October 21


102 years ago, Tenor Saxophonist Carlos Wesley Byas was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. (1912)
Don Byas died August 24, 1972 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He was 59 years old.

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99 years ago, Producer Owen Bradley was born in Westmoreland, Texas. (1915)
He died January 7, 1998 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 82 years old.

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97 years ago, Trumpeter John Birks Gillespie was born in Cheraw, South Carolina. (1917)
Dizzy Gillespie died in Englewood, New Jersey January 6, 1993. He was 75 years old.

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95 years ago, Singer Crown Prince Waterford was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas. (1919)
Hauoli la Hanau to The Crown Prince!

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90 years ago, Singer Celia Cruz was born in Havana, Cuba. (1924)
She died July 16, 2003 in Fort Lee, New Jersey. She was 78 years old.

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89 years ago, Bluesman Charles Isaiah Ross was born in Tunica,Mississppi. (1925)
Hauoli la Hanau to Dr. Ross!

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88 years ago, Trumpeter Don Elliott was born in Somerville, N.J. (1926)
He died July 5, 1984 in Weston, Connecticut. He was 57 years old.

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83 years ago, Bluesman Barbecue Bob died of pneumonia in Lithonia, Georgia. He was 29 years old. (1931)
Robert Hicks was born September 11, 1902 in Walnut Grove, Georgia.

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82 years ago, Rockabilly Musician Franklin Delano Gulledge was born in Combs, Arkansas. (1932)
Andy Starr died September 12, 2003 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was 70 years old.

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82 years ago, Guitarist Roy Nichols was born in Chandler, Arizona. (1932)
He died July 3, 2001 in Bakersfield, California. He was 68 years old.

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Paddy Moloney, Seán Potts, Martin Fay, Seán Keane, Michael Tubridy, and Derek Bell

79 years ago, George Derek Fleetwood Bell of The Chieftans was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (1935)
Derek Bell died October 17, 2002 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 66 years old.

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79 years ago, Pianist Bobby Few was born in Cleveland, Ohio. (1935)
Hauoli la Hanau to Bobby!

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79 years ago, Trumpeter Donald Arthur Rader was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania. (1935)
Hauoli la Hanau to Don Rader!

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79 years ago, Country Singer/Songwriter King Malachi Street was born in Bluefield, West Virginia. (1935)
Mel Street committed suicide on his 43rd birthday in 1978 in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

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74 years ago, Singer Jimmy Beaumont of the The Skyliners was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (1940)
Hauoli la Hanau to Jimmy!

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74 years ago, Rocker Michael Lubowitz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. (1940)
Hauoli la Hanau to Manfred Mann!

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73 years ago, Guitarist Steve Cropper was born near Dora, Missouri. (1941)
Hauoli la Hanau to Steve!

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Elvin Bishop with Little Smokey Smothers

72 years ago, Blues Singer/Guitarist Elvin Bishop was born in Glendale, California. (1942)
Hauoli la Hanau to Elvin!

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69 years ago, Pop Singer Kathy Young was born in Santa Ana, California. (1945)
Hauoli la Hanau to Kathy!

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68 years ago, Trumpeter Lee David Loughnane was born in Elmwood Park, Illinois. (1946)
Hauoli la Hanau to Lee Loughnane!

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67 years ago, Saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi was born in Boston, Massachusetts. (1947)
Hauoli la Hanau to Jerry!

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Allan Merrill and Tetsu Yamauchi

67 years ago, Bassist Tetsu Yamauchi was born in Fujuoka, Japan. (1947)
Hauoli la Hanau to Tetsu!

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Photo By: Theresa K.

66 years ago, Cramps Founder Erick Lee Purkhiser was born in Stow, Ohio. (1948)
Lux Interior died February 4, 2009 in Glendale, California. He was 60 years old.

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62 years ago, Keyboardist Brent Mydland was born in Munich, Germany. (1952)
He died of a drug overdose July 26, 1990 in Lafayette, California. He was 37 years old.

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62 years ago, Flautist Ali Ryerson was born in New York, N.Y. (1952)
Hauoli la Hanau to Ali!

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61 years ago, Singer/Guitarist Charlotte Caffey was born in Santa Monica, California. (1953)
Hauoli la Hanau to Charlotte!

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61 years ago, Gospel Singer Keith Gordon Green was born in Sheepshead Bay, N.Y. (1953)
Keith Green died July 28, 1982 in Garden Valley, Texas. He was 28 years old.

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61 years ago, Harmonica Player Mark Ford was born in Ukiah, California. (1953)
Hauoli la Hanau to Mark!

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61 years ago, Bassist Marc Johnson was born in Omaha, Nebraska. (1953)
Hauoli la Hanau to Marc!

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59 years ago, Pianist Fred Hersch was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. (1955)
Hauoli la Hanau to Fred!

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57 years ago, Julian David Cope was born in Mid Glamorgan, Wales. (1957)
Hauoli la Hanau to Julian Cope!

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57 years ago, Guitarist Steve Lukather was born in Los Angeles, California. (1957)
Hauoli la Hanau to Steve!

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52 years ago, Bluesman J. D. Short died in St. Louis, Missouri. He was 60 years old. (1962)
He was born February 26, 1902 in Port Gibson, Mississippi.

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50 years ago, Bassist Rob Amster was born in Cleveland, Ohio. (1964)
Hauoli la Hanau to Rob!

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50 years ago, Trumpeter David Weiss was born in New York, N.Y. (1964)
Hauoli la Hanau to David!

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Scotty Moore,Bill Black and D. J. Fontana

49 years ago, Bassist Bill Black died of a brain tumor in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 39 years old. (1965)
William P. Black was born September 17, 1926 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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45 years ago, Beat Poet Jack Kerouac died in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was 47 years old. (1969)
He was born March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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45 years ago, Bluesman TV Slim died in a car wreck outside Kingman, Arizona. (1969)
Oscar Wills was born February 10, 1916 in Houston, Texas.

