Happy Birthday Wingy

Picture of Wingy Manone

A happy birthday goes out to trumpeter and bandleader Wingy Manone.  Wingy was born Joseph Manone on February 13th, 1900.  Some of his more famous recordings included "Tar Paper Stomp", "Nickel in the Slot" and "Tailgate Ramble".

His nickname "Wingy" came from the fact that he lost his right arm in a streetcar accident in 1910.  He was only 10 years old.  He used a prosthesis arm so naturally that his disability was not even noticed by the public.

His song "Tar Paper Stomp" will always be remembered for his famous riff that was later used by Glenn Miller as the foundation riff for his mega hit "In the Mood."

Manone was a highly sought out musician who was frequently recruited for recording sessions. He even played on some early Benny Goodman records.  He also fronted various pickup groups under pseudonyms like "The Cellar Boys" and "Barbecue Joe and His Hot Dogs."

Wingy passed away in 1984 at the age of 84.

You can hear many of Wingy Manone's songs right here on Swing City Radio.

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