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Lewis, Mellocked

(10 May 1929–02 February 1990)
  • T. Dennis Brown

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Lewis, Mel (10 May 1929–02 February 1990), jazz drummer and band leader, was born Melvin Solokoff in Buffalo, New York, the son of Samuel Solokoff and Mildred Brown. His father was a vaudevillian drummer who paved the way for his son’s early playing career with local dance bands at the age of fifteen. In 1946 he traveled to New York City with the Lenny Lewis Band and a year later joined ...

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