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37 years ago, Josh Ritter was born in Moscow, Idaho. (1976)
Hauoli la Hanau to Josh!

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37 years ago, Country Singer/Songwriter Mel Street committed suicide on his 43rd birthday in Hendersonville, Tennessee. (1978)
King Malachi Street was born October 21, 1935 in Bluefield, West Virginia.

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24 years ago, British Blues Singer Jo Ann Kelly died of a brain tumor. She was 46 years old. (1990)
She was born January 5, 1944 in London, England.

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11 years ago, Singer/Songwriter Elliott Smith died of an apparent suicide in Los Angeles, California. He was 34 years old. (2003)
Steven Paul Elliott was born August 6, 1969 in Omaha, Nebraska.

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8 years ago, Runaways Drummer Sandy West died of lung cancer in San Dimas, California. She was 47 years old. (2006)
She was born July 10, 1959 in Long Beach, California.

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3 years ago, Edmundo Ros died in Spain. He was 100 years old. (2011)
Edmundo William Ros was born December 7, 1910 in Port Of Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies.


October 20


132 years ago, Actor Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó was born in Lugos, Transylvania, Austria-Hungary. (1882)
Bela Lugosi died August 16, 1956 in Los Angeles, California. He was 73 years old.

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124 years ago, Pianist Ferdinand Joseph Lemott was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. (1890)
Jellyroll Morton died July 10, 1941 in Los Angeles, California. He was 50 years old.

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110 years ago, Singer/Dancer Adelaide Hall was born in New York, N.Y. (1904)
She died November 7, 1993 in London, England. She was 92 years old.

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L-R Charles Brown, Johnny Moore and Eddie Williams

108 years ago, Guitarist John Dudley Moore was born in Austin, Texas. (1906)
Johnny Moore died January 6, 1969 in Los Angeles, California. He was 62 years old.

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107 years ago, Guitarist Carl Kress was born in Newark, New Jersey. (1907)
He died of heart failure June 10, 1965 in Reno, Nevada. He was 61 years old.

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106 years ago, Country Singer Stuart Hamblen was born in Kellyville, Texas. (1908)
He died March 8, 1989 in Los Angeles, California. He was 80 years old.

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103 years ago, Saxophonist William Burl Samuels, Jr. was born in Mississippi. (1911)
Bill Samuels died March 23, 1964 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was 52 years old.

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101 years ago, Trumpeter John Best was born in Shelby, North Carolina. (1913)
Johnny Best died September 19, 2003 in La Jolla, California. He was 89 years old.

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101 years ago, Country Singer/Banjoist Louis Marshall Jones was born in Niagra, Kentucky. (1913)
"Grandpa" Jones died February 19, 1998 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 84 years old.

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101 years ago, Banjoist Pork Miller died in Richmond, Virginia. He was 69 years old. (1913)
He was born during August, 1844 in Prince Edward County, Virginia.

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100 years ago, Dancer Fayard Antonio Nicholas was born in Mobile, Alabama. (1914)
Fayard Nicholas died January 24, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. He was 91 years old.

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94 years ago, Trumpeter Ray Linn was born in Chicago, Illinois. (1920)
He died during November 1996 in Cloumbus Ohio. He was 76 years old.

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89 years ago, Recording Engineer Thomas John Dowd was born in New York, N.Y. (1925)
Tom Dowd died October 27, 2002 in Miami, Florida. He was 82 years old.

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89 years ago, "The Yodeling Blonde Bombshell" Helen Hagstrom was born in Cash, Arkansas. (1925)
Carolina Cotton died June 10, 1997 in Bakersfield, California. He was 72 years old.

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80 years ago, Trumpeter William Edward Chiaiese was born in Squantum, Massachussetts. (1934)
Bill Chase died in a plane crash August 9, 1974 near Jackson, Minnesota. He was 39 years old.

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80 years ago, Tenor-Saxophonist Eddie Harris was born in Chicago, Illinois. (1934)
He died November 5, 1996 in Los Angeles, California. He was 62 years old.

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77 years ago, The "First Lady Of Rockabilly" Wanda Jackson was born in Maud, Oklahoma. (1937)
Hauoli la Hanau to Wanda!

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74 years ago, Singer Kathleen O'Rourke was born in Ilford, Essex, England. (1940)
Hauoli la Hanau to Kathy Kirby!

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65 years ago, Bluesman Sam Collins died in Chicago, Illinois. He was 62 years old. (1949)
He was born August 11, 1887 in Louisiana.

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64 years ago, Rocker Tom Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida. (1950)
Hauoli la Hanau to Tom!

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Photo By: Steve Stoddard

62 years ago, Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Stefan George was born in Detroit, Michigan. (1952)
Hauoli la Hanau to Stefan!

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59 years ago, Harp Player Mark Feltham was born in Bermondsey, Southwark, London. (1955)
Hauoli la Hanau to Mark!

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58 years ago, Guitarist Martin Taylor was born in Harlow, England. (1956)
Hauoli la Hanau to Martin!

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57 years ago, Oud Player Anouar Brahem was born in Tunisia. (1957)
Hauoli la Hanau to Anouar!

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56 years ago, Bassist/Singer Mark King of Level 42 was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. (1958)
Hauoli la Hanau to Mark!

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55 years ago, Bluesman Vasti Jackson was born in McComb, Mississippi. (1959)
Hauoli la Hanau to Vasti!

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Photo: Michel Buhon

54 years ago, Saxophonist Daniel Stokart was born in Namur, Belgium. (1960)
Hauoli la Hanau to Daniel!

