The article cited race note occurring with 'Negro servicemen who had been refused admission and it alluded to the possibility that Gordon might file charges against the club in violation of the Alaska Civil Rights Act.
Also on the page was a totally blank check No. 0025 from the High-Town Office of The Ohio National Bank of Columbus on the account of Stomp Gordon and His Orchestra, 745 Fifth Avenue, New York, 22, N.Y., Phone Plaza 9-4600. Another check is written to Jerome Early for No dollars and twenty-five cents. Stomp Gordon, 241 Barthman Avenue on Columbus' South end. There was once a record shop serving Downtown Columbus called Early's Record's, located on West Town Street, near Lazarus Department Store and I wonder if it's the same Early.
There is another George Pierce Photo in the book. The featured four musicians include Boyd Moore on bass, Charlie Johnson (Springfield) on drums, an unidentified pianist and Eva Gee, vocalist.
The next page has a mixture of clippings, photos and fibs to commemorate the end of his run at the 1042 Club in Anchorage on New Year's Eve, 1954. "His next booking is at the Latin Quarter in Paris, France, January 4th”. I wonder if he took the Plymouth across the Atlantic. October 9,1954, Stomp received correspondence in Alaska from Cleveland d'Entremant pushing a French song entitled "Que Diriez Vous (What Would You Say?)”, probably in anticipation of his auto trip to Paris.
Another snapshot features Stomp and Hiawatha in Atlantic City in a novelty photo, another has Stomp behind a piano in August, 1955. Two envelopes are postmarked Philadelphia and Louisville when Liberty postage was three cents. The addressees are Mrs. Ida Early and Shirley Early, Stamp's girlfriend, both 742 E. Spring Street, Columbus, 3, Ohio and the envelopes bear two different printings from "The Stomp Gordon Fan Club."
The business-sized envelope features a notice printed in red ink, "Mr. Postman, Please guard this real gone letter with your life. Dig man!!! If necessary call out the police, the National Guards, or the F. B. I. But by all means protect this letter with your life otherwise 100,000,000,000,000 Teens and Twenties will have your head. Daddy-0. The reason????? This letter contains that New dance Sensation of the year called ‘The Grind’." I met Stomp's daughter, Sheila Kidd, in the early 1980's and she let me record some very scratchy 45 rpm records and one title was "The Grind”.
The next page features family pictures of Stomp. In two of the snaps dated November, 1955, he is with a pretty young woman identified by pianist Bobby Shaw as Shirley. Stomp holds the tiny infant with the look of a new father. The picture that is captioned "Maestro Gordon" appears as if it had been taken in the early 1940's with a vintage delivery truck in the background behind a fourteen year old Stomp.
The scrapbook holds promo glossy of the band trumpeter Billy Brooks and school photos from two young women appear next. Both are bright and smiling with very fair complexions, but neither resembles Stomp who had a medium to dark brown hue to his skin. Bobby Shaw says that the youngest girl is Stomp's daughter, Felicia, who was killed in an auto accident.
The next promo photo of Boyd Moore and his Orchestra identifies two former faces, singer Eva Gee and drummer Eddie Littlejohn. A browning and tattered print (figure 9) is a club shot of the Stomp Gordon Band with clear looks at Bruce Woode, bass, Stomp nearly obscured by the piano and Hiawatha behind his tenor sax, but the drummer is a face that I've never seen.
Headlines on a newspaper clipping read "Gleason getting Surprise Package In Stomp Gordon”. Greason's Musical Bar was likely on Woodland Avenue in Detroit, since one of the acts appearing on the show was Choker Campbell's Orchestra, which became the tour orchestra behind the Motortown Review in the mid-1960's. "Gordon plays good music, but his real strength lies in his clowning and showmanship. He takes off his shoes and socks and knocks out the blues with his toes...people go for it”. A snapshot from the nightclub has five men seated and four that I can identify are Sylvester Birch, blues legend Charles Brown, Stomp and youthful saxophonist Carl Sally on his left.
According to the next receipt, dated October 28,1950, Stomp paid a stiff $80.00 fine to the Portsmouth, Ohio, Local of the American Federation of Musicians. A newspaper chart of best selling records had his recordings "Oooh Yes" and "Please Don't Pass Me By" in the top five of Rhythm and Blues charts behind Louis Jordan and a sensational Sister Rosetta Tharp who had three of the five songs.
The results of a 1950's Downbeat national jazz poll were the subject of a large clipping and Stomp received a number of votes behind Dave Brubeck as instrumental combo and Oscar Peterson as pianist. I recognized a page from the Chicago based Jet, a Negro weekly magazine, as it cited "Feet Piano Players," Stomp and Bernice Rouse Knighten.
Another advertisement features the Gleason's lineup of Gordon, Choker Campbell and Good Time Charles Brown, blues legend. A loose item in the scrapbook is a retirement congratulations, dated July 18,1978. The letter, on Ohio Department of Transportation letterhead, thanks Jerome S. Early for his efforts of twenty-five years.
One of the last items is a very ominous looking photo of a bare-chested man lying in bed next to a telephone. If this is Stomp, he doesn't look well. The hand drawn musical manuscript that is the last artifact in the volume is entitled "Good Night Little Girl." "Good night, little girl. I hope you make it home all right. With each glass of wine your kisses are more fine."