From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Atkins, Boyd

(born: 1900  -  died: 1965) 

Boyd Atkins, born in Paducah, KY and grew up in St. Louis, MO, was a saxophonist, violinist, and music composer. His most famous song, "Heebie Jeebies," was recorded by Louis Armstrong. 

Atkins played with a number of bands and performers, including Dewey Jackson, and Paducah, KY native Fate Marable. He later moved to Chicago, IL, where he led his own band.

Boyd Atkins died March 1, 1965, according to the Cook County, IL Death Index. For more see "Boyd Atkins" in the Oxford Music Online Database.

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

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

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