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1899Louis 'Kid Shots' Madison, Traditional jazz trumpeter from New Orleans, Louisiana. He grew up in the Waif's Home in New Orleans with Kid Rena and Louis Armstrong. He studied with jazz legends, David Jones, Joe Howard and Louis Dumaine. Before World War I, he performed with Papa Celstin and Frank Duson. During his career, he recorded with the Original Tuxedo Orchestra, George Lewis and Bunk Johnson. He was also a veteran of the Eureka, Young Tuxedo and WPA brass bands. He played at the P&L Club on Lake Ponchartrain until he died in September, 1948 in New Orleans. (119)
1903Clarence Hall, a Clarinetist and a native of Reserve, Louisiana. He started in a family band with his brothers Edmond, Herb and Robert, which was led by Kid Thomas. He went on to work with Papa Clestin's Original Tuxedo Orchestra and recorded with them in 1927. Clarence passed away in 1969 at the age of 66. (115)
1912Stan Kenton, Songwriter and bandleader, He led dance bands and orchestras under his own name that employed many well-known musicianssuch as Art Pepper, Stan Getz and Kai Winding at various times - "No Longer a Prisoner". Stan died on Audust 25, 1979. (106)
1936Bob Engemann, Singer in the 'Lettermen' - "When I Fall In Love". (82)
1940Smokey Robinson, Singer and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - "Tears of a Clown". (78)
1943Lou Christie, Singer - "Lightnin' Strikes". (75)
1947Otis Bazoon, Traditional jazz clarinetist from New Orleans, Louisiana. One of the few later jazzmen to follow in the traditional mold. He played with a later version of the 'Dukes of Dixieland' and Scotty Hill's 'French Market Jazz Band'. (71)
1955David Murray, (63)
1963Seal, Singer (55)


1942 "I'll Take Tallulah" was recorded by Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra for Victor Records on this day.
1949 New Orleans, Louisiana native and blues guitarist and singer, Lonnie Johnson, entered the R&B charts on this day with 'So Tired'.
1953Clarinetist, Raymond Burke and Cornetist, Ken Colyer recorded Up A Lazy River, in New Orleans, Louisiana on this day
1963 Harry Gregson, New Orleans, Louisiana native died on this day. Harry was born in 1885 and played homemade instruments in Stalebread Lacoume's Spasm band, which played on the streets of the Storyville district. During World War I, he was the police captain of the Storyville district.
1966 'Lightnin' Strikes' by Lou Christie climbed the charts to #1 on this day.
1972 Lee Morgan, Hard Bop trumpeter, is shot and killed by his former mistress. He was thirty-three.
1972 'Without You' by Nilsson garnered #1 status on the Billboard Top 40 charts on this day.
1977 Manfred Mann's Earth Band hit #1 on the Billboard chart with their smash hit 'Blinded By The Light'.
1977 New Orleans native, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Donnie Elbert, hit the R&B charts on this day with 'What Do You Do'.
1977 Louisiana native, Frank Lucas, made it to the Billboard R&B charts on this day with the song 'Good Thing Man'.
1981 "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison, was found to be plagiarized and Harrison was ordered to pay damages in excess of 1/2 million dollars. The plagiarized song was "He's So Fine" by the Chiffons.
1983 Patti Austin and James Ingram found the top of the pop charts on this day with their hit duet 'Baby, Come To Me'.