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1866John Robichaux, Traditional jazz violinist, bassist and drummer from Thibodaux, Louisiana. He began as a bass drummer with the Excelsior Brass Band in 1891. He was very active as a bandleader in New Orleans until 1939. He then led a band at the Lyric Theater until 1927. John died in New Orleans in 1939. (152)
1894Irving Mills, He is most famous for his work as manager for Duke Ellington during 1926-1939, helping Ellington gain his job at the Cotton Club, in addition to securing numerous recording sessions and important engagements. He died in 1985. (124)
1896Robert Wilkins, A native of Hernando, MS, he played guitar and was an early blues legend. After a stint in the Army he quit the blues and became an ordained minister. He died in 1987. (122)
1909Ethel Merman, She was the leading musical theater performer of her generation, creating roles in multiple Broadway musicals in the 1930's through the 1950's, and continuing to appear in shows occasionally through 1970. She died in 1984. (109)
1926Phillip Guilbeau, A trumpeter and a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. During his career, he's played most notably with Ray Charles. He was well-known in the Washington DC area, and also did stints with Count Basie, Otis Redding, Frank Sinatra and others. He passed away in 2005. (92)
1929Wilbert G.T. Hogan, A Jazz drummer who played with Earl Bostic in the mid 1950's before moving to New York City. During his career he played with Randy Weston, Kenny Drew, Kenny Dorham, Ray Charles, Elmo Hope, Bud Powell, Walter Bishop, Jr. He passed away on August 8, 2004. (89)
1934Marilyn Horne, She has been called "the greatest singer in the world" and has been recognized as being "the most American of all operatic singers." (84)
1934Robert Lenard (Bob) Bogle, He was lead guitarist and founding member of the legendary instrumental pop group The Ventures. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the Performer category in 2008. Bogle died on June 14, 2009. (84)
1944Ronnie Milsap, Grammy Award winning country singer and CMA Vocalist of the year in 1974, 1976 and 1977. (74)
1947James (Sandy) Pinkard, A singer and songwriter and native of Abbeville, Louisiana. He is one-half of the country music duo Pinkard & Bowden. The duo's music comprises a mix of musical parody and original comedy songs. Among his hits as a writer were "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma" (a duet by Shelly West and David Frizzell), "Coca Cola Cowboy" by Mel Tillis, and "Blessed Are the Believers" by Anne Murray. (71)
1959Sade (Helen Folasade Adu), Singer, songwriter, composer and producer who first received fame as the frontwoman of the Grammy Award winning group 'Sade' and the hit 'Smooth Operator'. (59)
1965Maxine Jones, An original member of the 1990's popular singing group 'En Voque'. (53)


1902 "Tombone Sneeze" was recorded by the Sousa Band under the direction of Arthur Pryor.
1929Joe (King) Oliver and His Orchestra recorded for Victor Records in New York on this day. The songs were "Freakish Light Blues", "West End Blues" and "I've Got That Thing".
1938 Benny Goodman and his band brought Jazz to Carnegie Hall on this night.
1942 "A Zoot Suit" was recorded by Kay Kyser and his band on this day.
1947 Fate Marable, a pianist bandleader from Paducah, Ky. passed away on this day at the age of 56. He spent much of his career as a bandleader for boats on the Streckfus Line, which ran several paddlewheelers which held dances and excursions along the river from New Orleans, Louisiana to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Marable appreciated the new "jazz" sound being played by the New Orleans musicians, and the bulk of his band members were recruited from that city. Noted players included Louis Armstrong, Red Allen, Baby Dodds, Johnny Dodds, Pops Foster, Narvin Kimball, Al Morgan and Zutty Singleton.
1954 'The Things That I Used To Do' put Guitar Slim (Edward Jones) on the R&B charts for the only time on this day. The tune eventually made it to the #1 position.
1976 Herb Alpert's A&M records released "Frampton Comes Alive". For Peter Frampton the record sold 19 million in the first year.
1984 On this day, Micheal Jackson received 8 Grammy awards related to his release, "Thriller".
1988 Loren Schoenberg and Bob Wilbur present a Carnegie Hall concert celebrating the 50th anniversay of Benny Goodman's first performance there.
1988 'Got My Mind Set On You' by ex-Beatle, George Harrison reached the top of the Billboard charts on this day.
1998Lee Laverne, a Record producer from Church Pointe, Louisiana passed away on this day athe the age of 65. He owned the obscure Lanor label that had regional hits with Cajun musicians Shirley Bergeron ("J'ai Fait Mon Idée") and Bill Matte ("Parlez-Vous L'Francais") and swamp pop musician Charles Mann ("Keep Your Arms Around Me"and "Red Red Wine"). He even had a national hit with black swamp pop musician Elton Anderson ("Life Problem").
2000 Will (Dub) Jones, an R&B singer and a native of Shreveport, Louisiana passed away on this day at the age of 71. He is best known as the bass vocalist for The Coasters and The Cadets. His best known vocals were on The Cadets' biggest hit "Stranded In The Jungle" and his bass vocals on The Coasters' hits "Yakety Yak" and "Charlie Brown."