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Saxie Dowell: Saxophonist, Bandleader, War Hero

Saxie Dowell: Saxophonist, Bandleader, War Hero Not Forgotten Saxie Dowell Saxophonist, Bandleader, War Hero B y t e r r e n c e s. t i c k l e Saxie Dowell (here) got his nickname very early, playing one of the first saxophones in Raleigh from the age of twelve, often at his father's drug store downtown. He went on to become one of the most famous composers of popular and comic songs of the Big Band era. Publicity photograph, courtesy of the author. "Boob boop dittum dattum wattum, choo/And they swam and they swam all over the dam." Today, many recognize these lines from "Three Little Fishies" in the "itty bitty pool," and the equally popular "Playmates," from cartoons and children's programming, but the composer, Saxie Dowell, was once one of the most famous composers of popular and comic songs of the Big Band era. Horace Kirby "Saxie" Dowell was born on May 29, 1904, in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he grew up singing duets with his mother in the church choir. He got his nickname very early, playing one of the first saxophones in Raleigh from the age of twelve, often at his father's drug store downtown. He entered the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

Saxie Dowell: Saxophonist, Bandleader, War Hero

Southern Cultures , Volume 16 (3) – Aug 13, 2010

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Not Forgotten Saxie Dowell Saxophonist, Bandleader, War Hero B y t e r r e n c e s. t i c k l e Saxie Dowell (here) got his nickname very early, playing one of the first saxophones in Raleigh from the age of twelve, often at his father's drug store downtown. He went on to become one of the most famous composers of popular and comic songs of the Big Band era. Publicity photograph, courtesy of the author. "Boob boop dittum dattum wattum, choo/And they swam and they swam all over the dam." Today, many recognize these lines from "Three Little Fishies" in the "itty bitty pool," and the equally popular "Playmates," from cartoons and children's programming, but the composer, Saxie Dowell, was once one of the most famous composers of popular and comic songs of the Big Band era. Horace Kirby "Saxie" Dowell was born on May 29, 1904, in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he grew up singing duets with his mother in the church choir. He got his nickname very early, playing one of the first saxophones in Raleigh from the age of twelve, often at his father's drug store downtown. He entered the

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Aug 13, 2010

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