and Chet Baker "Baby Mine" for Dumbo, sung in the movie by Betty Noyes. "When You Wish upon a Star" for Pinocchio, sung in the movie by the character Jiminy Cricket, voice by Cliff Edwards known as "Ukulele Ike", won Oscar for best song "The Nearness of You" written for Gladys Swarthout for the film Romance in the Dark "Smoke Rings" "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You", used by Tommy Dorsey as his theme song "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You", recorded by Ella Fitzgerald on her Pablo release Digital III at Montreux.
"Singin' in the Bathtub" Ned Washington is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His grave is located in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery. Ned Washington on IMDb Do Not Forsake Me: The Ballad of High Noon and the Rise of the Movie Theme Song High Noon: Score and Song Ned Washington at the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Ruth Alston Brown was an American singer-songwriter and actress, sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B". She was noted for bringing a pop music style to R&B music in a series of hit songs for Atlantic Records in the 1950s, such as "So Long", "Teardrops from My Eyes" and " He Treats Your Daughter Mean". For these contributions, Atlantic became known as "the house that Ruth built". Following a resurgence that began in the mid-1970s and peaked in the 1980s, Brown used her influence to press for musicians' rights regarding royalties and contracts, her performances in the Broadway musical Black and Blue earned Brown a Tony Award, the original cast recording won a Grammy Award. In 2017, Brown was inducted into National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame in Michigan. Born in Portsmouth, Brown was the eldest of seven siblings, she attended I. C. Norcom High School, legally segregated. Brown's father was a dockhand, he directed the local church choir at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, but the young Ruth showed more interest in singing at USO shows and nightclubs, rebelling against her father.
She was inspired by Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington. In 1945, aged 17, Brown ran away from her home in Portsmouth along with the trumpeter Jimmy Brown, whom she soon married, to sing in bars and clubs, she spent a month with Lucky Millinder's orchestra. Blanche Calloway, Cab Calloway's sister a bandleader, arranged a gig for Brown at the Crystal Caverns, a nightclub in Washington, D. C. and soon became her manager. Willis Conover, the future Voice of America disc jockey, caught her act with Duke Ellington and recommended her to Atlantic Records bosses Ahmet Ertegün and Herb Abramson. Brown was unable to audition as planned because of a car crash, which resulted in a nine-month stay in the hospital, she signed with Atlantic Records from her hospital bed. In 1948, Ertegün and Abramson drove from New York City to Washington, D. C. to hear Brown sing. Her repertoire was popular ballads, but Ertegün convinced her to switch to rhythm and blues. In her first audition, in 1949, she sang "So Long", which became a hit.
This was followed by "Teardrops from My Eyes" in 1950. Written by Rudy Toombs, it was the first upbeat major hit for Brown. Recorded for Atlantic Records in New York City in September 1950 and released in October, it was Billboard's R&B number one for 11 weeks; the hit earned her the nickname "Miss Rhythm", within a few months, she became the acknowledged queen of R&B. She followed up this hit with "I'll Wait for You", "I Know", "5-10-15 Hours", " He Treats Your Daughter Mean", "Oh What a Dream", "Mambo Baby", "Don't Deceive Me", some of which were credited to Ruth Brown and the Rhythm Makers. Between 1949 and 1955, her records stayed on the R&B chart for a total of 149 weeks. Brown played many racially segregated dances in the southern states, where she toured extensively and was immensely popular, she claimed that a writer had once summed up her popularity by saying, "In the South Ruth Brown is better known than Coca-Cola."Her first pop hit came with "Lucky Lips", a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and recorded in 1957.
