Jazz Ukulelist born Theodore August Bedstead in New Orleans, he adopted the stage name Daylight at the age of 14. Daylight was discovered by William Anderson, Duke Ellington's trombonist, in a Basin Street shebeen. Anderson took Daylight on the road, later sold him to Count Basie for two cases of beer and a tenor saxophonist called Woodward, and it was in Basie's band that he sustained the injuries that would eventually prove fatal, following a fight with drummer Buddy Rich over the spelling of the word 'Mixolydian'. Daylight was married five times to four women, and was survived by three of them and the two children of the other one. His ashes were scattered by accident in the 'Colored Only' waiting room at the train station in Birmingham, Alabama.
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