Lucinda Williams and the Mahogany Brass Band were among the performers at "Folkways At 50: The Anniversary Concert" held at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1998; the event was in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the historic Folkways record label.
Late trad jazz drummer Emile Knox was born in New Orleans in 1902; Knox was a longtime member of the Young Tuxedo Brass Band.
Late trad jazz clarinet and sax player Manuel "Manny" Crusto (with Fats Pichon, Dejan's Olympia Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Heritage Hall Jazz Band, and others) was born in New Orleans in 1918.
Pioneering bass player Frank Fields was born in Plaquemine, LA in 1914; Fields helped define the "New Orleans Sound" of the 1950's as a member of Cosimo Matassa's J&M Studios house band; he performed on hits by Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Smiley Lewis, Shirley & Lee, Lloyd Price, Huey "Piano" Smith, and many others; Fields passed away in 2005.
Singer and pianist Betty Ann Lastie was born in New Orleans in 1941; Betty is the daughter of late drummer "Deacon" Frank Lastie, and mother of drummer Herlin Riley.
Elvis Presley recorded "Jailhouse Rock" at MGM Sound Studio in Culver City, CA in 1957; the track featured Shreveport, LA native D.J. Fontana on drums.
"Chapel of Love" by The Dixie Cups entered the Billboard R&B Chart in 1964; it eventually reached No. 1 during it's 13 week run on the chart.
Drummer, pianist and vibraphonist Godfrey Hirsch passed away in New Orleans in 1992 at the age of 85; Hirsch once toured with Louis Prima and was a longtime member of Pete Fountain's band; his lone solo album, 1964's "Godfrey Hirsch at Pete's Place" (CRL 57475), is out of print
Pianist, composer, arranger, and music educator Willie Metcalf, Jr. was born in Chicago in 1930; Metcalf, who moved to New Orleans in 1975, taught many local musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, and Donald Harrison; Metcalf passed away in 2004.
Tuxedo Brass Band and Onward Brass Band drummer (and noted plastere) Milford "Stack" Dolliole passed away in New Orleans in 1994 at the age of 90; when asked how he would like to be remembered, Mr. Dolliole humbly replied, "I would";; Dolliole was featured in the video "Baby Dodds: New Orleans Drumming."
After a two year hiatus from public performances, Fats Domino appeared at the 1997 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Lil Wayne scored his first Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper with "Lollipop" in 2008. The rap superstar had made 20 appearances on the chart since 1999 (including collaborations). His previous best as lead artist was with "Go DJ," which peaked at #14 in 2004. "Lollipop" held the top spot for 4 straight weeks..
Noted trombone great and bandleader Jim Robinson passed away in New Orleans in 1976 at age 83; Robinson had long associations with George Lewis and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band; he was a featured performer at the 1969 Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Pioneering Zydeco accordionist and bandleader Roy Carrier passed away in Opelousas, Louisiana in 2010 at age 63.
Legendary drummer and bandleader Paul Barbarin was born in New Orleans in 1901; Barbarin's musical family included father Isadore (leader of the Onward Brass Band), brother Louis (also a drummer), and nephew Danny Barker; Barbarin played with King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Red Allen, and others; he also composed the trad jazz classics "Bourbon Street Parade" and "Second Line"; Barbarin died of a heart attack in 1969, doing what he loved most ... playing snare drum in a street parade
Avant-garde jazz saxophonist and music educator Edward "Kidd" Jordan was born in Crowley, Louisiana in 1935.
Banjo and guitar player George Guesnon passed away in New Orleans in 1968 at the age of 61.
Canadian rocker Bryan Adams opened his 1987 North American concert tour for the "Into the Fire" album in Shreveport, LA
Gracie Katherine McGraw was born to country couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw in 1997 (Gracie weighed 4 lbs. 14 oz. and was 18 inches long at birth)
Delhi, LA native Tim McGraw picked up two awards at the 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards held in Los Angeles in 1999; McGraw was named Best Male Vocalist, and shared the award for Top Vocal Event with his wife, Faith Hill
Zydeco music pioneer Boozoo Chavis passed away in 2001 at age 70 after suffering a stroke and heart attack while on the road in Austin, Texas; Boozoo recorded the first Zydeco hit, "Paper in My Shoe," in 1954. He received a National Heritage Fellowship (posthumously) from the NEA in 2001; read more.