The single reached number 6 on the R&B chart and number 25 on the U. S. pop chart. The 1958 follow-up was "This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'", written by Bobby Darin and Mann Curtis, it reached number 24 on the pop chart. She had further hits with "I Don't Know" in 1959 and "Don't Deceive Me" in 1960, which were more successful on the R&B chart than on the pop chart. During the 1960s, Brown lived as a housewife and mother, she returned to music in 1975 at the urging of the comedian Redd Foxx, followed by a series of comedic acting jobs. These included roles in the sitcom Hello, the John Waters film Hairspray, the Broadway productions of Amen Corner and Black and Blue; the latter earned her a Tony Award as Best Actress in a Musical.. She is the aunt to legendary Hip-Hop MC Rakim. Brown's fight for musicians' rights and royalties in 1987 led to the founding of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, she was inducted as a recipient of the Pioneer Award in its first year, 1989. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
Brown sang with the rhythm-and-blues singer Charles Brown. She toured with Bonnie Raitt in the late 1990s, her 1995 autobiography, Miss Rhythm, won the Gleason Award for music journalism. She appeared on Bonnie Raitt's 1995 live DVD Road Tested, singing "Never Make Your Move Too Soon", she was nominated for another Grammy in the Traditional Blues category for her 1997 album, R + B = Ruth Brown. In the 2000 television miniseries Little Richard, she was portrayed by singer Tressa Thomas, she hosted the radio program Blues Stage, carried by more than 200 NPR affiliates, for six years, starting in 1989. Brown was still touring at the age of 78, she had completed preproduction work on the Danny Glover film, which she did not live to finish, but her recording of "Things About Comin' My Way" was released posthumously on the soundtrack CD. Her last interview was in August 2006. Brown died in a Las Vegas–area hospital on November 17, 2006, from complications following a heart attack and stroke she suffered after surgery in the previous month.
She was 78 years old. A memorial concert for her was held on January 22, 2007, at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. Brown is buried a
Arnett Cobb Is Back
Arnett Cobb Is Back is an album by saxophonist Arnett Cobb, recorded in 1978 and released on the Progressive label. The 1994 CD reissue included; the AllMusic review by Scott Yanow stated "One of the great tough Texas tenors, Arnett Cobb roars and stomps throughout this excellent LP". All compositions by Arnett Cobb except. "Flying Home" – 6:59 "Big Red's Groove" – 7:45 "Cherry" – 7:50 "Sweet Georgia Brown" – 6:00 "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You" – 4:39 "Blues for Shirley" – 7:10 "Take the "A" Train" – 6:08 "Big Red's Groove" – 5:01 Additional track on CD release "Blues for Shirley" – 7:29 Additional track on CD release Arnett Cobb – tenor saxophone Derek Smith – piano George Mraz – bass Billy Hart – drums
Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby was an American singer and actor. The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, motion picture grosses from 1931 to 1954, his early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop an intimate singing style that influenced many male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, Dean Martin. Yank magazine said that he was "the person who had done the most for the morale of overseas servicemen" during World War II. In 1948, American polls declared him the "most admired man alive", ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. In 1948, Music Digest estimated that his recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music. Crosby won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O'Malley in the 1944 motion picture Going My Way and was nominated for his reprise of the role in The Bells of St. Mary's opposite Ingrid Bergman the next year, becoming the first of six actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character.
In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. He is one of 33 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the categories of motion pictures and audio recording, he was known for his collaborations with longtime friend Bob Hope, starring in the Road to... films from 1940 to 1962. Crosby influenced the development of the postwar recording industry. After seeing a demonstration of a German broadcast quality reel-to-reel tape recorder brought to America by John T. Mullin, he invested $50,000 in a California electronics company called Ampex to build copies, he convinced ABC to allow him to tape his shows. He became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. Through the medium of recording, he constructed his radio programs with the same directorial tools and craftsmanship used in motion picture production, a practice that became an industry standard. In addition to his work with early audio tape recording, he helped to finance the development of videotape, bought television stations, bred racehorses, co-owned the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team.
