Category: Music

  • Sun, 1904-11-27

    On this date in 1904, Eddie South was born. He was an African American jazz violinist.

    A child prodigy, South was from Louisiana,...

  • Wed, 1905-01-11

    Pine Top” Smith, an African American musician, was born on this date in 1904.

    Clarence "Pine Top” Smith was from Troy, AL, and was raised...

  • Fri, 1905-01-13

    On this date we celebrate the birth of Ivie Anderson, She was an African American singer.

    Born in Gilroy, CA, Ivie Marie Anderson was...

  • Fri, 1905-03-31

    *On this date we recall the birth of Big Maceo in 1905. He was an African American blues singer.

    Born Major Merewether in Atlanta, GA.,...

  • Fri, 1905-06-02

    Valaida Snow was born on this date in 1905. She was an African American musician and entertainer.

    Born in Cleveland City, TN, she was...

  • Tue, 1905-06-13

    On this date in 1905, Doc Cheatham, an African American musician, was born.

    Anthony Adolphus Cheatham was born in Nashville, TN. He...

  • Sun, 1905-09-03

    *On this date in 1905, Meade Lux Lewis was born. He was an African American jazz pianist.

    Lewis was born in Chicago, Illinois and helped...

  • Wed, 1906-01-31

    *On this date in 1906, Roosevelt Sykes was born. He was an African American blues singer and musician.

    From Elmar, Arkansas, Sykes...

  • Wed, 1906-04-18

    Little Brother” Montgomery was born on this date in 1906. He was an African American blues singer and pianist.

    From Kentwood, La,...

  • Wed, 1906-06-20

    Bob Howard was born on this date in 1906. He was an African American pianist, comedian, and actor of the Broadway stage, radio, and television...

  • Sun, 1906-08-19

    *Eddie Durham was born on this date in 1906. He was an African American musician, composer and inventor.

    From San Marcos, Texas, he was...

  • Mon, 1906-10-15

    On this date in 1906, Victoria Spivey was born. She was an African American blues singer.

    Born in Houston, Spivey began her recording...

  • Tue, 1907-02-12

    *Roberta Martin was born on this date in 1907. She was African American gospel singer, pianist, composer and publisher.

    From Helena, AR...

  • Thu, 1907-07-25

    Johnny Hodges was born on this date in 1907. He was an African American saxophonist.

    Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and regarded by...

  • Mon, 1907-08-05

    *Ernestine "Tiny" Davis was born this date in 1909. She was an African American jazz trumpeter and vocalist.

    From Memphis, TN, she was...

  • Thu, 1907-08-08

    *On this date in 1907, Benny Carter was born. He was an African American Saxophonist, Trumpeter, Composer, and Bandleader.

    From New York...

  • Wed, 1907-12-25

    This date marks the birth of “Cab" Calloway, who was born on Christmas day in 1907. He was an African American vocalist and band leader.

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  • Tue, 1908-01-07

    *Red Allen was born on this date in 1908. He was an African-American Trumpet player and singer.

    Henry "Red" Allen Jr. was the only...

  • Wed, 1908-07-08

    Louis Jordan was born on this date in 1908. He was an African American musician.

    From Brinkley, Arkansas, he learned clarinet and...

  • Fri, 1908-07-24

    On this date we mark the birth of Cootie Williams in 1908. He was an African American trumpeter whose mastery of mutes and expressive effects...