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52 years ago, Pianist Edgardo Moroni was born in Genoa, Italy. (1962)
Hauoli la Hanau to Dado Moroni!

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46 years ago, Singer/Fiddler Amy Farris was born in Austin, Texas. (1968)
She died September 26, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. She was 40 years old.

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43 years ago, Trumpeter Russell Gunn was born in Chicago, Illinois. (1971)
Hauoli la Hanau to Russell!

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42 years ago, Rapper Calvin Broadus was born in Long Beach, California. (1972)
Hauoli la Hanau to Snoop Dogg!

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37 years ago, Singer Cassie Gaines died in an airplane crash outside of Gillsburg, Mississippi. She was 29 years old.(1977)
Cassie Larue Gaines was born January 9, 1948 in Seneca, Missouri.

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37 years ago, Guitarist Steve Gaines died in an airplane crash outside of Gillsburg, Mississippi. He was 28 years old. (1977)
Steven Earl Gaines was born September 14, 1949 in Miami, Oklahoma.

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37 years ago, Singer Ronnie Van Zant died in an airplane crash outside of Gillsburg, Mississippi. He was 29 years old. (1977)
Ronald Wayne Van Zant was born January 15, 1948 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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31 years ago, Country Star Merle Travis died in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He was 65 years old. (1983)
He was born November 29, 1917 in Rosewood, Kentucky.

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30 years ago, Tenor-Saxophonist Budd Johnson died in Kansas City, Missouri. He was 73 years old. (1984)
Albert J. Johnson was born December 14, 1910 in Dallas, Texas.

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17 years ago, Canned Heat Guitarist Henry "The Sunflower" Vestine died in Paris, France. He was 52 years old. (1997)
He was born December 25, 1944 in Washington, D.C.

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9 years ago, Pianist/Singer Shirley Horn died in Cheverly, Maryland. She was 71 years old. (2005)
She was born May 1, 1934 in Washington, D.C.

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8 years ago, Saxophonist Frank Vicari died in New York, N.Y. He was 75 years old. (2006)
He was born April 11, 1931 in Newark, New Jersey.


4 years ago, Ari Up died in Los Angeles, California. She was 48 years old. (2010)
Ariane Daniele Forster was born January 17, 1962 in Munich, Germany.


October 19


106 years ago, Bassist/Arranger/Bandleader Patrick Hughes was born in London, England. (1908)
Spike Hughes died February 2, 1987 in London, England. He was 78 years old.

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103 years ago, Blues Pianist William Lee Perryman was born in Hampton, Georgia. (1911)
Piano Red aka Dr. Feelgood died of cancer July 25, 1985 in Decatur, Georgia. He was 73 years old.

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Tommy "Madman" Jones, tenor saxophone; Harold Mabern, piano; Billy Howell, trumpet; Walter Perkins, drums; John Neely, tenor sax; Maurice McIntyre, tenor sax; John Wright, bass; Jelly Holt, impresario.

92 years ago, Saxophonist Tommy "Madman" Jones was born in Chicago, Ilinois. (1922)
Hauoli la Hanau to Tommy!

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89 years ago, Singer Marie Adams was born in Linden, Texas. (1925)
Hauoli la Hanau to Marie!

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83 years ago, Drummer Billy Gayles was born in Silkeston, Missouri. (1931)
He died April 8, 1993 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was 61 years old.

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83 years ago, Drummer Robert Garlon Plunkett was born in Benton, Mississippi. (1931)
Robert Plunkett died May 3, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. He was 73 years old.

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81 years ago, Bluesman Jimmy Dotson was born in Ethel, Louisiana. (1933)
Hauoli la Hanau to Jimmy!

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81 years ago, Banjo Player Don Parmley was born in Monticello, Kentucky. (1933)
Hauoli la Hanau to Don!

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79 years ago, Singer Inez Andrews was born in Birmingham, Alabama. (1935)
Hauoli la Hanau to Inez!

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77 years ago, Singer/Guitarist Gerald Hatley was born in Manila, Arkansas. (1937)
Hauoli la Hanau to Jerry Jaye!

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75 years ago, Pianist Masabumi Kikuchi was born in Tokyo, Japan. (1939)
Hauoli la Hanau to Masabumi!

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73 years ago, Clarinetist Edward Kenneth Daniels was born in New York, N.Y. (1941)
Hauoli la Hanau to Eddie Daniels!

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73 years ago, Singer/Actor Mayfred Nutter was born in Jane Lew, West Virginia. (1941)
Hauoli la Hanau to Mayf Nutter!

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73 years ago, Singer/Guitarist Gary Farr was born in Worthing, Sussex, England. (1941)
Hauoli la Hanau to Gary!

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70 years ago, Soul Singer George McCrae was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. (1944)
Hauoli la Hanau to George!

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70 years ago, Reggae Great Winston McIntosh was born in Westmoreland, Jamaica. (1944)
Peter Tosh was murdered in his Kingston, Jamaica home on September 11, 1987. He was 42 years old.

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69 years ago, Disco Singer Sharon Redd was born in Norfolk, Virginia. (1945)
She died January 5, 1992 of pneumonia. She was 46 years old.

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69 years ago, Singer Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson was born in Anson, Texas. (1945)
Hauoli la Hanau to Jeannie C. Riley!

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67 years ago, Singer Wilbert Hart of the Delfonics was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (1947)
Hauoli la Hanau to Wilbert!

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Keith Knudsen, John Hartman, Tom Johnston, Jeff Baxter, Pat Simmons, Michael McDonald and Tiran Porter

64 years ago, Doobie Brothers Guitarist Patrick Simmons was born in Aberdeen, Washington. (1950)
Hauoli la Hanau to Pat!