Crosby was born on May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington, in a house his father built at 1112 North J Street. In 1906, his family moved to Spokane and in 1913, his father built a house at 508 E. Sharp Avenue; the house sits on the campus of Gonzaga University. It functions today as a museum housing over 200 artifacts from his life and career, including his Oscar, he was the fourth of seven children: brothers Laurence Earl, Everett Nathaniel, Edward John, George Robert. His parents were Harry Lowe Crosby, a bookkeeper, Catherine Helen "Kate", his mother was a second generation Irish-American. His father was of English descent. Through another line on his father's side, Crosby is descended from Mayflower passenger William Brewster. On November 8, 1937, after Lux Radio Theatre's adaptation of She Loves Me Not, Joan Blondell asked Crosby how he got his nickname: Crosby: "Well, I'll tell you, back in the knee-britches day, when I was a wee little tyke, a mere broth of a lad, as we say in Spokane, I used to totter around the streets, with a gun on each hip, my favorite after school pastime was a game known as "Cops and Robbers", I didn't care which side I was on, when a cop or robber came into view, I would haul out my trusty six-shooters, made of wood, loudly exclaim bing! bing!, as my luckless victim fell clutching his side, I would shout bing! bing!, I would let him have it again, as his friends came to his rescue, shooting as they came, I would shout bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing!"Blondell: "I'm surprised they didn't call you "Killer" Crosby!
Now tell me another story, Grandpa! Crosby: "No, so help me, it's the truth, ask Mister De Mille."De Mille: "I'll vouch for it, Bing."That story was pure whimsy for dramatic effect and the truth is that a neighbor - Valentine Hobart - named him "Bingo from Bingville" after a comic feature in the local paper called "The Bingville Bugle" which the young Harry liked. In time, Bingo got shortened to Bing. In 1917, Crosby took a summer job as property boy at Spokane's "Auditorium," where he witnessed some of the finest acts of the day, including Al Jolson, who held him spellbound with ad libbing and parodies of Hawaiian songs, he described Jolson's delivery as "electric."Crosby graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1920 and enrolled at Gonzaga University. He did not earn a degree; as a freshman, he played on the university's baseball team. The university granted him an honorary doctorate in 1937. Today, Gonzaga University houses a large collection of photographs and other material related to Crosby.
In 1923, Crosby was invited to join a new band composed of high school students a few years younger than himself. Al Rinker, Miles Rinker, James Heaton, Claire Pritchard and Robert Pritchard, along with drummer Crosby, formed the Musicaladers, who performed at dances both for high school students and club-goers; the group disbanded after two years. Crosby and Al Rinker obtained work at the Clemmer Theatre in Spokane. Crosby was a member of a vocal trio called'The Three Harmo
Blow Arnett, Blow
Blow Arnett, Blow is an album by saxophonists Arnett Cobb and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis recorded in 1959 for the Prestige label. The Allmusic review awarded the album 4 stars and stated "Arnett Cobb's debut for Prestige and his first recording as a leader in three years is an explosive affair. Cobb is matched up with fellow tough tenor Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, there are plenty of sparks set off by their encounter". All compositions by Arnett Cobb except. "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" – 6:41 "Go Power" – 5:05 "Dutch Kitchen Bounce" – 7:00 "Go Red Go" – 5:39 "The Eely One" – 8:16 "The Fluke" – 5:30 Arnett Cobb, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis – tenor saxophone Wild Bill Davis – organ George Duvivier – bass Arthur Edgehill – drums
Arnett Cleophus Cobb was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, sometimes known as the "Wild Man of the Tenor Sax" because of his uninhibited stomping style. Cobb wrote the words and music for the jazz standard "Smooth Sailing", which Ella Fitzgerald recorded for Decca on her album Lullabies of Birdland. Born in Houston, Texas, he was taught to play piano by his grandmother, he went on to study violin before taking up tenor saxophone in the high school band. At the age of 15 he joined Louisiana bandleader Frank Davis's band, doing shows in Houston and throughout Louisiana during the summer. Cobb continued his musical career with the local bands of trumpeter Chester Boone, from 1934 to 1936, Milt Larkin, from 1936 to 1942. Among his bandmates in the Larkin band were Illinois Jacquet, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Tom Archia, Cedric Haywood, Wild Bill Davis. Having turned down an offer from Count Basie in 1939, Cobb replaced Jacquet in Lionel Hampton's band in 1942, staying with Hampton until 1947. Cobb's featured solo on Hampton's theme song "Flying Home No. 2" generated much excitement, his blasting style earning him the label "Wild Man of the Tenor Sax".
