- On This Day in Louisiana Music History

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1905 Late trombonist, banjo player and music educator Jacob "Papa Jac" Assunto was born in Lake Charles, LA in 1905; Papa Jac was a member of the Dukes of Dixieland in the 1950's with sons Frank and Fred Assunto (read more).
1905 Tenor sax player Joe Tillman passed away in New Orleans in 1976; Tillman worked with Lloyd Lambert's band, and recorded with Ray Charles, Guitar Slim, Little Richard, and others
1958 The Young Tuxedo Brass Band were recorded by Atlantc Records in New Orleans on November 1, 1958. The recordings were made outdoors to simulate a jazz funeral. The recordings can be found on the limited edition box set "The Atlantic New Orleans Jazz Sessions." Band members included John Casimir, Andrew Anderson, John "Pickey" Brunious, Albert "Fernandez" Walters, Clement Tervalon, Jim Robinson, Herman Sherman, Andrew Morgan, Wilbert Tillman, Emile Knox and Paul Barbarin.
1999 The Hot Boys (f/ Juvenile, B.G., Lil' Wayne and Turk) album "Guerrilla Warfare" was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 1999
2004 The Neville Brothers appear on Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2004 ("Ball of Confusion")

1938 Record producer, label owner, music distributor and Offbeat Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Floyd Soileau was born in Grand Prairie, LA in 1938. Soileau is also owner of Floyd's Record Shop in Ville Platte, founded in 1956.
1963 "I'm Leaving It Up To You" by Dale & Grace (Dale Houston and Grace Broussard) entered the R&B Chart in 1963 (it #6 on the R&B Chart, and hit #1 on the Pop Chart); the duo also appeared on TV's "American Bandstand" on this day in 1963.
1974 "Smoke My Peacepipe (Smoke It Right)" by The Wild Magnolias entered the R&B Chart in 1974; it peaked at #74 and remained on the chart for 6 weeks
1981 Hank Williams, Jr.'s 1979 album "Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound" was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1981; the album went Platinum in 1998
2001 Noted bass player Julius Farmer passed away in New Orleans in 2001 at age 52. Farmer worked with Chick Corea, Ellis Marsalis, George Benson, Charles Neville, and many others. Recording credits include releases by The Wild Magnolias, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Professor Longhair and Dr. John..

1921 Cajun fiddler and singer Shelton Manuel was born in Eunice, Louisiana in 1921. Manuel, who also played accordion, guitar, and drums, performed with J. B. Fuselier, Harry Choates, Chuck Guillory, Papa Cairo, Nathan Abshire, Lawrence Walker, Aldus Roger, Shirley Bergeron and others. He passed away in 2005 at age 83.
1930 R&B and Gospel songstress Mable John was born in Bastrop, LA in 1930. John was the first female artist signed by Berry Gordy Jr. on the Tamla label (which preceded the Motown label by 2 years). She was also a long time member of Ray Charles' Raelettes. Popular songs included "Your Good Thing Is About To End" and "Running Out." (see Mable's web site for more info).
1942 Accordionist and Cajun music pioneer Amede Ardoin passed away in Pineville, Louisiana in 1942. Ardoin's complete recording career, consisting of only 34 tracks, is available on the compilation "Mama, I'll Be Long Gone: The Complete Recordings of Amede Ardoin."
1946 Former John Fred & The Playboys keyboard player Tommy "Dee" DeGeneres was born in Baton Rouge in 1946
1956 Fats Domino's version of "Blueberry Hill" (Imperial 5407) hit #1 of the R&B Chart in 1956, beginning an eleven week run at the top spot. The song was added to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1987, and it was included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" (Issue RS963).
1957 Sun Records released the Jerry Lee Lewis classic "Great Balls of Fire" on this day in 1957
1958 Vocalist extraordinaire John Boutte was born in New Orleans in 1958.
1998 Former Cash Money Records rapper Juvenile released his third album, "400 Degreez", in 1998. The CD went on to sell over 4 million copies, and had a 60-week run on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

1931 Legendary New Orleans jazz figure Charles "Buddy" Bolden passed away at the state insane asylum in Jackson, Louisiana in 1931 at age 54
1965 Louis Armstrong & the All-Stars appeared on the ABC music series Shindig! in 1965; Satchmo performed several tunes, including "Sleepy Time Down South," "Indiana", "Blueberry Hill," "Hello Dolly" and "When the Saints Come Marching In"
1981 Country music star Hank Williams, Jr. made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1981
1991 The 1992 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced on this day in 1991; the honor roll included New Orleans' own Professor Longhair

