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Lee Wiley

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Lee Wiley

From Wikipedia
Lee Wiley
Lee Wiley singer.jpg
Born October 9, 1908
Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died December 11, 1975 (aged 67)
New York CityNew York, U.S.
Spouse(s) Jess Stacy (1943-1948)
Nat Tischenkel (1966-1975; her death)

Lee Wiley (October 9, 1908 – December 11, 1975) was an American jazz singer popular in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.

Wiley was born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.  While still in her early teens, she left home to pursue a singing career with the Leo Reisman band. Her career was temporarily interrupted by a fall while horseback riding. Wiley suffered temporary blindness, but recovered, and at the age of 19 was back with Reisman again, with whom she recorded three songs: “Take It From Me,” “Time On My Hands,” and her own composition, “Got The South In My Soul.” She sang with Paul Whiteman and later, the Casa Loma Orchestra. A collaboration with composer Victor Young resulted in several songs for which Wiley wrote the lyrics, including “Got The South in My Soul” and “Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere,” the latter an R&B hit in the 1950s.

During the early 1930s, Wiley recorded very little, and many sides were rejected:

  • Take it From Me (with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra, June 30, 1931, issued)
  • Time On My Hands (with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra, October 19, 1931, rejected & October 26, 1931, issued)
  • Got The South In My Soul (with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra, June 15, 1932, issued)
  • Just So You’ll Remember (with unknown orchestra, January 21, 1933, rejected)
  • A Tree Was A Tree (with unknown orchestra, February, 1933, rejected)
  • You’re An Old Smoothie (duet with Billy Hughes) (with Victor Young’s Orchestra, January 21, 1933, issued)
  • You’ve Got Me Crying Again &
  • I Gotta Right to Sing The Blues (with Dorsey Brothers, March 7, 1933, both rejected)
  • Let’s Call It A Day (with Dorsey Brothers, April 15, 1933 and May 3, 1933, both rejected)
  • Repeal The Blues &
  • Easy Come, Easy Go (with Johnny Green’s Orchestra, March 17, 1934, issued)
  • Careless Love &
  • Motherless Child (with Justin Ring’s? Orchestra, August 13, 1934, issued)
  • Hands Across The Table &
  • I’ll Follow My Secret Heart (with Victor Young’s? Orchestra, November 26, 1934, issued)
  • Mad About The Boy (with Victor Young’s Orchestra, August 25, 1935, rejected)
  • What Is Love? &
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin (with Victor Young’s Orchestra, February 10, 1937, issued)

In 1939, Wiley recorded eight Gershwin songs on 78s with a small group for Liberty Music Shops. The set sold well and was followed by 78s dedicated to the music of Cole Porter(1940) and Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart (1940 and 1954), Harold Arlen (1943), and 10″ LPs dedicated to the music of Vincent Youmans and Irving Berlin (1951). The players on these recordings included Bunny BeriganBud FreemanMax KaminskyFats WallerBilly ButterfieldBobby HackettEddie CondonStan FreemanCy Walter, and the bandleader Jess Stacy, to whom Wiley was married for a number of years. These influential albums launched the concept of a “songbook” (often featuring lesser-known songs), which was later widely imitated by other singers.

Wiley’s career made a resurgence in 1950 with the much admired ten-inch album Night in Manhattan. In 1954, she opened the very first Newport Jazz Festival accompanied byBobby Hackett. Later in the decade she recorded two of her finest albums, West of the Moon (1956) and A Touch of the Blues (1957). In the 1960s, Wiley retired, although she acted in a 1963 television film, Something About Lee Wiley, which told her life story. The film stimulated interest in the singer. Her last public appearance was a concert in Carnegie Hall in 1972 as part of the New York Jazz Festival, where she was enthusiastically received.