Cobb started his own seven-piece band, but suffered a serious illness in 1950, which necessitated spinal surgery. Although he re-formed the band on his recovery, in 1956 its success was again interrupted, this time by a car crash; this had long-term effects on his health, involving periods in the hospital, making him permanently reliant on crutches. Cobb worked as a soloist through the 1970s and 1980s in the U. S. and abroad. As late as 1988 he played with Joe Henderson in Europe, he died in his hometown, at the age of 70 in 1989. 1943–47: The Wild Man of the Tenor Sax, 1943–1947 1946–47: The Chronological Arnett Cobb, 1946–1947 1947: Arnett Blows for 1300 1959: Blow Arnett, Blow 1959: Smooth Sailing 1959: Party Time 1959: Very Saxy. 1980: Tenor Abrupt, at with Guy Lafitte 1981: Funky Butt 1982: Arnett Cobb Live 1984: Keep on Pushin' 1987: Show Time, with Dizzy Gillespie and Jewel Brown 1988: Tenor Tribute, with Jimmy Heath and Joe Henderson 1988: Tenor Tribute, Volume 2, with Jimmy Heath and Joe Henderson With Ruth Brown Ruth Brown Miss Rhythm With Buddy Tate Live at Sandy's With Roseanna Vitro Listen Here "Houston's Own, Saxophonist Arnett Cobb", African American Registry.
Arnett Cobbs Last Recorded Performance in Osnabrueck, Germany Ingrid Montgomery-Swinton, Go Red Go, Blow Arnett Blow: The life of Arnett Cobb. Ingrid Montgomery-Swinton, Lizette Cobb
Ruth Brown (album)
Ruth Brown is a compilation album by vocalist Ruth Brown featuring tracks recorded between 1949 and 1956 and released on the Atlantic label. Allmusic awarded the album 3 stars stating "Ruth Brown at her stinging, bawdy best, doing the sizzling, innuendo-laden R&B that helped make Atlantic the nation's prime independent during the early days of rock & roll". "Lucky Lips" – 2:04 "As Long As I'm Moving" – 2:41 "Wild Wild Young Men" – 2:30 "Daddy Daddy" – 2:53 "Mambo Baby" – 2:41 "Teardrops from My Eyes" – 2:54 "Hello Little Boy" – 2:38 " He Treats Your Daughter Mean" – 2:51 "5-10-15 Hours" – 3:11 "It's Love Baby" – 2:40 "Sentimental Journey" – 2:34 "Old Man River" – 2:12 "So Long" – 2:36 "Oh What a Dream" – 2:51 Ruth Brown – vocal with various personnel including: Dick Cary – alto horn Bobby Hackett, Taft Jordan, Ed "Tiger" Lewis – trumpet Will Bradley, Richard Harris – trombone Peanuts Hucko – clarinet, tenor saxophone Arnett Cobb, Willis Jackson, Sam Taylor – tenor saxophone Ernie Caceres, Haywood Henry, Sylvester Thomas, Paul Williams – baritone saxophone Joe Bushkin, Ernie Hayes, John Lewis, Bu Pleasant, Harry Van Walls – piano Rector Bailey, Mickey Baker, John Collins, Eddie Condon – guitar George Duvivier, Jack Lesberg, Benny Moten, Lloyd Trotman – bass Sidney Catlett, Connie Kay, Joe Marshall, Noruddin Zafer – drums The Delta Rhythm Boys, The Rhythmakers – backing vocals