1960 Honky tonk legend Johnny Horton was killed by a drunk driver in an auto accident in Milano, TX in 1960; Horton, a native of Los Angeles, moved to Shreveport, LA in 1951 and became a regular on the Louisiana Hayride radio show; the accident occurred while Horton was driving back to Shreveport from a performance in Austin, Texas; also injured in the accident were Horton's manager and bassist Tillman Franks, and guitarist Tommy Tomlinson; in an interesting bit of trivia, Horton's last gig was at the Skyline in Austin, Texas - the same place where Hank Williams last performed before his death; at the time of Horton's passing, he was married to Shreveport native, Billie Jean Jones, the widow of Hank Williams.
1994 "New Age Girl" by New Orleans popsters Deadeye Dick entered the Billboard Top 40 in 1994; it peaked at #27 and remained on the chart for 11 weeks; the catchy tune was later featured in the film "Dumb and Dumber".
1998 New Orleans R&B legend Fats Domino was awarded the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President Clinton at the White House in 1998; Fats, who did not attend the ceremony, was represented by his daughter Antoinette Domino Smith; said Fats, who had not traveled for a few years: "My spirit told me not to leave New Orleans until I make up my mind to travel again" .... said President Clinton: "Ain't that a shame".
1998 Country music legend and two-time Louisiana governor Jimmie Davis passed away at his home in Baton Rouge in 2000 at age 101; Davis wrote an estimated 400 songs, including the American classic, "You Are My Sunshine"; he was an inductee of the Louisiana Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame, Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

1889 Cornetist Amos White was born in Kingstree, SC in 1889; White settled in New Orleans in 1919 and worked with Lizzie Miles and the Tuxedo Brass Band before a brief stint with Fate Marable's band on the S.S. Capitol; White also organized the New Orleans Creole Orchestra, which featured Barney Bigard on clarinet
1924 The Red Onion Jazz Babies (Clarence Williams, backed by a young Louis Armstrong on cornet) recorded "Of All The Wrongs You Done To Me" and "Everybody Loves My Baby" for the Okeh label in Chicago in 1924 (audio clips)
1941 Swamp blues man Roscoe Chenier was born in Notleyville, Louisiana in 1941 (read more).
1954 "More And More" by West Monroe, LA native Webb Pierce hit #1 on the Country Chart in 1954; the tune, written by Merle Kilgore, held on to the top spot for 10 consecutive weeks
1956 Webb Pierce recorded his top ten country hits "Cryin' Over You" and "I'm Tired" for the Decca label in 1956
1959 Cowboy Mouth guitarist, singer, and songwriter Paul Sanchez was born in New Orleans in 1959 (web site)
1961 "Ya Ya" by Lee Dorsey hit #1 on the Billboard R&B Chart in 1961; it dislodged Ray Charles' "Hit The Road Jack" (written by Minden, LA native Percy Mayfield), which had enjoyed a 5 week run at the top spot; the Dorsey-penned tune also reached #7 on the Pop Chart, and earned him his first Gold Record
1965 Pianist, singer, arranger, composer and bandleader Clarence Williams passed away in (Queens) New York City at age 72; the Plaquemine, LA native worked with Armand Piron in the early teens and formed a publishing company with him in 1915; he led many recording sessions during the 20's and 30's that featured the likes of Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Red Allen and Coleman Hawkins; Williams wrote or shared credits (often with pianist Spencer Williams) for many trad jazz classics, including "Royal Garden Blues", "Squeeze Me", "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home" and "West End Blues"
1993 Late country music legend David Houston gave his final performance at the Grand Ole Opry in 1993; the Grammy winning singer and Shreveport, LA native had been a member of the Opry since 1972
xxxx TV Appearances: Harry Connick, Jr. on the Late Show With David Letterman (1997); Christian music trio Trin-i-Tee 5:7 on Soul Train (1999); Britney Spears on CBS Early Show and Letterman (2001).
2001 Britney Spears appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, and the CBS Early Show in 2001. Her third album "Britney" was released.
2005 The first live performance by roots-rockers Honey Island Swamp Band took place at the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco. Founding members Aaron Wilkinson, Chris Mulé, Sam Price and Garland Paul hooked up after being stranded in San Francisco due to Hurricane Katrina.
2011 Country music star and Shreveport, LA native Kix Brooks was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville in 2011.

1905 Late trad jazz drummer Albert Jiles was born in Thibodaux, LA in 1905
1922 Late Dixieland trumpet legend Al Hirt was born in New Orleans in 1922
1932 Jazz clarinetist, composer and educator Alvin Batiste was born in New Orleans in 1932. Batiste performed with Ed Blackwell, Ornette Coleman, American Jazz Quintet, New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra, 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. Batiste passed away in his sleep in May 2007, just hours before a scheduled performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
1937 Bayou soul singer and drummer Lil' Bob (Camille Bob) of Lil' Bob & the Lollipops fame was born in Arnaudville, LA in 1937; Lil' Bob, who has been performing since the early 1950's, had a hit in '66 with "I Got Loaded" (which has since been covered by Robert Cray, Los Lobos, and others); he released a solo album in 1998
1942 Perennial rocker Johnny Rivers was born (Johnny Ramistella) in New York City in 1942; Rivers moved to Baton Rouge at age 5, and formed his first band there while in junior high school; he appeared on the Louisiana Hayride radio show in 1960, prior to relocating to Los Angeles
1954 Country singer Johnny Horton left the Louisiana Hayride radio show in 1954; Horton had temporarily quit the music business due to hard times; he would soon hook up with manager Tillman Franks
1965 Longtime Buckwheat Zydeco drummer Kevin Menard was born in Lafayette, LA in 1965
1997 Swingin' sax man Sam Butera appeared on TV's "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" in 1997
2001 CMA Winners: congratulations to all winners at the 35th Annual CMA Awards, which took place on November 7th in Nashville; winners with Louisiana ties included Tim McGraw ("Entertainer of the Year"), Brooks & Dunn ("Vocal Duo of the Year", for the ninth time!), and the soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" ("Album of the Year"), which featured tracks by Chris Thomas King and The Cox Family.
2002 Ivan Neville among honorees at the 3rd annual MAP Awards (Musicians' Assistance Program) were held tonight at the House of Blues, Sunset Strip

