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B.A. Breen

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1938– ),

born St Arnaud, Victoria, is a teacher in the Victorian Education Department. He has published two books of verse, Behind My Eyes (1968), inter im (1973, a tiny pamphlet)...

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Modern blues

in The Blues

August 2010; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Blues. 9779 words.

‘Modern blues’ covers the history of blues from after World War II. The distinction between pre–and post–war blues could be demarcated by the use of electrification and amplification of...

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Eldridge, Roy

James Ross Moore.

in American National Biography Online

P ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Brass; Blues; Jazz. 1324 words.

Eldridge, Roy (30 January 1911–26 February 1989), musician, was born David Roy Eldridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the younger son of Alexander Eldridge, a contractor, and Blanche Oakes...

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Catlett, Big Sid

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Percussion; Blues; Jazz. 1402 words.

Catlett, Big Sid (17 January 1910–25 March 1951), drummer, was born Sidney Catlett in Evansville, Indiana, the son of John B. Catlett, a chauffeur. His mother (name unknown) was a cook. He...

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Lenoir, J. B.

Bill McCulloch and Barry Lee Pearson.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Composition; Blues; Jazz. 1168 words.

Lenoir, J. B. (05 March 1929–29 April 1967), blues singer and songwriter, was born near Monticello, Lawrence County, Mississippi, the son of Dewitt Lenoir and Roberta Ratliff, farmers. He...

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Thomas, Joe

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Brass; Blues; Jazz. 942 words.

Thomas, Joe (24 July 1909–06 August 1984), jazz trumpeter, was born Joseph Lewis Thomas in Webster Groves, Missouri. His parents’ names are unknown. His father was a church deacon, and his...

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Hutto, J. B.

Bill McCulloch and Barry Lee Pearson.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Blues; Jazz; Strings. 958 words.

Hutto, J. B. (26 April 1926–12 June 1983), blues singer and guitarist, was born Joseph Benjamin Hutto in Elko, South Carolina, the son of Calvin Hutto and Susie Johnson, farmers. He spent...

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Criss, Sonny

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Woodwinds; Blues; Jazz. 1466 words.

Criss, Sonny (23 October 1927–19 November 1977), jazz alto saxophonist, was born William Criss in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of Lucy B.; her maiden name and her husband’s name are unknown....

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Waits, Freddie

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Musical Structures, Styles, and Techniques; Percussion; Blues; Jazz. 1349 words.

Waits, Freddie (27 April 1943–18 November 1989), jazz and soul music drummer, was born Frederick Douglas Waits in Jackson, Mississippi, the son of Lillie B. Weathers. (His father’s name is...

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Hopkins, Claude

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Blues; Jazz; Conducting; Keyboard. 1494 words.

Hopkins, Claude (24 August 1903–19 February 1984), jazz bandleader and pianist, was born Claude Driskett Hopkins in Alexandria, Virginia, the son of Albert W. Hopkins and Gertrude D....

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Hawkins, Erskine

Brian Forés.

in American National Biography Online

P ublished online January 2002 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Brass; Blues; Jazz; Conducting. 1355 words.

Hawkins, Erskine (26 July 1914–11 or 12 Nov. 1993), trumpet player, swing bandleader, was born Erskine Ramsay Hawkins in Birmingham, Alabama, the son of Edward Hawkins, a soldier, and Carey...

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