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Rube Bloom and His Bayou Boys
"The Man from the South with a Big
Cigar in His Mouth"
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Rube Bloom was a Jewish-American pianist, singer, composer of popular songs, entertainer, band leader, recording artist, and writer (he wrote several books on piano method). During his career, he worked with many well-known performers (Bix Beiderbecke, Ruth Etting, Dorsey Brothers).
His first hit was "Soliloquy" in 1927, then in 1929 came "The Men From The South". Bloom formed and led a number of bands during his career, such as Rube Bloom and His Bayou Boys which was used on 3 sessions in 1930. At other times, he played with other bands (e.g. Bix Beiderbecke and Frankie Trumbauer in the Sioux City Six).
Recording: Rube Bloom And His Bayou Boys, vocals Roy Evans, Rube Bloom - "The Man From The South (With The Big Cigar In His Mouth)" (words and music: Rube Bloom), Columbia, 1930.
Peter Mentun Plays Rube Bloom's 1926 compostion, "Soliloquy (A Musical Thought)" and comments that the piece is "A pensive, modernistic tone poem."
Ruth Etting sings "Out in the Cold Again"
music by Rube Bloom, lyrics by Ted Koehler.
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