1968 Tradititional and contemporary jazz saxophonist Roderick Paulin was born in New Orleans in 1968
1983 New Orleans keyboard legend James Booker passed away in Charity Hospital in 1983 at age 43
1988 Filming of the Jerry Lee Lewis biography "Great Balls Of Fire!" began on this day in 1988
1997 Musician, producer, and songwriter Dr. Tommy Comeaux was killed in an accident in Broussard, LA at age 45; Comeaux was also a long time member of music groups Beausoleil, Coteau, The Clickin' Chickens, and The Basin Brothers; read more.
2008 New Orleans based singer and songwriter Eric Lindell made his national TV debut on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." Eric and his band performed "Lay Back Down" (from his Low on Cash, Rich in Love album).

1880 Early trad jazz trombonist Bill Gallaty, Sr. was born in New Orleans in 1880; Gallaty worked with the Reliance Brass Band, and later fronted his own band; his son was also a trombone player, who worked with Santo Pecora's band
1908 Trad jazz saxophonist Ernest Poree was born in New Orleans in 1908; Poree was a long time member of the George Williams Brass Band
1959 "Be My Guest" by Fats Domino entered the Billboard Top 40 in 1959; it remained in the Top 40 for 10 weeks, peaking at #8 (the "B" side, "I've Been Around", also entered the Top 40 on this day in 1959; it reached #33).
1959 "Country Girl" by honkytonk legend Faron Young hit #1 on the Country Chart in 1959; it held on to the top spot for 4 consecutive weeks
1960 Tony Spargo and Eddie Edwards (of Original Dixieland Jazz Band) appeared as guests on TV's "I've Got A Secret" in 1960. The Original Dixieland Jazz Band (lineup was Eddie Edwards, Phil Napoleon, Tony Parenti, Russell Robinson, and Tony Spargo) also performed on the show. See YouTube clip.
1965 Noted jazz alto saxophonist Jesse Davis was born in New Orleans in 1965
2006 The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (represented by Ben Jaffe and his mother Sandra Jaffe) were awarded the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President George W. Bush at the White House on November 9, 2006.
2007 In a rare appearance outside of New Orleans, rock legend Fats Domino appeared live on NBC's "Today Show" in 2007. Fats performed "Blueberry Hill" for the national TV audience accompanied by Leo Nocentelli, Ivan Neville, Donald Harrison, Nick Daniels, Toots Hibbert, and Adam Deitch.

1940 Funky blues man Bobby Rush was born (Emmit Ellis, Jr.) in Homer, Louisiana in 1940
1945 Trumpeter/composer Stanton Davis born in New Orleans 1945
1958 Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars appeared on national television on The Timex All-Star Jazz Show in 1958
1958 "A Part Of Me" by Baton Rouge native and teen idol Jimmy Clanton entered the R&B Chart on this day in 1958
1959 Better Than Ezra's debut album "Deluxe" was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 1995
1968 Chris Cagle was born on Nov. 10, 1968, in DeRidder, La
2001 Legendary New Orleans piano man Dr. John appeared on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in 2001. The good doctor was sitting in with the SNL house band.
2005 Wynton Marsalis was awarded the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President George W. Bush at the White House in 2005. Allen Toussaint performs at 40th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities at the White House.

1934 Late tenor sax man David Lastie (of the noted musical Lastie family) was born in New Orleans in 1934; Lastie worked with Guitar Slim, Sugarboy Crawford, Smiley Lewis and Eddie Bo in the 50's; a sought after session player, he recorded with Jessie Hill, James Booker, Dr. John, Earl King, and many others.
1944 Blues singer, songwriter and guitarist Chris Smither was born in Miami in 1944; Chris spent his formative years (1947-1964) in New Orleans before heading north to pursue his musical career
1965 Louis Armstrong appeared on ABC's music series Shindig! in 1965; the episode was the 2nd of two shows featuring Satchmo and his band (Part 1 aired on 11/04/65).
1972 "I Found My Dad" by Simmesport, LA native Joe Simon entered the Billboard R&B Chart on this day in 1972; it peaked at #15 and remained on the chart for 13 weeks
1972 Bass guitarist Robert Mercurio was born in Chevy Chase, MD in 1972. Mercurio is a founding member of NOLA funk band Galactic. Side projects include Good Enough For Good Times, Frequinox, and Dragon Smoke.
1999 Kentwood, LA pop star Britney Spears was the big winner at the MTV Europe Music Awards held in Dublin in 1999; Spears took home awards for Best Female Artist, Best Pop Artist, Breakthrough Artist, and Best Single (for "Baby One More Time")
1994 Branford Marsalis appeared on the Cartoon Network series "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" in 1994 (episode "Gum, Disease")
1994 Harry Connick, Jr. appeared on TV's "Live with Regis and Kelly"

