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December 15th is Notable as it is the Date When Two of the Greats of Jazz Died.

December 15, 2009

On December 15th 1943 Jazz Pianist Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller was on a cross country train journey across America when he contracted pneumonia. Just before arriving in Kansas, Missouri Fats passed away. News of his death spread quickly to the station where by chance Louis Armstrong was waiting in another train. T is reported that Armstrong was distraught after hearing the news and wept for several hours.

One year later, Glenn Miller boarded a flight at an RAF base in Clapham, England bound for Paris. He was on his way to entertain the troops who had just liberated Paris from occupation. It is believed that the plane went down somewhere over the English channel although no wreckage or bodies were ever found. This has led numerous conspiracy theories to surface about his death and its causes.

To find out more about these legends of jazz you can visit the following sites,

Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller

http://www.fatswaller.org/

http://www.redhotjazz.com/fats.html

Glenn Miller

http://www.glennmillerorchestra.com/

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/382756/Glenn-Miller

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