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Died On This Date (November 13, 2011) Yvonne “Miss Dixie” Fasnacht / Iconic New Orleans Gay Club Owner

Posted by themusicsover on November 13, 2011

Yvonne Fasnacht
DOB Unknown – November 13, 2011

Yvonne Fasnacht was an accomplished New Orleans clarinet and saxophone player, as well as the proprietor of Dixie’s Bar Of Music, one of the city’s most revered jazz clubs.  Fasnacht first learned to play her instruments while attending trade school, and before she knew it, she was playing in such all girl outfits as Southland Rhythm Girls and the Smart Set.  These gigs afforded her the opportunity to tour the US and even appear in a Hollywood short film.  In 1949, Fasnacht opened Dixie’s Bar of Music which quickly became one of New Orleans’ hottest clubs where rich and poor; gay and straight; and celebrity and common folk could all co-mingle and have a good time.  The club has been cited as one of the country’s first openly gay bars, and it was Fasnacht who created a safe and accepting environment, even in the face of local authorities who raided the joint fairly regularly.  The club, which operated until 1964, became a magnet for Hollywood elite as well. It was not uncommon to find the likes of Truman Capote, Rock Hudson, Gore Vidal, or Danny Kaye sitting at a table.  The club’s place in New Orleans history is so well-regarded, that the 35-foot mural of jazz greats that hung on one of its walls is now on display at the New Orleans US Mint as part of the Louisiana State Museum.  As reported by WWLTV, Yvonne Fasnacht passed away on November 13, 2011.  She was 101.

Thanks to Henk de Bruin at 2+ Printing for the assist.



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Died On This Date (June 29, 2002) Rosemary Clooney / American Pop Vocalist

Posted by themusicsover on June 29, 2010

Rosemary Clooney
May 23, 1928 – June 29, 2002

Rosemary Clooney was a popular jazz vocalist during the ’50s thanks in part to her hit, “Come On-a My House.”  It was during this time that Clooney was also appearing in major motion pictures including White Christmas alongside Bing Crosby, Vera Ellen, and Danny Kaye.  She also was a familiar presence on young television, making guest appearances as well as starring in her own musical variety show, The Rosemary Clooney Show.  Clooney’s career got somewhat sidetracked during the ’60s due to personal problems, but by the mid ’70s, she was back as strong as ever.  She signed with Concord Records in 1977 and released a new album virtually every year until her death in 2002.  In 1995, Clooney received an Emmy nomination for her guest starring performance alongside nephew, George Clooney on ER.    Rosemary Clooney died as a result of lung cancer at the age of 74.

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