1895 Late trad jazz bass drummer Edgar Mosely was born in Algiers, LA in 1895; Edgar and his brother Baptiste, who played together in Kid Rena's Brass Band, were the most popular street drummers in New Orleans for years; Edgar recorded with Bunk Johnson and George Lewis' New Orleans Stompers
1917 The Storyville district of New Orleans was closed down in 1917 after prostitution was declared illegal in the area; early jazz legends Jelly Roll Morton, Tony Jackson, Clarence Williams, King Oliver, Freddie Keppard, and Kid Ory were among the many musicians featured in the area's brothels, barrel houses and taverns.
1925 Louis Armstrong made his first "Hot Five" recordings for the Okeh label in Chicago in 1925; Louis, along with Kid Ory, Johnny Dodds, Lil Armstrong and Johnny St. Cyr laid down "My Heart", "I'm In The Barrel" and "Gut Bucket Blues"; the tracks were produced by Richard M. Jones
1949 "Mary is Fine" by Vinton, LA native Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown entered the R&B Chart on this day in 1949
1955 Fats Domino was named Favorite Rhythm & Blues Artist in Billboard's annual DJ's Poll in 1955.
1957 The film "Jamboree", which featured Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino, premiered in Hollywood in 1957.
1988 "Not Just Another Girl" by Ivan Neville entered the Billboard Top 40 on this day in 1988; the track appeared on the soundtrack for the film "My Stepmother Is an Alien".
2003 Blues legend Buddy Guy was awarded the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President George W. Bush at the White House in 2003 (photo).

1872 Late trad jazz trombonist George Filhe was born in New Orleans in 1872; Filhe began playing with the Cousto-Desdunes Orchestra in 1892; he was a long time member of the Onward Brass Band, and played in Chicago with Manuel Perez, King Oliver, Sidney Bechet, and others
1913 Late blues and jazz songstress Blue Lu Barker was born (Louisa Dupont) in New Orleans in 1913; Blue Lu, the wife of noted jazz figure Danny Barker, was known for her risque novelty tunes, such as "Don't You Feel My Leg"
1939 Noted drummer Idris Muhammad was born (Leo Morris) in New Orleans in 1939.
1939 R&B guitarist and vocalist Rockie Charles was born (Alfred Charles Merrick, Sr.) in Boothville, Louisiana in 1939. Rockie, known as the President of Soul, passed away in 2010.
1948 Hogan Jazz Archive curator Bruce Boyd Raeburn was born in New Orleans in 1948
1965 "C.C. Rider" by Baton Rouge native Bobby Powell entered the Billboard R&B Chart on this day in 1965
1982 "Take It Off" by New Orleans funksters Chocolate Milk entered the Billboard R&B Chart on this day in 1982
1989 The Rolling Stones "Steel Wheels Tour" rolled into the Louisiana Superdome on this day in 1989 (see poster)
1991 Buddy Guy performed on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1991 ("Damn Right I've Got The Blues").
1998 Soul and funk singer/songwriter Eldridge Holmes passed away in New Orleans in 1998 at 46 (or 47 ?).
1999 Steel guitar player Julius "Papa Cairo" Lamperez passed away in Crowley, LA in 1999 at age 79; the New Orleans native played with Cajun and Western swing bands for 64 years; Lamperez began his career with the Daylight Creepers in 1935; he sang on Chuck Guillory & His Rhythm Boys' 1949 hit, "Big Texas", and also worked with Jimmy C. Newman, Harry Choates, Rufus Thibodeaux, Marty Robbins, Faron Young, and George Jones, among others

