Life and Career
He was born in Montgomery, Alabama, United States, orphaned, and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. His nickname of "Half Pint" referred to his 5'2" height. He started in show business around 1910 as a singer in Kansas City, before travelling extensively with medicine shows in Texas, and then touring the eastern seaboard. His feminine voice and outrageous manner, often as a female impersonator, established him as a crowd favorite. By 1917 he had begun working regularly in Atlantic City, New Jersey and in Chicago, Illinois, often with such performers as Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters, whose staging he helped design.
He served slightly less than a year in the Army in 1918–1919 and rose to the rank of sergeant. In the late 1920s he sang with top jazz bands when they passed through Chicago, working with Bennie Moten, King Oliver and Freddie Keppard among others. He also performed and recorded with the pianists Cow Cow Davenport, Tampa Red and "Georgia Tom" Dorsey, recording with the latter pair under the name of The Black Hillbillies. He also recorded with the Harlem Hamfats. In the 1930s he was often on radio in the Chicago area, and led his own band, Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon and his Quarts Of Joy.
Jaxon appeared with Duke Ellington in a film short called Black and Tan Fantasy (1929). Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher" (1931) is based both musically and lyrically on Jaxon's "Willie the Weeper" (1927).
His recordings, such as "Fan It" (later recorded by Red Nichols and Woody Herman), are mostly filled with bawdy comedy, double entendres and hokum. Blues fans reserve a special place in their hearts for his orgasmic parodies of "How Long How Long Blues" and "It's Tight Like That", louche collaborations with Tampa Red, Georgia Tom and assorted jugbandsmen.
In 1941 he retired from show business and worked at The Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He was transferred to Los Angeles, California. According to most sources, he died in the veterans hospital in 1944; Allmusic says lived in Los Angeles until 1970; however, his headstone application as a military veteran indicates that he died May 15, 1953.
Read more about this topic: Frankie Jaxon
Other articles related to "life and career, life, career, life and":
... Early in life, Catmull found inspiration in Disney movies such as Peter Pan and Pinocchio and dreamed of becoming a feature film animator ... Instead of pursuing a career in the movie industry, he used his talent in math and studied physics and computer science at the University of Utah ...
... Very little is known about Widukind's life ... There are no sources about Widukind's life or death after his baptism ... identified as a likely location where Widukind may have spent the rest of his life ...
... A biological half-life or elimination half-life is the time it takes for a substance (drug, radioactive nuclide, or other) to lose one-half of its pharmacologic ... In a medical context, the half-life may also describe the time that it takes for the concentration in blood plasma of a substance to reach one-half of its steady-state value (the "plasma half-life") ... For example, the biological half-life of water in a human being is about seven to 14 days, though this can be altered by his/her behavior ...
... (ii) faith in the Master and (iii) faith in life ... Faith is so indispensable to life that unless it is present in some degree, life itself would be impossible ... is because of faith that cooperative and social life becomes possible ...
... essays and Pages from an Old Volume of Life, a collection of various essays he had previously written for The Atlantic Monthly ... In 1884, Holmes published a book dedicated to the life and works of his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson ... Towards the end of his life, Holmes noted that he had outlived most of his friends, including Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, and Nathaniel Hawthorne ...
Famous quotes containing the words life and, career and/or life:
“Actors ought to be larger than life. You come across quite enough ordinary, nondescript people in daily life and I dont see why you should be subjected to them on the stage too.”
—Donald Sinden (b. 1923)
“A black boxers career is the perfect metaphor for the career of a black male. Every day is like being in the gym, sparring with impersonal opponents as one faces the rudeness and hostility that a black male must confront in the United States, where he is the object of both fear and fascination.”
—Ishmael Reed (b. 1938)
“But the divinest poem, or the life of a great man, is the severest satire.... The greater the genius, the keener the edge of the satire.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)