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Shelton Brooks

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Shelton Brooks grew up in Detroit and began his profession being a ragtime piano participant, initially entertaining the general public in Detroit’s cafes and nightclubs, then expanding his place to add Chicago. It had been correct around 1909 that Brooks begun to create his own materials. By this time around he previously also progressed into an achieved vaudeville entertainer. Brooks toured america of America, Canada, as well as the United kingdom Isles. His action was largely based on something special for mimicry; he evidently did this kind of convincing Bert Williams imitation that Williams himself is certainly said to possess remarked: “If I’m as funny as he’s, I acquired nothin’ to be worried about.” Shelton Brooks set up himself being a songwriter in the next manner: he previously been travelling captivated by way of a melody in a key that were dance around between his ears, but cannot produce any terms to opt for the shades he held hearing. 1 day, seated in a cafe, he discovered himself hearing in on the warmed disagreement between a dark female and her male friend. Sharply caution him never to forego her, the girl spoke these terms: “…a few of these times, you’re gonna miss me, honey.” Stunned, Brooks recognized that her term matched up his tune flawlessly. All of those other music then published itself through him. He went and first got it imprinted up, then required the score right to Sophie Tucker, who, based on Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, was frequently remarkably beneficial to aspiring Afro-American composers. Tucker got directly behind the melody, actually she had been performing it the next day! Eventually the tune became therefore closely connected with her that she managed to get into her theme melody and also copped the name when she released her autobiography. “A few of these Times” was released in 1910 and finally sold a lot more than two million systems over the sheet music marketplace. It had been also destined to become jazz regular. Barry Vocalist, in his biography of lyricist Andy Razaf, promises that this amount was “…possibly the landmark song of the Tin Pan Alley epoch, whereby Brooks, with sophisticated lyric colloquialism and heartfelt passion, elevated the coon song in to the realm of expressive emotion.” Brooks had written “FOREVER Very long” in 1912 and “Walkin’ your dog” in 1916. He also needs to be remembered because the author of “I Wonder Where My Easy Rider’s Eliminated.” Nonetheless it was “The Darktown Strutter’s Ball” that constituted Brooks’ following big hit. 1st circulated within the vaudeville circuit, this rowdy syncopated novelty simply happened to obtain utilized by the initial Dixieland Jazz Music group at their 1st recording program on January 30, 1917. This 1st nominal jazz record offered like hotcakes, as well as the sheet music product sales exceeded three million. Brooks had written a music known as “Jean” in 1919, that was popularized by Isham Jones. Shelton Brooks also made up “There’ll Come a period,” “Honey Gal, You Aint Talkin’ if you ask me,” and “EASILY Had been A Bee and you also Were a Crimson, Crimson Rose.” It had been like a performer on-stage, in films, and on the air that Brooks continuing to circulate after he ceased composing great melodies. He made an appearance in the solid of Lew Leslie’s Plantation Revue, which opened up in the 48th Road Theater on Broadway in 1922. It had been the very first “all-colored” creation to become scored completely by white guys (J. Russell Robinson and Roy Turk). The superstar of this display was Florence Mills. Even more from Barry Singer: “In July 1923 the Jack port Mills Publishing Firm…confirmed that furthermore to presenting recently obtained the publishing legal rights for at least 60 ‘blues’ numbers, in addition, it had now agreed upon to exclusive deals an extremely impressive steady of black colored songwriters, including…Shelton Brooks.” There is a progressive factor to this whole policy; they designed to encourage youthful dark songwriters by arranging a well-defined business environment for existing composers of color. What Vocalist identifies as “this activism” in fact caused additional white publishing homes to compete to be able to protected contracts with dark songwriters. The result was eventually quite positive. Phonograph information do can be found of Shelton Brooks carrying out like a vaudeville comedian. He appears to have documented specifically for the Okeh label. Game titles include “Darktown Courtroom Space,” “Chicken breast Thieves,” “YOU HAVE to look,” “That’s Enough,” and “Function Don’t Bother Me.” Shelton Brooks, who also sang and supplied piano accompaniments on information with vocalists Ethel Waters and Sara Martin, passed on in LA, CA on Sept 6, 1975.