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58 years ago, Songwriter/Bandleader Isham Jones died in Hollywood, Florida. He was 62 years old. (1956)
He was born January 31, 1894 in Coalton, Iowa.

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57 years ago, Karl Edmond De Vere Wallinger was born in Prestatyn, Wales. (1957)
Hauoli la Hanau to Karl Wallinger!

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55 years ago, Drummer Ronnie Burrage was born in St. Louis, Missouri. (1959)
Hauoli la Hanau to Ronnie!

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54 years ago, Frank Delgado was born in Consolación del Sur, Pinar del Río, Cuba. (1960)
Hauoli la Hanau to Frank!

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54 years ago, Singer Jennifer Holliday was born in Houston, Texas. (1960)
Hauoli la Hanau to Jennifer!

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49 years ago, Singer/Guitarist Todd Park Mohr was born in Denver, Colorado. (1965)
Hauoli la Hanau to Big Head Todd!

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48 years ago, Saxophonist Tim Garland was born in Ilford, England. (1966)
Hauoli la Hanau to Tim!

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48 years ago, Singer Sinitta Renet Malone was born in Seattle, Washington. (1966)
Hauoli la Hanau to Sinitta!

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42 years ago, Rapper Prakazrel Samuel Michel was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. (1972)
Hauoli la Hanau to Pras!

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38 years ago, Singer Cyndi Thomson was born in Tifton, Georgia. (1976)
Hauoli la Hanau to Cyndi!

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32 years ago, Saxophonist Jesse Powell died in New York, N.Y. He was 58 years old. (1982)
He was born February 27, 1924 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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30 years ago, Bluesman Buddy Moss died in Atlanta, Georgia. He was 70 years old. (1984)
Eugene Moss was born January 16, 1914 in Jewel, Georgia.

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28 years ago, Recording Engineer/Record Exec Moses Asch died in New York, N.Y. He was 80 years old. (1986)
He was born December 2, 1905 in Warsaw, Poland.

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26 years ago, Bluesman Son House died in Detroit, Michigan. He was 86 years old. (1988)
Eddie James House, Jr. was born March 21, 1902 in Riverton, Mississippi.

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25 years ago, Flautist/Saxophonist Eric Dixon died in New York, N.Y. He was 59 years old. (1989)
He was born March 28, 1930.

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19 years ago, Multi-Instrumentalist Don Cherry died in Malaga, Spain. He was 58 years old. (1995)
Donald Eugene Cherry was born November 18, 1936 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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17 years ago, Guitarist Glen Buxton died in Clarion, Ohio. He was 49 years old. (1997)
He was born November 10, 1947 in Akron, Ohio.

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8 years ago, Bluesman Snooky Pryor died. He was 85 years old. (2006)
James Edward Pryor was born September 15, 1921 in Lambert, Mississippi.

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6 years ago, "The Godfather of Rap" Rudy Ray Moore died in Toledo, Ohio. He was 81 years old. (2008)
He was born March 17, 1927 in Fort Smith Arkansas.

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5 years ago, Drummer Paul Lagos died in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was 69 years old. (2009)
He was born during 1940 in Minnesota.

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3 years ago, Bluesman John-Alex Mason died in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was 35 years old. (2011)
John-Alexander Clayborn Mason was born during 1975 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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1 year ago, Guitarist Roland James died in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 80 years old. (2013)
He was born August 20, 1933 in Brookings, Arkansas.

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Reggae Musician John Holt died in London, England. He was 67 years old. (2014)
He was born July 11, 1947 in the Greenwich Farm area of Kingston, Jamaica.


October 18


120 years ago, Singer Esther Thomas was born in Louisville, Kentucky. (1894)
Esther Walker died July 26, 1943 in Dallas, Texas. She was 48 years old.

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116 years ago, Actress/Singer Karoline Charlotte Blamauer was born in Penzing, Hungary. (1898)
Lotte Lenya died November 27, 1981 in New York, N.Y. She was 83 years old.

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113 years ago, "The Personality Girl" Catherine Annette Hanshaw was born in New York, N.Y. (1901)
Annette Hanshaw died May 13, 1985 in New York, N.Y. She was 83 years old.

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108 years ago, Bluesman Johnnie "Geechie" Temple was born in Canton, Mississippi. (1906)
He died November 22, 1968 in Jackson, Mississippi. He was 62 years old.

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Bobby Troup and Howard Roberts

96 years ago, Songwriter/Actor Bobby Troup was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (1918)
He died of a heart attack February 7, 1999 in Los Angeles, California. He was 80years old.

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95 years ago, Singer Anita Belle Colton was born in Chicago, Illinois. (1919)
Anita O'Day died November 23, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. She was 87 years old.

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92 years ago, Blueswoman Jessie Mae Hemphill was born in Senatobia, Mississippi. (1923)
She died July 22, 2006 in Memphis, Tennessee. She was 82 years old.

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90 years ago, "The Dean of Cape Breton Fiddlers" Hugh A. "Buddy" MacMaster was born in Ontario, Canada. (1924)
Hauoli la Hanau to Buddy!

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89 years ago, Blues Pianist Vernon Harrison was born in Rayville, Louisiana. (1925)
Boogie Woogie Red died July 2, 1985 in Detroit, Michigan. He was 59 years old.

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88 years ago, Rock 'n' Roll Legend Charles Edward Anderson Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri. (1926)
Hauoli la Hanau to Chuck Berry!

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83 years ago, Inventor Thomas Edison died in in West Orange, N.J. He was 84 years old. (1931)
Thomas Alva Edison was born was born February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio.

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81 years ago, Pianist Bross Townsend was born in Princeton, Kentucky. (1933)
He died May 12, 2003 in New York, N.Y. He was 69 years old.

