FOR MUSICIANS and MILKMEN ONLY or WHAT DRUGS CAN DO TO YOU

Hear now Bud Freeman’s All Stars (linked to the CD) with Yank Lawson on trumpet, Bill Mustarde was on trombone, Peanuts Hucko had clarinetitis, Buddy Weed hammered the 88’s, Carmen Mastren plucked the guitar and Trigger Alpert did that too, but with the bass, whereas Ray McKinley was beatin’ those boppin’ skins.

For Musicians Only means exactly that!

Bud Freeman introduced the band by miming a wörry British jazz historian, and played the tenorsax (a very good friend from a swingin’ forum – who is a milkman …so absolutely *NOT*! – gave me the correct line-up for the above V-Disc).

My Very Good Friend The Milkman with Thomas “Fats” Waller & His Rhythm, 1935.

Mystery credits (names as given on my LP):

Nat Adderley dubbed Sammy Davis, Jr. on cornet, Kai Winding can be seen & heard on trombone. The other musicians who can be heard (and also seen?) in the film are Louis Armstrong (tp), Frank Sinatra, Jr. (tp, dubbed by Nat Adderley as well?), Bill Bailey (cl), Tyree Glenn (tb), Billy Kyle (p), John Benjamin Brown (b), Jonathan Jones (d) & Mel Tormé (voc).

Multiinstrumentalist and bandleader Benny Carter composed the score.

Here are three enlightening comments by pwramirez from JazzTube who has uploaded an abridged version of this scene a few years ago:

#1: AMC played this a few years back (I have the tape). Not available on DVD *) It’s supposed to be loosely based on Miles Davis’ life. Ironically, Adam’s girlfriend/ wife in the movie is played by Cicely Tyson (Mrs. Miles Davis).

*) Blog owner’s note: You can buy now @anazoom

#2: Best line in the movie: A drunk guy wants to hear “happy tunes” and gets vocal during one of Adam’s softer songs. Adam stops the band, looks at the guy and says “You wanna hear some happy tunes?” The guy stops and says “Yeah.” Adam reaches into his pocket, pulls out some change and says “Here’s a quarter. Play your tunes on the *&%$@# jukebox.”

#3: Okay… I’m surprised not many picked up on this. It’s from A Man Called Adam and by this time Adam Johnson (Sammy Davis Jr.) has been hittin’ the sauce and was at the nervous breakdown point. Pops was subletting Adam’s apartment, which is how Adam and Pops (in the movie) became friends.

P.S. — Here are four other songs from the original soundtrack to A Man Called Adam (1966):

The soundtrack LP >>>—>

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4 Responses to FOR MUSICIANS and MILKMEN ONLY or WHAT DRUGS CAN DO TO YOU

  1. Great concept: ALL THAT JAZZ!
    Special thanks for the Milkman tune. The wild and wonderful world of Thomas Wright Waller!

  2. Tasty blog, homey. You obviously have a whole lotta fun.
    In the olden dayz, Sammy was the coolest mother around.

  3. Jonah says:

    Excellent work. Thx.

  4. The Hawk says:

    Wow. Will buy that movie right away.

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