Wingy Manone Biography

Joseph Matthews Manone, 13 February 1900, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 9 July 1982, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Manone lost his right arm in a road accident while still a child, but took up trumpet playing, turning professional in his mid-teens. The 20s were hectic times for Manone. He worked with many riverboat and territory bands, visited St. Louis where he made his first records in 1924, moved on to New York in 1929 to record with Benny Goodman, and settled in Chicago. He led his own band at nightclubs then took it to New York for a string of successful engagements that were enhanced by the popularity of his recording of ‘The Isle Of Capri’. By the early 40s he was in California, appearing in films and becoming a regular on Bing Crosby’s radio show, visiting New York and other centres for concerts and record dates with, for example, Sidney Bechet. In the mid-50s Manone moved to Las Vegas, playing there for several years but making occasional trips to New York and visiting Europe for festivals and tours of clubs. Manone’s vocal style, although popular with audiences, was filled with rather forced humour. Contrastingly, he played trumpet with a forthright, honest style that compounded his love for the playing of Louis Armstrong with the New Orleans tradition he heard in his childhood. His early recordings are solidly entertaining.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.