Thanks to Nick's Generosity, here is another installment of his interview of ....

Thanks to Nick's Generosity, here is another installment of his interview of ....

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September 3rd, 2012, 1:29 pm #1


.... the Fabulous Finn, Sylvester "Hooley" Ahola. Thanks very much, Nick! Fascinating stuff. [The clicking noise comes from the chair that Hooley was sitting in. Every time he moved it made a click!]

In this installment, Hooley talks about how he became involved in dance music, joining the Massachusetts based band of Frank E. Ward. He also mentions his early influences, including Phil Napoleon and of course Bix, who was to remain an influence throughout his long career.

bixography.com/AholaInterview/SylvesterAholaTAlksAboutFrankEWardOrchpart1.mp3

bixography.com//AholaInterview/SylvesterAholaTAlksAboutFrankEWardOrchpart2.mp3

Nick also sent some relevant photos:

Frank E. Ward Band at Lincoln Recording Studios

<img alt="[linked image]" src="http://bixography.com/AholaInterview/Ah ... sSmall.jpg">

In the following: Members of Frank E. Ward Band; left to right: Clayton  Cunningham, Foster Morehouse, Jack Cressy, Sylvester Ahola, Eddie Foley.

<img alt="[linked image]" src="http://bixography.com/AholaInterview/Ah ... ySmall.jpg">

Lou Calabrese Band.

<img alt="[linked image]" src="http://bixography.com//AholaInterview/A ... dSmall.jpg">

Lou Calabrese Band. Hooley third from left.

<img alt="[linked image]" src="http://bixography.com/AholaInterview/Ah ... tSmall.jpg">

Albert
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

September 3rd, 2012, 4:31 pm #2


They were made with Frank E. Ward and His Orchestra on Mar 25, 1924. They are available in the following CD.



Brian Rust wrote the liners and gives the following discographical information.

Sylvester Ahola, Eddie Brown (tp) Eddie Foley (tb) Foster Morehouse (as) Frank E. Ward (ts, dir) Harry Baltimore (vn) Lennie Powers (p) Clayton Cunningham (bj) unknown (tuba) Boogie Walker (d). The five recordings are

1. Hugo
2. The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else
3. Lots O' Mama
4. There's Yes Yes In Your Eyes
5. Jiminy Gee

Listen to the five tracks

bixography.com/SylvesterAholaWithFrankWard25Mar1924.mp3

My favorite is <em>Lots of Mama</em>, some good solos and fairly jazzy. 

Interestingly, Dick Hill only lists 2-5. Hooley made the test pressings available to Brian. This an example of a "territory band" in the first half of the 1920s.

Enjoy.

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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

September 3rd, 2012, 6:16 pm #3

.... the Fabulous Finn, Sylvester "Hooley" Ahola. Thanks very much, Nick! Fascinating stuff. [The clicking noise comes from the chair that Hooley was sitting in. Every time he moved it made a click!]

In this installment, Hooley talks about how he became involved in dance music, joining the Massachusetts based band of Frank E. Ward. He also mentions his early influences, including Phil Napoleon and of course Bix, who was to remain an influence throughout his long career.

bixography.com/AholaInterview/SylvesterAholaTAlksAboutFrankEWardOrchpart1.mp3

bixography.com//AholaInterview/SylvesterAholaTAlksAboutFrankEWardOrchpart2.mp3

Nick also sent some relevant photos:

Frank E. Ward Band at Lincoln Recording Studios

<img alt="[linked image]" src="http://bixography.com/AholaInterview/Ah ... sSmall.jpg">

In the following: Members of Frank E. Ward Band; left to right: Clayton  Cunningham, Foster Morehouse, Jack Cressy, Sylvester Ahola, Eddie Foley.

<img alt="[linked image]" src="http://bixography.com/AholaInterview/Ah ... ySmall.jpg">

Lou Calabrese Band.

<img alt="[linked image]" src="http://bixography.com//AholaInterview/A ... dSmall.jpg">

Lou Calabrese Band. Hooley third from left.

<img alt="[linked image]" src="http://bixography.com/AholaInterview/Ah ... tSmall.jpg">

Albert
Hooley joined Ambrose's orchestra at the May Fair Hotel on Oct 18, 1928.

<img alt="[linked image]" src="http://vintage.johnnyjet.com/image/PicF ... 200868.JPG">

The Gramophone issue of Sep 1931 had the following item:
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[Two weeks later, Hooley had a recorded session with the Blue Lyres, basically Ambrose's band without violins.]


 
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September 4th, 2012, 4:03 pm #4


Hooley always stated that the main reason why he decided to go home was that he was becoming bored following the Ministry Of Labour's decision to ban him from freelance recording work, after the Ministry received a letter of complaint from the Musicians Union signed by several trumpet players (including Max Goldberg and Freddy Pitt). Following this ruling, in March 1930, Hooley could only take part in recordings directed by his official employer, Bert Ambrose.

The fact that he could no longer do any freelance work meant that Hooley's earning power had dropped significantly from the heady days of 1928 and 1929, when he was earning £30 a week with Ambrose and up to £5 per freelance recording session, sometimes doing two sessions a day, six days a week. That adds up to potential earnings of about $430 a week! An average week might result in earnings in the region of about $250-$300. But in June 1931 he would have been earning about $180 a week.

It is certainly true that after more than three and a half years in London he had grown a little home-sick. In fact, he had already spent a long vacation back home at his parents' farm in Lanesville, Massachusetts during the summer of 1930, initiating plans to build his own house near by. He told me that Ambrose was worried that he wasn't going to return, but he was good to his word and returned to London for another year.

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September 5th, 2012, 12:55 pm #5

.... the Fabulous Finn, Sylvester "Hooley" Ahola. Thanks very much, Nick! Fascinating stuff. [The clicking noise comes from the chair that Hooley was sitting in. Every time he moved it made a click!]

In this installment, Hooley talks about how he became involved in dance music, joining the Massachusetts based band of Frank E. Ward. He also mentions his early influences, including Phil Napoleon and of course Bix, who was to remain an influence throughout his long career.

bixography.com/AholaInterview/SylvesterAholaTAlksAboutFrankEWardOrchpart1.mp3

bixography.com//AholaInterview/SylvesterAholaTAlksAboutFrankEWardOrchpart2.mp3

Nick also sent some relevant photos:

Frank E. Ward Band at Lincoln Recording Studios

<img alt="[linked image]" src="http://bixography.com/AholaInterview/Ah ... sSmall.jpg">

In the following: Members of Frank E. Ward Band; left to right: Clayton  Cunningham, Foster Morehouse, Jack Cressy, Sylvester Ahola, Eddie Foley.

<img alt="[linked image]" src="http://bixography.com/AholaInterview/Ah ... ySmall.jpg">

Lou Calabrese Band.

<img alt="[linked image]" src="http://bixography.com//AholaInterview/A ... dSmall.jpg">

Lou Calabrese Band. Hooley third from left.

<img alt="[linked image]" src="http://bixography.com/AholaInterview/Ah ... tSmall.jpg">

Albert
I don't remember having seen or heard this before: an ostensibly three-part interview of Sylvester Ahola.

http://heritage.noblenet.org/items/show/7634

Part 1 is fine. Part 2, except for a few mintes at the beginning is unintelligible. Part 3 is not found!!

Nick, do you know about these tapes?

Also a few images and Tom Faber's interview here. Maybe this was mentioned before.

http://capeannonline.yuku.com/reply/297 ... usic--3-05

The same images plus one in

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EwBOCOWnFA

Albert
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