An incident that comes to mind from my travels during the Big
Band era of the 1940s and 1950s is as follows. I was on the
road in Pennsylvania with Lee Castle and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra,
and it was raining cats and dogs. Lee Castle got soaked from
head to toe - including his hat, of course. Lee asked me where
he should put his hat to dry, so I suggested the radiator. After
the job, he put his hat on, and it felt very tight.
He said, " Cos, my head is swollen from playing. Lets
go to a doctor."
I said, "Lee, your head is not swollen. Your hat has shrunk
because it was wet when you put it on the radiator to dry."
He replied, "Oh."
- One night while playing, a couple asked me if we play be-bop.
I said, "Lee, they want some be-bop." Lee pulled
out a Dean Kincaide arrangement, which is Dixieland and the couple
- Most of the bands did a lot of so called one nighters, which
consist of 100 miles plus. This meant travelling after completing
our night job, so we could be on time for the next nights
work. We travelled in cars or buses.