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Showing posts with label Maurice Rocco. Show all posts
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar - Maurice Rocco

Maurice Rocco, who was known for his boogie- woogie performances. He was named Maurice Rockhold when he was born in Oxford, Ohio, in 1915, but he later adopted the stage name Maurice Rocco. Because he was too short to reach the pedals from a bench or stool when he learned to play the piano at age four, he played while standing up and continued to do so as an adult—as part of his stage performance. He was a composer, arranger, pianist and singer, who played in many of the best-known nightclubs and theatres. Rocco had roles in several Hollywood movies before pursuing a career that took him to Europe and Asia. He was murdered in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1976 and is buried in Oxford's Woodside Cemetery.  

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