1917 Guitarist and vocalist Arthur "Guitar" Kelly was born in Clinton, LA in 1917; the under-recognized Swamp blues great passed away in September, 2001
1934 Jazz patriarch, pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis Jr. was born in New Orleans in 1934. His students included Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick Jr., Irvin Mayfield, Jesse Davis, Charlie Dennard, Victor Goines, Donald Harrison, Marlon Jordan and Paul Longstreth (and sons Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason). Marsalis died on April 1, 2020 from complications of COVID-19 at the age of 85
1936 R&B beat keeper Joseph "Smokey" Johnson was born in New Orleans in 1936; Johnson was a member of Fats Domino's band for 23 years; extensive session credits include backing Professor Longhair (on "Big Chief") and Earl King ("Trick Bag"); Johnson had a regional hit in 1964 with the local classic "It Ain't My Fault".
1947 Zydeco legend Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, Jr. was born in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1947
1949 Sax man Humphrey Davis Jr was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1949
1969 Mighty bass drummer Cayetano Hingle was born in New Orleans in 1969; "Tanio" played with the Junior Olympian Brass Band in his younger days; he went on to lead the New Birth Brass Band and hold down the beat for the New Orleans Nightcrawlers
1983 Rapper Lil Boosie (of "Wipe Me Down" fame) was born (Torrence Hatch) in Baton Rouge in 1983.
1992 Respected trumpeter, session player, and bandleader Teddy Riley passed away in New Orleans in 1992 at age 68; Riley worked with the Dookie Chase Orchestra, led Roy Brown's band, backed Fats Domino & Wynton Marsalis, and fronted his own groups at area clubs; he was also a regular on the parade scene, and marched with the George Williams Brass Band, the Olympia Brass Band, and his own Royal Brass Band, among others
1997 Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins and his band (Corey Henry, Kevin Morris, Emile Vinette and Jerry Anderson) recorded their performance at Tipitina's on this day in 1997 for later release as "The Barbecue Swingers Live" (the first release for local label Basin Street Records).
2001 Harry Connick, Jr. appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on this day in 2001; backing Harry were hometown favorites Leroy Jones and Lucien Barbarin, with Arthur Latin and Neal Caine
2006 R&B and swamp pop singer Lil' Alfred (nee Alfred Babino) passed away at age 62. The Lake Charles, LA native had a regional hit with "Walking Down the Aisle" in 1960 (which he recorded at age 16). He later performed with Cookie and the Cupcakes, the Boogie Kings, and others. His only solo album, "Dealin' With the Feelin'", was released in 1996 on Jin Records.

1885 Late trad jazz clarinetist Achille Baquet was born in New Orleans in 1885; Achille played with the Reliance Brass Band, and others; he was the brother of clarinetist George Baquet; their father was cornet player Theogene V. Baquet, who led the Excelsior Brass Band in the late 1800's
1905 Late Cajun fiddler Sady Courville was born in Chataignier, LA in 1905; Courville is noted for his work with his brother-in-law and fellow Cajun fiddler Dennis McGee
1929 The Jones-Collins Astoria Hot 8 recorded for the first and last time at the Italian Hall (located at the corner of Rampart Street and Esplanade Avenue) in 1929; the group was led by cornetist Lee Collins and tenor sax player David Jones, and featured Sidney Arodin, Emanuel Sayles, Theodore Purnell, Joe Robichaux, Al Morgan and Joe Stroughter-Raphael
1981 Roland Guerin was born November 15, 1968 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1981 Cajun fiddler and vocalist Wallace "Cheese" Read passed away in Eunice, Louisiana in 1981 at age 67 (read more)

1910 Late trad jazz banjo player Albert "Papa" French was born in New Orleans in 1910; French had a long association with Oscar "Papa" Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, and led the group after Celestin's passing; Albert's son Bob French has has since taken over the helm of the group
1916 Creole accordionist and vocalist Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin was born near Duralde, Louisiana in 1916
1933 Late steel guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Shirley Bergeron was born in Church Point, Louisiana in 1933; he was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 1995
1966 Louis Armstrong appeared on TV's "The Danny Kaye Show" in 1966
1969 Jerry Lee Lewis performed "What I'd Say" and "Whole Lotta Shakin" on TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show" on this day in 1969

1885 Late trad jazz trombonist Charles "Sonny" Henry was born on the Magnolia Plantation in Louisiana in 1885; Henry studied under Professor Jim Humphrey; he first played with the plantation brass band (Eclipse Brass Band) at age 17 (on cornet); he later took up the trombone, and moved to New Orleans in 1913; his lengthy career included stints with the Excelsior, W.P.A., Young Tuxedo and Eureka Brass Bands.
1933 Late R&B pianist Elmore Nixon was born in Crowley, Louisiana in 1933; Nixon recorded with Henry Hayes, Clifton Chenier, Lightning Hopkins, and Hop Wilson, among others; his solo efforts can be found on the "Mercury Blues 'n' Rhythm Story" and "Best of Duke-Peacock Blues" collections
1967 Swamp blues man Tab Benoit was born at Bayou Petit Caillou (near Baton Rouge) in 1967; catch Tab live at Runy's Roadhouse on 11/26 and the Rock 'n' Bowl on 12/03; (see Tab's web site).
1994 Country star Sammy Kershaw's 1993 album "Haunted Heart" was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 1994
2003 Pop star Britney Spears was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 (photo); at age 21, Spears tied with former "Little House on the Prairie" actress Melissa Gilbert for being the youngest person to receive a Walk of Fame star
2007 Accordionist and bandleader Zydeco Joe (nee Joseph Adam Mouton) passed away in Lafayette, LA in 2007. He was 64.
2008 Blues harmonica great Pat Ramsey passed away in Florida in 2008 at age 55. The Shreveport native recorded with Johnny Winter and Coco Robicheaux, and also released several solo albums.

