Tuesday, June 17, 2087

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: June 17, 1861 - Pete-Louis Rodgers Browning

  Image from www.sluggermuseum.com

From The Kentucky Encyclopedia:
The original "Louisville Slugger," with a career.343 batting average and three batting championships, was Pete-Louis Rodgers Browning, who was born on June 17, 1861, in Louisville. Playing primarily for the Louisville Colonels of the major league American Association, he led the league in hitting in both 1882, his rookie year, with a.382 average, and 1885, with.362. After he first used custom-made bats from Louisville woodworker John Hillerich, demand for these bats quickly spread and launched the Hillerich & Bradsby Company . The bats became known as Louisville Sluggers.

Originally an infielder, Browning converted to outfield and although he was a fast runner (103 steals in 1887), he played weak defense. After his worst season, 1889, he left the Colonels for the Cleveland Infants of the New Players League, where he won a third batting title with a.387 average in 1890. The league folded after a year and Browning finished his career splitting seasons with five other teams. He retired in 1894 with 299 doubles, 89 triples, 47 home runs, and 956 runs scored, and ranked tenth in all-time batting averages.

Browning died in Louisville on September 10, 1905, and was buried in the city's Cave Hill Cemetery.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Kleber, J. (2001). The encyclopedia of Louisville. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.
F459.L85 E54 2001, Young Library – Reference

Hill, B. (2000). Crack of the bat : The Louisville Slugger story. Champaign, Ill.: Sports Pub. 
GV869 .H45 2000, Special Collections Research Center

Scheinin, R. (1994). Field of screams : The dark underside of America's national pastime. New York: Norton.
GV863.A1 S32 1994, Young Library – 4th Floor

Monday, December 31, 2018

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: December 31, 1909 - Robert Elliott ("Jonah") Jones

Image from allmusic.com

From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Robert Elliott ("Jonah") Jones, jazz trumpeter, was born in Louisville on December 31, 1909. He began his professional career playing on a Mississippi riverboat and performed with the bands of such greats as Jimmie Lunceford, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter, Cab Calloway, and Earl Hines before he began working as a soloist in 1955. At that time, he achieved international success with his recordings of show tunes and jazz standards, which featured him on muted trumpet as the leader of his own quartet. He also appeared frequently on national television. Jones is considered one of the great jazz swing trumpeters and his improvised solos have been cited as models, along with his extensive work with mutes.

LEE BASH, Entry Author

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Notable African American Kentuckians Database 

Bach, Jean, Matthew. Seig, Susan. Peehl, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt. Hinton, Jones, Jonah, Castle Hill Productions, and Image Entertainment. A Great Day in Harlem. Special Ed. 2nd Bonus Disc with New Featurettes.. ed. Chatsworth, CA: Distributed by MMV Image Entertainment, 2005.
AV-D6133, Young Media Library

Armstrong, Lil Hardin, Chu. Berry, Sid Catlett, Jonah Jones, and Peetie. Wheatstraw. Peetie Wheatstraw the Devil's Son-in -law : Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Vol. 7, 4 April 1940 to 25 November 1941. Vienna, Austria: Document Records, 1994.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: December 30, 1931 - Skeeter Davis

Image from www.mycountryspace.com

From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
The duo known as the Davis Sisters started singing together while attending Dixie Heights High School in Kenton County . Betty Jack Davis, daughter of Tipp Davis, was born in Corbin, Kentucky, on March 3, 1932. Skeeter Davis was the stage name of Mary Frances Penick, the daughter of W.L. and Sarah Penick, born in Dry Ridge, Kentucky, on December 30, 1931. As the Davis Sisters, the two appeared on radio in Cincinnati and Lexington and had a radio-television show in Detroit. They popularized the pedal-steel guitar and had hits on both the country and pop music charts. Betty Jack was killed in an automobile accident on August 2, 1953, which seriously injured Skeeter. Skeeter resumed her career, joining the " Grand Ole Opry" in 1959. In 1973 she was suspended temporarily for criticizing Nashville police on the air.

