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1906Bud Freeman, His approach was the only strong alternative on the tenor to the harder-toned style of Coleman Hawkins and he was an inspiration for Lester Young - "China Boy". He died in 1991. (118)
1908Martin 'Little Chink' Abraham, Jazz string bassist and guitarist born in New Orleans. Played from the 1930's through the 1950's with Sharkey Bonano and the Dukes of Dixieland. He was the son of guitarist and banjo player, Chink Martin. (116)
1919Alonzo Stewart, Traditional jazz drummer from New Orleans, Louisiana. He played regularly at Preservation Hall with Kid Thomas and Harold Dejan, and toured Poland and the Soviet Union. (105)
1926Cosimo Matassa, A recording engineer and a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He was the proprietor of J&M Studios and Cosimo Recording Studio, and throughout the 50's and 60's he recorded most of the R&B music coming from New Orleans. Little Richard and Fats Domino recorded some of their greatest hits at these studios, and major instrumentalists and producers like Dr. John and Allen Toussaint got key early experience there. He developed what is known as the 'Cosimo Sound' which was strong drums, heavy bass, light piano, heavy guitar and light horn sound and a strong vocal lead. That was the start of what eventually became known as the New Orleans Sound. In December 1999, J&M Recording Studio was designated as a historic landmark. In October 2007, Matassa was honored for his contributions to Louisiana music with induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. On September 24, 2010, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum designated Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Recording Studio as a historic Rock and Roll Landmark, one of 11 nationwide. In 2012, he will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland as a non-performer. (98)
1928Teddy Charles, A jazz musician who largely retired from the business. A skillful if not overly distinctive vibraphonist and (early in his career) quite capable on piano and drums. (96)
1940Lester Chambers, Singer and harmonica player for 'The Chamber Brothers'. (84)
1946Al Green, He was the first great soul singer of the '70s and arguably the last great Southern soul singer - "Let's Stay Together". (78)
1951Max Weinberg, Drummer with Bruce Springsteen's 'E Street Band'. (73)
1973Matt Rhody, A violinist and a native of Minneapolis, MN. He came to New Orleans, Louisiana in the late 1990's. He has become a fixture and has played in many bands including the New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings, The Hot Club of New Orleans, Washboard Rodeo, Frenchmen Street Jug Band and others. He has also worked with The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Harry Connick Jr. and Stevie Wonder. (51)
1974Brice (Always Chill) Miller, Trumpeter and native of New Orleans, Louisiana. A former member of the Pin Stripe Brass Band, he is also the founder of the Mahogany Brass Band. For many years he taught jazz education for New Orleans Public Schools. As an educator, Brice Miller is a two-time graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1998, and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Leadership in 2006. He is presently a Interdisciplinary Ph.D candidate at The University of Alabama with a concentration in community and scholarly engagement using the arts and public humanities. (50)


1926Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra recorded for Columbia Records in New Orleans, Louisiana on this day. the songs were I'm Satisfied You Love Me, My Josephine, Station Calls and Give Me Some More.
1957 Elvis went to the top of the pop charts again on this day with the hit 'All Shook Up'.
1957 'Butterfly' by Charley Gracie, reached the #1 position on the Billboard charts on this day.
1958 The Soviets Union's Tchaikovsky International Piano Contest in Moscow was won by Van Cliburn of Kilgore, TX on this day.
1959 Singer and guitarist, Rod Bernard, from Opelousas, Louisiana, hit the R&B charts on this day with 'This Should Go On Forever'. The song hit #12 during a four week stay on the charts.
1959 Frankie Ford, the Gretna, Louisiana native, entered the R&B charts for the first and only time with the classic Huey Smith tune called 'Sea Cruise'.
1959 'Come Softly To Me' by the Fleetwoods, reached the #1 position on the Billboard Top 40 charts on this day.
1962 Lester Bouchon, traditional jazz clarinetist from New Orleans, Louisiana died on this day. In the 1920's he played with the 'Domino Orchestra' and 'Bayerdorffer's Red Devils'. Toured with many bands during the swing era and in the 40's and 50's played with Sharkey, Johnny Wiggs and Santo Pecora. Lester died in his hometown of New Orleans.
1968 Bobby Goldsboro's 'Honey' reached #1 on the Billboard pop charts on this day.
1974 'Bennie And The Jets' propelled Elton John to the top of the pop charts on this day.
1983 Homegrown Louisiana band, 'Le Roux' performed at 'Juniors' in Hammond, Louisiana on this day. General admission tickets were $7.50 per ticket.
1985 "The Grand Ole Opry" made its TV debut on this day after 60 successful years on the radio.
1991 'Londonbeat' had everyone's attention on this day as their hit 'I've Been Thinking About You' climbed to the top of the pop charts.
1992 Widely acclaimed jazz critic Martin Williams dies at the age of sixty-seven in Washington, D.C.
2008 The Boswell Sisters were inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame on this day.