Dubuisson, Louisiana native Lonnie Brooks was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in ceremonies held in Memphis, TN in 2010.
IRS agents seized possessions from the Mississippi home of Jerry Lee Lewis
in 1993 for failing to pay more than 1.6 million dollars in overdue taxes
Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville performed for President and Mrs. Clinton on the White House South Lawn in 1996; the concert was taped and aired as a PBS special ("In Performance At The White House") on 07/03/96
Ahmet Ertegun payed tribute to late Gospel legend Mahalia Jackson as she was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (as an early influence) in 1997; the singer's family declined to attend the event, not wanting Jackson's name associated with rock & roll
Jazz clarinetist, composer and educator Alvin Batiste passed away in New Orleans in 2007 at age 74. Batiste performed with Ed Blackwell, Ornette Coleman, American Jazz Quintet, the New Orleans Philharmonic, and Wynton Marsalis, among many others. His students at Southern University, and later the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, included Randy Jackson, Branford Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Henry Butler, Herlin Riley, Wessell Anderson, Maurice Brown, Conun Pappas, Joe Dyson, Max Moran, and Khris Royal.
New Orleans Soul Queen Irma Thomas was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in ceremonies held in Memphis, TN in 2009.
Classical pianist Van Cliburn (born Harvey Lavan Cliburn, Jr. in Shreveport, LA on 7/12/34) signed a recording contract with RCA Victor records in 1958
Washboard pioneer Cleveland Chenier passed away in Lafayette, LA in 1991 at the age of 69; Cleveland was the brother of Zydeco King Clifton Chenier, and was a member of Clifton's "Red Hot Louisiana Band"; the first frottoir (rubboard) with shoulder straps made of tin was created for Cleveland in 1946 by Willie Landry
Pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk was born in New Orleans in 1829; Gottschalk was one of the most famous American composers of the 19th century; his works drew on elements of Creole, African American, French, Caribbean, and Southern U.S. culture; Gottschalk performed to acclaim throughout the world and was hailed as a "titan" of the keyboard. He was honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a commemorative stamp in 1997.
Vocalist and songwriter John Fred was born (John Fred Gourrier) in Baton Rouge, LA in 1941; John Fred & the Playboys had a #1 hit in 1968 with the pop classic "Judy in Disguise". Gourrier passed away in 2005 at age 63.
"Hello Walls" by late country music legend Faron Young hit #1 on the Billboard Country Chart in 1961; the tune, penned by Willie Nelson, was one of Young's biggest hits during his lengthy career (over 80 tracks in the charts from 1953 - 1989); "Hello Walls" was also a crossover success for Young, ultimately reaching #12 on the Pop chart
New Orleans born Dixieland banjo player and guitarist Nappy Lamare passed away in Newhall, CA in 1988 at age 80; known for his humorous novelty vocals, Lamare worked with Monk Hazel, Sharkey Bonano, Bob Crosby's Bobcats, Eddie Miller, Jack Teagarden and others
Guitarist Tim Guarisco passed away in 1997 at age 28 after a two year battle with cancer; the Morgan City native was a founding member of funk band Smilin' Myron.
Late clarinet and sax player Edward Pollock (aka Eddie Pollack) was born in New Orleans in 1899; Pollock worked with Erskine Tate, Jimmie Noone, Ma Rainey and others; he led his own band in Chicago during the 40's before retiring from music
Late country singer, songwriter and Hall of Fame member Jimmie Davis became governor of Louisiana for the first time in 1944 (he also served from 1960-64); writer of the country classic "You Are My Sunshine", Davis continued to record and scored five Top 10 singles during his first term
Clarinet legend Pete Fountain's album "Pete Fountain Day" (Coral 57313) entered the Top 40 Albums chart in 1960
Louis Armstrong's classic "Hello, Dolly!" reached #1 on the Billboard Pop chart in 1964. "Dolly" dislodged The Beatles, who had held the top spot for the previous 14 weeks. In doing so, Satchmo became the oldest person (at age 63) to ever have a #1 one song.