CHARLES F. FABER, Entry Author

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Davis, Skeeter. Bus Fare to Kentucky : The Autobiography of Skeeter Davis. Secaucus, N.J.: Carol Pub. Group, 1993. Print.
ML420.D34 A3 1993, Special Collections Research Center

One Kiss Can Lead to Another Girl Group Sounds, Lost & Found. Burbank, CA: Rhino, 2005.
BCD68, Fine Arts-Media Center

Classic Country Early 60's. Richmond, VA: Time-Life Music, 1999.
CD7330, Fine Arts-Media Center

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: December 27, 1860 - Nathan Stubblefield

Image from www.nathanstubblefield.com

From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Nathan Beverly Stubblefield, inventor, was born to William Jefferson and Victoria Frances (Bowman) Stubblefield on December 27, 1860, in Murray, Kentucky. He attended the public schools of Calloway County beginning in the fall of 1866, but he did poorly and dropped out by age fifteen. Stubblefield educated himself in science by reading books and periodicals. By 1887 he had made various improvements in the relatively new invention of the telephone. He patented these improvements, as well as a lamp lighter, an electric battery, and a mobile radio transmitter-receiver. In a demonstration of the radio transmitter-receiver in Murray on January 1, 1902, before a crowd of about 1,000, Stubblefield transmitted his son's voice from the family home to a shed and then to a receiver approximately one mile distant. A description of the demonstration by a reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch aroused national interest in the invention. Stubblefield was asked to demonstrate his discovery to a group of congressmen and public officials in Washington, D.C., on March 20, 1902.

Stubblefield refused large sums of money for the invention and instead attempted to develop it through the Wireless Telephone Company of America, incorporated on May 22, 1902, in which he held stock. The company failed, and only one Stubblefield wireless telephone system was sold. Though he was the first to transmit and receive radio airwaves, many argue that Stubblefield did not invent radio because his system had a range of only eight miles.

At age twenty-one, Stubblefield married Ada May Buchanan; they had ten children, six of whom lived past adolescence: Victoria, Patty, Nathan, Helen, Oliver, and Bernard. When their youngest child left home, he and his wife separated. Stubblefield died on March 28, 1928, and was buried near Murray.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Buchanan, Tracey D. To Be Greater than Marconi : The Nathan B. Stubblefield Story. 2013. Print. Kentucky Hero Ser.
Special Collections Research Center

[Stubblefield, Nathan B.]. [NATHAN B. STUBBLEFIELD PAPERS]. Print.
M-476, Special Collections Research Center - Microfilm Collection

Lochte, Robert H. Kentucky Farmer Invents Wireless Telephone! : But Was It Radio? : Facts and Folklore about Nathan Stubblefield. Murray, Ky.: All About Wireless, 2001. Print.
TK6545.S83 L63 2001, Special Collections Research Center

Monday, November 12, 2018

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: January 18, 1942 - Ruby Winters

