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1886Charles Christian, Traditional jazz trombonist from New Orleans, Louisiana. Charles was the member of a musical family that included his two brothers Frank and Emile. During his career he played with the 'Domino Orchestra'. He died in New Orleans in July, 1964. (138)
1899Johnny Wiggs (John Wiggington Hyman), Traditional jazz cornetist and bandleader from New Orleans, Louisiana. He also performed as Johnny Hyman, and worked with Happy Schilling, Tony Parenti, and Norman Brownlee through the 1940's. He is reputed to be largely responsible for the jazz revival during the 1940's, and brought many musicians out of retirement. He founded the New Orleans jazz club, and taught and directed music education in New Orleans. Johnny died in New Orleans on October 9, 1977. (125)
1907Johnny Hodges, Alto saxophonist with what some say was the most beautiful tone ever heard in jazz. He formed his style early on and had little reason to change it through the decades. Although he could play different jazz styles, his beautiful playing on ballads has never been topped. He was a longtime member of Duke Ellington's orchestra. He died in 1970. (117)
1934Don Ellis, Grammy Award winning Jazz trumpeter and composer - "Theme from the French Connection". He died in 1978. (90)
1943Jim McCarty, Drummer and founding member of the British Invasion group of the 60's and 70's the 'Yardbirds' - "For Your Love". (81)
1945Donna Theodore, Singer - Art Linkletter's Hollywood Talent Scouts. (79)


1942 Capitol Records had its first #1 hit on this day. It was "Cow Cow Boogie" by Ella Mae Morse and Freddy Slack.
1953 New Orleans native and hitmaker, Antoine 'Fats' Domino hit the Billboard R&B charts on this day with the tune 'Please Don't Leave Me'.
1965 Bob Dylan appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival and played electric guitar. He was booed off the stage.
1970 The Carpenters made their way to the top with "(They Long To Be) Close To You"
1976 Japan was the location of a live recording of Paul Bley on this day.
1981 Air Supply appeared on the top of the Billboard list with thier hit "The One That You Love".
1981 The rock band 'Wishbone Ash' performed at legendary New Orleans venue 'The Warehouse' on this day. Tickets were all general admission and cost $9.50.
1986Fats Domino and Friends is filmed for the cable tv special Cinemax Sessions on this day. Fats, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones formed a supergroup to play live at Storyville Jazz Club in New Orleans, Louisiana for the TV special.
1993 The Concord Jazz Festival celebrated it's twenty-fifth anniversary in California on this day.
1995Charlie Rich, country pianist, singer and songwriter passed away in his sleep on this day in a Hammond, Louisiana motel. He was 62 years old. The cause of death was a pulmonary embolism.
2004David Bickham, a drummer and a native of New Orleans, Louisiana passed away on this day at the age of 66. He played with Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, Pete Fountain, Young Tuxedo Brass Band and others during his career.