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Willie the Weeper Maple Leaf Jazz Band 1977
Did you ever hear the story of Willie the Weeper?
He had a job as a chimney sweeper,
He had the habit, and he had it bad.
Listen, while I tell you 'bout the dream had.
These are some of the lyrics of this tune, which was the first tune Louis Armstrong recorded with his Hot Seven in Chicago on May 7, 1927
Here it is being played in 1977, yes, it survived 50 years, at least, by Toronto's Maple Leaf Jazz Band in one of the Peter Appleyard jazz shows.
In the late fifties until the mid sixties many trad musicians moved from Scotland to Canada and most settled in Toronto. Around Glasgow the Clyde Valley Stompers had quite a name. Several musicians from that band moved to Toronto. Bassist Jim McHarg then started his Metro Stompers. A few years later he called the band the Maple Leaf Jazz Band. Most of the musicians in this clip are from Scottish heritage. Next to Jim we see Malcolm Higgins on trumpet, Jimmy Galloway on soprano sax, Mike Roberts on banjo, Ian Boyce on drums and the band had Jim Abercrombie on trombone. Abercrombie had started his own group. so the boys had to settle for a German trombonist. Peter Sagerman is an exceptional player. Jim Galloway became internationally known and still place the world's jazz festivals as a featured solist.