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|1906||Pee Wee Russel, One of the giants of jazz. A highly expressive and unpredictable clarinetist, he was usually a member of Dixieland-type groups throughout his career. His advanced and spontaneous solos defied classification. He died in 1969.
|1906||Howard Reed, Traditional jazz trumpeter from New Orleans, Louisiana. He began his musical career in 1922 with the 'Extra Half Jazz Band'. Through the 1940's he played with Irving Fazola, and later led his own band until heretired from music in the 1950's.
|1909||Ben Webster, He was considered one of the "big three" of swing tenors along with Coleman Hawkins (his main influence) and Lester Young. He died in 1973.
|1914||Snooky Lanson, Singer - "By The Light of the Silvery Moon". He died in 1990.
|1920||Richard Hayman, Conductor and harmonica player - "Ruby".
|1924||Sarah Vaughn, Jazz singer with one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century, Sarah Vaughan ranked with Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday in the very top echelon of female jazz singers. - "Broken-Hearted Melody". She died in 1990.
|1925||Harold Ashby, Ben Webster inspired tenor saxophonist, he fit right in during his period with Duke Ellington. He had played in Kansas City (starting in 1946) and, in the early '50s, in Chicago. He died in 2003.
|1927||Bill Barron, He was an advanced and adventurous tenor saxophonist (doubling on soprano) who never compromised his music or received much recognition. He died in 1989.
|1932||Herman 'Junior' Parker, Blues singer and harmonica player born in West Memphis, AR. He died in 1971.
|1937||Johnny Copeland, Blues singer and guitarist from Hopewell, Louisiana. He was a boxer, as well as a guitarist, and led local bands who backed Sonny Boy Williamson, and Big Mama Thornton. He had many releases, and was considered the heir to the blues chair of T-Bone Walker and Freddie King. He did hit the Billboard charts with 'Slowdown!' with Albert Collins and Robert Cray. Johnny died in July 1997.
|1910||Clarence Williams and Armand J. Piron with The Peerless Orchestra, played in New Orleans, Louisiana on this day. The gig was the Grand Opening of Dixie Park. |
|1945|| "It's Only a Paper Moon" was recorded by Ella Fitzgerald and the Delta Rhythm Boys for Decca on this day.
|1950|| Pianist Erroll Garner gave a solo concert in the Music Hall in Cleveland, OH on this day.
|1951|| "I'm a Fool To Want You" was recorded by Frank Sinatra for Columbia Records on this day.
|1965|| The Supremes climbed to the top of the Billboard charts on this day with the tune 'Stop! In The Name Of Love'.
|1971|| Louisiana native, King Floyd, returned to the R&B charts on this day with the song 'Baby Let Me Kiss You'.
|1972|| Joseph 'Sharkey' Bonano, traditional jazz trumpeter and bandleader from New Orleans passed away on this day. He was born in 1904, and known by most as 'Sharkey'. He was one of the most celebrated trumpeters in jazz history. His trademarks were a brown derby, high pitched vocals and spontaneous 'cootchie' dances. During the 1920's, he toured with Jean Goldkette and became a bandleader. He employed most of the top dixieland players in New Orleans, and toured with them throughout Europe, Asia and South America. He once replace Bix Beiderbecke in the Wolverines, and replaced Nick LaRocca in the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Sharkey died in New Orleans.
|1976|| 'How About Love', by 'Chocolate Milk', entered the R&B charts on this day.
|1977|| 1916 -Clarence Lemont (Benny) Moten - A bassist from New York City, who played with many jazz legends including some Louisiana natives. He was not related to painist Bennie Moten. In that number were 'Hot Lips' Page, Henry 'Red' Allen, Ivory Joe Hunter, Arnett Cobb, Ella Fitzgerald and Buck Clayton. He passed away in 1977 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the age of 60. - Age 96
|1999|| Mighty Joe Young (Joseph Young ), a Blues guitarist born in Shreveport, Louisiana passed away on this day at the age of 71. He spent most of his career in Chicago and became a very busy sideman. He worked with Otis Rush, Magic Sam Willie Dixon, Billy Boy Arnold and Jimmy Rogers, along with his solo work.