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    (November 20, 1935-October 23, 1986)
    Born in Greenville, South Carolina
    Died in Harlem, New York
    Birth name was Eskew Reeder, Jr.
    Recorded 'Esquerita! (1959)'
    Passed away from AIDS at 50
    He went by a pretentious single name.
    He was flamboyant, donning two wigs piled on top of one another.
    He sported a face full of thick makeup.
    He dropped out of high school.
    He was a self-taught pianist.
    His flashy costumes and wild stage persona influenced Little Richard.
    Big Audio Dynamite recorded a tribute song to him on their album 'Tighten Up Volume '88.'
    He was an early architect of rock & roll who gets little recognition for his musical contributions.

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