Jazz drummer Johnny Linton Jacquet passed away in Los Angeles in 1974 at age 63; Linton was the brother of musicians Russell, Julius and Illinois Jacquet (read more on the Jacquet family).
Dave Bartholomew and Dr. John were inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at the 2007 Blues Music Awards held in Memphis, TN.
Late Zydeco washboard pioneer Cleveland Chenier was born in Opelousas, LA in 1921; Cleveland was the brother of Zydeco King Clifton Chenier, and was a member of Clifton's "Red Hot Louisiana Band"; the first frottoir (rubboard) with shoulder straps made of tin was created for Cleveland in 1946 by Willie Landry
Late trumpeter and band leader Teddy Riley was born in New Orleans in 1924; the influential trumpeter worked with a number of brass bands, and led Roy Brown's "Mighty Mighty Men", from 1947 to 1954; in later years, he was featured on recordings by Harry Connick Jr. and Wynton Marsalis; his father Amos Riley (1879-1925) was also a noted trumpeter and band leader; watch Teddy Riley video clips.
Late R&R singer and songwriter Larry Williams was born in New Orleans in 1935; Willams' compositions included "Bony Maroney", "Dizzy, Miss Lizzy" and "Slow Down".
New Orleans-born blues guitarist Frankie Lee Sims passed away in Dallas, TX in 1970 at age 53
New Orleans-born drummer Charles "Hungry" Williams passed away in New York City in 1986 at age 51; Williams, a prolific sideman, worked with bands led by Dave Bartholomew, Paul Gayten, Tommy Ridgley, and many others
Fire heavily damaged country singer Mickey Gilley's theater in Branson, MO in 1993
Bobby Rush was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in ceremonies held in Memphis, TN in 2006.
Legendary cornet player, bandleader, composer and Louis Armstrong mentor Joseph "King" Oliver was born on the Saulsburg Plantation near Abend, LA in 1885 (Most sources say that Joe Oliver was born on a plantation in Abend, Louisiana on December 19, 1885)
Buddy Guy, Dr. John, and Art Neville joined Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, and others at a concert in memory of Stevie Ray Vaughan in Austin, TX in 1995; "SRV Shuffle", from the resulting album, "Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan", won a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Country singer Trace Adkins married former Arista Records publicist Rhonda Forlaw in Nashville in 1997.
Twin rappers Kane & Abel (David and Daniel Garcia) pleaded not guilty to felony drug charges in a New Orleans courtroom in 1999; the two were indicted May 6th, accused of purchasing large quantities of cocaine from jailed drug dealer and convicted killer Richard Pena.
Zydeco musician and bandleader Warren Ceasar passed away in Lafayette, LA in 2000 at the age of 48; Ceasar's first profesional gig was with Guitar Gable while still in his early teens; he later worked with Clifton Chenier (he played on Chenier's Grammy winner "I'm Here"), Isaac Hayes, Luther Ingram, Al Green, Lil' Bob and the Lollipops, Zachary Richard, and many others; recordings include an appearance on the live collection "Zydeco Shootout at El Sid O's" and his 1995 solo album, "Crowd Pleaser"
Late blues harp legend Little Walter recorded "Juke" for Checker Records in Chicago in 1952; the song went on to top the R&B Chart for 8 weeks
Singer and songwriter Kix Brooks was born (Leon Eric Brooks III) in Shreveport, LA in 1955; Kix was half of the multi-award winning country duo, Brooks & Dunn.
The 6th annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held in Los Angeles in 1964; winners at the event included Al Hirt (Best Performance By An Orchestra) for his million selling hit, "Java"; the tune, written by Allen Toussaint, was from the album "Honey In The Horn", which lost out in the Album of the Year category; other 1963 Grammy nominees included New Orleans Gospel artists Mahalia Jackson and Bessie Griffin.