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78 years ago, Drummer J.C. Moses was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (1936)
He died during 1977 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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77 years ago, Songwriter Cynthia Weil was born in New York, N.Y. (1937)
Hauoli la Hanau to Cynthia!

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Ronnie Bright, Jimmy Norman, Thomas "Curly" Palmer and Carl Gardner bottom center

76 years ago, Bassist Ronnie Bright was born in Los Angeles, California. (1938)
Hauoli la Hanau to Ronnie!

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68 years ago, Pianist Michel Graillier was born in Lens, Belgium (1946)
He died February 18, 2003 in Paris, France. He was 56 years old.

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67 years ago, Singer/Songwriter Laura Nigro was born in The Bronx, New York. (1947)
Laura Nyro died of ovarian cancer April 8, 1997 in Danbury, Connecticut. She was 49 years old.

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65 years ago, Guitarist Gary Richrath was born in Peoria, Illinois. (1949)
Hauoli la Hanau to Gary!

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64 years ago, Pianist/Composer Mervyn Afrika was born in Capetown, South Africa. (1950)
Hauoli la Hanau to Mervyn!

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61 years ago, Singer Vickie Bowman was born in Detroit, Michigan. (1953)
Hauoli la Hanau to Vickie Winans!

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58 years ago, Punk Rocker Edward Tudorpole was born in Malta. (1956)
Hauoli la Hanau to Tenpole Tudor!

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53 years ago, Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. (1961)
Hauoli la Hanau to Wynton!

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48 years ago, Drummer Bill Stewart was born in Des Moines, Iowa. (1966)
Hauoli la Hanau to Bill!

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41 years ago, Saxophonist Myron Walden was born in Miami, Florida. (1973)
Hauoli la Hanau to Myron!

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40 years ago, Anders Peter Svensson of The Cardigans was born in Falköping, Habo, Sweden. (1974)
Hauoli la Hanau to Peter!

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39 years ago, Bluesman K.C. Douglas died in Berkeley, California. He was 61 years old. (1975)
He was born November 21, 1913 in Sharon, Mississippi.

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38 years ago, Singer Olga Wilhelmine Munding-Mathus was born in San Francisco, California. (1976)
Hauoli la Hanau to Olga!

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35 years ago, Shaffer Chimere Smith was born in Camden, Arkansas. (1979)
Hauoli la Hanau to Ne Yo!

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34 years ago, Country Singer Joshua Mario Gracin was born in Westland, Michigan. (1980)
Hauoli la Hanau to Josh Gracin !

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20 years ago, Legendary New Orleans Tenor Sax Man Lee Allen died in Los Angeles, California. He was 68 years old. (1994)
He was born July 2, 1926 in Sewanee, Tennessee.

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15 years ago, Musician Tony Crombie died in Hampstead, North West London, England. He was 75 years old. (1999)
Anthony John Crombie was born August 27, 1925 in London, England.

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14 years ago, Singer/Actress Julie London died in Encino, California. She was 74 years old. (2000)
Gayle Peck was born September 26, 1926 in Santa Rosa, California.

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11 years ago, Singer/Preacher Reverend Willie Morganfield died in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 76 years old. (2003)
Willie Morganfield was born July 11, 1927 in Stovall, Mississippi.

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7 years ago, Reggae Star Lucky Dube was murdered in Rosettenville, South Africa. He was 43 years old. (2007)
Lucky Philip Dube was born August 3, 1964 in Ermelo, South Africa.

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6 years ago, Pianist Dave McKenna died in State College, Pennsylvania. He was 78 years old. (2008)
He was born May 30, 1930 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

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6 years ago, Singer Dee Dee Warwick died in South Orange, New Jersey. She was 63 years old. (2008)
Delia Mae Warrick was born September 25, 1945 in Newark, New Jersey.

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3 years ago, Bob Brunning died in London, England. He was 68 years old. (2011)
He was born June 29, 1943 in Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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Songwriter Paul Craft died in Nashville, Tennessee.He was 76 years old. (2014)
He was born August 12, 1937 in Nashville, Tennessee.


October 17


165 years ago, Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin died of pulmonary tuberculosis at his home in Paris, France. He was 39 years old. (1849)
He was born March 1, 1810 in Zelazowa Wola, Poland.

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114 years ago, Trombonist Jimmy Harrison was born in Louisville Kentucky. (1900)
He died of cancer July 23, 1931 in New York, N. Y. He was 30 years old.

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113 years ago, Trumpeter Lee Collins was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. (1901)
He died July 3, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois. He was 58 years old.

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105 years ago, Drummer Cozy Cole was born in East Orange, New Jersey. (1909)
He died January 29, 1981 in Columbus, Ohio. He was 71 years old.

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101 years ago, Cowboy Singer Floyd Thomas Huppstettles was born in Iowa. (1913)
Yodelin' Tommy Floyd died July 28, 2002 in Asheboro, N.C. He was 88 years old.

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Damita Jo DuBlanc and Steve Gibson

100 years ago, Guitarist Steve Gibson was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. (1914)
Hauoli la Hanau to Steve! (if you're still out there ;-)

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96 years ago, "The Love Goddess" Margarita Carmen Dolores Cansino was born in New York, N.Y. (1918)
Rita Hayworth died May 14, 1987 in New York, N.Y. She was 78 years old.

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94 years ago, Trumpeter John Brunious, Sr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. (1920)
Hauoli la Hanau to "Picket"!

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92 years ago, Composer/Guitarist/Vocalist Luiz Floriano Bonfá was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (1922)
Luiz Bonfá died of cancer January 12, 2001 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was 78 years old.

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91 years ago, Guitarist Barney Kessel was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. (1923)
He died of brain cancer May 6, 2004 in San Diego, California. He was 80 years old.

