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Gussie Mueller

Born: Apr 17, 1890

Death: Dec 16, 1965

Nationality: United States

Gussie Mueller

Date of Birth : Apr 17, 1890
Date of Death : Dec 16, 1965

Gustave "Gussie" Mueller was an early jazz clarinetist. The New Orleans, Louisiana-born Mueller was a top clarinetist with Papa Jack Laine's bands in New Orleans before going to Chicago, Illinois with Tom Brown's band in early 1915. After serving in the Army in World War I he moved to California and joined the early Paul Whiteman Orchestra, with which he moved to New York City. He helped give Whiteman an idea of the Dixieland jazz style. One of the Whiteman Orchestra's early hit records, as well as one of the unfortunately few recordings where Mueller can be heard prominently, is Wang Wang Blues which Mueller dominates in a style similar to Larry Shields. While Mueller shares composer credit on "Wang Wang", some of his New Orleans contemporaries said the number was all his and he had featured it before joining Whiteman. According to Whiteman, Mueller was reluctant to learning how to read music, for fear that it would impair his abilities a "hot player". He left the Whiteman band in November 1920, saying "I jes' can't play that 'pretty music' that you all play. And you fellers can't never play blues worth a damn".

Also known as

  • Gus Mueller
  • Gus Mueller
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