Decatur Street music club Levon Helm's Classic American Cafe closed its doors in 1999 after less than 6 months in operation; founding partners in the venture included Levon Helm, Banu Gibson and Carmen Marotta
Legendary jazz clarinetist and sax player Sidney Bechet was born in New Orleans in 1897
Late jazz drummer and band leader Zutty Singleton (née Arthur James Singleton) was born in Bunkie, LA in 1898; working in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, Singleton's extensive resume included stints with Jimmie Noone, Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, and Sidney Bechet; in latter years, Singleton worked with Tony Parenti at Ryan's in New York (1963-69), and they performed together at the 1969 Jazz & Heritage Festival; he appeared in the films "Stormy Weather", "New Orleans", and "Turned-up Toes"
Doo Wop vocalist Will "Dub" Jones was born in Shreveport, LA in 1928; Jones, a bass vocalist, recorded with The Cadets and The Jacks before joining future Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Coasters in 1958; he remained with The Coasters for 10 years, and was featured on many of their hits including "Yakety Yak", "Charlie Brown" (Jones delivered the classic line "Why's everybody always picking on me"), and "Along Came Jones".
The Kingsmen's "Louie, Louie", written by Extension, Louisiana native Richard Berry, entered the Billboard Hot 100 for the ninth and last time in 1966; the garage rock classic peaked at #2 on the pop chart in 1963; visit louielouie.net for more info.
Late trad jazz clarinetist Edmond Hall was born New Orleans in 1901; Edmond was the son of Onward Brass Band regular, Edward Hall; his first professional work was with Kid Thomas Valentine's band in Reserve, LA circa 1917
Delta blues guitarist and vocalist "Uncle" Johnny Williams was born in Alexandria, LA in 1906; Williams moved to Chicago in 1938 and became a fixture on the Maxwell Street blues scene; he recorded Money Takin' Woman and Worried Man Blues for the Ora-Nelle label with his cousin Johnny Young in the late 40's; he was featured in the documentary "Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street."
Influential rock drummer D.J. Fontana (née Dominic Joseph Fontana) was born in Shreveport, LA in 1931; Fontana was Elvis Presley's drummer from 1955 to 1969; the two had met when Elvis first appeared on the Louisiana Hayride radio show on 10/16/54 (Fontana was the Hayride's house drummer at the time); he can be heard on Elvis classics such as "Heartbreak Hotel", "Jail House Rock", "Teddy Bear", "Hound Dog", "Love Me Tender", and "Blue Suede Shoes"; Fontana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
Zydeco and blues accordionist, singer, and band leader Major Handy was born (Joseph Majay Handy) in St. Martinville, Louisiana in 1947. Handy played guitar with Rockin' Dopsie and Buckwheat Zydeco before switching to accordion and forming his own band. He was honored for his accordion skills at the 2011 Living Blues Awards.
The 5th annual Grammy Awards ceremonies were held simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles in 1963; winners included Mahalia Jackson, who took home her second straight Grammy in the Gospel Recording category for the album "Great Songs of Love and Faith"
It was "New Orleans Night" on The Late Show with David Letterman in 1998; Dave flew in an audience from New Orleans for his CBS late night talk show, which included guests Mayor Marc Morial and the late Beau Jocque, who performed with his band, The Zydeco Hi-Rollers; the Top 10 list for the evening was Top 10 Nicknames for New Orleans.
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Adolph Smith was born in New Orleans in 1926; Smith worked with 50's vocal group The Monitors, and penned many tunes for The Spiders.
R&B singer Pervis Jackson was born in Monroe, Louisiana on May 16, 1938. Jackson was the bass singer with lengendary Detroit vocal group The Spinners. He was a co-founder of the group, formed in 1961, and remained with them up to his passing in 2008. Read more.
