Jan. 29th in Gennett History, 1980: Pianist Jimmy Durante Passed Away

Jimmy Durante at the piano

Jimmy Durante at the piano

Jan. 29th in Gennett History, 1980: Jimmy Durante passed away. He recorded “Why Cry Blues” with the Jimmy Durante Jazz Band in NYC in May of 1920. It appeared on Gennett 9045 and Starr-Gennett 9042. In addition to Durante (p), the track featured Frank Christian (c), Frank Lhotak (tb), Achille Baquet (cl), and John Hountha Stein (d).

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