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Bulaweyo Sweet Riddums


     In 1953 when Kali was still in high school, a band called the Bulaweyo Sweet Riddums Band became the first African band to have a tune on the US Hit Parade. Their song "Skokian" rocked the nation. When Kali visited Zimbabwe as a guest of the government on its 10th Anniversary, he ventured down to Bulaweyo where he found remnants of the band. All were there except the soprano sax player! One evening in the ancient ghetto of Makokobah they gave an impromptu concert. Kali, at the time of this photo, was wraught with typhoid fever.

Here are the Biyoomba Brothers as they turned-out in force for a one time appearance at the Musketaquid Club in Concord Junction: Time Smith on tuba, Dave Whitney on Cornet, Sandy Macone on reeds, Willie Kehoe, piano( Willie is at the wheel of John Ames' Model A Ford), Chuck Laire on percussion, and James Leee Meadows, Banjo and vocals. Sandy's Bouvier des Flanders, Batman waits patiently at his feet for the Bar-B-Q to begin.

photo by Jeremy Barnard

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The Biyoomba Brothers rehears at Don Warren's garret in Concord Center. At the far left is Chuck Laire on Drums, James Lee Meadows on guitar, Sandy on clarinet, and Willie Kehoe on piano.

photo by Dan Beach

Sandy appearing briefly with a band in San Felipi. Shortly after this picture was taken by Sam Abbott, she and Macone were run out of Mexico by the Federalis.

In their declining days as street musicians, the Biyoombas streamlined their being into a trio called "Hang Hog." Chuck, Sandy and Jim are shown here playing in the Traffic Cop's box in Concord Center.
This rare photo of "The Hungry 3" was captured from Honolulu TV in 1957. Sandy in the straw hat, with Hiram Hinkley on Samisen and Stanley T. Cohen on ukulele. They had just won the United States Army All Pacific Talent Contest. This great honor did little to enhance their outstanding military careers.
Here, the Commanders of the San Francisco Bay Expeditionary Force discuss plans to invade Deer Island with an amphibious musical assault. If you know the others in the photo, please contact Sandy at Thanks

The San Francisco Bay Expeditionary Force Band warms up before entering the LST that would land them on Deer Island.
The Expeditionary Force Band lands successfuly on Deer Island. They found nothing but deer inhabiting the island. There were no casualties to band, or deer (who didn't pay the least bit of attention to the invasion).

Mother Sloan & the Town Drunk


      Sandy Macone once had a jazz band called the Concord Junction who's plumeting fortunes were soon replacing horse racing as the sport of kings. One day while groveling in a Virginia coal mine for chunks with which to warm the bones of his naked children he came upon a major miner who after a dusting off turned out to be Mother Sloan. A brief audition in tunnel ten convinced promoter Macone that a large lump of pure gold was found in Mine Nine. Now "town drunk" Macone is going to become very wealthy because of his find and people are going to call him Mr. Macone and his creditors are going to wave and he's going to buy a Ferrari and maybe some storm windows for the apartment and if Mother Sloan cools it she may end up with a little bread too.

A sample of the hype of the day.

Sandy & Mother Sloan.

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"Old Rugged Cross"

Carl Lunceford of Mother Sloan & the Town Drunk

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"Lions in the Park"

     Before joining the Army Security Agency, Sandy played with the 86th Infantry Band under the Dirction of CWO Henry Helsher. It was, and still is one of the finest military bands in America. Here, in its present form, the band plays honors to the Fallen at Sleepy Hollow Cemetary in Concord.

Women and Children First

It was to be the first Peace Day in Concord, Massachusetts. The organizers wanted a band to play at the celebration at the Buttrick Mansion in Liberty Square Road. And thus “Women and Children First” came into being for one performance. The song the band played was “Rainbow”, written by Sandy Macone. The gathered crowd joined in the final choruses.

CJGRJB Member's Gigs

Click on the horse to see what Prof. Bourne is up to.

Did you notice?

     The American Rag* featured the one and only Dan Comins on the cover of its September issue.  Dan talked about sitting on the bottom stair listening to his father play with Ralph Sutton, Wild Bill Davison, Jack Teagarden and Pops Foster.  Of course his real jazz (and drinking) education began in high school when he joined the Concord Junction Golden Redeemer Jazz Band.

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