"Chapel of Love" by The Dixie Cups entered the Billboard Pop Chart in 1964; it later reached the No. 1 spot which it held for 3 consecutive weeks
Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady was arrested for possession of marijuana at the Royal Orleans Hotel in New Orleans in 1969; he later received a 2 1/2 year suspended sentence
Guitarist Roy Montrell passed away in Amsterdam in 1979 at age 51 (while on tour with Fats Domino); the New Orleans native was a prolific session player, working for the Specialty and Ace labels, and later for Allen Toussaint's studio band and the AFO (All For One) label; he was also a long time member and leader of Fats Domino's band
Dr. George C. Nichopoulous (aka Dr. Nick) was indicated in Memphis, TN in 1980 on 14 counts of overprescribing drugs to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and nine other patients
Reeds player Himas "Flo" Anckle in 1994 (born 9/14/27) passed away in New Orleans in 1994 at age 67; Anckle started out with the Majestic Brass Band, but later made his living in R&B with the Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield, The Isley Brothers, and others; he was also the co-author of the Carnival classic "Second Line, Part 2".
"A Barn Raisin' for Eddie Bo" was held at the Mid-City Lanes Rock 'n Bowl in 1999; the benefit concert helped raise funds for R&B veteran Eddie Bo, who lost all of his possessions in a fire that destroyed his Tulane Ave. home on 3/17/99; performers at the event included Snooks Eaglin, Tommy Ridgley, Ernie K-Doe, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Davell Crawford, and Jon Cleary
Upright bassist Peter "Chuck" Badie was born in New Orleans in 1925; the prolific Badie has worked with Roy Brown, Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, Big Joe Turner, Sam Cooke, and many others
New Orleans drummer and vocalist Derrick Freeman was born in Houston, TX in 1973. Freeman has worked with Kermit Ruffins, Coolbone, All That, Cronk, and others. He also fronts his own band, Derrick Freeman's Smokers World.
Frankie Ford (perfoming "Sea Cruise") and Shirley & Lee ("Let the Good Times Roll") were amonth the guests on NBC's late night music show "The Midnight Special" in 1974
In 1993, the Supreme Court refused to overturn a lower court ruling that granted Hank Williams' illegitimate daughter Jett Williams partial rights to his music; the appeal was filed by Hank Williams Jr. and publisher Acuff-Rose
Fats Domino was hospitalized in England in 1995 following a concert in Sheffield with Chuck Berry and Little Richard; Domino's promoter said he was suffering from a "serious infection" and needed to rest.
New Orleans R&B legend Ernie K-Doe was among honorees at the 2001 Governor's Arts Awards, held at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge in 2001; K-Doe, who passed away 7 weeks later at age 65, received the Lifetime Achievement award
Late trad jazz bassist and tuba player George "Pops" Foster was born in McCall, LA in 1892; Foster's lengthy career included stints with Fate Marable's group, Luis Russell, Louis Armstrong, and Earl Hines; his autobiography was published posthumously in 1971
Olympia Brass Band bass drummer Nowell "Papa" Glass was born in New Orleans in 1927; his father, Booker T. Glass, was a also brass band drummer; Papa Glass passed away in April, 2001 at age 73
Jimmy Clanton (perfoming "Just a Dream") and Lloyd Price ("Personality" and "I'm Gonna Get Married") were amonth the guests on NBC's late night music show "The Midnight Special" in 1974
"My Toot Toot" by Jean Knight entered the Billboard R&B Chart in 1985; the crossover Zydeco classic was originally a hit for Rockin' Sidney Simien (who won a Grammy for his "My Toot Toot" album in 1985).
Trad jazz piano player and vocalist Sing Miller passed away in New Orleans in 1990 at 75; in latter years, Miller was a fixture at Preservation Hall
"I'm In Love Again" by Fats Domino reached #1 on the R&B Chart in 1956. It held onto the top spot for 9 weeks and remained on the chart for a total of 26 weeks.
Noted Gospel vocalist Nolan Washington passed away in New Orleans in 1997 at age 65; Washington was a long-time member of The Zion Harmonizers, and the brother of Harmonizer's leader Sherman Washington.
Steel guitar player and vocalist Jessie "Jay" Stutes passed away in Jennings, LA in 2000 at age of 66; Stutes wrote and performed on the 1961 Cleveland Crochet & The Hillbilly Ramblers hit "Sugar Bee" (the first Cajun song to enter the Billboard Hot 100); Stutes later worked with Blackie Forestier and the Cajun Aces.