1930 Late great trumpeter Melvin Lastie was born in New Orleans in 1930; the prolific session player (including the solo on Barbara George's 1961 #1 R&B hit, "I Know") and member of New Orleans legendary Lastie musical family passed away from cancer at age 42
1955 Honkytonk legend Webb Pierce recorded his #2 single, "Yes, I Know Why" for the Decca label in 1955
1956 Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Fats Domino performed "Blueberry Hill" on TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1956
1989 "Bayou Boys" by Lafayette, LA native Eddy Raven hit #1 on the Country Chart in 1989; the tune remained on the chart for a total of 26 weeks
1993 Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder was booked on misdemeanor charges after he and Chicago White Sox pitcher Jack McDowell were involved in a brawl in a Decatur Street bar in 1993; Vedder, who allegedly spat on a waiter, was charged with public drunkenness and disturbing the peace; he was acquitted of all charges in August, 1995
1995 Cajun steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Shirley Bergeron passed away in Church Point, Louisiana in 1995 at age 62; Shirley played in his father's band, Alphee Bergeron & The Veteran Playboys, and also released two solo albums
2001 The 90 minute special "Britney Spears: Live From Las Vegas" aired live on HBO in 2001; the concert, Britney's first live television concert, went out to millions of cable viewers and Armed Forces personnel around the globe

1965 Accordionist and Cajun music pioneer Joseph Falcon passed away in Crowley, Louisiana in 1965 at age 65; Falcon and wife Cleoma Breaux recorded the first Cajun French record, "Allons Lafayette", in 1928.
1966 "Holy Cow" by Lee Dorsey entered the Pop and R&B Charts in 1966; it later peaked at #10 on the R&B Chart and #23 on the Pop chart
1969 Drummer Travis McNabb was born in Kenner, LA in 1969. McNabb was the long time beat-keeper for Better Than Ezra. He left BTE in 2009 to join the backing band for country duo Sugarland.
1974 Trad jazz trombonist and bandleader Georg Brunis (born George Clarence Brunies) passed away in Chicago in 1974 at age 74; the New Orleans native was a member of Papa Jack Laine's "Kid" band at age 8; he moved to Chicago in 1919 and played with Paul Mares' Friar's Society Orchestra which later became the New Orleans Rhythm Kings; other work included stints with Louis Prima, Wingy Manone, Sharkey Bonano, Muggsy Spanier and Eddie Condon, among many others
1999 Snare drummer Eldridge "Eldo" Andrews passed away in 1999 at the age of 23; Eldridge, a co-founder of the Lil' Rascals Brass Band, was a member of the noted Andrews musical family, which includes brother Revert Andrews (Dirty Dozen; ReBirth), cousin James Andrews, and New Orleans legends Jessie "Ooh Pooh Pah Do" Hill and Louis Nelson

1827 Creole composer, conductor and violin prodigy Edmond Dede was born in New Orleans in 1827. For more on Dede, see the book "Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana's Free People of Color"
1941 R&B legend, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and multiple Grammy winner Dr. John was born (Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr.) in New Orleans in 1941. The good doctor passed away on June 6, 2019.
1961 "I Know" by Barbara George entered the R&B chart in 1961; it later hit #1 on the R&B chart (on 01/20/62), and #3 on the Pop chart.
1964 Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis appeared on the UK television music series "Ready Steady Go!" on 11/20/1964 (performed "High Heel Sneakers" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On").
1971 " Drowning In The Sea Of Love" by Simmesport, LA native Joe Simon entered the Billboard R&B chart in 1971; it had a 15 week run on the chart, peaking at the #3 position; it also reached #11 on the Top 40 chart
1971 "Where Did Our Love Go" by New Orleans-born R&B vocalist Donnie Elbert entered the Billboard Top 40 chart in 1971; it peaked at #15 and remained in the Top 40 chart for 8 weeks (the tune reached #6 on the R&B Chart)
1997 Influential music journalist Robert Palmer passed away in New York in 1997 at age 52 after a lengthy bout with liver disease; Palmer's credits included a 10-year stint as chief pop music critic of The New York Times, senior editor of Rolling Stone, the books "Deep Blues" and "Rock & Roll: An Unruly History", plus award-winning documentary films; Palmer moved to New Orleans in 1992, and he occasionally sat in on clarinet with jazz bands at the Little People's Place

1942 "C Blues" by Barney Bigard & His Orchestra (a subset of the Duke Ellington Orchestra) entered the R&B chart on this day in 1942; the oft-covered tune, composed by Ellington, is also known as "C Jam Blues" and "Duke's Place".
1953 "There Stands The Glass" by West Monroe, LA native Webb Pierce hit #1 on the Country Chart in 1953; the tune topped the chart for a total of 12 weeks
1953 Clarinetist Larry Shields passed away in Los Angeles in 1953 at age 60; the New Orleans native joined the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in Chicago in 1916, staying with them until 1921; after a move to California, Shields returned to New Orleans and joined a reformed ODJB from 1936-38; he retired from music and moved back to the West Coast in the early 40's
1960 Craig "Sparky" Klein born in NOLA in 1960.
1960 "Gonzo" by late New Orleans "piano prince" James Booker entered the R&B chart in 1960; it later peaked at #3, and also reached #43 on the Pop chart (read more).
1981 "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)" by Shreveport native Hank Williams, Jr. hit #1 on the Billboard Country Chart in 1981.