Bobby Hackett

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , , on March 7, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

Bobby Hackett

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Bobby Hackett

Bobby Hackett
Background information
Birth name Robert Leo Hackett
Born January 13, 1915
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Died June 7, 1976 (aged 61)
Chatham, Massachusetts, USA
Genres Big band
Occupations BandleaderSideman
Instruments Trumpet
Years active 1920’s–1976
Labels Storyville, Project 3 records, ADD, Classics, Segal Enterprices, DBK Jazz, Bluebird
Associated acts Louis ArmstrongGlenn Miller,Tony BennettBenny Goodman,Ray McKinleyJackie Gleason,Pee Wee RussellLee Wiley,Horace Heidt

Ernie Caceres, Bobby Hackett, Freddie Ohms, and George Wettling, Nick’s, NYC, 1940s.
Photography by William P. Gottlieb.

Robert Leo “Bobby” Hackett (January 31, 1915 – June 7, 1976) was an US jazz musician who played trumpet, cornet and guitar with the bands of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman in the late thirties and early forties. Hackett is probably most well known for being the featured soloist on some of the Jackie Gleason mood music albums during the 1950s.

Hackett was born in 
Providence, Rhode Island. He made his name as a follower of the legendary cornet player Bix BeiderbeckeBenny Goodman hired him to recreate Bix’s famous “I’m Coming Virginia” solo at his (Goodman’s) 1938 Carnegie Hall concert.  In the late 1930s Hackett played lead trumpet in the Vic Schoen Orchestra which backed the Andrews Sisters. Bobby Hackett can be heard on the soundtrack to the 1940 Fred Astaire movie Second Chorus.  In 1939 the talent agency MCA asked Bobby Hackett to form a big band with their backing. Unfortunately the band failed and Hackett was in substantial debt to MCA after it folded. Bobby Hackett joined the bands of Horace Heidt and then Glenn Miller to pay down this debt.  To make matters worse, his lip was in bad shape after dental surgery, making it difficult for him to play the trumpet or cornet. Glenn Miller came to Hackett’s rescue, offering him a job as a guitarist with the Miller Band. “When I joined the band and I was making good money at last, […] [jazz critics] accused me of selling out. Hell I wasn’t selling out, I was selling in! It’s funny, isn’t it, how you go right into the wastebasket with some critics the minute you become successful”.  Despite his lip problems, Hackett could still play occasional short solos, and he can be heard playing a famous one with the Glenn Miller Orchestra on “A String of Pearls.”


A dream come true for Hackett was his inclusion in Louis Armstrong’s 1947 Town Hall Jazz Concert.  In 1954, Hackett appeared as a regular on the short-lived ABC variety showThe Martha Wright Show, also known as The Packard Showroom.

However, what made Hackett something of a household name was his being hired by Jackie Gleason as a soloist for some of Gleason’s earliest mood music albums. Starting in 1952, Hackett apppeared on Gleason’s first Capitol Records album, Music for Lovers Only. The record – as well as all of Gleason’s next ten albums – went gold. Hackett went on to appear on six more Gleason LPs. This association led directly to Hackett signing with Capitol for a series of his own albums.

In 1965, he toured with singer Tony Bennett. In 1966 and 1967 Hackett accompanied Bennett on two European tours.  In the early 1970s, Hackett performed separately with Dizzy Gillespie and Teresa Brewer.

Personal life

Sometime in the 1930s, Bobby Hackett married Edna Hackett. He had two children with her, Barbara Hackett(†) and Ernie Hackett. His son became a musician as well, playing the drums. Hackett died in 1976 of a heart attack, at age 61.

Partial Discography

As leader:

As sideman:

With Bill Kenny of The Ink Spots

With George Wein

  • Wein, Women and Song and More, George Wein Plays and Sings (Arbors Records)

With Tony Bennett

With Jackie Gleason

  • Music for Lovers Only (1952) Capitol Records
  • Music to Make You Misty (1953) Capitol Records
  • Music, Martini’s and Memories (1954) Capitol Records
  • Music to Remember Her (1955) Capitol Records
  • Music to Change Her Mind (1956) Capitol Records
  • Music for the Love Hours (1957) Capitol Records
  • That Moment (1959) Capitol Records
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