Country music star Trace Adkins was named the winner of NBC's 'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice' in 2013. Adkins raised a total of $1,554,072 for his charity, American Red Cross, during the reality show's sixth season.
Early Cajun accordionist Angelais Lejeune was born in Church Point, LA in 1900; Lejeune was a popular entertainer at fais do-do's in the 1920's; he was the uncle of noted accordionist Iry Lejeune.
New Orleans based singer and songwriter Susan Cowsill was born (Susan Claire Cowsill) in Canton, Ohio in 1959.
Shreveport born blues guitarist Lafayette Thomas passed away in Brisbane, CA in 1977 at age 48.
The 504 Boyz album "Goodfellas" debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B Chart and #2 on the Pop Chart in 2000. The album featured No Limit records' artists including Master P, Silkk The Shocker, C-Murder, Mac, Mystikal and Krazy.
"Barefootin'" by Robert Parker entered the Billboard Top 40 chart in 1966; it peaked at No. 7 and remained on the chart for 9 weeks.
Tim McGraw's album "Not A Moment Too Soon" topped both the Billboard 200 Albums chart and the Billboard Country Album chart in 1994; it remained at No. 1 on the country chart for 26 consecutive weeks, and it was the top selling country album of 1994
Police in Bridgeport, CT canceled a dance scheduled to be held at the Ritz ballroom and headlined by Fats Domino in 1955; authorities found out that "rock and roll dances might be featured" and justified their action by referring to "a recent near riot at the New Haven Arena," where rock & roll dances were featured
Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis announced his marriage to his 13-year-old second cousin, Myra, as he arrived in London in 1958 to begin his first British tour; the public's shock over his marriage caused Lewis to be booed off stage and forced the cancellation of all but 3 of the 37 scheduled concerts on the tour; it would take years for Lewis's career to recover from the controversy
Five members of the rap group N.W.A. were arrested and charged with inciting to riot after a fight broke out in the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans in 1992; police on horseback were brought into the lobby to control the fighting, which involved about 50 people; police said the battle started when some of the rappers and their entourage were denied entry to the hotel because they didn't have passes
Country crooner Tim McGraw's fifth album "A Place in the Sun" debuted at #1 on both the Billboard 200 Albums chart and the Billboard Country Albums chart in 1999; the album sold more than 250,000 copies in it's first week of release
Late record producer and label owner Robert "Bumps" Blackwell was born in Seattle, WA in 1922; Blackwell was sent to New Orleans by Specialty Records owner Art Rupe in September, 1955 to record Little Richard at Cosimo Matassa's studio; the sessions produced the R&R classic "Tutti Frutti"; Blackwell also produced tracks by Guitar Slim, Art Neville, Larry Williams, and many others.
Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars, visiting the Gold Coast in 1956, performed before an estimated 100,000 fans at an an open air concert in Accra; this was the first concert of Armstrong's 3 day visit to the African west coast; a CBS crew accompanied Satchmo on the tour, and highlights later aired in Edward R. Murrow's documentary, "Satchmo The Great"
Louis Armstrong's album "Hello, Dolly" entered the Billboard Top 40 Albums chart in 1964; it later topped the chart for 6 weeks, and it remained in the Top 40 for 48 weeks (Satchmo's only other Top 40 album chart entries were "Satch Plays Fats" (in 1955) and "Ella and Louis" (in 1956).
Noted tenor sax and banjo player Emanuel Paul passed away in New Orleans in 1988 at age 84; Paul was a long time member of the Eureka Brass Band
Clarinetist Willie Humphrey, Sr. was born in New Orleans in 1880; he was the son of trumpeter and music teacher Professor Jim Humphrey, and father of musicians Percy Humphrey (trumpet), Earl Humphrey (trombone), and Willie Humphrey, Jr. (clarinet); Willie Sr. passed away on January 8, 1964
Central Louisiana blues man B.B. Major was born (Image Helaire, Jr.) in Cane River, Louisiana in 1937.
