Bix might have soloed on Great Day on Camel Pleasure Hour broadcast
Speaking of the Whiteman recording of Great Day reminds me that Bix might have soloed on Great Day which was played on the Camel Pleasure Hour Broadcast of June 11, 1930 and listed in Evans and Evans on page 510. Also I noticed it is listed in the broadcast with this description:
I think there is a good chance Bix soloed on this number because on page 506 of Evans and Evans it mentions that "a regular arranger was not assigned to the show but many of the arrangements were made by Bill Challis. Bill featured Bix as much as possible"
So if Challis did the arrangement for Great Day for that Camel Pleasure Hour show of June 11, 1930 he probably would have a part in the arrangement for a Bix solo.
Also notice the way the song is listed in Evans and Evans-(orchestra/soloist)
I would assume the soloist would be a vocalist. And that is most probably the case. But what if the "soloist" refers to an instrumentalist?
Can you just hear announcer John Young saying " the next selection will be Great Day by the orchestra with a cornet solo by Bix Beiderbecke"
Ok , very far fetched, but one can hope never hearing those broadcasts. Probably though, the soloist was a vocalist.
Which got me thinking. People have wondered how many times Bix was mentioned in print during his life.
I wonder how many times his name was mentioned on the radio during his life? I can think of one time it was very possible:
On page 185 of Lions Bix bio it mentions the Whiteman Orchestra was heard in Davenport over radio station WOC. After the band played Metropolis Bix played In A Mist on piano. I think it is a good possibility he was mentioned either as the soloist or composer of the piece.
Tim just came up with another one:
On page 484 of Evans and Evans it mentions that Bix was the subject of tonight's Old Gold commercial in a routine about trying on different hats. Since he was the subject of the commercial I would think his name was mentioned.
My friend Candice came up with another (Candice is a friend of mine who works at a coffee shop where my band played a few times and the owner plays cd's with old jazz frequently. She got interested in the music and liked Bix in particular so I loaned her some of my Bix books. She is some kind of a scholar. She read the book just once and can remember more facts in the book than me and I have read it about half a dozen times.)
Evans and Evans page 516:
Candelights was listed as played on the Camel Pleasure Hour broadcast of Sept. 3, 1930. Bix might have been mentioned as the composer. I noticed that the performers of the piece were listed as Hayton and Schutt. They were featured on many shows and duo pianists playing various numbers. If Bix was on that show why didn't he play his Candelights instead of Lennie Hayton and Arthur Schutt?
Ok guys, I got the ball rolling. 3 very good possibilities of Bix being mentioned by name on the radio during his life. Can you come up with any more possibilities?