Ruby Winters

Ruby Winters (born Ruby Forehand; January 18, 1942 – August 7, 2016)[1] was an American soul singer: primarily recording in Nashville, Winters had several R&B hits from 1967 to 1974 but is best known for her 1977 UK Top Ten hit "I Will".
Early life and career
Ruby Winters was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Charles Forehand Jr. and Lucille Inez Forehand. From the age of five, subsequent to her mother's death, Winters was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio by maternal grandmother Jeanetta Bradshaw, who encouraged Winters' penchant for singing, first expressed in church at age four. At age sixteen Winters - by then a wife and mother - began singing professionally, eventually expanding her performing focus beyond Louisville-area functions.[2] By 1966 Winters was singing in the Charlie Daniels band, she and Daniels both being managed by Bill Sizemore:[3] Sizemore also managed singer Ronnie Dove and was able to interest Dove's label: Diamond Records, in recording Winters whose resultant debut single: "In the Middle of a Heartache" (a Charlie Daniels composition), was recorded at Sambo Studios in Louisville for July 1966 release,[4] reaching the Top 30 on the hit parade for WAKY 790-Louisville.[5]
The regional interest in Winters' debut single led Diamond Records head Phil Kahl to himself oversee Winters' next recording session which took place in Nashville early in 1967. Before Kahl left New York City with the intent of producing distinct Nashville sessions for Winters and another Diamond Records act: Johnny Thunder, label president Joe Kolsky had suggested that Kahl record Winters and Thunder as a duo, Kolsky having noted the recent chart success of the Peaches and Herb remake of the traditional pop standard "Let's Fall in Love" and also the current Marvin Gaye/Kim Weston hit duet "It Takes Two". Kahl resultantly recorded Winters and Thunder as a duet remaking the 1950s pop hits "Teach Me Tonight" and "Make Love to Me": with "Make Love to Me" as the A-side the single was released in February 1967 to reach #13 R&B in April 1967 registering at #96 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6][7]
After Winters reached the national R&B chart with her third solo release: "I Want Action", in the autumn of 1967, Diamond Records brought her to New York City to work with George Kerr who had recently produced R&B hits for the O'Jays and Linda Jones. With his regular collaborator: arranger Richard Tee, Kerr reteamed Winters with Johnny Thunder for "We Have Only One Life", released in February 1968 to become a chart shortfall. Kerr also had Winters record "Last Minute Miracle" which he had in 1967 recorded with the Shirelles for a regional hit single release and also (as "A Last Minute Miracle") with Linda Jones (with all three versions apparently sharing a common backing track); however Winters' version remains unreleased, "We Have Only One Life" remaining her only release for the year 1968. Winters nonetheless made a strong comeback in 1969 with four R&B hits beginning with her highest ranking U.S. solo hit, Winters' remake of the 1961 Chuck Jackson hit "I Don't Want to Cry", Winters reaching #15 R&B in February 1969 and registering on #99 on the Hot 100:[8]two of Winters' next three singles were also remakes, specifically of "Just a Dream" and "Guess Who" (the respective originals being by Jimmy Clanton and Jesse Belvin). In 1970 Winters' recording schedule again slowed with no releases until January 1971 when her recording of the hymn "Great Speckled Bird" was issued by Certron, who had purchased Diamond Records in early 1970. Following Certron's own closure in early 1971, their tapes were sold to Cutlass Records, Winters was announced as being on the roster of the Cutlass R&B subsidiary label Hotline[9] but Winters would in fact have no evident releases before Cutlass folded by 1973.
I Will and subsequent career
Winters had her first evident single release in almost three years in October 1973 when Polydor Records issued Winters' version of "I Will" a Dick Glasser composition which had charted in the 1960s for both Vic Dana and Dean Martin: while proving to be Winters' most significant recording, her version of "I Will" in original release only just reached the R&B Top 40.[8] Winters had one further single release on Polydor: "Love Me Now" (written by Paul Kelly), which reached #1 on the hit parade for WAKY 790-Louisville whose tally for the year 1974 ranked "Love Me Now" at #7:[10] while not registering on the Billboard Hot 100 "Love Me Now" was ranked on the singles charts of both Cash Box and Record World with respective peak positions of #95[11] and #91.[12] Winters' two Polydor single releases were both recorded in Nashville with Stan Shulman and Dean Mathis producing, as was Winters' one-off Playboy Records single release: a version of the #1 1972 Nilsson hit "Without You" which reached #95 R&B in December 1975.[8]
In the mid-1970s Winters in effect withdrew from recording, relocating in 1973 from Tennessee to Brevard County (Florida) and establishing herself as a top-rated Space Coast nightclub performer.[2] However in 1977 the London-based independent label Creole Records released Winters' recording of "I Will" which reached #4 on the UK Singles Chart in December 1977. Reuniting with producer Stan Shulman, Winters recorded tracks - at Audio Media in Nashville and also Muscle Shoals - to complete an I Will album from which a follow-up single: "Come to Me", was released to reach #11 UK: Millennium Records picked up the I Will album for U.S. release with the title cut returning Winters for a final time to the Billboard R&B chart (#97) (a follow-up U.S. single: "Treat Me Right", would not chart). In the UK two further singles were issued from "I Will" the first of which: "I Won't Mention It Again", reached #45 UK. Winters would reach the UK chart for a fourth and final time with "Baby Lay Down" (#43 UK) from the 1979 album Songbird (#NE 1045), the latter being an expansion of the I Will album with new tracks - including "Baby Lay Down" - recorded in Nashville released on Stan Shulman's K-tel Records: another of the new Songbird tracks: "Back to Love", would in August 1979 become the final evident release of Winters' recording career.[13][14] [15]
Ruby Winters Jenkins, a resident of Missouri City, Texas, died on August 7, 2016, at age 74. She was preceded in death by her husbands, George Yates and William Jenkins. She was survived by her five children.[1]
Date of release

Single (catalog number)
Chart Positions
Recording info

US Pop[14]

"In the Middle of a Heartache" (Diamond #207)
B-side "Act 3"
produced by Ray Allen at Sambo
Studios Louisville (Kentucky)[4]

"Make Love To Me"
Johnny Thunder & Ruby Winters (Diamond #218)
B-side: "Teach Me Tonight"
produced by Phil Kahl/ Buddy
Killen in Nashville (Tennessee)[6]

"The Bells of St Mary's" (Diamond 223)
B-side: "Try Me"