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90 years ago, Rockabilly Musician Lattie Harrison Moore was born in Scottsville, Kentucky. (1924)
Hauoli la Hanau to Lattie Moore!

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81 years ago, "Soeur Sourire" Jeanne-Paule Marie Deckers was born in Brussels, Belgium. (1933)
The Singing Nun committed suicide March 29, 1985 in Brussels, Belgium. She was 51 years old.

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78 years ago, Singer Sathima Bea Benjamin was born in Cape Town, South Africa. (1936)
Hauoli la Hanau to Sathima!

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78 years ago, Saxophonist Milton Bland was born in Menifee, Arkansas. (1936)
Monk Higgins died July 3, 1986 in Inglewood, California. He was 49 years old.

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75 years ago, Guitarist Bernie Pearl was born in Los Angeles, California. (1939)
Hauoli la Hanau to Bernie!

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73 years ago, "Thinking Man's Country" Musician Earl Thomas Conley was born in Portsmouth, Ohio. (1941)
Hauoli la Hanau to Earl Thomas!

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73 years ago, Jim Seals (of Seals & Crofts) was born in Sidney, Texas. (1941)
Hauoli la Hanau to Jim!

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73 years ago, Guitarist John Williamson was born in South Bend, Indiana. (1941)
Hauoli la Hanau to Job Striles!

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Gary Puckett and the Union Gap

72 years ago, Singer Gary Puckett was born in Hibbing, Minnesota. (1942)
Hauoli la Hanau to Gary!

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69 years ago, Singer Holly Thee MarClaRoDe' Maxwell was born in Chicago, Illinois. (1945)
Hauoli la Hanau to Holly Thee Maxwell!

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68 years ago, Drummer Mike Hossack was born in Patterson, N.J. (1946)
He died March 12, 2012 in Dubois, Wyoming. He was 65 years old.

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65 years ago, Pianist Liz Gorrill was born in Glen Cove, N.Y. (1949)
Hauoli la Hanau to Liz!

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61 years ago, Trombonist Joseph Bowie of Defunkt was born in St.Louis, Missouri. (1953)
Hauoli la Hanau to Joseph!

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57 years ago, Bassist Pino Palladino was born in Cardiff, Wales. (1957)
Hauoli la Hanau to Pino!

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56 years ago, Guitarist Howard Alden was born in Newport Beach, California. (1958)
Hauoli la Hanau to Howard!

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56 years ago, Country Star Alan Eugene Jackson was born in Newman, Georgia. (1958)
Hauoli la Hanau to Alan Jackson!

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54 years ago, Hawaiian Musician William Awihilima Kahaiali'i was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. (1960)
Hauoli la Hanau to Uncle Willie K!

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51 years ago, Fred LeBlanc was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. (1963)
Hauoli la Hanau to Fred!

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46 years ago, Reggae Musician David Marley was born in Kingston, Jamaica. (1968)
Hauoli la Hanau to Ziggy Marley!

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42 years ago, Rapper Wyclef Jean was born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. (1972)
Hauoli la Hanau to Wyclef!

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42 years ago, Rapper Marshall Mathers III was born in St. Joseph, Missouri. (1972)
Hauoli la Hanau to Eminem!

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42 years ago, Guitarist Edgar Blanchard died in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was 48 years old. (1972)
Edgar V. Blanchard was born August 17, 1924 in Grosse Tete, Louisiana.

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30 years ago, Blues Singer Alberta Hunter died in Roosevelt, New York. She was 89 years old. (1984)
She was born April 1, 1895 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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23 years ago, Singer Tennessee Ernie Ford died in Los Angeles, California. He was 72 years old. (1991)
Ernest Jennings Ford was born February 13, 1919 in Bristol, Tennessee.

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Paddy Moloney, Seán Potts, Martin Fay, Seán Keane, Michael Tubridy, and Derek Bell

12 years ago, Derek Bell died in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 66 years old. (2002)
George Derek Fleetwood Bell of The Chieftans was born October 21, 1935 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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12 years ago, Bassist Chuck Domanico died in Los Angeles, California. He was 58 years old. (2002)
Charles Louis Domanico was born January 20, 1944 Chicago, Illinois.

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12 years ago, Dobro Player Bashful Brother Oswald died in Madison, Tennessee. He was 79 years old. (2002)
Beecher Ray Kirby was born December 26, 1922 in Sevier County, Tennessee.

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12 years ago, Pianist Henri Renaud died in Paris, France. He was 77 years old. (2002)
He was born April 20, 1925 in Villedieu-sur-Indre, France.

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Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop

7 years ago, "Rat Pack" Member Joey Bishop died in Los Angeles, California. He was 89 years old. (2007)
Joseph Abraham Gottlieb was born February 3, 1918 in The Bronz, N.Y.

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Liberace and Teresa Brewer

7 years ago, Singer Teresa Brewer died in New York, N.Y. She was 76 years old. (2007)
Theresa Breuer was born May 7, 1931 in Toledo, Ohio.

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Levi Stubbs, Renaldo 'Obie' Benson, Lawrence Peyton and Abdul 'Duke' Fakir

6 years ago, Singer Levi Stubbs died in Detroit, Michigan. He was 72 years old. (2008)
Levi Stubbles was born June 6, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan.

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5 years ago, Singer Louisa Mark died in Gambia. She was 49 years old. (2009)
Louisa Lynthia Mark was born January 11, 1960 in Shepherd's Bush, London, England.


October 16

Buck and Bubbles

111 years ago, Pianist Buck Washington was born in Louisville, Kentucky. (1903)
He died January 31, 1955 in New York, N.Y. He was 51 years old.

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111 years ago, Bluesman Joe Williams was born in Crawford, Mississippi. (1903)
Big Joe Williams died December 17, 1982 in Macon, Mississippi. He was 79 years old.

