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Waits, Freddie (27 April 1943–18 November 1989), jazz and soul music drummer, was born Frederick Douglas Waits in Jackson, Mississippi, the son of Lillie B. Weathers. (His father’s name is unknown.) Waits played drums as a child and studied flute and drums at Lanier High School. At age sixteen, in the summer before his senior year, he toured with the Upsetters, accompanying rhythm-and-blues musician Little Willie John. In this setting he first performed in New York City, at Smalls’ Paradise....