"I Want Action" (Diamond #230)
B-side: "Better"
produced by Phil Kahl/ Bill Justis in Nashville

"We Only Have One Life (Let's Live It Together)"
Johnny Thunder & Ruby Winters (Diamond #238)
B-side: "Teach Me Tonight" (B-side of #218)
produced by George Kerr at Broadway
Recording Studio in New York City

"Last Minute Miracle"

"I Don't Want To Cry" (Diamond #255)
B-side: "Just Like a Yo-Yo"
produced by Papa Don Schroeder in Nashville

"Just A Dream" (Diamond #258)
B-side: "I Don't Want to Hurt Nobody"
produced by Marlin Greene at
Quinvy Studios, Sheffield (Alabama)[19]

"Always David" (Diamond #265)
B-side: "We're Living to Give (To Give to Each Other)"

"Guess Who" (Diamond #269)
B-side: "Sweetheart Things"

"Great Speckled Bird" (Certron #10027)
B-side: "It's Not Easy Baby"
produced by Aubrey Mayhew in Nashville

"I Will" (Polydor #14202)
B-side: "Something's Burning"
produced by Dean Mathis/
Stan Shulman in Nashville

"Love Me Now" (Polydor #14249)
B-side: "You Can't Stop My Man From Loving Me"
produced by Dean Mathis/ Marc
Mathis at Sound Shop, Nashville[20]

"Without You" (Playboy #6048)
B-side: "I'm a Loving Woman"
produced by Dean Mathis/ Stan Shulman
at Woodland Sound Studios, Nashville[21]
16 Sept

"I Will" Creole #141
B-side: "Bluer Days Ahead"
same track as Polydor 14202 (1973)?
credited to S. J. Productions
(alias for Stan Shulman)

"I Will" (Millennium #612)
B-side: "Lonely Heartaches"
17 March

"Come To Me" (Creole #153)
B-side: "Treat Me Right"
produced by S. J. Productions (Stan
Shulman) at Audio Media Studios in
Nashville or at 
Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
28 July

"I Won't Mention It Again" (Creole #160)
B-side: "I Can't Fake It Anymore"

"Treat Me Right" (Millennium #160)
B-side: "I Can't Fake It Anymore"
produced by Stan Shulman (associ-
ated producers David Thompson/ Jerry
Middleton) at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
27 Oct

"For the Good Times" (Creole #162) 
B-side: "Lonely Heartaches"
produced by S. J. Productions
(Stan Shulman) in Nashville
18 May

"Baby Lay Down" (Creole #171)
B-side: "Lovin' Me is a Full-time Job"
produced by Stan Shulman,
David Thompson in Nashville
17 Aug

"Back to Love" (Creole #174)
B-side: "I've Been Waiting For You All My Life"
1.     "Obituary for Ruby Winters Jenkins". Allendave.com. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
2.     Florida Today 7 March 1980 "Ruby Winters: jewel of jazz" by Pam Piatt p. 6
3.     Daniels, Charlie (2017). Never Look at the Empty Seats: a memoir. Nashville: Thomas Nelson. p. 73. ISBN 978-0-7180-7496-8.
4.     "Front & Center - Allen-Martin Studios -". www.louisvillemusicnews.net.
5.     http://www.79waky.com/surveys/waky1960ssurveys.pdf
6.     Record World Vol 21 #1033 (25 March 1967) p. 16
7.     "Johnny Thunder & Ruby Winters Songs ••• Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". www.musicvf.com.
8.     "Ruby Winters Songs ••• Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". www.musicvf.com.
9.     Billboard Vol 85 #39 (16 September 1972) p. 16
10. http://www.79waky.com/surveys/WAKYSurvey1974Top100.jpg
11. Cash Box Vol 36 #27 (30 November 1974) p. 4
12. Record World Vol 30 #1434 (14 December 1974) p. 27
13. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 607. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
14. Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 773. ISBN 0-89820-155-1.
15. "Ruby Winters - Songbird (Vinyl, LP)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
16. Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 489.
17. Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 854. ISBN 0-00-717931-6.
18. Canada, Library and Archives (17 July 2013). "Results: RPM Weekly".
19. "QUINVY PART 6 : Sir Shambling's Deep Soul Heaven". www.sirshambling.com.
20. Westview Vol 34 #30 (5 August 2010) p. 22
21. Billboard Vol 87 #50 (13 December 1975)p. 26
22. http://www.45cat.com/artist/ruby-winters/all