Jazz bandleader and singer who sang "Minnie the Moocher" and "St. James Infirmary Blues" and performed with one of the best big bands.
He and his sister Blanche toured with a popular black music revue.
He devoted his entire life to making and performing music, singing up until his death at the age of eighty-six in 1994.
He married Wenonah Betty Conacher in 1928; after their divorce in 1949, he remarried Zulme Nuffie MacNeal in 1953.
He led his big band and staffed it with artists like Dizzy Gillespie.
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