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Hotsy Totsy Now
Herb Wiedoeft's Cinderella Roof Orchestra
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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