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Hitting the Low Notes: 1938

Hitting the Low Notes: 1938

October 1938. "Specialty number of orchestra at the National Rice Festival. Crowley, Louisiana." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee.

 

Bootsy Collins' Dad

Double bass players have all the coolest tricks. Even the horn section's in on this one. If this guy had played in the seventies (and you know, he quite possibly did), he would've had star-shaped shades.

The fat lady's seen better days, though. I love it when an instrument is well loved, well-worn and played well.

 
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