This Day in History: 1905-05-08

Red Nichols, American jazz cornetist, played with Ray Stilson on violin and cornet (1922), then Syncopating Five (Royal Palms Orchestra), joined Sam Lanin’s orchestra (1924), replaced Bix Beiderbecke in Paul Whiteman’s orchestra (1927), formed Five Pennies in 1926 with hit “Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider” and recorded with this group under many names, liked by audiences and disliked by colleagues for his heavy discipline, studio musician and bandleader in 1930s, did his own radio show, worked in shipyard during WWII, joined the Casa Loma Orchestra, reformed the Five Pennies as sextet in LA (late 1940s-50s) had movie made about him (The Five Pennies, starring Danny Kaye and Louis Armstrong), born in Ogden, Utah.

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