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date: 13 August 2020

Myers, Wilson (Ernest(ine)) [Serious ]locked

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[Serious ]

(b Germantown, PA, Oct 2, 1906; d July 10, 1992). American double bass player, singer, and arranger. His middle name has appeared as Ernest in reference sources, and his birthday as 7 October, but he gave 2 October and both printed and signed his name as Wilson Ernestine Myers in his application for social security; perhaps he was embarrassed by his middle name and thus gave it as Ernest when writers enquired. His nickname, Serious, was derived from his interest in classical music. He first played drums and then (from 1925) guitar and banjo, notably with King Oliver in 1931. After changing to double bass he performed with various bands, among them the led by Sidney Bechet and Tommy Ladnier (September 1932 – early 1933), Lucky Millinder’s orchestra (with which he performed in France in summer 1933), Willie Bryant’s orchestra, and the Spirits of Rhythm (...

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