"Cry Cry Cry" by Shirley & Company (led by Shirley Goodman, formerly with New Orleans duo Shirley & Lee) entered the R&B Chart in 1975; it was the followup to their #1 hit, "Shame, Shame, Shame"
Noted clarinet and sax player Joe Darensbourg passed away in Van Nuys, CA in 1985 at age 78; the Baton Rouge native studied under Manuel Roque and Alphonse Picou, and worked with Mutt Carey, Kid Ory, Louis Armstrong's All-Stars, and many others; his autobiography, "Jazz Odyssey", was published posthumously in 1988
The 22nd Annual W.C. Handy Awards were handed out in Memphis in 2001; winners included R&B diva Irma Thomas for "Soul/Blues Album of the Year" ("My Heart's In Memphis: The Songs of Dan Penn") and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown for "Instrumentalist of the Year - Other" (fiddle).
Noted banjo and guitar player "Creole" George Guesnon was born in New Orleans in 1907; Guesnon worked with Sam Morgan's band early in his career; he also worked with George Lewis and Jim Robinson, among others; in his latter years, Guesnon was a regular at Preservation Hall
Late blues man James Crutchfield was born in Baton Rouge, LA in 1912; Crutchfield grew up in lumber camps in Louisiana and Texas; he picked up a few licks from Little Brother Montgomery in Bogaulusa, and played with Elmore James and Boyd Gilmore in Mississippi before settling in St. Louis in 1948; Crutchfield was still active on the St. Louis blues scene at the time of his passing in 2001
Fats Domino and his band (including Dave Bartholomew and Cornelius "Tenoo" Coleman) appeared on NBC's "The Perry Como Show" in 1957. Watch Fats perform ("It's You I Love" and "I'm Walkin'") and chat with Perry below:
The soundtrack album "Hey Boy! Hey Girl!" by Louis Prima & Keely Smith entered the Top 40 Albums chart in 1959; the album included 10 tunes from the film, which starred Prima, Smith and Sam Butera.
Dr. John appeared on the NBC music series "The Midnight Special" in 1973; the doctor performed his hits, "Right Place, Wrong Time" and "Such a Night."
R&B legend Roy Brown passed away in Los Angeles in 1981 at age 55; the New Orleans native racked up 14 R&B hits between 1948 and 1951, including two that reached the #1 spot -- "'Long About Midnight" and "Hard Luck Blues"; Brown's classic "Good Rockin' Tonight" was a #1 R&B hit for Wynonie Harris in 1948, and was later covered by Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Pat Boone, James Brown, and a host of others
"The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" premiered on NBC on this day in 1992; Jay's musical director & bandleader was New Orleans jazz great Branford Marsalis; the band included Kenny Kirkland, Robert Hurst, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Matt Finders, Sal Marquez and Kevin Eubanks (who took over for Branford when he quit in 1995).
