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1943 Fifty Years Ago

June 2024
1min read

Unclean Gene

The jazz drummer Gene Krupa, who had left Benny Goodman’s band to start his own in 1938 and was known for his tireless driving solos and the shock of hair dangling over his sticks as he worked, was sentenced on July 2 to serve one to six years in San Quentin Prison for using a minor to transport marijuana. He would in fact serve six months.

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