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us: Webb, Chick



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    • us: Webb, Chick, 1905-1939
    • us: Webb, William, 1905-1939
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    • found: Spotlight on drums [SR] p1983: container (Chick Webb, drums)
    • found: His In the groove [SR] p1983: container (given name, William Webb; b. Baltimore, Md., 10 Feb. 1907 (or 1909))
    • found: Grove dict. of American music (Webb, Chick (William Henry), b. Baltimore, MD, 10 Feb. 1909; d. Baltimore, 16 June 1939)
    • found: ancestry.com, 8 August 2011 (Chick Webb Family Tree; William Henry Webb, born 10 February 1905 in Baltimore; died 16 June 1939 in Baltimore; father of Ella Jane Fitzgerald)
    • found: Wikipedia, January 21, 2015 (Chick Webb; born William Henry Webb, February 10, 1905, Baltimore, Maryland, died June 16, 1939, Baltimore, Maryland; American jazz and swing music drummer and band leader. Many sources give Webb's birth year as 1909. The Encyclop√¶dia Britannica Online had given two possible years for his birthdate, 1902 and 1909. However, now they have tentatively adopted 1905. Still other publications claim other years. During Webb's lifetime a December 1937 Down beat article "The rise of a crippled genius" stated he was born in 1909 and a book entitled Rhythm on record by Hilton Schleman stated his birth year was 1907. The New York times reported in 1939 that Webb was born in 1907. However, despite these varying dates, Eric B. Borgman has proven that Webb was actually born in 1905, based on the 1910 and 1920 United States censuses and newspaper articles. Many books and online publications including the Internet Movie Database have since adopted the 1905 year. The confusion as to his birth year can be seen on his death certificate which has "1907" written over with "1909." Webb's grave marker gives the wrong birth year of "1909.")
    • found: Grove music online, January 21, 2015 (Webb, Chick (William Henry); born February 10, 1905, Baltimore, died June 16, 1939, Baltimore; American jazz and popular drummer and bandleader)
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