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Samuel Mayes

Though he’s relatively forgotten today, Samuel Mayes was widely considered among the finest American cellists in the middle-20th century. Among conductors and orchestral music artists he was extremely respected, having offered as primary cellist for quite some time in both Boston Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. He was among a member …

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Velma Middleton

Velma Middleton spent the majority of her profession as Louis Armstrong’s singer. She was originally a dancer and, although obese, she often do splits on stage including through the Armstrong years. Middleton experienced the average but fairly satisfying and good-humored tone of voice. After freelancing — including going to SOUTH …

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Floyd Smith

This guitarist protected much stylistic territory in his long and active career, getting started in wandering ’30s territory bands such as for example Eddie Johnson’s Crackerjacks and winding up smack in the center of the disco era, playing a significant part within the career of singer Loleatta Hollaway, whom he …

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