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Orignal Press Photo From Franks Driggs RCA Chick Webb Circa 1930 Jazz Drummer

William Henry "Chick" Webb (February 10, 1905–June 16, 1939), the great Baltimore MD born Drummer who would lead his own Swing band and later lead Ella Fitzgerald.
A great photo and appears to be a little later circa 1930's, his career was at the age of 17 he moved to New York City and by 1926 was leading his own band in Harlem. He became one of the best-regarded bandleaders and drummers of the new "swing" style.
By 1938 his health declined more and came back to Baltimore in 1939. Chick Webb died from Pott disease on June 16, 1939, in Baltimore.

"Born badly crippled, his formative years were those of a virtual invalid until an operation as a youngster enabled him to use his feet. It was during this time, the young Chick first demonstrated an interest in drumming.

Throughout his entire adult life, Chick was hunchback and frail, just barely able to reach the foot pedal of his drums, but an unwavering determination got him to New York City at the age of 17 as drummer with the Ed Dowell band."
Stamped on the back from the negative on file ( From the Frank Driggs Collection of RCA)

size: 8 x 10
Condition: very fine with staple holes on the top and bottom. Please see the images for more details.

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