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Abshire, Nathan

Mark F. DeWitt.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Country and Western Music; Keyboard. 1205 words.

Abshire, Nathan (27 June 1913–13 May 1981), Cajun musician, was born near Gueydan, Louisiana, the son of Lennis Abshire. His mother’s name is unknown. From a family of accordion players,...

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Ace, Johnny

James M. Salem.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Composition; Blues; Jazz. 1266 words.

Ace, Johnny (09 June 1929–25 December 1954), musician, songwriter, and rhythm and blues star, was born John Marshall Alexander, Jr., in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of John Marshall...

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Acuff, Roy

Charles K. Wolfe.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Radio; Country and Western Music; Composition. 1429 words.

Acuff, Roy (15 September 1903–23 November 1992), country music singer and composer, was born Roy Claxton Acuff in Maynardsville, Tennessee, just a few miles north of Knoxville in a spur of...

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Adams, Pepper

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Woodwinds; Blues; Jazz. 1834 words.

Adams, Pepper (08 October 1930–10 September 1986), jazz baritone saxophonist, was born Park Adams III in Highland Park, Michigan, the son of Park Adams, Jr., a manager of a furniture store,...

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Adderley, Cannonball

Frank Tirro.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Woodwinds; Blues; Jazz. 1331 words.

Adderley, Cannonball (15 September 1928–08 August 1975), jazz saxophonist, was born Julian Edwin Adderley in Tampa, Florida, the son of Julian Carlyle Adderley, a high school guidance...

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Akeman, Stringbean

Colin Escott.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Performing Arts; Strings; Country and Western Music. 1448 words.

Akeman, Stringbean (17 June 1914–10 November 1973), banjo player and comedian, was born David Akeman in Annville, Kentucky, the son of James Akeman and Alice (maiden name unknown). Situated...

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Albany, Joe

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Blues; Jazz; Keyboard. 940 words.

Albany, Joe (24 January 1924–12 January 1988), jazz pianist, was born Joseph Albani in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His parents’ names are unknown. His father was a carpenter. Raised in the...

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Allen, Henry “Red”

Eddie S. Meadows.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Brass; Blues; Jazz. 1039 words.

Allen, Henry “Red” (07 January 1908–17 April 1967), trumpeter, was born Henry James Allen, Jr., in Algiers, Louisiana, the son of Henry James Allen, Sr., a trumpeter and leader of a brass...

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Ammons, Albert C.

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Blues; Jazz; Keyboard. 1272 words.

Ammons, Albert C. (23 September 1907–02 December 1949), jazz pianist, was born in Chicago. His parents’ names are unknown; both were pianists. Ammons was a teenage friend of Meade Lux...

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Ammons, Gene

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Woodwinds; Blues; Jazz. 1327 words.

Ammons, Gene (14 April 1925–06 August 1974), jazz tenor saxophonist, was born Eugene Ammons in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Albert Ammons, a boogie-woogie pianist; his mother’s name is...

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