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Bunny Berigan
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    (November 2, 1908-June 2, 1942)
    Born in Hilbert, Wisconsin
    Birth name was Rowland Bernard Berigan
    Died in New York City, New York
    Specialized in jazz trumpet
    Recordings include 'Blues,' 'Chicken and Waffles' and 'I Can't Get Started With You'
    He was a drunk.
    He started a steamy affair with chanteuse Lee Wiley despite his marriage and 2 daughters.
    He declared bankruptcy (1940).
    While in treatment for pneumonia, doctors ordered him to stop drinking and touring, but he refused.
    He succumbed to cirrhosis of the liver at just 33.
    He was a child musical prodigy.
    He turned professional at 14.
    He was one of the most in-demand session musicians of the 1930s.
    His performance with Gene Krupa and Benny Goodman at the Palomar Ballroom formally kicked off the Swing Era.
    Louis Armstrong was his idol.
    In 1975, 'I Can't Get Started' was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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