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Herb Wiedoeft's Cinderella Roof Orchestra


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Feat. Clyde Lucas


Recorded in Los Angeles, California during May of 1925 by "Herb Wiedoeft's Cinderella Roof Orchestra" featuring Herb Wiedoeft trumpet, Clyde Lucas trombone & vocals, Jesse Stafford trombone, Joseph Nemoli and Gene 'Ziggy' Sigrist clarinet & bass clarinet, Fred Bibesheimer, Larry Abbott, and Gene Rose clarinet, alto, & tenor sax, Vincent Rose piano, Jose Sucedo banjo, Gerhardt 'Gay' Wiedoeft tuba, and Adolph Wiedoeft drums & xylophone.

*"Everything is Hotsy Totsy Now" was written by Irving Mills and Jimmy McHugh.

In the stock picture Gene 'Ziggy' Sigrist is in the front row middle and Dubby ( ? Jose Sucedo) is directly behind him with the banjo. Ziggy told me once about "the best sax player I ever worked with and all of a sudden he couldn't play anymore. His jaw would go slack in the middle of playing and he couldn't produce a sound. It would come and go and no one knew what caused it." In later years I was reading a text about alcohol poisoning and it described this palsy as being an effect of acute alcohol poisoning. I think he was talking about Fred Bibeshiemer. You have to remember that these guys were all heavy drinkers due to their times and having a lot of money to spend. Ziggy was making $250 a week on that band (in 1920's dollars). The Weidoeft's were pretty much alcoholics and I believe alcohol was a contributor to Herb's death. -Sam Flores

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