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Wingy Manone

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Wingy Manone (Joseph Matthews Mannone, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 13, 1900 – July 9, 1982) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, singer, and bandleader. His major recordings included “Tar Paper Stomp”, “Nickel in the Slot”, “Downright Disgusted Blues”, “There’ll Come a Time (Wait and See)”, and “Tailgate Ramble”.

Manone (pronounced “ma-KNOWN”) lost an arm in a streetcar accident, which resulted in his nickname of “Wingy”. He used a prosthesis, so naturally and unnoticeably that his disability was not apparent to the public.

After playing trumpet and cornet professionally with various bands in his home town, he began to travel across America in the 1920s, working in Chicago, New York City, Texas, Mobile, Alabama, California, St. Louis, Missouri and other locations; he continued to travel widely throughout the United States and Canada for decades.
Wingy Manone’s style was similar to that of fellow New Orleans trumpeter Louis Prima: hot jazz with trumpet leads, punctuated by good-natured spoken patter in a pleasantly gravelly voice. Manone was an esteemed musician who was frequently recruited for recording sessions. He played on some early Benny Goodman records, for example, and fronted various pickup groups under pseudonyms like “The Cellar Boys” and “Barbecue Joe and His Hot Dogs.” His hit records included “Tar Paper Stomp” (an original riff composition of 1929, later used as the basis for Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood”), and a hot 1934 version of a sweet ballad of the time “The Isle of Capri”, which was said to have annoyed the songwriters despite the royalties it earned them.

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  • albertovilaorti

    Wingy Manone (1900-1982). Me complace este músico, este trompetista más conocido por el hecho de faltarle parte del brazo derecho que por su sonido, el de un músico que se entregaba con todo su vigor a la música. No suele figurar en la lista de los trompetistas más notables. Tal vez no lo sea, pero es un músico que muchos "profanos" escuchámos con placer. Tengo los registros que hizo entre 1934-1935, 1936-1937 y 1940-1944. Son discos que hay que escuchar. No creo que se lo haga demasiado a menudo, si es que aún hoy se lo hace.Gary Vila Ortiz. Rosario. Argentina.

    4 Mar 2010 Reply
  • zrsullivan

    Here, a little known resident of Plato's transcendent realm of form!

    16 Mar 2008 Reply

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