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Chico Marx

Born on this day: Chico’s on-screen persona was the prototypical “foreign man” to Andy Kaufman’s Latka character. According to his daughter Maxine, Chico’s off-screen character can be summed up as a . . .  Bon vivant, compulsive gambler, congenital liar, and faithless husband who, as manager for the Marx Brothers, steered them to phenomenal success from vaudeville…

Bayou Maharajah

Genius — born on this day. For more on Booker check out the documentary Bayou Maharajah. Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Bookerboogie woogieJames Bookermusicnew orleanspiano

The Fats Domino Story

As one might expect there will be a plethora of shallow obituaries and a flurry of mediocre books but the best sources and likely to remain so are Rick Coleman’s Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Joseph Lauro’s The Big Beat: The Story of Fats Domino and His Band (available on…