[Dixielandjazz] Davison & Bix to Ringwald/Petters

Fred Spencer drjz at bealenet.com
Mon Mar 15 16:55:09 PST 2004

Dear Tom,
Bix's "pivot tooth", which I described in my book, "Jazz and Death. Medical
Profiles of Jazz Greats" in the chapter on "Dental Disease",.was a slotted
tooth that Bix could put in and take out, after he broke one that had to be
extracted. He fiddled with it to the point that sometimes it fell out of his
mouth. This happened "on a snowy street in Cincinatti in a car driven by
Wild Bill Davison. Davison came to a halt and found the tooth in a tiny hole
in the snow."Cheers.
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inal Message ----- 
From: "Tom Saunders" <tcornet at webtv.net>
To: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Sunday, March 14, 2004 12:09 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Davison & Bix to Ringwald/Petters

> Gents,
> I think everyone in the world has a "Wild Bill" story to tell. Here are
> a few.
> Bill first heard Bix at a ballroom in Cincinatti. The band Bill was with
> was at one end and the Wolverines atth other. Bill loved the way Bix
> played and, in fact,
> his solo on the first record he ever made
> sounded more like Bix than the Davison
> we all know. It was "Because They All LoveYou" with the Chub Stienberg
> band.
> If either of you have the video we did on Bill's life it's in there.
> Bill showed me the building where a speakeasy was located that
> entertained
> him and Bix many nights after their gigs.
> Bix was in Detroit with Whiteman and Bill
> was at the Pirateship Cafe working for the Purple Gang. As you know,
> during prohibition one could get an honest drink of booze inDetroit, as
> i came from Canada. Bill and Bix knew that too!
> Bill did tell me that while in Detroit he played cornet with Bix on the
> piano after
> Bix's pivot tooth fell out.To this day I don't know what a pivot tooth
> is. We could go on about these two, but that covers what you brought up.
> By the way, the recording I mention above was Bill's first. Many people
> think it was
> "Horsey Keep Your Tail Up" with that same band, but they are mistaken.
> Bil & I covered this carefully, as we knew it would comeup time & time
> again.
> Stay well & Have Fun,
> Tom Saunders
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