Eddie Jefferson

Born: 
08/03/1918
City: 
Pittsburgh
Region: 
Pennsylvania
Country: 
USA
Died: 
05/09/1979
Years Active: 
1930's-1979
Genre(s): 
Instruments: 
Vocals
Recorded With: 
Image Credit: 
By Brianmcmillen - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11091747

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Eddie Jefferson was shot and killed at Baker's Keyboard Lounge on May 8, 1979, aged 60. He had left the club around 1:35 a.m. and was shot while walking out of the building. A late-model Lincoln Continental was spotted speeding away from the scene. The driver was later picked up by Detroit police and identified as a disgruntled dancer with whom Jefferson once worked and had fired from a gig. The suspect was charged with murder, but was later acquitted in a Detroit criminal trial.