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Lucky Millinder (Lucius Venable Millinder)

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Biography

Anniston, Alabama, USA
Bandleader Lucky Millinder was born in Alabama and raised in Chicago. He got his start in the music business--even though he didn't play any instrument and, according to some, couldn't even read music--as an emcee, and in 1934 he took over the Mills Blue Rhythm Band, among whom were such respected musicians as Henry 'Red' Allen, Buster Bailey and J.C. Higginbotham. When the band disbanded in 1938, Millinder worked with William Doggett's band, then formed his own group, Lucky Millinder and His Band, which quickly became one of the premier bands on the swing circuit. Read more...

Actor

Character: Himself / Bandleader

I Want a Big Fat Mama 1941

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Character: Himself / Bandleader

Four or Five Times 1941

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Character: Himself / Bandleader

The Lonesome Road 1941

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