Rube Bloom

A major songwriter, Rube Bloom's roots were in jazz. A self-taught pianist, Bloom in 1919 began working as an accompanist in vaudeville. During 1924-31 he recorded frequently in jazz settings including with the Sioux City Six, Frankie Trumbauer's Orchestra (which featured Bix Beiderbecke), Red Nichols, Joe Venuti, the Dorsey Brothers and others. He recorded six tunes (including his "The Man From The South") with his own Bayou Boys in 1930 (which included Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Adrian Rollini). In addition, Bloom was a significant novelty ragtime composer and pianist who recorded 23 piano solos during 1926-28 and four additional ones in 1934 in that idiom including "Soliloquy" which would also be recorded by Duke Ellington. However his future lie in writing popular songs and Bloom composed such future standards as "Give Me The Simple Life," "Don't Worry 'Bout Me," "Truckin'," "Fools Rush In," "Day In, Day Out," "Stay On The Right Side, Sister," "Good For Nothin' Joe" and "Penthouse Serenade." He also wrote piano instructional books and the film score for "Wake Up And Dream." After 1934, Rube Bloom never again recorded in a jazz setting although he remained quite active as a songwriter. ~ Scott Yanow

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