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Johnny St. Cyr


Eh, La Bas: Johnny St. Cyr

Library of Congress Recordings with Johnny St. Cyr and Alan Lomax.

178Johnny St. Cyr (April 17, 1890 – June 17, 1966) was an American jazz banjoist and guitarist.

St. Cyr was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Before moving to Chicago in 1923, he played for several leading New Orleans bands.  He is most commonly remembered as a member of Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven bands.  He also played with Jelly Roll Morton‘s Red Hot Peppers. He composed the popular standard Oriental Strut, noted for its adventurous chord sequence.

MI0000631786From 1961 until his death in 1966, St. Cyr was the bandleader of the Young Men From New Orleans, who performed atDisneyland.  He died in Los Angeles, California, and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles.

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