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Wells, William "Dicky"

(born: 1907  -  died: 1985) 

Born in Centerville, TN, Wells grew up in Louisville, KY. He was a trombonist who played in a speech-like style and who invented his pepperpot mute. Throughout his career he played with Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Ray Charles, and a number of others. Wells co-authored The Night People with S. Dance. For more see Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music, ed. by D. Clark; and American National Biography, ed. J. A. Garraty and M. C. Carnes. View Born to Swing - pt.5 - Dicky Wells on YouTube.


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NKAA Source: The night people; reminiscences of a jazzman
NKAA Source: The Penguin encyclopedia of popular music
NKAA Source: American national biography

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