Classics: CD's released nationally on this day in 1999 included the Dirty Dozen's "Buck Jump" and the Lonnie Brooks - Long John Hunter - Phillip Walker collaboration "Lone Star Shootout"
Lionel Hampton's band recorded "Flying Home" for Decca Records in 1942; the sax break, by Broussard, LA native Illinois Jacquet, is considered the first R&B sax solo, and it spawned a generation of younger tenor sax players
Country music giant Hank Williams Jr. was born in Shreveport, LA in 1949; Williams won back-to-back CMA Entertainer of the Year awards in 1987 & 1988
Noted guitar and banjo player Carl LeBlanc was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Four days after his arrival in Britain in 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis played the third and last gig of what should have been a 37-date tour; The London Morning Star ran an editorial calling Lewis "an undesirable alien" and calls for his deportation (this after he announced his marriage to his 13-year-old second cousin, Myra); that night, Lewis was booed from the stage and he returned to the U.S. the following day
The debut album by Brooks & Dunn, "Brand New Man", was certified gold in 1992; Kix Brooks hails from Shreveport, LA
17 year old trombonist of the all-youth "All Stars Brass Band" Darnell "D-Boy" Andrews was murdered in the Lafitte housing project in New Orleans in 1995; Darnell, age 17 at the time of his death, was the brother of musicians James Andrews and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews; the New Birth Brass Band dedicated their 1997 album "D-Boy" to his memory
Late trad jazz clarinetist and bandleader Albert Nicholas was born in New Orleans in 1900
Late traditional jazz bassist Chester Zardis was born in New Orleans in 1900; as a youngster, Zardis played with Louis Armstrong in the Colored Waif's Home band; his early work included stints with Kid Rena, Buddy Petit, Chris Kelly, Jack Carey, Fats Pichon, Bunk Johnson, and others; he was later a fixture at Preservation Hall for over a quarter of a century; he was featured in the 1989 documentary "Chester Zardis: The Spirit of New Orleans", which was filmed shortly before his death
Louis Armstrong and old colleagues Luis Russell, Sidney Bechet, and Zuttie Singleton are reunited at a recording session for the Decca label in New York in 1940; tracks included Armstrong's "Perdido Street Blues" and "Coal Cart Blues", and Buddy Bolden's "2:19 Blues"
Country singer Tim McGraw's album "Not A Moment Too Soon" was certified multi-platinum by the RIAA in 1994; the album went on to be Billboard's best selling country album of 1994 and was also named ACM Album of the Year (it has sold 5+ million total copies)
The 20th Annual W.C. Handy Awards were handed out in Memphis in 1999; winners included Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and former New Orleans resident Keb' Mo'; performers included Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who payed a musical tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan; Homer, LA born blues man Bobby Rush gave a heart-felt memorial to blues greats Lowell Fulson, Charles Brown, and other pioneers of the genre who died in the previous year
Noted trumpeter Tommy Ladnier was born in Florenceville, LA in 1900; Ladnier, who was taught by Bunk Johnson, worked with Fletcher Henderson, the New Orleans Footwarmers (which Ladnier co-founded with Sidney Bechet), and Mezz Mezzrow, among many others; Ladnier died from a heart attack at age 39 while staying with Mezzrow in New York
Trad jazz trombone player Santo Pecora passed away in New Orleans in 1984 at age 82; Pecora worked with Johnny De Droit and Leon Ropollo in New Orleans before stays in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles; after returning to New Orleans in the late 40's, he worked regularly with Sharkey Bonano, and had long residencies at The Dream Room and The Famous Door in the 1960's.
The 1994 Brooks & Dunn album "Waitin' On Sundown" was certified double platinum by the RIAA in 1995.
Aaron Neville performed at the National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington DC in 1999.
Country superstar Tim McGraw opened a concert for his wife, Faith Hill, at the Beacon Theater in New York City in 1999; McGraw's appearance was an unannounced surprise for those in attendance.
Noted record producer Tom Ayres passed away at his Shreveport home in 2000 at age 67; Ayres worked for Hanna-Barbera, ABC Records, Columbia Records, United Artists, Kama Sutra Records, Buddha Records and RCA Records, among others; he was credited with boosting the careers of singer and songwriter Victoria Williams and rock superstar David Bowie.
The TV special "Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws and Angels" aired on the USA network in 2004. The show, pretaped on May 5th in Los Angeles, featured Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Keith Richards, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Merle Haggard, Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynne, Al Green, Rickie Lee Jones, Carole King, Toots Hibbert, Ben Harper, Joe Walsh, Los Lonely Boys, Lee Ann Womack, The Holmes Brothers, and more. The "house band" included Ivan Neville on keyboards
Master fiddler, fiddle maker, teacher and Cajun cultural ambassador Leo Abshire passed away in 2005 at age 71. The in Kaplan, LA native performed with Joe Bonsall and the Orange Playboys for 20 years, and also worked with August Broussard, Milton Adams, Horace Trahan, D.L. Menard, Eddie LeJeune, and Doug Kershaw. He appeared in the 1999 PBS special The Mississippi: River of Song and he was the subject of the award winning documentary "It's In the Blood: Leo Abshire & the Cajun Tradition."
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