to Pansy Craze Show
Artists Not on Pansy Craze Show
Had I known about (or
had the sound file) when I did my May 2010 show,
he would have been included. And even after doing extensive
research I could find very little about him, especially personally.
I went to my friend Charles Cage who did some genealogy research:
He was born Les Dryden Poe on 8 Feb
1897 in Chilicothe, Ohio, son of John Reed Poe
and Eva E. Case. He was working at the Gem Theatre in Little Rock,
Arkansas at the time
of his WWI draft registration in 1919, and he served in the Navy Jun
1918 to Sep 1921.
He married, on 15 Apr 1924 in Los Angeles, to Josephine Karey. The
1930 US census
lists him as a pianist in San Francisco, age 33; it says that he is
married but his wife is
not listed with him, just a housekeeper/servant, Zerelda Sly (!).
He appears on several
voter lists in San Francisco through the 30s, and the 1940 census
has him still as a
night club musician in San Francisco (but now divorced). His 1942
WWI draft card puts
him in Woodside, CA and describes him as white, 6', 153#, blue eyes,
brown hair and light
complexioned. On 26 Dec 1956 he married Dorothy Helen Zentner in Clark
Haven't found what became of her, but Social Security and veteran's
records show that
Les Poe died on 23 Jan 1983, in San Mateo county California.
But the song that got me curious was...
Doctor! My Adjustment
I now own.
the flip side was "My Big Thrill,"
an ordinary hetero tune.
These were from early 1929
to Big Thrill
the Library of Congress search results, below, it appears
Poe only appeared on two recordings as a performer
got quite a bit of attention from appearing on the Frank Shaw recording,
and it appears from clippings that he had a long engagement appearing
Frank Shaw at Coffee
Dan's, a San Francisco club
Parts I & II
Poe is only credited as playing piano on Part 1.
According to label documentation, Side one was recorded on 9/1/28,
and Side two on 3/7/29, which may explain Poe only on one side.
Below, other scans of the labels.
more images, this time showing Brunswick sleeves
1930 photo of Frank Shaw. I've found no photos of Les Poe.
internet" also says this is Shaw, I am skeptical
I found one more crediting of Poe, as a co-writer, with
Frank Jenks and Johnny Petrone, recorded in June 1928.
Lanin was a reknown jazz band leader. I have not heard this one.
It was released on Okeh 41079 in the U.S....below is a UK version.
with the earliest mention of Poe, from 1922
the Majestic in Arkansas in April 1922,
apparently known enough to get spotlight billing; he was 23
Coffee Dan's Recording, advertized widely across the country by Brunswick
from Inside Facts, verifying a long run at Coffee Dan's
a club manager...as "the inimitable Les Poe"
with Frank Bowen, "the
left, also with Frank Bowen, part of his performing gang from the
songs," compared to Dwight
mention of his book
of blue satire...a bass-voiced Dwight Fiske"
if that was supposed to be Poe in the drawing, found again
the next week when he had solo billing. If so, it's the only depiction
of him I have found
"one time the partner of Phil
song copyright, unknown if recorded
and looks like he wrote a book, "B-Girl"
would Love additions to this info.......
.....if anyone can help, let me know.