1901 Late trad jazz reeds player, band leader, and composer Paul "Polo" Barnes was born in New Orleans in 1901; his lengthy career included stints with the Original Tuxedo Orchestra, Papa Celestin, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Kid Howard, and others; he performed wih the Young Men From New Orleans at Disneyland in L.A., and was a regular at Preservation Hall (1964-1981) after his return to New Orleans
1906 Late trad jazz trumpeter and vocalist Guy Kelly was born in Scotland, LA in 1906; Kelly played with Papa Celestin and Kid Howard before moving to Chicago in 1930; he later worked with Jimmie Noone and Albert Ammons, among others; Kelly passed away in Chicago in 1940
1960 Carlo Nuccio born in NOLA in 1960
1965 Louis Armstrong began work on the film "A Man Called Adam" (which starred Sammy Davis, Jr.) on this day in 1965
1980 "Dreams Come True" by Mansfield, LA native O.C. Smith entered the Billboard R&B chart on this day in 1980
1995 Creole accordionist Ambrose Sam passed away in Lawtell, LA in 1995 at age 76; Ambrose's nephews perform with the Sam Brothers Five; his brother was Zydeco accordionist Herbert "Good Rockin'" Sam

1963 "I'm Leaving It Up To You" by Dale & Grace (Dale Houston and Grace Broussard) hit #1 on the Pop Chart on 11/23/63; the song was originally recorded as a solo by Dale, but producer Sam Montel was not happy with it; he paired Dale up with Grace (sister of Cajun musician Van Broussard) to re-record it, and the rest is pop music history
1973 Blues and trad jazz trumpeter De De Pierce (Joseph De La Croix Pierce) passed away in New Orleans in 1973 at age 69; De De toured and recorded extensively with wife Billie Pierce in the 60's; both were regulars at Preservation Hall
1976 Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested outside the gates of Graceland in Memphis in 1976 after showing up for the second time that night shouting, waving a pistol, and demanding to see Elvis Presley; authorities charged him with public intoxication and possession of a weapon
1985 Queen Ida & The Bon Temps Zydeco Band were musical guests on the NBC show Saturday Night Live in 1985; they performed "La Louisiane" and "Frisco Zydeco"
1985 R&B singer O.C. Smith passed away in Los Angeles in 2001; the Grammy winning crooner -- born Ocie Lee Smith in Mansfield, LA -- was 65 (more).

1926 Richard M. Jones and his Jazz Wizards recorded "Dusty Bottom Blues" and "Scagmore Green" for the Okeh label in Chicago in 1926.
1956 "I Feel Good" by Shirley & Lee (Shirley Goodman and Leonard Lee) entered the R&B Chart in 1956; the song, which ultimately hit #3, was the follow up to their chart topper, "Let The Good Times Roll"
2001 New Orleans rap star Juvenile performed with the Grambling State Tiger Marching Band during the halftime "Battle of the Bands" at the 2001 Bayou Classic, held in the Louisiana Superdome (photo)

1859 Musician, teacher, bandleader and trad jazz patriarch Professor Jim Humphrey was born (James Brown Humphrey) in Sellers, LA in 1859; Humphrey taught dozens of musicians in his time, including Chris Kelly, Harrison Barnes, Lee Collins, Charles "Sonny" Henry, Punch Miller, and Burke Stevenson, and is often credited for the high standards of New Orleans music in the early days of jazz; his son Willie Humphrey, Sr. (clarinet), and grandsons Willie, Jr. (clarinet), Earl (trombone) and Percy Humphrey (trumpet), were all noted trad jazz musicians
1967 Zydeco guitarist Joseph "Cookie" Chavis was born in Lafayette, LA in 1967; Chavis has worked with Buckwheat Zydeco, Beau Jocque, Geno Delafose, Rosie Ledet, and others
1903 Traditional Cajun accordionist Ambrose Thibodeaux passed away in Lafayette, LA in 1995 at age 92

1906 Trumpeter and bandleader Dick Mackie was born in New Orleans in 1906. Mackie was a co-founder and leader of the New Orleans Owls (brother Red Mackie played tuba and string base with the Owls) in the 1920's. In later years, he toured with the big bands of Hal Kemp, Kay Kayser, and others.
1949 "That Lucky Old Sun" (Decca 24752) by Louis Armstrong entered the R&B Charts on this day in 1949. Satchmo was backed on the track by the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra and Choir.
1955 "Tutti Frutti" (Specialty 561) by Little Richard entered the R&B Chart in 1955. The rock 'n roll classic, which ultimately reached the #2 spot, was written by New Orleanian Dorothy LaBostrie and was recorded at Cosimo Matassa's famed J&M Studio on September 14, 1955. Backing Little Richard on the track were Earl Palmer (drums), Frank Fields (bass), Justin Adams (guitar), Huey Smith (piano), Alvin "Red" Tyler (baritone sax) and Lee Allen (tenor sax).
1965 Singer/songwriter Steve Grisaffe was born in New Iberia, LA in 1965.
1967 Musician, singer and songwriter John Stirratt was born in New Orleans, LA in 1967. Stirratt has been the bass player for Wilco since their start in 1994, and was with Uncle Tupelo prior to that.
1975 Producer, DJ, and record label exec DJ Khaled was born (Khaled Bin Abdul Khaled) in New Orleans 1n 1975.
2003 Rapper Soulja Slim was shot and killed in front of his mother's house in New Orleans in 2003; the rising rap star (born James Tapp) was 25 years old.