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Full Name Shelton Brooks
Died September 6, 1975, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Actor, Songwriter, Film Score Composer
Nationality Canadian, American
Music Songs Darktown Strutters' Ball, Some of These Days, Intro
Movies Double Deal, Adventures of Kitty O'Day, Professor Creeps


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cesar Chavez 2014 writer: "Darktown Strutters Ball"
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 2014 writer: "Darktown Strutter's Ball"
White Collar 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Boardwalk Empire 2010-2012 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Big Something 2011 writer: "Some of These Days"
Bridesmaids 2011/I writer: "At the Darktown Strutters' Ball"
The Sons of Tennessee Williams 2010 Documentary writer: "Darktown Strutters Ball"
Away We Go 2009 writer: "Some of These Days"
That's Amore!: Italian-American Favorites 2008 TV Movie writer: "Some of These Days" - uncredited
Nancy LaMott: I'll Be Here with You 2008 Video writer: "The Darktown Strutters Ball"
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical 2008 Video documentary writer: "Some of These Days" - uncredited
American Masters TV Series documentary music - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 1997
Cold Case 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Aviator 2004 lyrics: "Some of These Days" 1910 / music: "Some of These Days" 1910
Beyond the Sea 2004 writer: "Some of These Days" 1910
The Cat's Meow 2001 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917
Liam 2000 writer: "Some of These Days"
Mambo Café 2000 lyrics: "Some of These Days" / music: "Some of These Days"
The Last September 1999 lyrics: "The Darktown Strutters Ball" 1917 / music: "The Darktown Strutters Ball" 1917
Vigo 1998 lyrics: "DarkTown Strutter's Ball" / music: "DarkTown Strutter's Ball"
Pi 1998 writer: "Some Of These Days"
Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults 1997 TV Movie documentary writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" - uncredited
The English Patient 1996 lyrics: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited / music: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
Diese Drombuschs 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Simpsons 1991 TV Series writer - 1 episode
George Burns' 90th Birthday Party: A Very Special Special 1986 TV Special writer: "Some of These Days"
The Passing 1985 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball"
The Natural 1984 writer: "Darktown Strutter's Ball" - uncredited
Parade of Stars 1983 TV Movie writer: "Some of These Days"
M*A*S*H 1972-1983 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Forbidden Zone 1980 writer: "Some of These Days"
All That Jazz 1979 writer: "Some of These Days" 1910 - uncredited
Mary Tyler Moore TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1975 music - 1 episode, 1975
Upstairs, Downstairs 1975 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sanford and Son 1973 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals '72 1972 TV Movie performer: "Some of These Days" / writer: "Some of These Days"
The Anthony Newley Show 1971 TV Movie writer: "I Wonder Where My Easy Rider's Gone"
The Abominable Dr. Phibes 1971 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball"
This Is Tom Jones 1970 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
MASH 1970 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
The Dean Martin Show 1968 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1961 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bobby Darin and Friends 1961 TV Special writer: "Some of These Days" - uncredited
The Ed Sullivan Show 1960 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show 1956 TV Series writer - 1 episode
You Bet Your Life 1950 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Skylarkin' Time 1950 Short writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball"
Saturday Evening Puss 1950 Short music: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball"
The Ed Wynn Show 1949 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Springtime for Thomas 1946 Short writer: "Darktown Strutters' Ball"
The Dolly Sisters 1945 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" - uncredited
Incendiary Blonde 1945 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
The Merry Monahans 1944 writer: "Some of These Days" - uncredited
The Bodyguard 1944 Short music: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball"
Follow the Boys 1944 lyrics: "Some of These Days" 1910 - uncredited / music: "Some of These Days" 1910 - uncredited
Cavalcade of Dance 1943 Short writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
Stormy Weather 1943 music: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917, "Walkin' the Dog" 1916 - uncredited
