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Today’s Soul Birthdays – April 11

April 11

Jimmy Lewis – American double bassist who worked with the Count Basie Orchestra and sextet in the 1950s and with Duke Ellington, Cootie Williams, Billie Holiday and Ivory Joe Hunter before moving to bass guitar during his time with King Curtis. He provided the basslines for the musical Hair.

Cleotha Staples – Founding member of American gospel group, The Staples Singers.



April 11