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1878Alphonse (Floristan) Picou, Traditional jazz clarinetist from New Orleans, Louisiana. He began his musical career in the late 1890's with Bouboul Valentin, and later organized the 'Acordiana Band'. He played with Oscar Duconge, Freddie Keppard's Olympia Orchestra, the Excelsior Brass Band and the Tuxedo Brass Band. In the late forties he played with the Celestin band and worked in the Paddock on Bourbon Street. Alphonse died during Mardi Gras in 1961 and had one of the biggest funerals in the history of New Orleans. (139)
1933Jimmy Dotson, A vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and a native of Ethel, Louisiana. He began his musical career singing blues at local clubs. He hooked up with Lazy Lester and Silas Hogan and recorded some R&B sided for Jay Miller’s labels. He lived in Memphis for several years, but came back to Baton Rouge in the 80's and resumed his career at Tabby Thomas' club. (84)
1941Eddie Daniels, He is that rarest of rare musicians who is not only equally at home in both jazz and classical music, but excels at both with breathtaking virtuosity. Expert testimony from the jazz world comes from the eminent jazz critic Leonard Feather, who said of Eddie, "It is a rare event in jazz where one man can all but reinvent an instrument bringing it to a new stage of revolution." (76)


1944 Theolonius Monk, legendary jazz pianist, makes his first recordings with the Coleman Hawkins trio on this day.
1962Chris Kenner, a native of Kenner, Louisiana, released his popular single, Land Of 1000 Dances, on Instant Records on this day.
1963 Kenner, Louisiana native singer and songwriter, and perennial chart-topper, Lloyd Price entered the Billboard R&B charts on this day with the song 'Misty'.
1967 Henderson Chambers, a trombonist and a native of Alexandria, Louisiana passed away on this day at the age of 59. He played with Louis Armstrong until 1943, then he worked with Don Redman, Sy Oliver, Lucky Millinder, and Count Basie. In the 1950s he spent time with Cab Calloway, Doc Cheatham, Duke Ellington, and Mercer Ellington. He also worked with Ray Charles for 2 years.
1974 Billy Preston reached #1 on Billboards' charts on this day with "Nothing From Nothing".
1985 "Take On Me" by 'a-ha' went to the top of the Billboard charts on this day.
2008 Manuel 'Moose' Zanco - Traditional jazz cornetist and a native of New Orleans, Louisiana passed away on this day at the age of 79. Best known as a regular in the 'Last Straws'.
2008B.B. Major (Image Helaire, Jr.), a Blues guitarist from Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana passed away on this day. He began playing professionally in 1964. He opened for such stars as Bobby “Blue” Bland, Millie Jackson, and even his idol, B.B. King.