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Hattie McDaniel, 1939 Oscar winner for her role in Gone With the Wind.

Music notes from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll!

1843:  Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, poet and composer of the lyrics to “Star Spangled Banner” dies at 63.

1911: Actress Hattie McDaniel weds pianist Howard Hickman.

1924: Blues great Slim Harpo is born.

1936: Katie Webster, American boogie pianist (The Swamp Boogie Queen), born in Houston, Texas.

1963: The Beatles release “Please Please Me” & “Ask Me Why”

1964: The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” reaches #80 in Cashbox.

1969: B.J. Thomas “Hooked on a Feeling” tops out at #5 on U.S. Charts.

1971: Mary J. Blige is born.

1976:  Howlin’ Wolf passes away (on Jan 10th).