1877 Trad jazz musician "Papa" John Joseph was born in St. James Parish, LA in 1877; Joseph played in Kid Ory's band in Lutcher, LA and stayed with Ory when he moved to New Orleans; Johnson ran a barbershop at First and Liberty, a block from Buddy Bolden's home, and his memories of Bolden are included in the Donald Marquis book, "In Search of Buddy Bolden"; he led his own band in Storyville, and occasionally worked with the Original Tuxedo Orchestra and the Claiborne Williams Band in the 20's; after a long layoff, Joseph began playing again with other veteran musicians at Preservation Hall; it was there in 1965, that Joseph collapsed and died at age 88, shortly after finishing a bass solo on "When The Saints Go Marching In"
1894 Late trad jazz drummer Christopher "Black Happy" Goldston was born in New Orleans in 1894; Goldston's early career included stints with the Golden Leaf Orchestra, Onward Brass Band, and the W.P.A. Brass Band; he later worked with Papa Celestin and Bill Mathews.
1924 Late rockabilly singer, guitarist, and song writer Werly Fairburn was born at Charity Hospital in New Orleans in 1924 (read more).
1926 Louis Armstrong's Hot Five recorded "You Made Me Love You" and "Irish Black Bottom" for the Okeh label in Chicago in 1926; personnel on the tracks were Armstrong (trumpet and vocals), Henry "Hy" Clark (trombone), Johnny Dodds (clarinet), Lil Armstrong (piano) and Johnny St. Cyr (banjo)
1964 Wessell Anderson (Alto and Sopranino Saxophones) was born on November 27, 1964 in Brooklyn New York

1928 Late sax player Auguste A. "Dimes" DuPont III was born in New Orleans in 1928; DuPont played alto and baritone sax with Edgar Blanchard and the Gondoliers for 12 years, and also performed with his uncle, noted guitarist and banjo player Danny Barker; he recorded with Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner, and others
1971 Blues man Alexander "Papa George" Lightfoot passed away in Natchez, MS in 1971 at age 47; Papa George moved to New Orleans in the 40's and occasionally sat in with Fats Domino, Tommy Ridgley and Shirley & Lee; he recorded with Edgar Blanchard & The Gondoliers, and on his own for the Aladdin and Imperial labels
1992 Legendary blues guitarist and session player Wayne Bennett passed away in New Orleans in 1992 at age 58; Bennett was a long time member of Bobby Blue Bland's band, and can be heard on Bland classics such as "Turn On Your Love Light", "I Pity the Fool", and "Stormy Monday"
2006 Musician, arranger and songwriter Charlie Brent passed away in 2006 at age 58. The New Orleans native was a long time associate of Luther Kent, and also worked with Wayne Cochran and the CC Riders, Lenny McDaniel, The Mambo Brothers, The Forever Fabulous Chickenhawks, and others.

1936 Late alto sax player Nat Perrilliat was born in New Orleans in 1936; in the 50's Perrilliat worked in the backing bands of Professor Longhair, Smiley Lewis and Shirley & Lee; he later focused on contemporary jazz, working with the A.F.O. Records studio band.
1944 Sax man and Bourbon Street bandleader Gary Brown was born in New Orleans in 1944; Brown has recorded with Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Andy Gibb, The Bee Gees, and many others.
1953 Honky tonk crooner Webb Pierce recorded his No. #1 singles, "Slowly" and "Even Tho" for the Decca label in 1953
1954 Trad jazz clarinetist, bandleader and educator Dr. Michael White was born in New Orleans in 1954; Dr. White has released several critically acclaimed solo albums, and has also recorded with Wynton Marsalis, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and others.
1959 Classical pianist and Shreveport native Van Cliburn was a winner at the 2nd annual Grammy Awards, held on this day in 1959; he won for his performance on the RCA Victor album, "Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3".

1947 Louis Armstrong & His All Stars (Jack Teagarden, Barney Bigard, Dick Cary, Arvell Shaw, Big Sid Catlett and Velma Middleton) performed at Boston's Symphony Hall in 1947; catch the awesome set on the CD, "Satchmo at Symphony Hall ".
1993 Country music great David Houston passed away in 1993 at age 54; Houston, a native of Bossier City, LA, made his debut on Louisiana Hayride at age 12; he signed with Epic in 1963, and his first single, "Mountain Of Love", reached #2 on the Country charts; during his career, Houston had seven #1 hits records, including his 1966 recording of Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton's Almost Persuaded, which topped the chart for 9 weeks, and netted 3 Grammy's; he was a member of the Grand Ole Opry from 1972 until his death.
2001 Dr. John was the musical guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien
2002 Country music superstar Tim McGraw made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2002 - On This Day in Louisiana Music History

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