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103 years ago, Singer Mahalia Jackson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. (1911)
She died January 27, 1972 in Evergreen Park, Illinois. She was 61 years old.

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96 years ago, Guitarist Dale Troy Cooper was born in Harman, West Virginia. (1918)
Stoney Cooper died March 22, 1977 in West Virginia. He was 59 years old.

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92 years ago, The "Last of the Great Creole and Cajun Fddlers" Canray Fontenot was born in L'anse Aux Vachesla, Louisiana. (1922)
He died of cancer July 29, 1995 in Welsh, Louisiana. He was 72 years old.

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92 years ago, Singer Blanche Thomas was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. (1922)
She died April 21, 1977 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was 54 years old.

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91 years ago, Songwriter Berthold Heinrich Kämpfert was born in Bambek, Hamburg, Germany. (1923)
Bert Kaempfert died June 21, 1980 in Majorca, Spain. He was 56 years old.

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79 years ago, Singer Umpeylia Marsema Balinton was born in Brooklyn, New York. (1935)
Hauoli la Hanau to Sugar Pie Desanto!

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77 years ago, Singer Emile Sweetman was born in Castries, St. Lucia. (1937)
Hauoli la Hanau to Emile Ford!

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76 years ago, Chanteuse Christa Paffgen was born in Cologne, Germany. (1938)
Nico died July 18,1988 in Berlin, Germany. She was 49 years old.

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71 years ago, Bassist C.F. Turner of Bachman-Turner Overdrive was born in Canada. (1943)
Hauoli la Hanau to C.F.!

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67 years ago, Guitarist Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead was born in San Francisco, California. (1947)
Hauoli la Hanau to Bob!

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62 years ago, Trombonist Ray Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois. (1952)
Hauoli la Hanau to Ray!

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62 years ago, Bassist Cordell Mosson was born in Plainfield, New Jersey. (1952)
Boogie Mosson died April 18, 2013 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was 60 years old.

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60 years ago, Saxophonist Tim Berne was born in Syracuse, N.Y. (1954)
Hauoli la Hanau to Tim

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60 years ago, Bassist Lee Allen Zeno was born in Lafayette, Louisiana. (1954)
Hauoli la Hanau to Lee Allen!

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54 years ago, Robert Arthur Mould was born in Malone, N.Y. (1960)
Hauoli la Hanau to Bob Mould!

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52 years ago, Bassist Michael Balzary of The Red Hot Chili Peppers was born in Melbourne, Australia. (1962)
Hauoli la Hanau to Flea!

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© Brian O'Connor

49 years ago, Vibraphonist Anthony Kerr was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (1965)
Hauoli la Hanau to Anthony

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45 years ago, Trumpeter Roy Hargrove was born in Waco, Texas. (1969)
Hauoli la Hanau to Roy

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45 years ago, Singer Wendy Wilson was born in Los Angeles, California. (1969)
Hauoli la Hanau to Wendy

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45 years ago, The Founder of Chess Records Leonard Chess died in Chicago, Illinois. He was 52 years old. (1969)
Leonard Czyz was born March 12, 1917 in Mostele, Poland.

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41 years ago, Drummer Gene Krupa died in Yonkers, N.Y. He was 64 years old. (1973)
Eugene Bertram Krupa was born January 15, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois.

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37 years ago, Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist John Clayton Mayer was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (1977)
Hauoli la Hanau to John Mayer!

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37 years ago, Pianist Milt Raskin died in Hollywood, California. He was 61 years old. (1977)
He was born January 27, 1916 in Boston, Massachussetts.

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Teddy and Doyle Wilburn

32 years ago, Country Musician Doyle Wilburn died in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 52 years old. (1982)
Virgil Doyle Wilburn was born July 7, 1930 in Hardy, Arkansas.

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31 years ago, Violinist George Liberace died in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 72 years old. (1983)
He was born July 31, 1911 in Menasha, Wisconsin.

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30 years ago, The "King of the Flat-Picking Guitarists" Don Reno died in Lynchburg, Virginia. He was 58 years old. (1984)
Donald Wesley Reno was born Februaey 21, 1926 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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24 years ago, Drummer Art Blakey aka Abdullah Ibn Buhaina died in New York, N.Y. He was 71 years old. (1990)
He was born October 11, 1919 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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22 years ago, Tavern Owner/"Godmother of the Chicago Blues" Theresa Needham died in Chicago, Illinois. She was 80 years old. (1992)
Theresa McLaurin Needham was born April 17, 1912 in Meridian, Mississippi.

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15 years ago, Singer Ella Mae Morse died of respiratory failure in Bullhead City, Arizona. She was 75 years old. (1999)
She was born September 12, 1924 Mansfield, Texas.

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13 years ago, Singer Etta Jones died of cancer in Mount Vernon, New York. She was 72 years old. (2001)
She was born November 25, 1928 in Aiken, South Carolina.

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8 years ago, Tuba Player Tommy Johnson died in Los Angeles, California. (2006)
He was born January 7, 1935 in Los Angeles, California.

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4 years ago, Actress Barbara Billingsley died in Santa Monica, California. She was 94 years old. (2010)
Barbara Lillian Combes was born December 22, 1915 in Los Angeles, California.

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3 years ago, Composer/Arranger Pete Rugolo died in Sherman Oaks, California. He was 95 years old. (2011)
He was born December 25, 1915 in San Piero Patti, Sicily, Italy.

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Singer Tim Hauser died in Sayre, Pennsylvania. He was 72 years old. (2014)
Timothy DuPron Hauser was born December 12, 1941 in Troy, N.Y.


October 15


120 years ago, Bluesman Lemon Jefferson was born in Couchman, Texas. (1894)
Blind Lemon Jefferson died during December 1929 in Chicago, Illinois. He was 35 years old.

