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Ernest "Red" Nichols was born in Ogden, Utah May 1,905. He recorded in at least 14 different groups and appeared in over 4,000 records in the 1,920s. This record was recorded in New York for Columbia Records May 18, 1,927 under the name Charleston Chasers but was a pseudonym for Red Nichols and His 5 Pennies. Musicians who at one time or another were featured in the 5 Pennies recordings were Bennie Goodman, Jack Teagarden, Pee Wee Russell, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Adrian Rollini, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, Miff Mole, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey. Phil Napolean, and Wingy Manone - the "A" list of white jazz musicians.
My Gal Sal is representative of the first of the cool urban sounds that jazzmen would produce as jazz moved away from its traditional "Hot Style" roots. Nichols played and recorded throughout the 30s, worked Los Angeles clubs during WWII, and found him still performing with his 5 Pennies at the new Mint Hotel in Las Vegas when he died in June 1,965.