Thursday, August 16, 2007

James Van Streeter And His Wig Poppers

Not Illinois Jacquet as the YouTube title claims, who in style and looks he does somewhat resemble, but James E. Streeter, who billed himself Germanically as both "Van" and "Von" Streeter with several members of his wonderfully-named band, The Wig Poppers, who for the purposes of the movie are going under the group alias "The Fisherman."

This is a scene from the classic 1950 noir film, D.O.A., and might have been Streeter's breakout opportunity, but his cuts were unusable for the soundtrack and were overdubbed by another saxophonist. Streeter, a heroin addict, would die in 1960.