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Musician
    (January 27, 1908-November 5, 1954)
    Born in Dallas, Texas
    Birth name was Oran Thaddeus Page
    Trumpeter and vocalist
    Played with Ma Rainey, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw
    Recorded the singles ‘Paging Mr. Page’ (1944), ‘Uncle Sam Blues’ (1944), ‘St. James Infirmary’ (1947), and ‘Last Call for Alcohol’ (1952)
    With Pearl Bailey, recorded ‘The Hucklebuck’ and ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ (both 1949)
    He got started in minstrel shows.
    He left Count Basie’s band just before they hit it big.
    After going solo, he ran into financial difficulty trying to keep a big band together.
    He jumped around a lot between record labels.
    He led the house band at the Apollo Theater in the 1940s.
    He played in Charlie Parker’s band at the opening of the Birdland nightclub (1949).
    He was nicknamed ‘Mr. After Hours’ for his ubiquity at late night jam sessions.
    Dizzy Gillespie said, ‘When Lips gets on the blues, no one can mess with him. Not me, not Roy [Eldridge], not Louis -- nobody!’

Credit: C. Fishel


 
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