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1903Emmett Hardy, Traditional jazz cornetist from Gretna, Louisiana. Emmett was considered a dixieland prodigy and is said to have influenced a young, Bix Beiderbecke while on tour with the Carlisle Evans band. Hardy died at 22 years of age, but before that time, he played with Tony Catalano in Chicago, the New Orleans Rhythm Kings and Norman Brownlee. Emmett died in Gretna, Louisiana on June 16, 1925. (121)
1927Al Fairweather, He was a British jazz musician, born in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1952 along with Sandy Brown and Stan Greig he went south to London recorded a number of sides for Esquire Records as the Sandy Brown and later Fairweather-Brown All Stars. He died in 1993. (97)
1928Vic Damone, An American singer. He was born Vito Rocco Farinola. He also played in movies such as The Strip and Rich, Young, and Pretty - "On The Street Where You Live". (96)
1939Jacques Gauthe’, A clarinetist and soprano saxophonist and a native of Gaujac, France. In France, he studied New Orleans Jazz with Sidney Bechet, Albert Nicholas, Claude Luter, and many others. He and his family moved to New Orleans, LA in 1972 to pursue his career in the culinary arts and his first passion, the jazz music of New Orleans. He was most known for his musical accomplishments, notably his leadership of Jacques Gauthe’s and his Creole Rice Jazz Band at Le Meridien Hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Also a sought after clarinetist and soprano saxophonist, Gauthe’ performed regularly at Preservation Hall, The Palm Court Cafe’, Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub, among many others, in the U.S. and abroad. As a musician, Gauthe’ easily became a mentor to many other local musicians. He passed away in 2007 at the age of 67. (85)
1941Chick Corea, Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea is a grammy award winning American jazz pianist and keyboardist and composer. He is arguably best known for his work during the 1970s in the genre of jazz fusion, although his contributions to straight-ahead jazz have been tremendous. He participated in the birth of the electric fusion movement as a member of Miles Davis' band in the 1960s, and in the 1970s formed Return to Forever. Among jazz pianists, Corea is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential since Bill Evans (along with Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Keith Jarrett). He is also known for promoting Scientology. (83)
1944Reg Presley, Singer with the 'Troggs' - "Wild Thing". (80)
1957Geri Allen, A jazz pianist and music educator from Detroit, Michigan, who has worked with many of the greats of modern jazz, including Dave Holland, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Ornette Coleman, Betty Carter and Charles Lloyd. She cites her primary influences to be Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans. (67)
1977Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Brobst), A guitarist, singer, and songwriter and a native of shreveport, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Caddo Magnet High School, is "completely self taught", and does not read music. He began learning guitar in 1984, at the age of 7, after seeing Stevie Ray Vaughn live. He's released several studio albums and experienced a level of commercial success as a blues artist and a young musician that is rarely seen. In September 2008, Fender Musical Instruments Corp. released the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Signature Series Stratocaster. (47)


1926Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong's Hot Five performed at the OKeh Cabaret and Style Show. It was a benefit for the African-American Musician's union in Chicago.
1935 "I'll Chase the Blues Away" and "Love and Kisses" become the first recordings for the Queen of Scat, Ella Fitzgerald. She recorded both songs with Chick Webb on this day.
1942 "Travelin' Light" was recorded by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra for Capitol Records on this day.
1948 Singer and pianist, Roy Brown, from New Orleans, Louisiana entered the R&B charts on this day. The song was 'Good Rocking Tonight', which remained on the charts for 3 weeks.
1957 Bandleader and clarinetist Jimmy Dorsey, brother of Tommy Dorsey, dies in New York at fifty-three.
1959 Billie Holliday is arrested in the hospital for possession of narcotics.
1960Isidore Barbarin, traditional jazz multi-talented musician from New Orleans, Louisiana passed away on this day at the age of 87. He was a mainstay with the brass bands in New Orleans, which included the Onward Brass Band, Zenith Brass Band and Bunk's Brass Band. He was the father of famous New Orleans jazz drummers, Paul and Louis Barbarin. He was also the grandfather to the great Danny Barker.
1971 Gary Burton, vibraphonist, records on Tokyo.
1971 New Orleans, Louisiana native sons, The Meters, made it to the Billboard R&B charts on this day with the number called 'Doodle-Oop'.
1976 Get Up And Boogie (That's Right)' placed the Silver Connection on the #1 position of the pop charts this day.
1998Joe D'Gerolamo, Jr., a trumpeter and a native of Kenner, Louisiana passed away on this day. He was born in 1929 and was 69 years of age when he passed. He was a member of The Memphis Symphony Orchestra. During his career he worked with Nelson Eddy, Charlie Barnet, Frank Sinatra, Tex Beneke, Jimmy Dorsey, Isaac Hayes and Elvis Presley.
2006Kufaru Aaron Mouton, a master percussionist and a native of New Orleans, Louisiana passed away on this day at the age of 56. He studied in New York and taught in New Orleans school programs like Young Audiences, and the Schoolhouse program run by The House of Blues. He also studied, taught and performed African Dance, in NYC, then here in New Orleans with Kumbuka, and Percussion, Inc. He had played, recorded or toured with many New Orleans bands, including The Neville Brothers (Yellow Moon), EmmyLou Harris (Wrecking Ball), Andy J. Forrest (Sunday Rhumba), The Revealers (Can't Be Denied), John Fohl (Time Ain't Waitin'), Kenny Claiborne Band, Robert Wagner, Andy Wolf, Fredy Omar, Hart McNee, Olivier Bou, John Boutte, and many more.
2010 Joe Osborn & Johnny Rivers were inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame on this day.