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1895Florin J. 'Curly' Lizana, Traditional jazz clarinetist from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was an early dixieland player said to be much admired by 'Original Dixieland Jazz Band' member, Larry Shields. 'Curly' died in New Orleans on his 72nd birthday in 1967. (122)
1902Omer Simeon, Traditional jazz clarinetist from New Orleans, Louisiana. Although a native of New Orleans, it's doubtful that he ever played there. He was a pupil of the famous Lorenzo Tio, Jr., and played with many big name orchestras of the era. He performed with Charlie Elgar, King Oliver, Erskine Tate, Jelly Roll Morton, Earl 'Fatha' Hines and Coleman Hawkins over his career. He was recorded many times, until just before his death in New York on September 17, 1959. (115)
1902Frank Lastie, A church deacon and a drummer from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was part of a New Orleans musical family, which indluded all three of his sons Melvin, David and Walter and his daughter Betty Ann. He is also the grandfather of master drummer Herlin Riley. He played drums in a band with Louis Armstrong as a youth. He was one of the first to play drums in a church. Frank passed away at the age of 90 in April 1993. (115)
1920Isaac Stern, Concert violininst - "Fiddler On The Roof". Known as one of the leading violinists of the 20th century, Isaac Stern has played for symphonies and orchestras and has performed many concerts and recitals. He died in 2001. (97)
1922Kay Starr, She was among the first pop singers to capitalize on the "rock fad" with her 1955 novelty "Rock and Roll Waltz." (95)
1924Harold Cooper, Traditional jazz clarinetist and tenor saxophonist from New Orleans, Louisiana. During the 1950's he played with George Girard, Al Hirt and the Dukes of Dixieland. In the 1960's he played with the Alamo Jazz Band. Harold died in March of 1978 in Texas. (93)
1930Helen Merrill, Singer with an expressive voice, who's infrequent recordings tend to be full of surprises. She's played with some of the top jazz musicians of all time, including Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Bud Powell. (87)
1931Sonny Clark, Regarded as the quintessential hard bop pianist, Clark never got his due before he passed away in 1963 at the age of 31. Although his life was short, it burned with musical intensity. He died in 1963. (86)
1931Plas Johnson (John Johnson Jr.), A tenor saxophonist and a native of Donaldsonville, Louisiana, He has been utilized on many studio sessions, including the Pink Panther film (1963). He's a versatile player who sounds equally at home in blues, R&B-ish, and hard bop settings, and has recorded with Ella Fitzgerald, B.B. King, Dr. John, Aaron Neville, Glen Gray, Frank Sinatra and many others. (86)
1947Cat Stevens, Born Steven Demetre Georgiou, he was a guitarist, singer and songwriter who penned many top 10 hits before turning to Islam and retiring completely from the music business. (70)
1965Sidney Cox, Vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist and a native of Homer, Louisiana. He played Banjo, Dobro, Guitar, Fiddle & Mandolin in the family bluegrass band with his Father and 3 sisters called The Cox family. The Cox Family recorded two records on Rounder Records: Everybody's Reaching Out for Someone (1993) and Beyond the City (1995). They also collaborated with Krauss on an album entitled I Know Who Holds Tomorrow, which won a Grammy in 1994 for "Best Country/Gospel/Bluegrass Album." (52)
1971Robert Mizzell, A country vocalist and a native of Shreveport, Louisiana where he was raised. He has made Ireland home for over 20 years. He began singing Country Music when he arrived there and is now one of the top Country artists in Ireland. He's released 6 studio albums, and nn Saturday 29th October 2011, Robert was inducted into Shreveport's Walk of Stars in recognition of his achievements in the world of Country Music. (46)


1935New Orleans, Louisiana native and cornetist Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong & His Orchestra came home on this night. They played the first of two nights at The Golden Dragon in New Orleans.
1937 Honore' Dutrey, traditional jazz trombonist from New Orleans, Louisiana died on this day. He was born in 1894 and was a member of a New Orleans musical family that included his brother, Sam, a clarinetist. He began with the 'Melrose Brass Band' and played with Sam in the 'Silver Leaf Orchestra'. He toured with King Oliver's Creole Jazz band in the early 1920's. In the late 1920's he worked with Carroll Dickerson, Johnny Dodds and Louis Armstrong in Chicago. He died in Chicago.
1942 Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five recorded "I'm Gonna Leave You On The Outskirts Of Town" for Decca in New York City on this day.
1950New Orleans, Louisiana native Antoine (Fats) Domino played at Lincoln Beach in New Orleans on this day.
1956 Perry Como appears on the top of the pop charts with his tune "More".
1956New Orleans, Louisiana native Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong & His All-Stars played the second of four nights at The Lagoon in Salt Lake City on this day.
1958 Elvis Presley retuned to the top of the Billboard pop charts, this time with "Hard Headed Woman".
1958 The Coasters rolled to the top of Billboard's pop charts with 'Yakety Yak'.
1959Blues harmonica player and Marksville Louisiana native (Little) Walter Jacobs recorded for Chess Records in Chicago on this day. The song was "Mean Old Frisco" and he was accompanied by Willie Dixon on bass and Otis Spann on piano.
1961New Orleans Louisiana native, Allen Tousan released "A Blue Mood" on this day on Seville Records. He will achieve unfathomable fame as Allen Toussaint.
1963New Orleans, Louisiana native, Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong performed at the Berkshire Music Barn in Lenox, Massachusetts on this day.
1964Algiers, Louisiana native and cornetist Henry (Red) Allen appears on the BBC 2 tv jazz series called "Jazz 625", in the UK on this day.
1968 Harry, Knecht, traditional jazz cornetist and trombonist from New Orleans, Louisiana passed away on this day. He was born in 1898, and was a brass virtuoso. Henry was reputed to be the fastest 'reader' in the city. During his career he worked with dance bands, Happy Schilling's brass band and Heineman's Ball Park ragtime band. He died in New Orleans.
1973 Jim Croce reached the top of the Billboard pop charts on this day with "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown".
1973 Dr. John hit the R&B charts for the first time on this day. The song was 'Right Place Wrong Time', and it stayed on the charts for 9 weeks.
1987 Saxophonist, Andy Sheppard, makes his first album as a bandleader. His style closely resembles that of John Coltrane.
1990 Glenn Medeiros & Bobby Brown shared the top spot on the Billboard pop charts when their tune "She Ain't Worth It" became #1.