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1906Abby Williams, Traditional jazz drummer from New Orleans, Louisiana. In the late twenties, he led the 'Square Deal Social Club Brass Band'. During the 1940's and 1950's heled his own band, 'Abby Williams Happy Pals Brass Band'. Abby died in New Orleans on June 29, 1977. (111)
1930Joni James, Multi-million selling singer - "How Important Can It Be?". (87)
1942Leonard Arthur (Lenny) Capello Jr, A native of New Orleans, he's a guitarist and singer from the 1950's and 1960's era most well-known with his group "The Dots". Lenny's songs "Cotton Candy, "Tootles" and "90 Pound Weakling", are still popular oldies tunes. Lenny Capello was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009, as were the Dots in 2010. (75)
1956Debby Boone, Grammy Award-winning singer:"You Light Up My Life". (61)
1958Joan Jett, Singer and guitarist famous for the rock anthem "I Love Rock 'n' Roll". (59)


1958 New Orleans native and 1950's hitmaker, Antoine 'Fats' Domino hit the Billboard R&B charts on this day with the tune 'Young School Girl'.
1961New Orleans, Louisiana native and guitarist, Lonnie Johnson and Victoria Spivey played the 11th of 13 nights at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village on this day.
1966 Charles J. Hardy, traditional jazz ukulele player died on this day. Charles was an original member of the 'Six and 7/8 String Band' in the early 20th century. He died in Chicago.
1975 Jack Delaney, a traditional jazz trombonist from New Orleans, Louisiana passed away on this day at the age of 45. In the 1950's he performed with bands led by Tony Almerico and Sharkey Bonano. He also played the famous Roosevelt Hotel with Leon Kellner's Orchestra. Finally, during the 1960's, he was associated with Pete Fountain.
1978 Henry 'Hank' Kmen, jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and vocalist from Saratoga Springs, New York died on this day. He was born in 1915, and was experienced in traditional and big band jazz before coming to New Orleans as a Professor at Tulane University. During the sixties, he played with the Crawford-Ferguson Night Owls. He died on September 22, 1978 in New Orleans.
1994 Jazz Critic, Leonard Feather, dies in Encino California on this day.
2000 John (Willie) Cook, a lead trumpeter and a native of Tangipahoa, Louisiana passed away on this day at the age of 76. During his long career he played lead for such jazz luminaries as Duke Ellington, Johnny Hartman, and Count Basie. He also has played with Earl "Fatha" Hinds, Jimmy Lunceford, B.B. King, and Dizzy Gillespie. He moved to Sweden in 1982.
2004 U.P. Wilson (Huary Perry Wilson), a Shreveport, Louisiana native and blues guitarist and singer known as "The Texas Guitar Tornado" passed away on this day at the age of 70. He was known for playing a style of deep Southern soul blues that was gospel influenced.