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June Clark

b. Algeria Junius Clark, 24 March 1900, Longer Branch, NJ, USA, d. 23 Feb 1963, NEW YORK, NY, USA. Clark discovered to play many instruments as a kid, eventually buying the cornet. He became a specialist musician and became a member of a travelling display in which Wayne P. Johnson also performed. Clark and Johnson ultimately teamed up with Jimmy Harrison as well as the three males backed various music artists and singers, occasionally on recording classes. In the first 20s Clark was frequently in NY where he used Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith and in addition led his personal band, which presented Benny Carter in its rates. He continued to try out with various rings, making occasional information, but by 1937 was pressured into pension through illness. He maintained his links using the music business generally, however, as well as the jazz globe in particular, getting road supervisor and/or musical adviser and associate to artists such as for example Louis Armstrong and Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines. John Chilton information that Clark consequently became road supervisor for the boxer Sugars Ray Robinson before illness again intervened.

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