Coney Island 1943 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball"
Red Hot Riding Hood 1943 Short writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
Pittsburgh 1942 lyrics: "Darktown Strutters' Ball" / music: "Darktown Strutters' Ball"
For Me and My Gal 1942 music: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917, "Some of These Days" 1910 - uncredited
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra 1942 Short writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" - uncredited
Speaking of Animals and Their Families 1942 Short "Darktown Strutters Ball"
Broadway 1942 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball", "Some of These Days" - uncredited
Puss n' Toots 1942 Short writer: "Darktown Strutters' Ball"
Some of These Days 1942 Short writer: "Some of These Days"
H.M. Pulham, Esq. 1941 music: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
Tin Pan Alley 1940 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
Romeo in Rhythm 1940 Short music: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" - uncredited
Tom Turkey and His Harmonica Humdingers 1940 Short music: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" - uncredited
Babes in Arms 1939 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
The Star Maker 1939 writer: "The Dark Town Strutter's Ball"
Only Angels Have Wings 1939 writer: "Some of These Days" 1910 - uncredited
Lying Lips 1939 lyrics: "Some of These Days" - uncredited / music: "Some of These Days" - uncredited
Double Deal 1939 performer: "Hole in the Wall" / writer: "Hole in the Wall", "Jitterbugs Cuttin' Rugs"
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle 1939 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" - uncredited
Honolulu 1939 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
Idiot's Delight 1939 music: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" - uncredited
Western Jamboree 1938 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
Merle Kendrick and His Orchestra 1938 Short writer: "Some of These Days" - uncredited
The Shopworn Angel 1938 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
Broadway Melody of 1938 1937 lyrics: "Some of These Days" 1910 - uncredited / music: "Some of These Days" 1910 - uncredited
Du Barry Did All Right 1937 Short writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" - uncredited
Hi De Ho 1937 Short writer: "Some of These Days" - uncredited
Rose-Marie 1936 writer: "Some of These Days" 1910 - uncredited
The Life of Vergie Winters 1934 music: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
Keep 'Em Rolling 1934 lyrics: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited / music: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang 1932 music: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
Three on a Match 1932 writer: "Some of These Days" 1910 - uncredited
Trader Mickey 1932 Short writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball"
Scarface 1932 writer: "Some of These Days" 1910
Taxi! 1932 lyrics: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited / music: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
Panama Flo 1932 lyrics: "Some of These Days" 1910 - uncredited / music: "Some of These Days" 1910, "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
Safe in Hell 1931 music: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
An American Tragedy 1931 lyrics: "Some of These Days" 1910 - uncredited / music: "Some of These Days" 1910 - uncredited
Born to Love 1931 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
Body and Soul 1931 writer: "The Dark Town Strutters Ball" - uncredited
The Birthday Party 1931 Short writer: "Darktown Strutters' Ball"
Wise Flies 1930 Short writer: "Some of These Days" - uncredited
Honky Tonk 1929 writer: "Some of These Days" - uncredited
Rhythms 1929 Short music: "Some of These Days" - uncredited
Al Lyons and His Four Horsemen 1929 Short writer: "Some of These Days" - uncredited
Synthetic Sin 1929 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" - uncredited
Lights of New York 1928 writer: "Some of These Days" 1910 - uncredited
Wings 1927 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball"
Dr. Jack 1922 writer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All Star Revue 1953 TV Series Guest Pianist / Composer
Adventures of Kitty O'Day 1945 Jeff
Professor Creeps 1942 Jackson
Up Jumped the Devil 1941 Jefferson
Minstrel Days 1941 Short Bert Williams (uncredited)
Double Deal 1939 Singer in Nightclub Floorshow

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Singing Fool 1928 uncredited

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Harlem Is Heaven 1932 composer: special music

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals '72 1972 TV Movie Himself

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