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Atkins, Boyd

(born: 1900  -  died: 1965) 

Boyd Atkins, born in Paducah, KY, was a saxophonist, violinist, and music composer; Louis Armstrong recorded his most famous song, "Heebie Jeebies." Atkins was reared in St. Louis and played with a number of bands and performers, including Dewey Jackson and Paducah, KY, native Fate Marable. He later moved to Chicago, where he led his own band. Boyd Atkins died March 1, 1965, according to the Cook County, Illinois Death Index. For more see "Boyd Atkins" in the Oxford Music Online Database.


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NKAA Entry: Marable, Fate C.
NKAA Source: Heebie Jeebies (song)
NKAA Source: Oxford Music Online (database)

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NKAA Entry:  Kentucky African American Musicians in Illinois (Chicago)

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