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118 years ago, Pianist Joe Sanders was born in Thayer, Kansas. (1896)
He died of a stroke May 15, 1965 in Kansas City, Kansas. He was 68 years old.

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108 years ago, Blues Singer Victoria Regina Spivey was born in Houston, Texas. (1906)
Victoria Spivey died October 3, 1976 in New York, N.Y. She was 69 years old.

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Photo by Albert Bettonville

106 years ago, Stride Pianist Herman Chittison was born in Flemingsburg, Kentucky. (1908)
He died May 8, 1967 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was 58 years old.

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99 years ago, Pianist Nellie Lutcher was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. (1915)
She died June 8, 2007 in Los angeles, California. She was 91 years old.

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98 years ago, Trumpeter Al Killian was born in Birmingham, Alabama. (1916)
He was murdered by his landlord September 5, 1950 in Los Angeles, California. He was 33 years old.

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97 years ago, Trombonist Paul Tanner was born in Skunk Hollow, Kentucky. (1917)
He died February 25, 2013 in Carlsbad, California. He was 95 years old.

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89 years ago, Guitarist McHouston Baker was born in Louisville, Kentucky. (1925)
Mickey "Guitar" Baker died November 27, 2012 Montastruc-la-Conseillčre, France. He was 87 years old.

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84 years ago, Songwriter Kent Levaughn Harris was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (1930)
Hauoli la Hanau to Kent Harris!

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83 years ago, Singer/Pianist Freddy Cole was born in Chicago, Illinois. (1931)
Hauoli la Hanau to Freddy!

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80 years ago, Trumpeter Alan Elsdon was born in London, England. (1934)
Hauoli la Hanau to Alan!

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79 years ago, Barry McGuire was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (1935)
Hauoli la Hanau to Barry!

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76 years ago, Singer/Night Club Owner Elizabeth Ann Farmer was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. (1938)
Betty Farmer died during the cowardly September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the The Twin Towers in New York, N.Y. She was 62 years old.

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76 years ago, Afro-Beat Star Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti was born in Abeokuta, Nigeria. (1938)
Fela Kuti died of heart failure August 2, 1997 in Lagos, Nigeria. He was 58 years old.

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76 years ago, R&B Guitarist/Vocalist Robert Ward was born in Luthersville, Georgia. (1938)
He died December 25, 2008 in Dry Branch Georgia. He was 70 years old.

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76 years ago, Singer Marvin Earl Johnson was born Detroit, Michigan. (1938)
Marv Johnson died May 16, 1993 in Columbia, South Carolina. He was 55 years old.

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72 years ago, Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Chris Andrews was born in Romford, Essex, England. (1942)
Hauoli la Hanau to Chris!

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72 years ago, Drummer Don Stevenson was born in Seattle, Washington. (1942)
Hauoli la Hanau to Don!

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71 years ago, Drummer Larrie Londin was born in Norfolk, Virginia. (1943)
He died August 24, 1992 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 48 years old.

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Richard and Karen Carpenter

68 years ago, Singer Richard Carpenter of The Carpenters was born in New Haven, Connecticut. (1946)
Hauoli la Hanau to Richard!

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Karlheinz Klüter

68 years ago, Bassist Palle Danielsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden. (1946)
Hauoli la Hanau to Palle!

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68 years ago, Multi-Instrumentalist/Story Teller David Holt was born in Gatesville, Texas. (1946)
Hauoli la Hanau to David!

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68 years ago, Bassist Bo Stief was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. (1946)
Hauoli la Hanau to Bo!

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66 years ago, Art Rocker Chris de Burgh was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (1948)
Hauoli la Hanau to Chris!

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64 years ago, Guitarist Michael Charles Watson was born in Visalia, California. (1950)
Hauoli la Hanau to Junior Watson!

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62 years ago, Drummer Bent Clausen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. (1952)
Hauoli la Hanau to Bent!

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61 years ago, Guitarist/Singer Toriano Adaryll Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana. (1953)
Hauoli la Hanau to Tito!

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54 years ago, Trumpeter Henrik Bolberg Pedersen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. (1960)
Hauoli la Hanau to Henrik!

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49 years ago, Composer/Lyricist Cole Porter died in Santa Monica, California. He was 73 years old. (1964)
He was born June 9, 1891 in Peru, Indiana.

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49 years ago, Country Singer Dean Miller was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (1965)
Hauoli la Hanau to Dean!

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48 years ago, Singer Eric Benét Jordan was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (1966)
Hauoli la Hanau to Eric Benét!

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48 years ago, Pianist Bill Charlap was born in New York, N.Y. (1966)
Hauoli la Hanau to Bill!

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35 years ago, Bluesman Gus Cannon died in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 96 years old. (1979)
He was born September 12, 1883 in Red Banks, Mississippi.

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The Moonglows (L-R) Prentiss Barnes, Bobby Lester, Billy Johnson (guitarist), Alexander "Pete" Graves and Harvey Fuqua.

34 years ago, Singer Bobby Lester died in Louisville, Kentucky. He was 50 years old. (1980)
He was born January 13, 1930 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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33 years ago, Singer/Songwriter/Comedian Jud Strunk died in a small plane crash near Farmington, Maine. He was 45 years old. (1981)
Justin Roderick Strunk, Jr. was born June 11, 1936 in Jamestown, New York.

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15 years ago, Terry Gilkyson died in Austin, Texas. He was 83 years old. (1999)
Hamilton H. Gilkyson III was born June 17, 1916 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

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6 years ago, Singer Edie Adams died in Los Angeles, California. She was 81 years old. (2008)
Elizabeth Edith Enke was born April 16, 1927 in Kingston, Pennsylvania.


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