|Born||22 November 1886|
|Died||12 May 1928 (aged 41)|
Medford, Oregon, United States
Herbert Arthur Wiedoeft (22 November 1886 – 12 May 1928) was a German-American band leader in California in the 1920s.
Wiedoeft was born in Germany and came to the United States with his parents as a child. Wiedoeft came from a family of gifted musicians and was encouraged by his father. His brothers Gerhardt and Adolph (nicknamed "Gay" and "Ad" respectively) played as sidemen in his band, Gerhardt on string bass and Adolph on percussion and xylophone. Another brother, Rudy Wiedoeft was a saxophone player during the late ragtime and early jazz era. Their sister, Erica, was a pianist. Herbert himself played the trumpet.
Wiedoeft started his first orchestra before 1915. His band played for several years at the Cinderella Roof Ballroom at Sixth and Olive in downtown Los Angeles. The band's theme song "Cinderella Blues" came from the name of this venue. The band recorded four songs for the Nordskog label in 1922. The band gained a recording contract with Brunswick Records, toured in Chicago and New York and earned a national reputation. Their first record for Brunswick was "Cinderella Blues"/ "Shine", the latter being the first recording of the song that had Lew Brown's revised lyrics. Clyde Lucas, who went on to form his own popular band in the 1930s and 1940s, started out as a singer and trombonist in the Herb Wiedoeft orchestra.
Wiedoeft died in a car accident in Medford, Oregon, on 12 May 1928, when his car skidded off the Medford-Klamath Falls highway. The trombonist Jesse Stafford took over the band, and released another 13 sides on Brunswick records under the name of the Jesse Stafford Orchestra.
A partial list of Brunswick recordings:
|Beale Street Blues||W.C. Handy||5-20-1924||Los Angeles, California||2795-A|
|Beside A Sunny Stream||Moret / Black||5-1925||Los Angeles, California||2893-A|
|Cinderella Blues||Norman Spencer / Herb Wiedoeft||8-14-1923||San Francisco, California||2542-A|
|Chimes Blues||Gene Rose / Johnson / Jesse Stafford||5-11-1924||Los Angeles, California||2647-B|
|Clementine||Brown||10-21-1924||Los Angeles, California||2730-B|
|Deep Elm||Willard Robison / Clay||10-14-1925||Chicago, Illinois||2982-B|
|Everything Is Hotsy Totsy Now (Vocal chorus by Clyde Lucas)||Jimmy McHugh / Irving Mills||5-1925||Los Angeles, California||2916-A|
|From Day To Day||Thompson / Wiedoeft / Rose||10-21-1924||Los Angeles, California||2730-A|
|Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine||5-7-1924||Los Angeles, California||2660|
|Hard Hearted Hannah||Yellen / Bigelow / Bates||10-21-1924||St. Louis, Missouri||2751-B|
|He's Just A Horn-Tootin' Fool||Lou Davis / Henry Busse / Ross Gorman||5-1925||Los Angeles, California||2916-B|
|Hoodoo Man||Brown||8-8-1924||Los Angeles, California||2627-A|
|Hot Stuff||Jackson / Herb Wiedoeft / Gene Rose / Jesse Stafford||10-21-1924||St. Louis, Missouri||2781-B|
|If It Wasn't For You||Berg / Fields / Herb Wiedoeft / Gene Rose||10-21-1924||Los Angeles, California||2781-A|
|I Want You All For Me||Fisher / Miller / Cohen||10-14-1925||Los Angeles, California||2982-A|
|Maple Leaf Rag||Scott Joplin||10-21-1924||St. Louis, Missouri||2795-B|
|Monte Carlo Moon||10-21-1924||St. Louis, Missouri||2751-A|
|Moonlight Memories||Rose / Terriss||5-11-1924||Los Angeles, California||2647-A|
|Oh, Peter! You're So Nice||Herb Wiedoeft / Gene Rose / Jesse Stafford||8-8-1924||Los Angeles, California||2627-B|
|Promenade Walk||Grey / Goodman / Rubens / Coots||10-12-1925||Los Angeles, California||2976|
|Roamin' Around||Herb Wiedoeft / Sonny Clay / Jesse Stafford||5-1925||Los Angeles, California||2893-B|
|Shine||arranged by Herb Wiedoeft||8-14-1923||San Francisco, California||2542-B|
|Stack O'Lee Blues||Ray Lopez / Lew Coswell||5-14-1924||Los Angeles, California||2660|
- Herbert Wiedoeft (1926). "The Development of Jazz". Metronome. 4 (73).
- ^ a b "The Herb Wiedoeft/Jesse Stafford Orchestra 1922-1930". DialSpace. Archived from the original on 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
- ^ a b c Gracyk & Hoffmann 2000, pp. 380
- ^ a b c "Dismuke's Hit of the Week!". Dismuke. May 26, 2005. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
- ^ Smith 1989, pp. 57
- ^ Pool 2008, pp. 32
- ^ "Herb Wiedoeft | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
- ^ "Herb Wiedoeft: BIOGRAPHY". Solid!. Archived from the original on 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
- ^ a b Brooks & Spottswood 2004, pp. 397, 408
- ^ "Clyde Lucas and his California Dons". Big Bands Database Plus. Archived from the original on June 4, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-12.
- ^ a b "Herb Wiedoeft's Cinderella Roof Orchestra". Red Hot Jazz. Retrieved 2020-12-06.
Bibliography for references
- Brooks, Tim; Spottswood, Richard Keith (2004). Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890–1919. Music in American Life. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-02850-2. OCLC 51511207.
- Gracyk, Tim; Hoffmann, Frank W. (2000). Popular American Recording Pioneers, 1895–1925. Haworth Popular Culture. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-56024-993-1. OCLC 42476113.
- Pool, Jeannie G. (2008). Peggy Gilbert and Her All-Girl Band. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-6102-2. OCLC 173749535.
- Smith, Merle Irene (1989). Seattle Had a Tin Pan Alley, Too!. M.I. Smith. OCLC 21991546.
Herb Wiedoeft's Cinderella Roof Orchestra at the Red Hot Jazz Archive
- "Herb Wiedoeft & His Orch. - Maybe You'll Be The One Who'll Be The One To Care, 1928". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
- "Herb Wiedoeft & His Orchestra - Golden Gate, 1928 (Vocalists: Clyde Lucas and Leon Lucas)". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2010-10-13.