Hunt, Pee Wee – Oh

The Mystery Artist(May 10, 1907, Mount Healthy, Ohio – June 22, 1979 in Plymouth, Massachusetts), was a jazz trombonist, vocalist and band leader.

He developed musical interest at an early age, since his mother played the banjo and his father played violin. As a teenager, he was a banjoist with a local band while he was attending college at Ohio State University where he majored in Electrical Engineering.During his college years he switched from banjo to trombone. he graduated from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He joined Jean Goldkette’s Orchestra in 1928.

He was the co-founder and featured trombonist with the Casa Loma Orchestra, but he left the group in 1943 to work as a Hollywood radio disc jockey before joining the Merchant Marines near the end of World War II. He returned to the West Coast music scene in 1946. His “Twelfth Street Rag” was a number one hit in September 1948. He was satirized as Pee Wee Runt and his All-Flea Dixieland Band in Tex Avery’s animated MGM cartoon Dixieland Droopy (1954).

At age 72, he died,after a long illness, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where his Casa Loma partner Glen Gray also lived.

Today’s song is an instrumental but happily, there are some lyrics so I get to use a little known and mostly forgotten artist with an equally little known and mostly forgotten hit record. I get my nostalgia kicks wherever I can and slide something a little different into the Mystery Lyrics mix.

Your Mystery Lyric is:

Specially when she meets me ‘neath the moon above.

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