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McDonald, Earl

(born: 1884  -  died: 1949) 

McDonald, born in Louisville, KY, was a musician and founder of the Original Louisville Jug Band in 1902. The group was named the Ballard Chefs from 1929 to 1932. Clifford Hayes was a member of the group before forming his own jug band in 1919. After McDonald's death, his band was continued by Henry Miles. For more see the Earl McDonald entry by B. Bogert in The Encyclopedia of Louisville, ed. by J. Kleber. View image and listen to Under the Chicken Tree - Earl McDonald's Original Louisville Jug Band, 1924-1931 on YouTube.


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NKAA Entry: Hayes, Clifford
NKAA Entry: Miles, Henry
NKAA Source: Encyclopedia of Louisville

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